The tenth season of The X-Files is now over.

Cast and Crew Information

Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully
David Duchovny as Fox Mulder
Mitch Pileggi as Walter Skinner
Lauren Ambrose as Agent Einstein
Robbie Amell as Agent Miller
William B. Davis as Cigarette Smoking Man
Annabeth Gish as Monica Reyes

Written and directed by Chris Carter

Premise

Babylon: A terrorist is in a coma, but Mulder and Scully are called in to brainstorm ways to communicate with him anyway.

My Struggle II: The smallpox vaccination was actually designed to cripple our immune system at a specific time and leave room for a new, elite population.

High Point

“Nobody down here but the FBI’s most unwanted.”

Low Point

Mulder’s overly long drug trip.

The Review

This does push the conspiracy into new and original directions which were not a part of the public consciousness when the series first aired. I give it 4 out of 6.

The effects are still solid, be they physical, CGI, or makeup. I give it 6 out of 6.

The story in “Babylon” seems to keep flipping back and forth between supporting tolerance or racism. That of “My Struggle II” had little buildup, questionable character decisions, pure lack of forethought by FBI investigators who don’t search for a missing man by his cell phone, and a complete lack of resolution in what is clearly a bid for an eleventh season. I give “Babylon” 4 out of 6, and “My Struggle II” 3 out of 6.

The acting is solid across the board. I give it 5 out of 6.

The production is what we’ve come to expect from Ten Thirteen. Very solid stuff. I give it 5 out of 6.

The emotional response to “Babylon” is mixed because of the inconsistent message and the far-too-long drug trip. I give it 4 out of 6. The response to “My Struggle II” is not as strong, between the unfounded premise, cheap ending, and slap in the face to those doing great work on the comic series from Dark Horse. I give it 2 out of 6.

Overall, these are the two weakest episodes of the new season, with a 4 out of 6 for “Babylon” and a 3 out of 6 for “My Struggle II.”

In total, Babylon receives 28 out of 42 and My Struggle II receives 24 out of 42.