Whoa, X-Files... we love you, but tonight's weird magic mushroom and Muslim terrorist story line was a little more than some fans could handle.
When The X-Files returned, it did so with a whole new conspiracy theory that had some fans scratching their heads, but it made sense that the show would apply an update considering it had been off the air for 14 years. But tonight's episode may have gone a little too far in tackling current events.
The episode, titled "Babylon," centered on a terrorist attack carried out by two Muslim extremists. Unlike most X-Files episodes, there weren't any aliens or creepy monsters to chase. Instead, the supernatural element showed up when Mulder took mushrooms to try and communicate with the one (sort of alive) surviving terrorist.
Not everyone thought it was a good idea, though.
Wtf #xfiles? I can't believe you aired this garbage. Racist, islamaphobic stereotypes. Shame on you.— alexandra dean (@alexdeankinart) February 16, 2016
Oh gosh. This was everything everyone was afraid the #XFiles would be. Only one more episode.— Joseph DiDomizio (@JosephDiD) February 16, 2016
My feed would be blowing up over this terribly offensive and regressive XFiles episode if they weren’t all watching the Grammys.— Andrew Cybulska (@Andrew_Cybulska) February 16, 2016
Well, X-Files was racist and tone-deaf this week.— A.J. O'Connell (@ann_oconnell) February 16, 2016
Really, Chris Carter? Did the X-Files need to stoop down to the level of perpetuating racist stereotypes? I am so disappointed.— sam (@samsterrr) February 16, 2016
Although the episode tackled questions about God, faith and love (we even got some super-sweet Mulder and Scully hand-holding at the end), it seems like the episode's overall message was lost in the tired "Muslim terrorist" trope.
Also problematic was the fact that Mulder took mushrooms to communicate with the terrorists, resulting in one of the funniest X-Files moments ever, which was tonally just way out of sync with the rest of the rather somber episode. Watching David Duchovny line dance as Fox Mulder was amazing, and the hallucination sequence included a great guest spot by The Lone Gunmen.
Mulder in a cowboy hat tripping and dancing to "Achy Breaky Heart" is maybe the greatest thing I've ever seen. #XFiles— Russ Evansen (@waunaruss) February 16, 2016
That was just an incredibly tone deaf episode of The X Files— Steven Tsapelas (@steventsapelas) February 16, 2016
With only one episode left, it will be interesting to see how The X-Files wraps up its new, contemporary spin without upsetting audiences with current-day hot-topic issues. With so many current events proving controversial, The X-Files' ability to navigate sensitive issues may be one mystery it isn't able to solve in just six episodes.
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