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9.19 The Truth

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Name: Dan
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My review of episode 9.19:

Well I'm an English viewer and therefore won't be able to see 'The Truth' for
ages yet, but I'm intrigued by the contrast in opinions regarding the end of
the X-Files. I am not at all surprised that no truth was really revealed. CC
has to keep it going doesn't he? Personally I'm not sure he knows himself how
to bring down the final curtain. Anyway, I'm an avid viewer and have most of
the 201 episodes on video, which have been watched and re-watched hundreds of
times. Here are my favourites (it was tough!!)...

1) REDUX II - As the show moved from season to season I was never excited as
much by an episode as this one. The whole trilogy was gripping, together with
fantastic work from our stars too.
2) HOME - Downright disturbing, with some unforgettable scenes.
3) 731 - I loved the scenes of Mulder and the RHM locked in the train together,
and Mulder finally getting some information out of one of the CSM's men.
4) PAPER CLIP - A fine end to the first serious feature length mythology story.

5) THE POST-MODERN PROMETHEUS - I have always been a fan of the lighter episodes.
Love the story-book format and the black-and white.
6) GROTESQUE - Mulder at his best, even when the others had given up on him.

7) SR 819 - I loved Mulder beating up Senator Matheson. All the 'Skinner' episodes
were great, but this was the best.
8) CLOSURE - You may love or hate the final explanation of Samantha's death,
but the scene of Mulder and his sister at the end has to be the best of the
lot.
9) KADDISH - I don't know what it is about this episode, but I just have to
keep watching it. Incredibly moving.
10) CLYDE BRUCKMAN'S FINAL REPOSE - If you don't like this episode then what
the hell is wrong with you?

And my least favourites...

1) CHINGA - Thanks Stephen King, but no thanks.
2) LITTLE GREEN MEN - Perhaps the weakest of the mythology episodes. A clear
sign that Mulder needs to be on the X-Files, rather than off them.
3) NEVER AGAIN - Talking tattoos?
4) WITHIN - This episode for me is the one where the whole X-Files history begins
to go downhill. No offence Agent Doggett.
5) HUNGRY - Just weak from start to finish.
6) THE FIELD WHERE I DIED - Words can't describe how bad this episode was.

7) 4-D - See below
8) DAEMONICUS - Season 9 wasn't the best, and these two set the tone for the
whole series.
9) 3 - Our first non-Scully episode. Was never going to be the best.
10) AGUA MALA - Downright awful.

These were the exceptions thought to the best TV series in the world. Get it
sorted CC. Give the fans what they want and a real ending to a great show. Bring
on the movie.

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Name: Frank A.Lucero
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My review of episode 9.19:

Alright I know you're not suppose to post twice, but I have my reasons. I usually
would post the next day after a show so my review would be fresh, but I guess
there was no hurry. I dug into my VHS tapes and pulled out the final episode,
it had already collected dust and watched it again. This time was much better.
My last review I meant to say I hope the Fear The Future movie, will not take
until Dec.22,2010 to be released. I really enjoyed this episode and give it
a 10. Take care my X-File brothers and sisters!P.S. I know that's not the name
of the movie, I just made it up!!

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Name: Very Satisfied
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My review of episode 9.19:

The motivation behind a stand alone film is clearly to expand the audience beyond
X-Files aficiondos. But whereas theatrical releases must widen the circle to
be successful at the box office, made for TV movies do not. Seems to me that
a series of made for TV movies with Mulder, Scully, and the gang would be cheaper
to produce, would garnish high ratings, and would be easier to offer on a regular
schedule. While audiences are expected to wait several years between theatrical
releases and their sequels, two or three 2 hour made for TV movies per year
is well within financial and ratings conscious range. So why is this idea not
on the table? Or is it?

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Name: Frank Anthony Lucero
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My review of episode 9.19:

It's been awhile since I saw this episode, but I do remember I wanted more things
to happen. First I thought Gibson was going to do some kind of Alien thing,
but nothing except 'I know what you're thinking." What ever happened to Jerimiah?
What happened to the Xena? We did get the phantom Spender. If a movie is in
the making, I hope the release date is Dec.10, 2010? Maybe it was the ending
that bugged me the most. Mulder getting busted in all, I hate the trial thing
and I could never understand why all of Hollywood keeps using court room scenes.I've
been a fan since day one and will always be. One more thing, I don't know how
many of you are Roswell fans, but they also gave up their Alien baby to live
a normal life? That's seems funny to me, anyway that's another episode. I'll
see you guys at The X-File Movie, "Fear The Future!"

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Name: SurgicalSteel
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My review of episode 9.19:

"Okay so I'm a woman,
and this may be my opinion because I'm a woman, but shouldn't mulder and scully

get together?"


