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Old 01-03-18, 12:11 AM
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The X-Files (S11E01) -- Season Premiere -- "My Struggle III" -- 1/3/18




THE TRUTH IS CLOSER THAN EVER ON THE ALL-NEW SEASON PREMIERE OF "THE X-FILES" WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3, ON FOX

Episode Written and Directed by Series Creator Chris Carter

Picking up after the last event series' cliffhanger, Mulder and Scully learn that they aren't the only ones desperately searching for their long-lost son, William. The very fate of the world may depend on it in the all-new "My Struggle III" season premiere episode of THE X-FILES airing Wednesday, Jan. 3 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (XF-1101) (TV-14 D, L, V)

Cast: David Duchovny as Fox Mulder; Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully; Mitch Pileggi as Walter Skinner

Guest Cast: William B. Davis as Cigarette Smoking Man; Annabeth Gish as Monica Reyes; Chris Owen as Jeffrey Spender; AC Peterson as Mr. Y; Barbara Hershey as Erika Price; Robbie Amell as Agent Miller; Lauren Ambrose as Agent Einstein; Anjali Jay As Dr. Joyet

10 episode 11th season

According to Carter, there will 2 Mythology episodes and the rest will be Procerdural.

http://ew.com/tv/2017/08/08/x-files-...s-next-season/

My guess is the premiere and finale will be the serialized episodes.


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Re: The X-Files (S11E01) -- Season Premiere -- "My Struggle III" -- 1/3/18

Duchovny looks oddly bloated in the face. Anderson looks as hot as ever.
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Re: The X-Files (S11E01) -- Season Premiere -- "My Struggle III" -- 1/3/18

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10 episode 11th season

According to Carter, there will 2 Mythology episodes and the rest will be Procerdural.

http://ew.com/tv/2017/08/08/x-files-...s-next-season/

My guess is the premiere and finale will be the serialized episodes.
Thank God. The premier is a train wreck so far....
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Re: The X-Files (S11E01) -- Season Premiere -- "My Struggle III" -- 1/3/18

Had no idea this was starting already. Will watch on Hulu in the morning!
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UGH! This was like a bad episode of fan fiction!

Agree that Duchovny looked horrible and Scully looks less Scully than ever. She should lose the Veronica Lake hairstyle which makes her look long in the face.

Watching this was like admitting to myself that the X-files I enjoyed in my youth was never as great as I thought it was.

Maybe it was the horrible direction, pacing, writing which only further proves that Chris Carter should hand the reins over to those with more experience and talent.

I guess there is a reason that all the best X-files episodes were the ones directed and written by others.

This didn't even feel like X-Files. With Duchovny's voiceover throughout the episode it was more like a bad episode of Red Shoe Diaries.

I'm sure a lot off X-files fans love the mythology episodes featuring the 'alien conspiracy' but they have always proven to be the worst of the series, storylines that didn't go anywhere, without resolution, basically just throwing anything out there to see if it stuck.

I don' t even understand what this episode was trying to do. Were they saying that the last episode of last season was all just a dream Scully was having of things yet to come? What kind of ret-con bullshit is that?
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Re: The X-Files (S11E01) -- Season Premiere -- "My Struggle III" -- 1/3/18

I agree with you bluesix, it was a mediocre premiere. I'm a huge X-files fan and love the mythology stuff, but this and Season 10's mythology was bad. Pacing was terrible, direction, Duchovny looks bloated, I don't know, I hope the MOTW episodes will be better but not holding my breath.
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Yeah, the "it was all a vision" cop-out has to be the new benchmark for terrible writing in this series... and that's really saying something. The once compelling mythology is now a tedious, muddled mess to sit through. It's been that way since at least season seven, but they keep piling on with the nonsense. The whole premiere was hot garbage.

I went through the entire series just before the last movie was released in '08 and thought everything through season six still held up remarkably well. Sadly, that Mulder and Scully magic is long gone at this point. Duchovny looked tired or hungover in every scene. He doesn't appear to give a shit anymore. Anderson seemed a bit more committed, but they're both just going through the motions here. I agree that her hair (both length and dye job) aren't at all flattering.
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Re: The X-Files (S11E01) -- Season Premiere -- "My Struggle III" -- 1/3/18

The X-Files shit the bed when Mulder knocked up Scully.
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Originally Posted by Josh-da-man View Post
The X-Files shit the bed when Mulder knocked up Scully.
Spoiler:

Or did he?

Spoiler:
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I call bullshit on that reveal. Why would anyone trust what CSM has to say?


By the way, who was that guy supposed to be who tried to kill Scully? Mulder said he looked familiar.

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Millenials really are that stupid. CSM could be lying you fucking imbeciles.

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Re: The X-Files (S11E01) -- Season Premiere -- "My Struggle III" -- 1/3/18

Awful, as unfortunately expected.

I said it last season, but they would have been much better off just saying Cancer Man and his syndicate managed to stop colonization and now were pursuing their own means. You would have had the same overarching story-arc for the revival, but with the added benefit of not shitting over everything that had came before (which is irreconcilable with the new take on the mythology) and you wouldn't have had to waste so much time with the ridiculous, even for X-Files, convoluted exposition and retcon attempts. But here we are.

