The X-Files | Season 11 | Episode 3, “Plus One” | Network: Fox
Air Date: January 17, 2018
Summary: “A spate of deaths in which victims are plagued by their own doppelgängers leads Mulder and Scully to a pair of twins playing a dangerous game.”
* This Review Contains Spoilers. There, you’ve been warned, proceed with caution. *
Prior to watching the episode, I became interested in “Plus One” after reading the synopsis; the concept behind this episode is strong and intriguing and I can’t say that I haven’t wondered whether or not there was a doppelgänger or another ‘me’ out there…It’s normal to think of these things, or at least that’s what I tell myself, regardless, Episode 3 of the most current season of The X-Files centers around this, or, more specifically, people claiming to see their doppelgänger prior to winding up dead. Interesting, right?
Before long Fox and Dana come across a schizophrenic woman who is somehow connected to the victims of this mass doppelganger-induced-suicide phenomena, and it becomes clear that everything there is more to this evil-twin business than there appears and the episode takes off. There’s talk of evil and there’s talk of ghosts and there’s talk of mental illness; there are twins and there’s a certain darkness that lingers in the air that makes “Plus One” equally as creepy as it is fascinating.
Throughout the episode, Mulder and Scully argue discuss evil and as one would guess, while Mulder argues for it, Scully argues against it just like the good old days.
Again, the plotting and the pacing of this current season of The X-Files is spot-on. The performances that the show’s talent produce work well enough, but neither David Duchovny or Gillian Anderson have managed to stand out from their supporting actors. The award for best performance in “Plus One” most certainly goes to Karin Konoval for her work as the telepathically connected schizophrenic twins who make the episode really worth watching. Konoval’s transformation from ‘Little Judy’ to ‘Demon Judy’ isn’t groundbreaking, but it is impressive and entertaining nonetheless. And more so than in the previous two episodes, this episode’s ending was extremely satisfying.
The X-Files Season 11 Episode 3 “Plus One” was another fantastic issue that’ll leave readers looking over their shoulders for weeks to come.