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.

A Look Back at the X-Files, Season 3

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In four short months, the newest installment in the X-Files will be here! I’m still on track with my re-watch and am confident I’ll complete the series by January 24th. I most recently completed season three, which originally aired on TV during the 1995-1996 season.

The third season of the show completes several plot lines that carried over from season two and introduced the alien virus black oil mystery in the underlying government cover-up of the alien conspiracy plot that runs throughout the course of the show.

Like I’ve said before, the stand alone monster of the week episodes are where the show really shines and season three boasts some really stellar stand alone episodes, which probably helped it win five Emmy awards that year. The most notable win was for the episode Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose, which guest starred Peter Boyle (Everybody Loves Raymond). Guest writer Darin Morgan, who also wrote my personal favorite, Humbug, returns for another fantastically written and hilarious episode, Jose Chung’s From Outer Space. Both Jesse Ventura AND Alex Trebek (!) show up as guest stars.

Also guest starring this season: Jack Black, Giovanni Ribisi, Jewel Staite (Firefly!), Ryan Reynolds, and BD Wong.

Standout episodes include:

Episode 3: D.P.O
Episode, 4: Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose
Episode 9: Nisei
Episode 10: 731
Episode 13: Syzygy
Episode 20: Jose Chung’s From Outer Space
Episode 23: Wetwired

As fall TV approaches, my re-watching may slow but I will hopefully be starting season 4 this week. Recap to follow when finished!

A Look Back at the X-Files, Season 2

The-X-Files-Season-2This week I completed my re-watch of the second season of the X-Files. It’s my goal to completely re-watch the entire series before the new episodes air in 2016. It had been quite some time since I had watched any of season two and I found myself really enjoying most of the episodes – the show took on a more monster of the week format instead of the alien/government conspiracy plot and the monster of the week episodes are just better stories in my opinion. I feel this way about Supernatural too, but that’s for another blog.

Season two is where Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny really found their groove with their characters and seemed more comfortable as actors playing off each other. Mulder eats a little less sunflower seeds (although there are a couple funny scenes involving those) and Scully seems a little less skeptical of the paranormal. Special guest stars included a pre-Breaking Bad Dean Norris and Nicholas Lea as Alex Krycek. I also swear Will Forte was in an episode but can’t seem to find any acting credit for him in that episode, so I can’t prove if it was him or not.

Humbug, which is one of my very favorite episodes of the entire series season and was just as good this time around as it was the first time I saw it. If you’ve never seen it, it’s a definite one you should watch! In the episode, Mulder and Scully travel to Florida to investigate a bunch of murders in a circus freak sideshow camp. This was the first comedic episode of the series and it’s so much fun to watch. I especially enjoyed how bizarre the characters are and how incredibly weird the culprit turns out to be.

I’ve moved on to season three now, so expect a recap of that here in a month or so, but for now, I’ll leave you with a few of my must watch, favorite episodes of season 2:

Episode 2: The Host
Episode 14: Hand die Verletzt
Episode 18: Fearful Symmetry
Episode 20: Humbug
Episode 21: The Calusari
Episode 24: Our Town