If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/24/16

Have you ever been at a loss as to what to watch? Too many shows to pick from? We’re here to give you our opinions on what we feel is worth watching. Check it out and then let us know in the comments below what you’re choosing for tonight!

Kyle’s Choice

thexfiles124smallOnce again proving nothing is ever truly dead, tonight, The X-Files returns to FOX for the start of 6-episode event series. For 9 seasons and 2 feature films, FBI agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny, Aquarius) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson, Hannibal, The Fall) investigated cases involving the strange and unexplained. It’s been 7 years since these two last appeared on the big screen and almost 14 years since the original series ended. The world is a much different place these days – if Mulder and Scully had had cell phones and the Internet in those early days, their cases would have been solved a lot faster! This new series picks up in modern times, after the events of the second film, with the agents’ former boss Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi, Sons of Anarchy) trying to get the team back together.

I was a huge fan of the original The X-Files when it first started, and I always preferred the standalone monster-of-the-week episodes to the ongoing mythology. While I really wanted to enjoy tonight tonight’s premiere, I think only the most diehard fans will appreciate it. The episode is extremely focused on the alien-abduction mythology the original series was centered around. I had seen the first five seasons and the first film way back when they first aired but kind of lost touch with the series after that. Not having seen the later seasons and second film, I found myself a bit lost and confused while watching tonight’s premiere.

I think casual or new viewers could probably skip tonight’s episode, but if you do watch and find it less than stellar, fear not, as there are some great episodes ahead! The good news is that the next episodes get back to that monster-of-the-week style of story that I loved about the original series. I found the second episode (which airs tomorrow night) a lot more enjoyable than tonight’s episode. And the third episode, which airs next week, is a hilarious treat – it was written and directed by Darin Morgan, who wrote/directed some of the series’ more comedic and meta episodes.

On tonight’s premiere, “My Struggle,” Agents Mulder and Scully return after 13 years to investigate a government conspiracy at the behest of a popular web-TV-show host (Joel McHale, Community), who introduces them to a woman who claims she’s an alien abductee and shares startling news with them.

Warning, tonight’s episode airs at a special time after the football game, so be sure to pad your DVR recording! Also, check your local listings for the The X-Files: Re-Opened special, which features interviews with the cast/creators of the series.

Don’t miss the premiere at a special night and time tonight on FOX at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Galavant, Worst Cooks in America, Shameless, and Billions.

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