The X-Files: Season 10 (2016)

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Critic Consensus: Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny's chemistry remains intact, but overall, The X-Files revival lacks the creative spark necessary to sustain the initial rush of nostalgia.

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Air date: Jan 24, 2016
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Air date: Jan 25, 2016
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Air date: Feb 1, 2016
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Air date: Feb 8, 2016
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Air date: Feb 15, 2016
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Air date: Feb 22, 2016

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In Series 10 Agent Mulder is reuinted with Dana Scully and the pair begin investigating strange occurrences that have the potential to pose global threats.

Cast

David Duchovny
as Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson
as Dana Scully
Mitch Pileggi
as Walter Skinner
Joel McHale
as Tad O'Malley
William B. Davis
as Cigarette Smoking Man
Robbie Amell
as Agent Miller
Lauren Ambrose
as Agent Einstein
Sheila Larkin
as Margaret Scully
Doug Savant
as Augustus Goldman
Daryl Shuttleworth
as Daryl Landry
Annabeth Gish
as Monica Reyes
Richard Newman
as Dr. Rumanovitch
Chris Logan
as Dr. Sanjay
Alessandro Juliani
as Joseph Cutler
Peggy Jo Jacobs
as Nancy Huff
Tyler Labine
as Stoner No. 1
Nicole Parker-Smith
as Stoner No. 2
Marci T. House
as Angry Woman
Chris Shields
as Det. Dross
Rebecca Wisocky
as Jackie Goldman
Gary Sekhon
as Forensic Tech
Alex Diakun
as Manager
Julian Christopher
as Dr. Oscar Griffiths
Eric Breker
as SP Agent Brem
Aliza Vellani
as Nurse Sandeep
Sachin Sahel
as Jack Budd
Veena Sood
as Dr. Louise Colquitt
Amanda Burke
as Rebecca
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Critic Reviews for The X-Files Season 10

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (26)

Give six writer/directors six chances to do whatever they want with these iconic characters. It's a great idea for a series that can't just repeat itself as it will inherently feel nostalgic.

Jan 20, 2016 | Full Review…

After just one episode of the upcoming six, The X-Files feels like a faded relic, barely clinging to what once made it great.

Oct 12, 2015 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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Regardless, hungry fans are probably thrilled to have the show back in whatever capacity. The smartest thing that this revival does is play to those fans, who will forgive its flaws, while limiting the run to a six-episode taste.

Jan 25, 2016 | Full Review…
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Reminding audiences of decades-old disappointment probably wasn't the sort of nostalgia that was intended when when the notion of reviving The X-Files as a "six hour-event" was conceived, but, sadly, that's the impression.

Jan 25, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The third episode, not coincidentally the one in which the show rediscovers its dry sense of humor, finally gets on track.

Jan 22, 2016 | Full Review…
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Above-average special effects and the presence of two old and beloved friends - you know who! - more than make up for an eye-rolling new premise.

Jan 22, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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It's still pretty lame. But with enough embers of the fire that the show once was to get me to stick with it.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

I worry for the mythology-laden closer, to burden itself with just as much overwrought melodrama and nostalgia as its predecessor, let alone provide some kind of reasonable closure.

Jun 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Still, My Struggle poses enough questions for long-time fans and offers enough intrigue for new ones to be a promising start of a new chapter in the X-Files story.

Apr 23, 2018 | Full Review…

The X-Files feel old-fashioned and out of touch.

Oct 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The X-Files: Season 10

This is one of the best shows of all history. Cannot recommend it enough!

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Banking on the nostalgia factor, a beloved 90s duo is reunited in a world that is much more digital. A relatively short season, where the "filler" episodes actually appear to be stronger than the serial arc the first and last episode create, it's not necessarily a bittersweet return to the FBI's most unwanted, especially as they appear to have a new, younger set of agents that mirror their younger selves.

a great return when compared to where we left this series in season 9. I found the first four episodes pretty entertaining. With only six in total, the pressure was on, so even decent episodes seemed to fall short after the long wait. my complaint for some of these would be the commixing of stand alone with the story arch. "home again" was a fantastic monster of the week story, but the loss in scully's life means it is not something that can be re-watched again and again, because the mood of the two stories do not mix well. overall, however, I am so grateful all involved gave us six more episodes.

The revival seems to run on pure shipping. The new mythology arc is very convoluted and contrived, it doesn't feel authentic like the creative myth arcs from the past which were also convoluted but at least felt real to the universe. The monster episodes were still great fun, but sadly they devoted too much time to the arcing story line.

I think once you throw out preconceived notions of what it will be, this reboot is great. Loved Ep 3. Don't be so cool as to be over it, it really is good, brings a smile to my face to see them again in new eps. Thanks to them all for the hard work.

