X-Files clip has Scully transforming into [redacted]: metaphor or real? (spoilers)

The following post contains mild spoilers for past aired and future X-Files episodes
The opening episode of the new X-Files reboot, titled My Struggle, gave background on Agent Mulder’s history and personal journey. The final, sixth episode in the series will be a kind of bookend focused on Agent Scully. Fox released a two and a half minute clip of the final episode, My Struggle II (below), and it has a creepy feel, just like their initial episode with Mulder. Scully explains her purpose in the X-Files, her abduction and the fact that she found alien DNA in her own DNA. Then they make her face transform into an alien! It’s cool and it makes me excited to watch the rest of the show, even if the conspiracy theories have been too heavy handed for my taste.


E!’s Chris Harnick asks if Scully’s transformation is figurative or not and I have the same question. I also wonder if the initial ratings have been good enough to consider renewing the show beyond the six episodes that we’re getting now. The X-Files is doing extremely well in the ratings, and improves when DVR watching is factored in, so I have my fingers crossed. Almost everyone involved has said that they’re willing to do more if there’s interest and there’s definitely interest.

Without revealing too many spoilers, last night’s X-Files was a classic monster tale interspersed with a personal loss from Scully and some yearning between Scully and Mulder for what might have been with their son. Two more episodes is not enough.

Here’s the promo for episode 5 featuring a younger duo just like Scully and Mulder. It’s got Lauren Ambrose of Six Feet Under.




photos credit: Fox

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  1. I want to believe says:

    It has to be a metaphor … I hope.
    Gillian Anderson killed it last night. What a performance.

  2. Aussie girl says:

    I really enjoyed watching Gillan in The Fall. I’m not sure if she has had work done but she looks even more beautiful with age.

    • AntiSocialButterfly says:

      I was just thinking how I’d love to know who her eye surgeon is. Fantastic blepharoplasty. She never had such a pronounced upper lid crease in her youth. I’m 50, and can see this in my future!!!

  3. Ana says:

    Is it okay to watch this, without rewatching all the original series? I never finished that one, and the few episodes I watched were back when they were aired. Don’t remember anything, but this one seems very interesting.

    • Celebitchy says:

      Yes you don’t have to know the original series and you can watch this and it stands alone.

    • Sara says:

      I’d say brushing up on your X-Files mythology is a good idea if you want to know what’s going on.

      You can get by with the “Monster of the Week” episodes but, for example, if you don’t know who William is, I’d say just read a quick summary 🙂 Can’t hurt.

      • M.A.F. says:

        I had to call my parents because I didn’t know what the hell they were talking about. “They had a kid?!” Could I have google searched? Sure but that is what parents are for. Except this in this case, they couldn’t remember the full story line. HA!

    • JH says:

      I was wondering the same thing…

    • grabbyhands says:

      I would say a quick Wiki peek is a good idea so you have a general knowledge of how everyone fits into the arc.

    • AntiSocialButterfly says:

      Netflix has them all. Just saying!

    • Ana says:

      Thanks for all the responses! I got one from Celebitchy, I feel special! 😉
      I think I’m going to read like someone mentioned, the Wiki page. I don’t have the time now to watch the original series, and if it stands alone, just reading that should be enough.

  4. Liz says:

    I’ve really been enjoying this mini series and hopefully the ratings are good enough for FOX to consider doing another but maybe even 12 episodes next time?

  5. Mia4s says:

    “I’m here.”

    I cried.

  6. grabbyhands says:

    Please let it be metaphorical.

    I would be very excited to have them do another six episode run-it is a good format and as long as they keep Chris Carter from running amuk with the scripts, I think it is a good length to have a nice representation of all the different types of episodes that made up the best parts of the original show.

    Last night’s episode, when it wasn’t grossing me out, made me absolutely sob. Gillian knocked it out of the park.

  7. Cindy says:

    I’m so glad this show is back, hope they extend it. I am not that excited about the whole scully/alien thing however. My favorite episodes will forever be the stand-alones. But…..I’ll take what I can get.

  8. Lisa says:

    Mama Scully. 🙁

    I’m the weirdest shipper. I loved M&S when they had UST. I couldn’t wait for them to get together, but when they did, I found that I didn’t like them *together.* I don’t like them as an actual couple, even though I did put my hand over my heart when Scully referred to them as parents. Am I alone in this?

    Also, please let that transformation be metaphorical! It would delight Mulder (he slept with a WHAT), but dude…