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In a perfect world there might be at least one or two more episodes like "Familiar" in the mix. But as always with The X-Files, we take what we get, and are more often than not grateful we're getting it at all.
"Familiar" works in a way no other "serious" episodes have lately. There's no incoherent William drama, no awkward struggle to incorporate fan-service cameos.
There's something refreshing about how standalone this episode is - after so many episodes that doubled as commentary on The X-Files, here this season relaxes into the sort of unselfconscious story that made up the bulk of the show.
I kind of liked it? I mean, there's more to criticize, and we'll get to that, but up until the last five minutes or so, I enjoyed "Familiar," in no small part thanks to the predictable but deeply creepy set-pieces.
"Familiar" is a well-directed and performed X-Files episode, but it ultimately falls into a few too many screenwriting traps to ignore.
Other than Mulder telling Scully he backed her up because she's his "homie" (which I just know hardcore 'shippers will be up in arms about), there was no banter.
Blends the freshly peculiar with the staunchly, yes, familiar.
Actively, this is short-sighted, spotty-ass writing, beholden to high-concept ideas without the intelligence or imagination to give them weight, to anchor all the weirdness in anything but grim, typically grotesque bloodshed.
OK so it wasn't the cleanest path to the truth, but it was at times a gripping, if not campy, journey to get there. The episode did have some genuinely scary and disturbing moments.