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"Home Again" blends dramatic performances and spooky fun, all in service of a storyline that sends the characters on a dark, personal journey.
Anderson gave a heartbreaking, award-worthy performance as Scully suffered a great loss, but the episode, written by executive producer Glen Morgan, also featured monster thrills.
Somebody showed up to do some acting today, and that person's name is Gillian Anderson... Anderson (never a disappointment) stays grounded, raw and real.
I found it to be very heavy-handed, and another episode where they were trying to do too much.
"Home Again" was a heartbreakingly lovely episode, a showcase of Gillian Anderson's acting as well as the many layers and complicated emotional journey of Dana Scully.
If Fox, Anderson and Duchovny ever decide to extend their six-episode run, it might be time for a new brain or two in the scriptwriters' room.
Little more than an enjoyable mediocrity.
"Home Again" feels like a regular, average The X-Files, which is not a bad thing at all.
I'm not sure any X-Files episode this season will match the poignant brilliance that was last week's "Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster," but "Home Again" was a solid follow-up.
If each of these new episodes seeks to continue the show's oldest traditions, I'm glad we were graced with one as sad as this one. It just felt right somehow.
The episode, written by Glen Morgan, has plenty of high notes, and a bad guy you can practically smell.