The Best 5 Moments from The X-Files Miniseries (So Far)

(Image Credit: Fox)

(Image Credit: Fox)

In Season 6 of The X-Files, Mulder tells Scully, “They can’t take away the X-Files, Scully. They tried.” Much the same way, the TV show The X-Files keeps coming back in different forms. After nine years on air, movies in 1998 and 2008, and becoming a cultural phenomenon, Mulder, Scully and The X-Files returned to our TV screens. And I’m happy to report that the show is still as great as ever with our agents searching for the truth and digging up conspiracies. Read on to uncover the miniseries’ best moments so far!

“My name is Fox Mulder.”

The opening of “My Struggle” literally gave me chills. While it was mostly Mulder summing up the series as a whole, this meant The X-Files was actually returning. This was really happening. Plus, all the stills of Mulder and Scully at work proved the show wasn’t going to be all-new but the same X-Files that we know and love, just in a more modern package. The fact that it led almost directly into the show’s original credit sequence didn’t hurt either.

“They’ve reopened the X-Files.”

This moment in “My Struggle” gave me both chills and reasons to cheer. As an X-Files fan, knowing that Mulder and Scully were back on the case was a dream come true, but the Cigarette Smoking Man was the one who delivered the good news. Believed to be dead after the series finale, the villain is back, albeit in worse health than the last time we saw him. It was a great moment for the first episode to end on because I immediately wanted to see more.

“Welcome back, you two.”

In case we thought Skinner had changed in the eight years since we’d last seen him, this scene in “Founder’s Mutation” proved he hadn’t. Not only was he willing to listen to Scully and Mulder’s somewhat outlandish theory, but he also gave them time to get more evidence by hiding their paperwork. A funny and great way to remind us just whose side Skinner is on, this scene showed that Scully and Mulder still aren’t in their quest alone.

“Dr. Scully, I was told that you were the rational one.”

I laughed when Dr. Goldman said this to Scully in “Founder’s Mutation” because it was clearly supposed to be an insult but didn’t work out that way. First of all, Dr. Goldman obviously hasn’t actually watched The X-Files. Yes, Scully is the more rational one, but when all the evidence is saying you’re guilty of using alien DNA in your experiments, Scully’s going to side with that. Plus, she got a lot more open-minded over the years through what she say in the cases. Dr. Goldman’s attempt at side-stepping the question didn’t escape Scully’s notice either, and she and Mulder kept on the scientist’s case.

“Do you ever think about William?”

Hands down the two best scenes in “Founder’s Mutation” were the sequences where both Mulder and Scully thought of what it would be like if they’d gotten a chance to raise William. We got to see the two of them acting as parents with Scully taking William to school and Mulder watching 2001: A Space Odyssey and building rockets with their kid. Of course, as good as the parenting was, I was pretty partial to the scenes when they turned into nightmares. Scully worried William would manifest alien DNA while Mulder saw William get abducted like his sister. The miniseries is supposed to focus on the agents’ regret about giving their son up, and these scenes were a perfect way to introduce that idea.

While there were tons of other great moments in The X-Files miniseries so far, including Scully doing an autopsy again, these five were the ones that encapsulated what I wanted from the revival. I wanted my X-Files back, maybe a little worn and grizzled but still recognizable as the same show. The miniseries has been everything I could have wanted and then some, and there’re still several episodes to go! Let me know what you’ve liked in the comments below. We’ve got to celebrate our show being back on the air while we still can.

The X-Files miniseries continues Mondays at 8 p.m. on Fox.

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Everything I Ever Needed to Know, I Learned from… ‘The X-Files!’

It’s kind of amazing how much The X-Files influenced the television shows that came after it. Introducing us to mythology arcs and shipping, the show was an early staple of geek culture. Now, I may have gotten interested in The X-Files way past its 2002 series finale, but as I found when I binge-watched all 202 episodes (which is a ridiculous feat but one I highly recommend), the show still has a ton to teach us, both television-wise and life-wise. Forget about kindergarten. Everything I’ve ever needed to know, I leaned from The X-Files.

 

Trust No One… Except Your Friends

Ahh, one of the shows many, many mantras. It may sound like “trust no one” is intended to make you a paranoid recluse, but even Fox Mulder, major supporter of trusting no one, couldn’t trust no one all the time. Mulder trusted Skinner, The Lone Gunmen and most importantly, he trusted Scully. It may indeed be helpful to be relatively skeptical of strangers and people you don’t know well. As the show professes, they don’t always have your best interests at heart. But The X-Files also shows it’s important to have a few people around that you can trust.

Stay Indoors?

While binge-watching, I noticed a ton of the X-Files take place outdoors and in remote locations. What that means is you will never catch me outdoors or far off in the woods. I don’t want to be made into a bug cocoon, murdered by part-tree and part-human creatures or get infected by an icy parasite. Of course, based on The X-Files, I don’t want to go to Atlantic City either, so maybe the best place is indoors. Or it would be, if episodes like “Squeeze” and “Orison” didn’t show you’re not safe there either.

The Power of Belief

The X-Files often insisted that Mulder was the “believer,” but if there’s anything you learn after 202 episodes of the show, it’s that Mulder and Scully were both believers, just in very different ways. Mulder wanted to believe in powers beyond his control, but Scully already believed in them. Only Scully thought the powers should be couched in terms of science or religion.

As cheesy as it may sound, one of the major themes of the show is learning to believe in yourself. When Mulder met Scully, he was just “Spooky Mulder” who hung out in the basement and had weird ideas. While working the X-Files, Scully had to reconcile her sense of self with the new experiences she encountered, but she never lost sight of who she was. Whatever method of belief works for you, The X-Files definitely wants you to believe.

Rooted in Friendship

Obviously, the relationship between Mulder and Scully is one of the most important aspects of The X-Files. What I particularly like about their relationship is that it’s not always – or even often – portrayed ultra-romantically. But the Mulder and Scully relationship is never a lost cause, whether it’s focused on the romance or not, because the two are simply better together. They respect each other even when they don’t agree, and they work together to get more done. Without Scully, Mulder wouldn’t be who he is at the end of the series, and vice versa for Scully. It’s clear that Scully and Mulder care deeply for each other, and they’re a pretty good pair to emulate in either friendship or romance.

The Truth is Out There

Another X-Files catchphrase, “the truth is out there” was meant to represent Mulder’s quest. Whatever the situation, Mulder had a way of moving ahead, and for that reason, I think the quote contains a great deal of hope. In spite of the many, varied setbacks, Mulder never stopped looking, never stopped hoping. He didn’t get bogged down in hopelessness over his current situation. The truth was always out there, and Mulder wanted to find it. I hope I can remember to do the same.

Fight (for) the Future

How many times did The X-Files get shut down over the course of the show? But Mulder and Scully didn’t give up. They pooled their resources and proved their bosses wrong. Not only did they believe, they fought for what they believed in. The subtitle of the first X-Files movie, “fight the future” doesn’t just mean fight against what’s happening but to fight for what you want. Hey, you might just get a revival of your favorite TV show because of it.

A lot of the time when people think about The X-Files, they only think about aliens or romance, but there’s way more to the show than that. The X-Files influenced many people during its nine season run, and soon, it will get a chance to influence even more. It’s hard to say if the show is coming back due to a combination of hope, drive, belief and friendship, but that’s what I’d like to think because those are some of the values that The X-Files instilled in me. I want to believe. Do you?