I'm just wondering what people's reactions to the X-Files premiere were? Personally, I'm terribly disappointed. I suppose it is true that the mythology episodes are getting constantly worse. There seems to be a backlash against Carter's (brilliant) experimental episodes amongst the [cough] mainstream crowd. As a result, they're watering down the mythology shows with idiotic crap to acheive mass appeal. What was most disappointing in this last episode was the legitimization of a creationist viewpoint. Scully seems to think that acknowledgement of extraterretrial creationism brings some sort of closure to the human intellectual pursuit, when in fact it is just standard mysticism cloaked in a scientific veil. The only person who ever disputed this was Dr. Barnes (?). While Scully and the South African biologist were quite content with the immediate justification of ALL religions and spiritual beliefs, Barnes noted that none of that mattered. The aliens were not Gods, nor were any spiritual beliefs about God necessarily true. The only "God" that existed was the alien ship. "God" is comprised of our perceptions and the small world that surrounds us and justifies our beliefs. And for these statements, Barnes was deemed mentally ill by Scully who very quickly decided to break a chair over Barnes' head. Now, perhaps there is a message in that regarding societal resistence to extreme theories. I doubt this. I think the writers were actually convinced that questioning spirituality, and especially the justification of spirituality, is a sin.