Scully and Mulder are forced to face the most painful event of their lives 15 years later: giving up their baby, William, for his own protection. The second episode of ‘The X-Files’ begs the question: who did this to Scully, and are they doing it to others, too? Click through for the full recap!
Is there anything more comforting than hearing that theme song? The second episode of The X-Files revival brings us back to one of the most poignant parts of the original series, when Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) is forced to give up her son, William, when he is just a baby. In 2016, both Scully and Mulder (David Duchovny) can’t bear to think about the son they don’t know, but they have to face a harsh reminder when children with severe genetic deformities, gone missing, are found living at a lab.
The episode opens with a man, Dr. Sonny Sanjay (Christopher Logan), committing suicide after hearing excruciating piercing noises and someone’s voice, that isn’t his own. With the X-Files reopened, Scully and Mulder go to investigate. He worked at a highly guarded government lab, and there’s clearly something significant to what he was working on. At his home, the agents uncover dozens of pictures of children with drastic genetic deformities, whom it seems Dr. Sanjay was trying to cure. Cue Mulder hearing that same screeching ring, and a voice telling him to “find her.”
The first thought is that this is a return to Mulder’s original mission: finding his sister, Samantha, whom he saw get abducted by aliens as a child. But it’s not Mulder’s sister who needs to be saved this episode; it’s Kyle’s. Wait, who? Kyle (Jason Whitesell) is a “special” boy who worked as a janitor at Sanjay’s facility. As it turns out, he has some very intriguing mind control powers, and the agents have figured out the missing pieces, very quickly.
A researcher at Scully’s hospital, Augustus Goldman (Doug Savant), is running a facility to isolate the “Founder’s Gene,” which he believes will solve the mystery of all incredibly complex deformities. What he should call them is mutations — or superpowers. He’s hiding the fact from the agents that he’s tested extensively on his subjects to get them to this point — including his own daughter, Molly (Megan Hill), who’s telekinetic. And yes, Molly and Kylie are siblings! Don’t worry; Augustus gets what’s coming to him.
The entire experience is another weight on Mulder and Scully’s shoulders as they try to work together again. The memory of William is too strong, and too painful for either to bear. When Scully sees the children who were brought into the world through Augustus’ manipulation, she has to ask Mulder if he thought of her as “just an incubator” when she got mysteriously pregnant. “I’ve never thought of you as just anything,” he says. Kiss, goddamnit!
Maybe most heartbreaking of all is the lives they both dreamt they would have led, the family they would have been, if they still had William. Scully, a doting mom who takes him to school. Mulder, a devoted dad who teaches him all about space. But the nightmares set in; he has the face of an alien, and just like Aunt Samantha, he’s taken from Mulder.
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