That said, I did enjoy s10's MotW, and I'm definitely looking forward to see what they've got planned in that regard for this season.

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I call bullshit on that reveal. Why would anyone trust what CSM has to say?


By the way, who was that guy supposed to be who tried to kill Scully? Mulder said he looked familiar.

I canít give this show up itís like a bad habit.
That was Cancer Man's Rival's goon that Mulder had followed to South Carolina.
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Awful, as unfortunately expected.

I said it last season, but they would have been much better off just saying Cancer Man and his syndicate managed to stop colonization and now were pursuing their own means. You would have had the same overarching story-arc for the revival, but with the added benefit of not shitting over everything that had came before (which is irreconcilable with the new take on the mythology) and you wouldn't have had to waste so much time with the ridiculous, even for X-Files, convoluted exposition and retcon attempts. But here we are.

That said, I did enjoy s10's MotW, and I'm definitely looking forward to see what they've got planned in that regard for this season.



That was Cancer Man's Rival's goon that Mulder had followed to South Carolina.
Seriously? Geez how did I miss that.

By the way, was Spendor supposed to be dead? I donít remember how his story ended up. Iíll google it later
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Re: The X-Files (S11E01) -- Season Premiere -- "My Struggle III" -- 1/3/18

Confusing and really convoluted. Probably the worst episode of this “My Struggle” mythology.

Plus, there was no payoff to the season 10 cliffhanger. It’s like they retconned the entire final act of that episode.

And I was like WTF?? With that reveal. and Reyes is working with CSM too? Man, Chris Carter is really the worst staff writer on the show.

I’m curious how they are going to segue to the self contained procedural episodes out of this.
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Seriously? Geez how did I miss that.

By the way, was Spendor supposed to be dead? I donít remember how his story ended up. Iíll google it later
After seemingly being killed off in s6's "Two Fathers/One Son", Spender returned in s9 horribly disfigured and unrecognizable after being subjected to Cancer Man's experiments. He dosed William with magnite (the kryptonite to the alien colonists) which seemingly made William a "normal" kid. After that, Spender showed up in the finale to testify on Mulder's behalf, where he also confirmed -- as much as anything ever is on the X-Files at least -- that Cancer Man was Mulder's real father.

I think this is the first time we've been told that Spender hid the kid, but I could be wrong on that.
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I read that Gillian Anderson is done playing Scully after this season. Chris Carter stated he has no desire to continue with the show if she's not involved. Probably for the best...

There was a rumor that it was the network's idea to include the new agents played by Lauren Ambrose and Robbie Amell. This was so Fox could potentially do a spin-off with them if Duchovny and Anderson didn't re-sign. Whether or not that's true, I'm not sure Miller and Einstein went over well with the audience. I know I have zero interest in watching a new series with them.
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and Reyes is working with CSM too? Man, Chris Carter is really the worst staff writer on the show.
Wasn't Reyes already working with CSM last season? I don't think it's something new.
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I'm a true, life-long Phile but this episode was just AWFUL.

Luckily, Sepinwall said in his review that the MOV episodes this season are above average, and much better than last year...so there's that..
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Wasn't Reyes already working with CSM last season? I don't think it's something new.
Yes, she showed up working for CSM in My Struggle II, where she revealed via flashback (how does a flashback in a premonition/vision work?) that she's been working for him since basically immediately after the original series finale. She claimed she agreed to join CSM/the Syndicate in order to sabotage the plan from within, but who the fuck knows at this point.
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Re: The X-Files (S11E01) -- Season Premiere -- "My Struggle III" -- 1/3/18

The overnight ratings took a big dive. 5.2M viewers, down from 16.2M for the season 10 premiere.

https://www.thewrap.com/x-files-prem...-race-ratings/
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The overnight ratings took a big dive. 5.2M viewers, down from 16.2M for the season 10 premiere.

https://www.thewrap.com/x-files-prem...-race-ratings/
Looks like people jumped ship after season 10.
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Re: The X-Files (S11E01) -- Season Premiere -- "My Struggle III" -- 1/3/18

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The overnight ratings took a big dive. 5.2M viewers, down from 16.2M for the season 10 premiere.

https://www.thewrap.com/x-files-prem...-race-ratings/
Yeah but it had an NFL game as it's lead-in 2 years ago. A massive inflation of viewers. Plus it was coming back after being off the air for 14 years.
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A better ratings comparison is probably the S10 finale (7.6 million) vs. the S11 premiere (5.2 million), which is a 32% decrease in viewers.
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Yeah but it had an NFL game as it's lead-in 2 years ago. A massive inflation of viewers. Plus it was coming back after being off the air for 14 years.
Sure, but even the the least viewed season ten episode (Babylon) pulled in 7.07M viewers. That was a new low for The X-Files at the time, but 5.2M for a season premiere is very disappointing. Not sure where it will sit after DVR and streaming data is factored in, but history has shown viewership will likely drop off from here -- and probably quite a bit considering what a mess last night's episode was.
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Re: The X-Files (S11E01) -- Season Premiere -- "My Struggle III" -- 1/3/18

There was almost zero pre-hype for this compared to the previous season.

I wouldn't have even known about it were it not for this thread!
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