I will give it an extra star because of one episode. Mulder and Scully meet the were-monster is a great episode, the rest sadly are not. The main problem here is Chris Carter. He wants to keep the previous conspiracy and it just feels outdated nowadays. From the first episode you feel underwhelmed and seeing Mulder and Scully together should not be! They need to jettison all of the previous storylines and mythology and start afresh. It has a bogged down feeling. The constant thread of their child is boring. Go back to making stand alone monster of the week episodes and build a NEW conspiracy/mythology that is relevant to today. If the show gets rid of Chris Carter (I know he created the show but he also kept it going long past its sell by date and, again has delivered stale episodes.) and, gets new writers it could be fun. Mulder and Scully and the fans want the X-FILES but they want good X-Files not mediocre. Sidenote: why is Gillian wearing a wig? and a blonde wig? very noticeable

Overall all story line was okay but sometimes didn't make sense. The acting was also sub par, the guest stars sometimes overshadowing the main characters. I was happy with the humor in this season, but I'm hoping season 11 will redeem season 10.

guys, it's time for answers. that's the only reason i keep tuning in. last season was a complete waste.

This was a fun event season full of the humor and intrigue the xfiles is known for. I only wish it were longer. Definitely watch this!

The X-Files is one of my favorite television dramas of all-time. For its first six seasons, it presented some incredibly intriguing/interesting stories as well as pretty much pioneering the concept of over-arching plots from season to season. For its last three seasons, it managed to still be at least watchable despite actor issues, network waffling on an end-date, and a general lack of the solid writing that had been present in its hey-day. So, when it was announced that the show would return after a 14-year absence, I was ecstatic...with a touch of panic thrown in. Would David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson be able to slip into their old roles? Could Chris Carter write himself out of the corner that the show had "ended" on back in 2002? Would the team as a whole be able to re-capture that late-90s magic and translate it across time (something a show like 24 was unable to do)? Unfortunately, what I quickly found (right away from the first episode) was that none of those above questions were answered in the positive. Not only that, but the entire revival was nothing more than an embarrassment to a show that once feature quality drama, interesting plots, and developed characters. None of those things were even in sight this time around. Before I get into the more specific reasons why this revival failed (and failed miserably), I think the big concept behind the failure is that the show writers didn't seem to understand what made the show so successful in the first place. To be honest, that boggles me a bit in its own right, as it was Chris Carter himself and many of the original writers that had a hand in this slop. It's almost like they made a caricature of the success of the original show, but a caricature is obviously just a crude (if sometimes funny) over-exaggeration of a person or thing's real features. That's exactly what happened here, and here are a few more specific reasons why: -The earliest faux pas is re-opening the X-Files office in the FBI in the first episode. That stretches the bounds of credibility right off the map. This entire series could have operated outside the realm of "official FBI business" (and it would have made more sense to do so), but instead the creators took the easy/lazy way out. -In a similar vein as above, the entire mythology was ret-conned in that first episode as well. In a show where aliens have been seen and examined from many angles, you can't just say "well, now I think it was just the government all along". Heck, the show even tried that itself back in Season Five! That's an unforgivable ret-con that spits in the face of fans who marveled at the complex alien/government mysteries of the show at its peak. -The two episodes are supposed to be the solid "stand-alones" are easily the worst episodes of this revival..."Founder's Mutation" and "Home Again". The Band-Aid Nose Man? Again, just embarrassing. -Yes, comedy was part of The X-Files all along, but only as a subtle counter-point to the fact that most times the show was deadly serious. So, the comedic "Were-Monster" and "Babylon" episodes fail here because there isn't any actual strong material to back them up. I mean, Mulder going on a drug trip and dancing to "Honky-Tonk Badonkadonk"? It's almost as if Carter & Co. were intentionally trying to sabotage the show at that point. -The show consistently teases the return of Skinner (Mitch Pileggi), the Smoking Man (William B. Davis), and the Lone Gunmen, but then gives them nothing interesting to do. A terrible waste of some potentially great possibilities. Finally, and I wanted to save this point for its own paragraph, perhaps the biggest failure of this entire revival was the complete and utter lack of chemistry between Mulder (Duchovny) and Scully (Anderson). For years and years, Chris Carter always maintained that Mulder and Scully would never get romantic because "the best relationships are the ones rooted in friendship". That worked for the show for a long, long time...until Carter ran out of really good material after Season Six. At that point, he started pushing the romantic angles even further because, frankly, he caved to the "shippers". The show was running on empty and instead of "writing his way out of the problem", he just went for the quick fix and played up the romance angle. In this revival, he tries to do the same thing, but it comes off just as stunted and stilted as it did back in the day. The over-reliance on William (the son the pair had together) despite that character never being seen is a good example of this. That was the only thing the writers could think of to bring Mulder and Scully together...a plot line ("baby William") that failed so miserably in Season Nine that it sunk the entire season. I could go on and on, but suffice it to say that my take on this "Season 10" of this show can be boiled down to a single word: Embarrassing. These six episodes are a caricature of the show's former success, and a cheap knock off at that. The mythology is ret-conned, the characters are drone-ish, and the stand-alone episodes are either dull or almost obscenely stupid. The original run of The X-Files will always hold a special place in the TV-watching portion of my heart, but this effort I will try very, very hard to forget. If these are the "great new stories" that Chris Carter wanted to come back to tell, then I hope this show truly never comes back, as the creative team behind it has lost their bearings.

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