The 11th season of “The X-Files” continued Wednesday night on Fox with acclaimed Emmy-winning writer Darin Morgan‘s latest episode, titled “The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat.” In the hour, Special Agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) explored the Mandela Effect, where the memories of large groups of people inexplicably differed on certain details, like as if they were remembering an alternative history without even realizing it. They encountered hilariously sweaty Reggie (Brian Huskey) in their investigation, and in doing so, Mulder and Scully found out how the X-Files might really have originated.
What did we think of the episode overall? In our new video recap (watch above), senior editors Marcus James Dixon, Rob Licuria and Daniel Montgomery dish the highs and lows of Season 11, Episode 4, written and directed by Darin Morgan.
“I did really appreciate the humor of this episode,” Montgomery proclaims. “It was a little all over the map, but it had ideas that were interesting enough for me, the way that it folded the idea of subjectivity and the Mandela Effect, and the episode had a much better way of incorporating the Trump era ideas of what is truth and truth doesn’t matter anymore, while also being really funny and inventive.”
“My favorite part was around the 45 minute mark when the episode re-starts with the theme song,” Dixon says. “And then it includes Reggie in the theme song and then we see all of the most famous episodes of all time, all these clips with Reggie Forrest Gump-ing himself into them.” He adds, “I was smiling ear to ear, this is genius!”
“There were parts of it that I loved, there were parts of it that I thought, ‘Meh, let’s just get on with it,'” Licuria admits. “I felt it was slightly off with its pacing. I’m being a bit nitpicky, because to be honest it’s probably the best episode of the season so far for me but I didn’t love it.”
In conclusion, Licuria declares, “It’s no ‘Clyde Bruckman,’ it’s no ‘Humbug,’ and it’s no ‘Jose Chung’s From Outer Space,’ because they’re gold standard Darin Morgan.” What did YOU think of “The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat”? Give us your thoughts down in the comments section.