The X-Files | Season 11 | Episode 2, “This” | Network: Fox
Air Date: January 10, 2018

Summary: “An old friend reaches out to Mulder and Scully in a seemingly impossible way, revealing a chilling secret.”

* This Review Contains Spoilers. There, you’ve been warned, proceed with caution. *


Going into watching tonight’s episode of The X-Files I was hoping for an authentic ‘Monster of the Week’ episode or at least something that resembled The X-Files that I knew and loved as a younger man. What I got, was something much better.

Episode 2 starts out strong with a brief but intense shootout and an odd, ghostly message from a man (Richard “Ringo” Langly from the Lone Gunmen) who’s been dead for over sixteen years. And if that’s not enough to claim your attention, shortly after the shootout, Mulder and Scully are detained by foreign commandos. Before long, Mulder and Scully escape from the clutches of these determined but clumsy bad guys and head up an investigation in Arlington National Cemetery which leads to another brief shootout.

Mulder and Scully need to see the X-Files to continue their investigation, and lucky for them, all of the x-Files have been digitized. Convenient, right? Unfortunately, the information that our agents are in need of has been bleached from the files. Bummer.

Up until this point the episode is exciting, but once we return from commercial break and learn more about the odd message that Mulder and Scully received from Ringo Lanlgy, “This” gets quite interesting. As it turns out, Langly’s consciousness, or at least part of, has been uploaded to a sort of digital think tank/work camp and although it’s like geek paradise, the wrong men are in control and it’s up to Mulder and Scully to shut it down. Being able to upload one’s consciousness to the cloud, and, in doing so, achieve eternal life is nothing new in the realm of Science-Fiction.  Where it is new, as far as I know, is in the realm of television.

Episode 2 feels fresh, and again, only works towards cementing the fact that The X-Files is a show that still works in 2018. The episode is paced beautifully, and the modern Sci-Fi concept that “This” is based on is intriguing.  Overall, this was a fantastic episode; I can’t wait to watch it again.

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