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"Founder's Mutation" gains ground and looks more like the original series, but the episode is still guilty of trying to accomplish too much.
Lots of classic X-Files plotting; plus, Mulder and Scully remember their lost son, William.
The X-Files seemed in no hurry to give up its secrets. Situation normal, then. Welcome back, you two.
Check it out - a real and proper episode of The X-Files! This is what we remember fondly: a sometimes gross and sometimes scary (but ultimately fun) bit of science fiction vaguely built on fact.
You know what else would ease the residual fatigue of "My Struggle"? A nice, stand alone Monster of the Week episode. And what do you know, "The Founder's Mutation" was written and directed by James Wong... We're in good hands.
"Founder's Mutation" feels more like a strong episode of one of The X-Files' major scions, Fringe, where the wildness of the weird is simply accepted as part of the gears of the world.
Founder's Mutation is The X-Files without trying to cram a decade's worth of old information and new conspiracy theories into a 45 minute script.
Certainly, it's an improvement over the premiere... But in other spots, the storytelling was nearly as sloppy as it was in "My Struggle." Too many decisions were being made based on events that happened off-screen.
All in all, it was a nifty episode, with a lot to recommend about it, and very little to complain about this time around. It tied into the established plot in a cool way, the effects were top-notch and occasionally cringe-inducing.
This was the first of many scenes in this particularly disgusting episode where I had to avert my eyes because GROSS WHY GOD WHY.
Now that's more like it. Okay, not fully. But we're getting there.
Like the premiere, it suffered from trying to accomplish too much.
It's a much better representation of the show than the first episode and gives a better feel for the dynamic between Mulder and Scully.