A Look Back at the X-Files, Season 4

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Season four of the X-files focused pretty heavily on the alien conspiracy plot and mid-way through, Agent Scully was diagnosed with cancer as a result of her abduction. As I’ve said before, I don’t think the alien plot is the most interesting part about the X-Files, so while the episodes in this season are still very good, it slowed down my re-watch of the season, putting me a little bit behind where I need to be in order to get every episode watched by revival time.

Season four also contains Home, one of the most controversial episode of the series. Even though I’ve seen it multiple times, it still leaves me with an unsettled feeling. Another prime example of how excellent writing holds up over time.

Other standout episodes include Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man (where we get a fascinating theory about who the cigarette smoking man really is), Never Again (a man’s tattoo comes to life and murders people who get to close to him), Kaddish, Small Potatoes (a baby is born with a tail and the mother thinks the father is Luke Skywalker) and the shocking cliffhanger season finale, Gethsemane.

Onward to season 5 – that one should be especially memorable for me since it was the first season that I remember watching when the show was on the air. And with only 20 episodes, it shouldn’t take as long to watch as season 4.

Happy re-watching!

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