A Look Back at the X-Files, Season 9

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Well, I did it! I finished re-watching the entire series – and a full week ahead of schedule! My season nine re-watch wrapped up on Sunday, the 17th of January and the new revival begins this Sunday, the 24th at 10 p.m. on Fox.

Season nine was a mixed bag. David Duchovny only appeared in two episodes and was completely taken out of the opening credits. Scully was more of a consultant on cases and began a teaching career at the FBI Academy. Even the opening theme song and montage was tweaked – giving it a 21st century feel.

In many ways, it felt like season nine was a transitional season – a baton was to be passed from Agents Scully and Mulder to Agents Doggett and Reyes and while the Doggett/Reyes combo was fine, they just weren’t the heart and soul of the X-Files. Had the show continued without original cast members, I doubt it would have lasted more than one season.

Toward the final few episodes, there are some real heart-breaking moments, most notably with the Lone Gunman and William, Mulder and Scully’s baby. I won’t spoil anything but I would have liked to have seen a better ending for the characters, however I know not every story line can end happily.

Instead of breaking down particular episodes to watch like I’ve done in previous posts, I recommend that you watch the entire season. Sure it’s got ups and downs and overall isn’t as good as previous seasons, but it is the final season and closes the book on that particular chapter of the X-Files.

I hope you’ve enjoyed re-watching and re-living The X-Files with me! Don’t forget to tune in to Fox on Sunday, Jan. 24th at 10 p.m. to watch the first of six all new episodes. Check back here in a few months for my recap of the X-Files: 2016 Revival. And remember: The Truth is Out There.

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