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Every ‘X-Files’ Season 11 Episode You Must Watch Before the Finale

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Every ‘X-Files’ Season 11 Episode You Must Watch Before the Finale

Post by jade1013 on Wed 21 Mar - 6:38

Every ‘X-Files’ Season 11 Episode You Must Watch Before the Finale

By Brett White @brettwhite
Mar 21, 2018 at 9:00am


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Even as we ride a TV nostalgia wave that’s resurfaced a number of classic shows (lookin’ at y’all, Roseanne and Will & Grace!), it’s still crazy to think that X-Files fans got two new seasons of creepy cases and supernatural sleuthing. As ambitious as bringing The X-Files back for a limited run was in 2016, the latest season of the show nearly doubled that by turning out 10 all-new episodes! Witches, demons, aliens–this season has had it all. But the ’90s phenomenon didn’t return to a ’90s TV landscape. Today’s primetime lineups are super crowded, even more so when you factor in all the streaming content available. It’s totally possible that even formerly diehard X-Philes missed out on the most recent season–and that’s where this list comes in.

Ahead of tonight’s season–potentially series–finale, we’re giving all you lapsed X-Files fans a crash course on Season 11. Ten episodes is a lot to watch nowadays, but you actually don’t have to watch all of them in order to know what’s going on in the season finale. And since The X-Files is actually two shows in one, equal parts conspiracy thriller and spooky procedural, there are two very different ways to catch up before the end. That’s why you will find two different methods of investigating Season 11 below, each designed to give you exactly what you want from the show. The viewing order for you is out there!

MYTHARC: 'My Struggle III' & 'Ghouli'



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If you watch X-Files for the unfolding mythology (a.k.a. the “mytharc”), then you only have to watch two episodes ahead of the season/series (?) finale. Those episodes are the Season 11 premiere “My Struggle III” and the midseason entry “Ghouli.”

“My Struggle III” delivers all the government conspiracy mythology madness you could ever want and at a breakneck pace, including appearances from the Cigarette Smoking Man and a new cast of creepy manipulators. “Ghouli” picks up the dangling plot thread of Scully and maybe-Mulder’s son William, and dabbles with some Slender Man-esque online antics. If you care about the show’s conspiracies-within-conspiracies or the now teenaged William, these are the only two eps you need to watch. And since the finale is definitely a mytharc episode, you only need to watch these two to really follow what’s going on.

But a warning: these are not the best episodes of the season, not by a long shot. “My Struggle III” is, true to its title, a struggle to get through. “Ghouli” delivers some okay chills, but your attention may wander if you don’t like to think about Mulder and Scully as parents. If you want to be prepared for the finale, watch these two. If you want to actually watch the best episodes of Season 11, check out the rest of the episodes on this list.

Watch "My Struggle III" on Hulu
Watch "Ghouli" on Hulu

'Plus One'



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Series creator Chris Carter backed away from the show’s impossibly dense mythology with this one and instead delivered a classic-style monster-of-the-week episode. This one involves murderous apparitions, a hundred games of hangman, and a spooky pair of twins, one played by X-Files pinch hitter Karin Konoval (she was the mom-under-the-bed in the nightmare-inducing “Home”!). This is definitely a weird one, an episode that proves Carter can conjure up creepy camp when he wants to. Also, this is the episode that confirms what fans have been theorizing for decades: Mulder and Scully are doing it!

Watch "Plus One" on Hulu

'The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat'



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If you watch just one episode of Season 11–even if you watch just one episode from the show’s two relaunched seasons, you gotta make it this one. “The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat” is Darin Morgan’s contribution to Season 11, and it is every bit as bizarre, difficult, and hilarious as a classic X-Files episode should be. That’s no surprise considering Morgan is responsible for pretty much every one of the series’ all-time best episodes, and “Lost Art” is up there with those. This doozy of a case brings the Mandela effect into X-Files canon, calling into question the memories of not only Mulder and Scully, but of the audience as well. Was Brian Huskey’s newly-introduced FBI agent really playing third wheel to Mulder and Scully for nine seasons, or are those just false memories? This one will blow your mind and bust your gut.

Watch "The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat" on Hulu

'Rm9sbG93ZXJz'



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X-Files went full Black Mirror in this experimental and potentially polarizing chapter. This one can be summed up in one line: “Technology is scary.” Sure, this one plays up Mulder and Scully’s ages and veers into “old man yells at cloud” territory, but it does so in a deliberately artful way that has to be seen to be believed. The episode’s villain is a rogue artificial intelligence that plagues Scully and Mulder’s plugged-in existence after a bad trip to an automated sushi restaurant. The A.I. takes control of everything from a driverless car to a Roomba and a smart fridge, which really makes you wonder why anyone needs a smart fridge. This stylish Season 11 entry also features minimal dialogue, and some arty direction from series vet Glen Morgan. It also reveals which brand of personal massager Scully favors, so, you know, you learn a lot in this one.

Watch "Rm9sbG93ZXJz" on Hulu

'Nothing Lasts Forever'



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Every now and then, X-Files leaves the creep factor alone and just dials up the gore. “Nothing Lasts Forever” is Season 11’s bloodiest episode by far, and it is full of recipes and self-care practices that you definitely should not try at home. Ever. This one focuses on Barbara Beaumont (Fiona Vroom), a star from TV’s golden age that has sidestepped aging thanks to some truly insane medical procedures that involve a sexy cult, lots of human organs, and a well-worn blender. Of all the episodes in Season 11, “Nothing Lasts Forever” is the one that’s gonna turn your stomach. Maybe don’t watch this one while eating.

Watch "Nothing Lasts Forever" on Hulu


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