Hmmmm....;)

I think you have missed something pretty crucial here.
Mulder & Scully ARE together.
Mulder and Scully conceived William "a naturale".
This has been hinted to, but was confirmed at the end of season 8.
Of course, since they have been officially together for about 30 seconds at
the end of season 8, and the last episode of season 9, you can easily be forgiven
for the oversight...;)
Especially since most of the last episode was spent in a prison cell.



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Name: Lisa
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My review of episode 9.19:

Question for everyone including the owner of this site. Okay so I'm a woman,
and this may be my opinion because I'm a woman, but shouldn't mulder and scully
get together? I find it difficult to swallow after all of these years and after
all they have been through that they can maintain a "working only relationship"
and what more powerful a thing could there be than for two people, a man and
a woman, who work together like a well-oiled machine keeping each other in constant
check, to be together forever in a closer relationship. The ultimate fantasy
if you ask me. There has to be another movie says this die hard X- Files fan.
And there is no Mulder without Scully and there is no scully without Mulder.
Dogget and Reyes get a life.....
Just one woman's opinion.
:-)

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Name: SurgicalSteel
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My review of episode 9.19:

"Ok, so I still visit this site. Withdrawal? Perhaps."

;)...you aren't the only one, obviously.


"Provided there is another movie, Carter said it would definately be a standalone.

Now, obviously, we have a problem. I mean Mulder is under military death penalty

and both he and Scully are fugitives of the law."

I have been thinking a lot about this, too.
Now here's the reference frame I have been working from...
1) This is the most successful TV series FOX has ever had. Period.
2) CC has always said he wants to make a series of movies.
3) Star Trek moved from TV to six movies.


CC didn't want to make the first movie a standalone...he was convinced to do
so by the FOX executive staff.
They sold him on this as a strategy for making a successful series of movies,
which is what CC wants.
I am guessing the strategy is to introduce people to Mulder and Scully from
an new angle.
Think of it as a Sixth Sense or a Silence of the Lambs.
The goal is to bring in an additional audience.
I expect the XF element will be used sparingly, since this movie is being made
for people who know nothing about M&S.
Once they watch the first movie, people will be more willing to watch the movies
that follow.


The original XF movie was very successful, all things considered. Make no mistake,
it made FOX a bucket of profit.

Breaking even in the U.S. means it made a profit.
And that was with some serious glitches in production, which drove costs way
up.



No, this first movie is simply an attempt to gain audience before they begin
the serious business.
What will it be?
Probably one of the villains of early/mid X-files, someone like Pusher or Tooms.

Obviously the choices have to be carefully made, but given the library that
XF has available, it shouldn't be that hard.
I am just about certain it will involve Monica and Doggett calling in M&S.
If the writing is smart, it will actually have the subplot of being a sting
operation, which will fail (of course), resulting in D&R being fired as well.


That or it will negate the whole M&S fugitive angle, but won't bring them back
to the FBI. Mulder has never been a gung-ho G-man anyway. Hardly.
I think CC planned to kill CSM and remove Mulder from the FBI whenever the time
to end the series came. It could have happened at the end of season 5. Or
the end of season 7. But it happened at the end of season 9, because that when
the viewers said enough is enough, and FOX finally canned it.

I don't think CC ever really cared about the XF on TV, nearly as much as the
XF in movies. It was only a means to an end.
I suspect that seasons 6-9 come 100% from FOX TV studios, the thinking simply
being, drive the TV show until it dies, THEN switch to movies, not before.

FOX TV studios is not exactly thriving (but thats true of most network TV these
days) so they needed all the help they could get.
As soon as FOX cancelled their print ads, I knew it wouldn't be long.

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Name: MAC
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My review of episode 9.19:

Hey, Ryan...
If you are going to keep the site up, can you create another section for post-season
comments so that the comments under the season finale are just that: Comments/reviews
on the season finale? Not that I've minded reading all the wonderful things
that people have had to say. ;) You guys are great.

MAC

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Name: Peter
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My review of episode 9.19:

Ok, so I still visit this site. Withdrawal? Perhaps. I'm hoping Ryan keeps
it up for until the next movie and beyond!
Now I wanted to ask you guys something so that I can see your thoughts on this.

Provided there is another movie, Carter said it would definately be a standalone.
Now, obviously, we have a problem. I mean Mulder is under military death penalty
and both he and Scully are fugitives of the law. The X office is gone and Kersh's
fate along with Skinner's are unknown. How does one go into standalone movies
after this? Also isn't sad how the once rich X universe is now barren, bereft
of all the players that made it such an exciting place. I'd like to hear what
you would do if we could abduct Carter and tie him up on some surfboard and
send him into shark infested deep waters and banish Spotnitz from ever coming
near a X project and provided you could not convince either Glen Morgan, James
Wong, David Duchovny or Darin Morgan (imagine that!) from writing a movie sequel,
all writing responsibilties would then fall on you..
Realizing how ludicrus and what a flat out lie Carter said when he spoke of
the finale as having absolutely no cliffhanger and the movie would be a standalone,
what story would you write for the movie?

