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Narrative-wise, this case file was replete with clunky dialogue, bad exposition, and just an overall lack of sense, capped off by a truly anti-climatic climax that was resolved far too easily.
Chris Carter returns to pen this week's episode, "Plus One," an hour that works mostly as a stand-alone thriller but is far more effective for anyone who has a history with Dana Scully and Fox Mulder.
Plus One continues that upward trend for season eleven as the entertaining momentum between episodes keeps building.
Yes, I am a die-hard 'shipper, and Mulder and Scully were ridiculously cute this week.
The creep factor is offset by a broad comic tone that does not feel as discordant as it does in some of Carter's more out-there efforts.
Creator Chris Carter delivered easily his best episode as writer in the rebooted series with a story that answers that question and gives us a creepy horror story to boot.
It's an interesting story for Scully considering Gillian Anderson has said she's done with The X-Files after this season. Whether intentional or not, it gives the episode a ring of inevitability that echoes real life.
There's a blessed lightness to the whole affair, down to the casting of Karin Konoval - who appeared in two of the show's greatest episodes ever.
Seeing Scully's and Mulder's doppelgangers gave the Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny something a little different to do rather than playing their usual characters.
It was a nice mix of creepy old casework and newfound perspective.
I still think Carter is gonna blow this, but in this liminal space is, I think, where I want this show to be, embracing the future rather than fighting it.