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The X-Files “Babylon” Review (10×05)

15 Feb

THE X-FILES: L-R: David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in the "Babylon" episode of THE X-FILES airing Monday, Feb. 15 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Ed Araquel/FOX

This will be short, as I don’t really have much to say about this episode and/or why it exists. Penned by Chris Carter, “Babylon” is as tonally scattered as any episode of television can be, and it proves that Carter has no business attempting to tackle concepts as complicated as terrorism or religion (Islam in particular). The opening sequence is well done, tense, and chilling, but every single scene that follows can be summed up with the image of a guy jokingly smashing cymbals as somber music plays in the background. It’s all over the place.

Carter tries to blanket his episode with the question of faith and why we do the things we do, why words have so much control over our actions. It sounds more interesting than it really is, as 1) he has a complete lack of control over the tone, and 2) he introduces a younger Mulder-Scully team to help deliver his talking points. It’s all just dull to watch, and Amell and Ambrose are unable to make their characters endearing in any way. It’s not so much their fault, though, as it is the script’s. Simply put, this is not the type of episode you make when you only have six episodes to work with.

GRADE: C+

OTHER THOUGHTS:

-Even if it’s unnecessary, it’s nice to see the Lone Gunmen again. I will say that the Mulder trip is very entertaining to watch.

-A season 11 focusing on Miller and Einstein would be the worst thing ever.

-The finale is once again written by Carter and once again deals with the stuff the premiere dealt with…but it still looks awesome. I hope that’s the case.

Photo credit: The X-Files, Fox

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2 Responses to “The X-Files “Babylon” Review (10×05)”

  1. Keith Noakes February 15, 2016 at 10:51 pm #

    It’s nowhere near the best episode but I thought it was better than last week’s.

  2. Justin February 16, 2016 at 9:24 pm #

    Yeah, this was my least favorite episode of the season because of how scattered it was. The opening was good and as Mulder’s trippy experience. But everything else didn’t quite fit together or lacked something compelling. I hope the finale gets back to the greatness of the season’s second, third, and fourth episodes.

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