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Name: Marylvk
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My review of episode 9.19:

Like Michael, I am an "older" viewer -- 47, to be exact. And like him, I am
missing the only show I have ever watched that totally captivated me. I became
hooked in season two, but didn't discover this site until season seven. I want
to thank all the people who have contributed to this site on a regular basis,
as each morning for the week following a new episode, I'd start my day with
a mug or two of coffee while I read the always thought provoking reviews. What
a pleasure it has been to read thoughts and analysis NOT written by teens! :-)
So although I've been reading here for only three years,I came to feel like
the reviewers were friends -- oh how I wish we did know one another in person!

Having said that, I won't attempt a top ten list, as knowing me I would want
to come back and revise it ten times over. But thank you all again -- and especially
Ryan for giving us this place to share our X-Files addiction.

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Name: MAC
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My review of episode 9.19:

I agree with Michael H. Miller’s comments. Very Shakespearean. Very film-noir.
In the end, the heroes were flawed human beings like any of us. Their personalities
and characters were the very things that lead to their tragic ending. And
even though there’s lots of hope and room for a movie, I won’t think the story
incomplete if there is not. The Truth still offered a wonderful, realistic
conclusion that will always be able to stand on its own.

MAC

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Name: Michael H. Miller
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My review of episode 9.19:

9.5 for "The Truth."

At the outset, I must reveal "the truth" about me - I am almost 54 years old
- well beyond the target audience for prime time TV. I have also been around
since the beginning of television. And I can say, based upon personal observation,
that the X-Files was the best television program ever made. The photography
and music alone were light years ahead of anything made before, and the scripts
and acting were outstanding. The fact that the show did not win more Emmys merely
demonstrates the bias against shows dealing with science fiction and the paranormal
(and also the restrictions X-Files had on language, gore and nudity).

Yeah, I know the show wasn't perfect. There were holes in the plot, and there
were inconsistencies, and anarchronisms, and errors, etc. To err is human.
Hence the 9.5, not a 10.

"The Truth" was the classic Shakespearian ending. Mulder and Scully, the tragic
heroes, have lost everything. Mulder's father, mother, and sister are dead.
Scully's father, sister, and daughter are dead. Scully has lost her son,
the dearest thing to her in life. Both Scully and Mulder are fugitives. Mulder
is under a death sentence.
In ten years, humanity will be wiped out.

We are not sure what happened to Mulder and Scully's friends - Skinner, Kirsh,
Reyes, Doggett, and Gibson Praise - but we know they are surrounded by enemies.


This is a fertile field for a movie or movies. It's
depressing... but maybe there's hope. And I've got to
know what's out there!

I miss the X-Files already.

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Name: TAMo
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My review of episode 9.19:

Anne, I attempt a minor rebuttal...

I don't think Mulder has given up; I think he's just exhausted. Being chased
by the world and chasing after heaven (i.e., his search for the truth) is tiring!
It's also neverending.

Everything lost? Spun out of control? Helpless? Love is all that we have.
Love is all the proof we should need to be saved. I think maybe the last scene
in the hotel room was about that.

Fight the future? Why? Nothing is guaranteed. Not the future, anyway. How
about living in the here and now? How about living FOR the here and now? Look
around, Mulder. It's all there. You can't prove to people that which they
already refuse to see. It's sort of like all those NoRomos who always refused
to acknowledge the Ship.

So I think the next movie will be about total personal closure for Mulder.
Giving up his search for undeniable proof, and simply reuniting his family;
attaining a state of faith and grace.

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Name: Anne Rhodes
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My review of episode 9.19:

I think it was MLK who said, ?if I knew the world were going to end tomorrow,
I would still plant a tree today.? The premise of this ep seemed to be that
Mulder discovered that date for the end of the world was set (and he believed
it, which is surprising), and that this discovery caused him to lose hope and
give up. Now, most of us, when confronted with evidence that the world is soon
to end (like, say, September 11), adopt an ?eat, drink, and be merry? attitude.
So I find it hard to believe that Mulder would allow himself to be manipulated
into this stupid trial which would surely end with a death sentence. Wouldn?t
Mulder have said to himself, ?gee, I have ten years to live. I?d like to spend
them with Scully and my son, and give up on this insane quest I?ve been on for
the last nine years.? Why on earth would Mulder just walk away from his family
and consent to die? Maybe this was supposed to be a metaphor for the whole
show: Mulder?s constant battle to keep the faith, always feeling as though
he was on trial, having to prove himself to the establishment. But it didn?t
work for me.

