Darin Morgan is beloved by X-Files fans. He's the genius scribe behind Humbug, Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose, and last season's absolutely brilliant Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster. As an actor, he played
Eddie Van Blundht in another light-hearted outing, Small Potatoes. And he was the guy in the Flukeman suit. For enduring that (which generated a lot more than forehead sweat), he deserves a medal.
Morgan (yes, we're sure it's Morgan) is back with the fourth outing of The X-Files Season 11, The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat. It's an episode that tackles the nature of truth by way of the Mandela Effect. Long story short, that's collective false memory. Remember the Berenstein Bears? No, you don't, because they were the Berenstain Bears. You just think you remember it as Berenstein.
But maybe you do. Maybe it's a conspiracy. Or maybe, at some point, you fell into a parallel dimension, and where you used to exist, it really was the Berenstein Bears.
The Mandela Effect dates back to a shared collective memory, held by some, of Nelson Mandela dying in prison in the 80s. With the rise of the Internet, and everyone being more connected than ever before, collective memories (false or otherwise) have greater impact than ever.
And so we come to The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat, which unveils Mulder's old partner, Reggie. Don't remember him? You're not alone. Neither does Mulder. Here's ten other things we learned (at least, we think we learned them - it's hard to be sure!)
Covering the sport of MMA from Ontario, Canada, Jay Anderson has been writing for various publications covering sports, technology, and pop culture since 2001. Jay holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Guelph, and a Certificate in Leadership Skills from Humber College under the Ontario Management Development Program. When not slaving at the keyboard, he can be found in the company of his dog, a good book, or getting lost in the woods.