The first half of The X-Files‘ two-night premiere aired on Sunday, bringing back to life the paranormal activities from the series initial 1993 2002 run.
For those who have not watched Sunday’s X-Files premiere, there will be spoilers ahead. For all who have, read on for the five biggest revelations from the premiere episode.
5. Meet Tad
Joel McHale puts his talk-show hosting days to good use as Tad O’Malley, a conspiracy theorist who extols his beliefs on a web series likened to “The O’Reilly Factor with a little gimmick.”
Through the paranoid (he owns a bulletproof limo) Tad, Scully and Mulder are drawn back into the X-Files because he wants their expertise to “blow open” a government conspiracy.
And that conspiracy? It’s a doozy. As he later explains, he feels the government has been “hiding and hoarding alien technology for 70 years” in order the orchestrate an elaborate and dastardly “takeover of America.”
Tad and his Truth Squad feel the culling and killing of Americans is imminent, and he’s using the iconic duo to prove it. It also doesn’t hurt that he’s got a soft spot for Scully.
4. An Actual Alien
In a series of flashback scenes, the military investigates a UFO crash site. As soldiers poke around the desert area, a uniformed doctor is brought in to consult, only to witness the murder of an escaping extraterrestrial creature.
Horrified, the physician quickly wraps up the alien’s body for experiments. It’s later revealed that the aging man has a relationship with Mulder and is hoping to quell the damages from experimentation by imparting his knowledge.
“Roswell, that was a smoke screen,” he divulges, encouraging Mulder’s never-ending quest for answers.
3. A Disappearing Space Ship
The government has had alien technology for decades – something Mulder literally witnesses. Brought to a secure warehouse, the seasoned believer encounters an Alien Replica Vehicle with the propensity to disappear.
Scientists explain to Mulder that the spacecraft powers up and flies with the help of free energy, the energy of the universe that’s been accessible since the 1940s. In addition, the disappearing act is the result of a synthetic superheavy element called Ununpentium, another technology “kept secret for 70 years.”
Sadly, the ship is short for this world – it’s blown up, along with the scientists, by some aggressive uniformed men in souped up humvees.
2. A Cigarette Smoking Man
Despite being presumed dead after an explosion in the series’ original 2002 finale, the show’s famed cigarette smoking man has returned.
Shown briefly as the episode closes, the vicious Spender smokes a cigarette through his tracheotomy.
“We have a small problem,” he tells an off-screen associate. “They’ve re-opened the X-Files.”
1. Alien DNA
Fans of the series will remember Scully’s season 2 abduction and later pregnancy. While the back story of both were always suspicious, Scully finally has proof that aligns with the series greater conspiracy – there is alien DNA in her body.
While sequencing the genome of Sveta, a woman supposedly abducted and impregnated with alien babies by the government, Scully also discovers her own DNA disparities.
The moment finally moves the skeptic to join Mulder on the governmental warpath: “We have to stop these sons of bitches,” she declares.
Unfortunately her realization doesn’t come quickly enough: Sveta is seemingly killed by spacecraft before Scully can even confirm the abductee’s suspicions.
The second half of The X-Files‘ two-part premiere airs Monday at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.