Artistically and creatively bankrupt from the first episode, this highly anticipated six-episode event lands with a splat from the get-go and never recovers. The central performances by returning series stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson can be best described as disinterested, but it’s not hard to see why: Creator Chris Carter’s scripts here are muddled garbage, with stiff dialogue and countless narrative cheats eroding any good will. There’s also a stark focus on validating fear-mongering, right-wing talking points, with Islamophobia, homophobia, and anti-vaccination rhetoric inexplicably finding their way to the screen. Along with the worst episode of the entire series run (the unwatchable, mood-wrecking “Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster” that feels like a failed Scooby-Doo episode) and a poor excuse for a finale, this is ultimately a pointless, unnecessary return for the once-great series.
Rating: ★ (out of 5)