The X-Files Recap: Episodes 4 and 5…WTH JUST HAPPENED?

I mean seriously. I couldn’t really sort out my feelings to post anything about episode 4 and then episode 5 happened and I’m like WHAT THE FRENCH?

So let’s just glob this together…Scully’s mom dies, some nasty golem like creature with slime and a band-aid over his nose is literally ripping people apart, there’s a mysterious quarter, suicide bombers who are – you guessed it – Muslim, doppleganger agents, The Lone Gunmen in some psychedelic trip where Mulder gets cropped by a dominatrix version of Scully’s doppleganger and then whipped by Cigarette Smoking Man…

Still with me?

THE X-FILES:  David Duchovny in the "Babylon" episode of THE X-FILES airing Monday, Feb. 15 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Ed Araquel/FOX

One of my friends commented that it’s like these two flowed into each other by centering around how thoughts/beliefs/words have power.

I guess?

Ok, so episode 10×4 “Home Again”:

Gillian Anderson got to cry a lot.

THE X-FILES:  L-R:  Gillian Anderson and guest star Sheila Larkin in the "Home Again" episode of THE X-FILES airing Monday, Feb. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Ed Araquel/FOX

Don’t get me wrong she’s a really good actress and this episode got to show that off a little. I’m still trying to recall if we’ve ever heard of this “Charlie” before…but that’s not important. I guess what I’m really wondering is what was the purpose of killing Scully’s mom off? And the quarter? And Scully’s mom’s last words to Mulder? Whaaaaaa? I mean is there a significance to Mulder and Scully both being orphans now?

Honestly the scenes that centered around Scully’s family were the best scenes in this episode. But coupling that with the Band-aid Nosed Man (or Trash Man depending on which name you adopt), was a little jarring and just weird to me.

THE X-FILES:   L-R:  David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in the "Home Again" episode of THE X-FILES airing Monday, Feb. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Ed Araquel/FOX

I did love the flashback to Mulder sitting by Scully’s bedside when she was in her comma during the early years, and the way he reminded her about that moment as well. I’ve also come to the conclusion that the Scully’s have a thing about getting their ashes scattered into the ocean.

Which makes me think of the “Beyond the Sea” episode which was a great weaving of an X-File with the personal tragedy of one of the agents. Maybe the writers should’ve gone back and taken notes from that one.t

THE X-FILES:  L-R:  Gillian Anderson and guest star Sheila Larkin in the "Home Again" episode of THE X-FILES airing Monday, Feb. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Ed Araquel/FOX

I appreciate the “Steal Magnolias” laughter through tears approach but honestly I wasn’t really laughing or crying.

Ok, I lied. When the monster went all ‘Mortal Combat’ and ripped off that guys head with the spinal column attached that was pretty hysterical. I may have giggled at that 😉

Anyhooo…

Episode 10×5 “Babylon”:

I seriously don’t know where to begin…

I think I was supposed to come away from that episode with some sort of enlightenment about the power of belief and thought but really all I came away with was a case of the ‘uncomfortables’ and lots of confusion.

THE X-FILES:  L-R:  Guest star Bruce Harwood, Guest str Mitch Pileggi, David Duchovny, guest star Tom Braidwood and guest star Dean Haglund in the "Babylon" episode of THE X-FILES airing Monday, Feb. 15 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Ed Araquel/FOX

I mean in the past the X-Files has always seemed to try and dispel the populace’s paranoia about it’s citizens and focus that on to the government, but this one is all about suicide bombers and they’re all seemingly Muslim and they actually go through with an attack and are seen building their bombs.

So it just seems to be feeding into the whole idea that all Muslims or people of Middle Eastern descent are only here to kill us.

What the hell Chris Carter?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

THE X-FILES: L-R:  David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, guest star Lauren Ambrose and guest star Robbie Amell in the "Babylon" episode of THE X-FILES airing Monday, Feb. 15 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Ed Araquel/FOX

Or maybe I missed something that debunked that theory…please point it out to me if I did.

So let’s focus on the dopplegangers…

Actually kind of a fun idea, but again seemed out of place in this episode b/c I think there was a lot of potential there for another great “Bad Blood”-esque type of back and forth but alas it was not to be. I liked how Miller was a version of Mulder but yet his own persona as well. Einstein was just a b*tch. I mean Scully was never that obnoxious and rude, or had that big a chip on her shoulder. Yikes!

THE X-FILES:  L-R:  Guest star Robbie Amell, guest star Lauren Ambrose and David Duchovny in the "Babylon" episode of THE X-FILES airing Monday, Feb. 15 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Ed Araquel/FOX

Also…I hoped Scully tapped that ;P C’mon…we ALL were thinking it…

I can’t even about the mushroom/placebo acid trip moment and the – ‘hey why don’t we joke around with Mulder’s sexuality more?’ Ha ha ha…nope.

THE X-FILES:  L-R:  David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in the "Babylon" episode of THE X-FILES airing Monday, Feb. 15 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Ed Araquel/FOX

Ok…I’ll stop now. Suffice it to say that while both episodes had their moments (the end of 10×5 between Mulder and Scully was a sweet scene) overall they were both horribly disjointed and a bit offensive actually.

At least to me.

THE X-FILES:  L-R:  David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in the "Babylon" episode of THE X-FILES airing Monday, Feb. 15 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Ed Araquel/FOX

However, despite these two I’m still heartbroken there’s only one episode left. I hope it’s a six-hour extravaganza because one hour just won’t be enough. I’m not ready to say good-bye again yet.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO 🙁

THE X-FILES: L-R: Mitch Pileggi, David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson and William B. Davis. The next mind-bending chapter of THE X-FILES debuts with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, Jan. 24 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT), following the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, and continuing with its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Frank Ockenfels/FOX

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