Saturday, January 30, 2016

TV REVIEW: The X-Files - "Founder's Mutation"


My initial reaction after watching the second episode of The X-Files revival was: That was beautiful! It truly was beautiful. Founder's Mutation is the quintessential X-Files episode we have been waiting to see! Mulder and Scully back at the F.B.I, being the "special" agents that they are, and investigating government conspiracies and paranormal phenomena together is simply amazing. My favorite show is really back with all the feels. LOTS AND LOTS OF FEELS.


We were led to believe that Founder's Mutation was a standalone or 'Monster of the Week' (MOTW) episode. It was; and then, it wasn't. In fact, it was a mix of mythology and MOTW. It captured both elements of what made The X-Files a unique show. It's a MOTW episode because Mulder and Scully were dealing not with monsters, but with individuals who have special abilities, which could have been genetically engineered by important and powerful people. It was bloody, too. Lots of blood out there. Heh.

It's a mythology episode for an obvious reason, the William arc. The case involved children who underwent genetic experimentation all their lives, and it hit them. It hit them hard. It hit fans real hard too. Fans have longed for this arc and we finally got it--just not the way we wanted it. This was extremely heartbreaking. Yes, it was beautiful, but damn was it heartbreaking. We get to see Mulder's and Scully's individual dream sequence--as "Dad" and "Mom" to William, and their greatest fear...of losing him. This Mulder/Scully different point of views reminded me of the film, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. If you've seen the movie, I think you'd understand why. That, or it's probably just me.

Understandably, one of Scully's fears is William getting hurt, similar to what other moms fear. What makes this unique, however, is her greatest fear that William might actually be part alien--considering that the children involved were genetically experimented on--that "what if" had a huge effect on her.

Mulder's dream sequence, for me, is this episode's highlight. We have never really seen Mulder as a dad to William since Existence. It is probably why the scenes between Mulder and William had so much effect on the fans. Watching TV, eating popcorn, setting up a rocket, flying a rocket--it was everything we've imagined, a perfect father-son moment. And then, gone! Just like that! It's Samantha all over again. Mulder's greatest fear: losing William as he lost Samantha. That was simply heartbreaking. 

You know what made the dream sequence scenes and that end scene even more heartbreaking? Mark Snow's music. It beautifully captured Mulder and Scully's pain.

"Bad things happen when birds gather" is one of the best and memorable lines in this episode. James Wong, you are one heck of a writer. Of course, thank you for this: "You're never just anything to me, Scully".  Squeeeee ♥. MSR is alive more than ever, not even Chris Carter can kill it hahaha.

In one scene Scully asked Dr. Goldman as to whether or not alien DNA was involved, but to no avail, the question was not answered. The Department of Defense was also involved in the case, thus Mulder, Scully and Skinner's hands were tied. I say that Founder's Mutation has a connection, story-wise to My Struggle--alien DNA vis a vis government conspiracy--that the government had the direct hand in genetic experimentation that resulted to Kyle and Molly's special abilities, and maybe, William's? Or, Scully's immortality?

Oh, by the way, was it "DANA is the key" or "DATA is the key"? I really heard DANA is the key and it might have something to do with the mythology. Maybe.

All in all, I really enjoyed this episode. I enjoyed the creepiness of the birds, the blood, the would-have-been, the pain, the sorrow, the heartbreak, and the hope. All the love to James Wong for writing a great story and to The X-Files team for the great execution! Simply beautiful!


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