WE CAN ALWAYS GO LOWER
If The X-Files taught us something, it is that we can always go lower in terms of artistic quality. We learned it with the fifth season, becoming clearly not as good as the first four. We learned it with the seventh season. We learned it with the eight season. We learned it with the ninth season. We learned it with the series finale. We learned it with the movie I Want to Believe. We learned it with the 10th season. We learned it with Babylon. We learned it with the season 10 finale. We learned it with season 11.
Here, this episode shows us the worst ever.
EMPTY AND WITH NO POINT
The episode is totally pointless and has no point whatsoever. There is no subject, no emotion, no dialogue, nothing. Zip. Glitch.
The episode is tackling our era of technology. The X-Files was always great when it dealt with strange phenomenons in dark forests. But when it came to technology, the show was mostly not even bad but excruciatingly bad. The problem is that this is the ultimate and final example of the worst episode about technology. Because there is no story, no dialogue, nothing whatsoever. There is not even a glimpse of a concept.
The episode could have had a concept, whatever it was. And make the episode at least watchable. But there is none. Mulder and Scully are eating in a restaurant and not talking. They receive notifications for about forty-three minutes. And that's it.
SOME FANS LOVED IT
And some fans loved this episode. This is no wonder. Because fan comes from the word fanatics. And there will always be X-Files fanatics that would love anything with the X stamp on it. I used to say back in 2008, during the release of the bad film The X-Files: I Want to Believe, that some fans would love anything, as long as there is David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. I even remember telling that you could simply film Duchovny and Anderson not talking for forty minutes and some fans would find it outstanding. I never even imagined that it would actually be the case one day. And this is the summary of this episode. Some fanatics watch this ersatz of an episode and applaud it.
Chris Carter should feel ashamed. How could he be the showrunner of such things? This seems unrealistic that someone who directed Duane Barry and wrote Deep Throat and Anasazi could produce such thing.
One of the worst "thing" I have ever seen in my life. 1/10 without any doubt.
It's a shame because the original idea provided a really interesting plot base. The virtual face starting the episode and proclaiming his speech was really great and plunged me back into the work of Isaac Asimov: I, Robot. This scene reminds me so much of the VIKI entity that the author staged with its "indisputable" logic, declaring that after having nourished for a long time the intellect and the human behaviors, she had ended up developing her own moral which consisted in re-reducing us to the state of dependent child which we had to re-educate at all costs. In this episode, it is inspired by a little when the technologies behave like real idiots towards the two humans: we learn from you, we become like you with our unstable behavior, our attitudes of morons and our decision-making is frankly questionable. But the treatment here is so vulgar, tedious and uninspired. Frankly, an uprising of machines that boils down to being pursued by drones (well, I shudder right there!) And ridiculous equipment that bugs, with what we have access to today, it's a joke. If the goal was to inspire me with fear, I'll go back "The Best New World" of Aldous Huxley, George Orwell : 1984, or even a good HG Wells ... These writers knew how to create a futuristic and dystopian world. The purpose of this episode: I do not like "that" and I will prove to you by my simplistic A + B why and how much it broke the communication between humans (well, I get a little bit, when I see the the devastating effect of IPhone between two people sitting at the same restaurant table). It may come out with a hint of awareness, but the rest it missed his shot, rather than being stoic face images that could have made it chilling, we laugh there, we feel not put on guard.
On the other hand, I really appreciated the big nod to Edward Hooper's "Nighthawks".