“The X-Files” ended its limited run on Monday (Feb. 22) and the final minutes of the packed episode, titled “My Struggle II,” leaves the audience with more questions than answers.
With a cliffhanger such as that — seriously, what was that? — many fans are probably left wondering if more episodes will be coming. There has to be, right? That question has been posed to David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson and the gang and by the sound of things, it all comes down to scheduling.
Duchovny appeared on Monday’s episode of “Ellen” and pointed out the timing is the main issue as Anderson lives in London and everyone is so busy. Still, in true Chris Carter fashion, the sixth episode of the “X-Files” revival ended in such a way that some folks aren’t merely scratching their heads, they’re banging them against the wall.
Let’s run down the details here. Acting as a bookend to the season opener, titled, “My Struggle,” Mulder (Duchovny) is missing and Dana (Anderson) is left trying to piece together the puzzle left before her.
With the assistance of Agents Miller (Robbie Amell) and Einstein (Lauren Ambrose), Scully comes to the conclusion that a secret cabal of powerful men have delivered a variety of contagions through vaccines to the population. It’s Scully’s own “alien DNA” that leads her to the assertion — with the help of Agent Reyes (Annabeth Gish) — that a systematic wipeout of the planet’s population is at hand.
A select “elite” few have been chosen to survive the global epidemic, which finds anyone with the anomalous DNA safe from the chaos around them. Who’s the one responsible for such a “Shock Doctrine?” Why, the Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis), of course.
Back from the dead and burnt all over — shout out to “Deadpool!” — Agent Reyes explains to Scully the plans that have already been set in motion.
While she tells Scully that Mulder is to be saved as well, things don’t go according to plan and after an intense fight between Fox and Cigarette’s errand boy, Mulder confronts the old man in his own home. Instead of accepting his assistance, though, Fox decides to succumb to the illness that is now rapidly spreading throughout the city.
Thankfully, Tad O’Malley (Joel McHale) is here amidst all the chaos to walk the audience through exactly what is going on because … between U.F.O.s, Anthrax outbreaks, government cover-ups and the ongoing mystery of Mulder and Scully’s son, things get confusing quickly.
While all this is happening, Scully and younger Scully … err Einstein … end up formulating a cure for the contagion but may be too late in saving the world. A mass exodus is taking place, with cars clogging the freeways and looting happening all over the streets.
After Miller tracks Mulder to Cigarette’s house, Scully seems to find them both pretty easily in this insane cluster of cars. The FBI can traverse through bumper-to-bumper crowds like nobody’s business!
Before she’s able to figure out if she can implement this new vaccine to cure Mulder, she mentions their son William to Miller, as the mystery boy might be the actual real key to all this madness. Sure, why not? Then, a spaceship appears out of nowhere and hovers directly above all three agents. Uh, sure, why not … ?
With an ending like that, audiences deserve answers but how long will they have to wait? Can Scully save the world? Is that a real U.F.O. or another government fake-out? Could William be piloting the ship? What will happen to young Mulder and Scully — err, Miller and Einstein?
With so many questions, here’s hoping fans won’t have to wait another 12 years for “The X-Files” to give the answers. As Mulder would say, “I want to believe” it’ll happen sooner than later.