Spoilers for “Babylon”
When the revival was first announced at just a scant six episodes, I was thinking we were mostly going to get a single storyline about Mulder and Scully’s search for answers broken into six parts. Man was I mistaken and I couldn’t be happier about it. Instead we are getting a very condensed look at the show overall. There was always a common mythology that popped up in a few episodes and the rest were standalone investigations. Some of the standalones would be goofy as hell, others would challenge our two agents perspective. Last night’s episode did a little of both as we followed Mulder down a rabbit hole and meet the two possible replacements for a full on series revival.
A philosophical debate between Mulder and Scully about groups of people around the world hearing a trumpet course like one described in Revelations signaling the end times is cut short by the arrival of Special Agents Miller and Einstein (distant relation to Albert) coming to The X-Files unit for some advice. (“Nobody here but the FBI’s most unwanted”) The two agents are on the case of a terrorist bombing of an art gallery in Texas where one of the bombers is technically living, but completely brain dead. Miller is a wide eyed believer hoping Mulder would know of a way to communicate with the bomber to find out where the rest of the terrorist cell is located. Einstein is a medical doctor who is there to keep Miller from doing something completely stupid, like taking the idea of communicating with a person who is brain dead seriously. Mulder is unable to point Miller in any specific direction at that time and the two agents are off to the airport to catch their flight to Texas. “She calls him Miller,” remarks Scully about the kiddos.
While at the gate, Miller gets a phone call from Scully wanting to help him with a scientific method of communication she wish she could have used when her mother was in a coma, but didn’t think of in her grief. She would like to attach electrodes to the skull of the terrorist to detect brain waves and possibly use yes or no questions to get some answers. While Miller and Scully have their little powwow, Einstein gets a phone call from Mulder wanting her to administer a psychotropic Class 1 drug to him so he can move to a spiritual plain and communicate with the bomber hovering between life and death.
Before Miller and Scully fully have a chance to set up the brain imaging equipment, a bomb threat is called into the hospital forcing the two to temporarily evacuate. Einstein and Mulder slip in shortly thereafter and Einstein distracts the conspiracy loving nurse while Mulder takes the hallucinogen. Cut to Mulder strutting down the hallway giving the staff and patients some high fives. But then it gets some much worse/better as Mulder strolls into a honkytonk, sheds his jacket and tie, dons a Stetson and pelvic thrusts his way thru “Achy-Breaky Heart.” I didn’t know whether to swoon or face-palm.
The Lone Gunmen and Skinner make an appearance hanging out and drinking with Mulder who shows off his blinged up knuckle rings spelling out MUSHROOM. Einstein then goes “Fifty Shades of Black” on Mulder before he hitches a ride on a Viking ship with The Smoking Man at the helm and the bomber splayed out at the bow with a woman holding him in a way reminiscent of the Pieta. The bomber whispers something to Mulder just before he wakes up in a hospital to the real Skinner and Einstein fretting about his embarrassing antics at the honkytonk. Einstein also plays the CYA card telling Skinner and Mulder she gave him a placebo (you know she gave him the good stuff). Mulder is not convinced what he saw wasn’t the real deal and wants to see the bomber.
Scully and Miller are currently working their angle on the bomber with the brain imager trying to find a way to interoperate the signals. The bombers mother shows up and Mulder recognizes her as the woman carrying him in the vision. He brings her to the bombers room in hopes of getting answers, but the bomber dies in his mother’s arm instead. Mulder proclaims that the bomber did speak to him and tries to remember what the Arabic words he spoke. The bomber had given him the name of the hotel where the rest of the terror cell is located and the FBI rushes in to save the day.
We get a little wrap up from the newbies talking about their exchanges with the two veterans and it is about what you expect from a possible lead in for the two of them to take the mantle. I didn’t hate the new kids, but I don’t know if I like them either. It felt like there were just there to be a look back as to how far Mulder and Scully’s relationship (professional and personal) has come over the years.
The real ending is saved for Mulder and Scully talking about religion, children, love, hate, and communication as they hold hands and go for a walk. Just before we can get a kiss out of the two of them, Mulder starts to hear the mysterious trumpeting. Is this a signal for the beginning of the end of everything, or just the end of Mulder?
Next week is the big finale and it looks to be an intense hour as we see the return of the newbies and Joel McHale’s crazy conspiracy nutter. I think the guy Mulder pulls the gun on and shouts “who sent you” to is William. There is no way the son of Mulder and Scully doesn’t make some kind of appearance on the show.
What did you think of last night’s episode of The X-Files? Did you enjoy the trippy little vacation Mulder took?
Were you a little disappointed that is all we get of The Lone Gunmen? How did you like Lauren Ambrose and Robbie Amell as the newbies? Would you watch a show starting the two of them? Let me know in the comments section below.