After 14 years, Mulder and Scully are back to investigate the unexplained and untangle the web of governmental corruption and deceit.
The episode opens with Mulder recounting his life with the FBI, how he investigated paranormal science cases through the X Files unit, the assignment of Scully by his superiors to debunk it and his unwavering belief that his sister, Samantha, was abducted by aliens when he was 12 years old. The FBI shutdown the X Files in 2002 ending their investigations but Mulder had always believed that the truth was still out there.
Now we rewind back to Roswell, New Mexico in 1947 where we see a UFO make a crash landing and a medical doctor is being driven to the site by bus accompanied by a man in black. Back to the present day and just as Scully is about to go into surgery, she is told by a nurse that she has an urgent phone call from A.D. Walter Skinner. She takes the call and then calls Mulder afterwards telling him that Tad O’Malley, the host of a web show called “Truth Squad”, wants to meet with them.
The pair reunite and meet O’Malley where he escorts them into his car because of his fear of low flying aircraft using “dirtboxes” to record conversations.. As they are driven through the streets, O’Malley reveals his plan to unveil the truth on the biggest conspiracy ever known but he needs their expertise in order to go “all in”. Mulder is intrigued, yet skeptical, as he believes that he could be just using them to further his career so he brings them to see a woman named Sveta.
Sveta tells them she has been abducted many times and shows the marks left behind when her babies were removed from her womb, she also tells them that she has alien DNA where Scully asks if that been verified by a doctor. Sveta answers no and Mulder wrangles Scully into performing that test. Later in the hospital as Scully is performing the test on Sveta, she reveals that Mulder and Scully were a couple, that they have a child together and Mulder has been suffering from depression that ended their relationship. Scully demands that she stop.
Meanwhile, Mulder is taken by O’Malley to a secret location and shown an ARV (Alien Replica Vehicle) and is in awe over its capabilities. Afterwards, O’Malley walks in on Scully taking a sample of her own blood and sees the kind of work she is involved with in the hospital, she assists the surgeons to operate on children born without ears. O’Malley talks about how “alien” it looks where Scully says that is purely coincidental and they talk about her work on the X Files and her relationship with Mulder. O’Malley then says he wanted to check if she wasn’t upset by what Mulder made her do and that he just wanted to see her.
Mulder visits Sveta and asks why she was hesitant to speak about her abductions and she eventually reveals that it wasn’t aliens behind the abductions but men. While riding in O’Malley’s car, Scully receives a call from Mulder and he tells her that everything in the X Files is a lie.
Mulder then goes to the FBI and Skinner leads him into his old basement office and finds that the filing cabinets are gone and they have a rather heated confrontation about it. Before she heads back into surgery, a nurse give Scully her test results and once she reads them, she asks the nurse to have them re-tested. Mulder then meets with the doctor who was on-site at the UFO crash in Roswell and tells him of the things he has learned.
Later, Mulder and Scully have a heated argument on Mulder’s front porch where she sees Sveta and she leaves but O’Malley arrives and asks her to stay. In Mulder’s living room they reveal the conspiracy, that the government’s main objective to take over the US and then the world and that aliens were actually concerned about mankind and the government have been hoarding the alien technology. Scully is disgusted by this and says that Sveta has no alien DNA.
The next day, Scully watches “Truth Squad” where she sees Sveta deny everything O’Malley has said and he isa liar who made her make up stories about alien abductions. A nurse then gives the results of her re-tests. Mulder, also watching the show, goes to Sveta’s house and finds it empty. The ARV is soon destroyed by a commando team. Scully then looks up the show only to get a message saying that the site has been temporarily been removed. She meets Mulder in hospital car park and reveals to him that Sveta does have alien DNA but she has it too and she is willing to re-join him to stop the conspirators. Sveta is then killed in an explosion as she is driving.
The episode then ends on Cancerman saying, “We have a small problem… they’ve re-opened the X Files.”
I was very excited to hear that The X Files were coming back to TV and that the original stars were back. Gillian and David still have the spark and perfectly compliment each but in all honesty, I didn’t think this episode was the spectacular return to form I hoped and found the plot a little confusing I mean, I had to watch it two or three times in order to get a full understanding of it. I guess that’s just an ageing brain for you.
Nevertheless, I was entertained by this.
Here’s my favourite scene from the episode.
My score 6 / 10
Watch out for my review of Episode 2 – Founder’s Mutation, coming soon!