The X-FilesGillian AndersonDavid DuchovnyJames Wong
The X-Files Season 11 ep.9: Nothing Lasts Forever
Medium: TV
Year: 2018
Director: James Wong
Writer: Karen Nielsen
Keywords: The X-Files, SF, vampires
Actor: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Fiona Vroom, Carlena Britch, Jere Burns, Viv Leacock, Micaela Aguilera, Samuel Patrick Chu, Fabiola Colmenero, Genevieve Buechner, Cameron McDonald, Albert Nicholas, Angus Stuart, Aidan Kahn, Jay Hindle
Format: 43 minutes
Website category: SF
Review date: 29 June 2020
That was a bit hard to watch. It's a non-supernatural vampire story, with gross things being done in a cult. Just being in that grotty little apartment would make my flesh crawl. The tone's what makes it ewwww. The X-Files's tone is realistic, not (usually) camp or larger than life.
Personally, I think this is what vampire stories should be. I approve. I just wouldn't recommend this episode to my mother.
The themes are interesting. There's religion, especially since Scully's a Catholic. (That surprised me, but apparently it's been part of the lore since the beginning. Crumbs.) The episode's also about ageing, with Mulder getting sensitive about his "Definitely Not Bifocal" glasses, even though he often wore ordinary glasses in the original series.
I'd been a bit nervous about this. As it's ep.9 in a ten-episode season, I'd been afraid of another mythology episode. Fortunately, though, I was wrong. It's just revolting and horrible, which is much nicer.