For a brief, shining moment I thought that they were going to give us the M*A*S*H
ending: Mulder really had gone mad, and the trial would thus be a battle for
Mulder?s sanity and his soul. THAT would have been compelling. Scully et al.
would have been trying to convince Mulder, not the judges, that his quest had
not been futile, that there was still reason to hope and to keep on fighting.
But alas, the trial seemed to be nothing but a framework for a retrospective
on the show. This was the ?TV? ending, as opposed to Essence and Existence,
which seemed to me to be a more appropriate ending for a show that liked to
leave us guessing. I didn?t need or want the montage of clips from old episodes,
and the ?ghosts? of Mr. X and TLG were a waste. (I agree that killing off the
Lone Gunmen was a big mistake).

If the point of this ep was to show us how to deal with impending doom, it didn?t
do a very good job. Early Christians thought that they would see the end of
days. A lot of (insane) people thought the world would end with the new millennium.
And we all know that we are going to face our own personal Armageddon, our
own death, someday. Every morning when you get in the car you are flirting
with death, especially when you face rush hour on 287. As Christians, we
are taught that you have to live your life in a way that god would approve of,
so that when death strikes you will go to heaven. You get your affairs in order
in case the end comes tomorrow. BUT then you have to try to live with hope,
just in case it doesn?t. That?s what MLK was talking about. Mulder?s reaction
to his knowledge of the planned end of the world rang amazingly hollow to me.


I have argued long and hard in my reviews for the many layers of meaning that
the writers have consciously embedded in each episode. A lot of people insist
that all these layers and symbolism can?t be conscious, that they are either
unconscious, or that I?m reading too much into the show. Here?s one instance
where I believe the motif was unconscious: I think that Mulder?s knowing when
the world will end was a metaphor for 1013 finally knowing when the series would
end, and then giving up and churning out a mass of junk for an entire season.
It wasn?t exactly ?eat, drink, and be merry.? But there is a word for it:
senioritis. After three years of wondering, they finally knew when the series
would end, and they gave up. The worst example of this, I think, was ?Release?.
It felt exactly like reading a term paper from a student that you know is capable
of so much more. But it was spring term senior year and they just didn?t care
any more. They had to tie up the loose ends, and they did, in an shockingly
weak effort.

Despite all my bitching about how bad season 9 was, I have to say, I really
miss the show now that it is gone. There?s a big void in my life where it used
to be.

Anyway, I don?t believe in lists, and I certainly can?t rank my favorite eps.
But here are the top ten accomplishments of the show:

10. The first TV show, to my knowledge, to spawn a movie while it was still
in production.

9. It launched FOX as a network.

8. It gave us the Lone Gunmen. A truly unique trio.

7. It provided a forum for the writing of Morgan&Wong.

6. It raised the bar for writing and production values all over TV. Not until
HBO started producing its own series could anyone touch it.

5. It pioneered the ?mythology? format. To my knowledge it was the first show
to successfully combine the stand-alone eps with a mythology framework. I?m
sure there are other shows that tried to do this, but I can?t think of them.



4. It captured the Post-Cold-War world. That era is over as of 9/11, so it
is fitting that the show is gone, too. But it described who we were by showing
us what we feared.

3. It gave us Scully. A woman who was smart, beautiful, and kick-ass. The
best female role model in a long, long while. She made me want to carry a concealed
weapon.

2. The MSR. An intimate, loving relationship that did not involve sex (at least,
not on-screen, anyway). No other show could have kept us interested for nine
years in a relationship that did not involve on-screen sex. They were able
to do this because the show was ABOUT something else, and the MSR was only one
pillar on which the show rested.

1. It provided a forum for Darin Morgan. The man is a genius. Where is he
now? If not for this show, we might never have heard from him.

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Name: Enrique Aguilar
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My review of episode 9.19:

I haven`t seen The Truth, because here in Mexico Audrey Pauley was just recently
broadcasted, but I do have my share of top ten and bottom ten too!
At first, when the series started a year after the series premiere in the US,
I couldn`t stand to watch complete a single episode. And because it aired on
Friday nights, I thought I`d better go out and have fun instead of wasting my
precious time. I have to say that I`ve always been fan of the paranormal so
now I can`t explain why I couldn`t stand the series from the beginning. I have
to thank my friend Francisco "Paco" Silva for my XF addiction. I was born in
Mexico`s province, so one day I went to Mexico City to check on some universities,
and he had rent some XF episodes on video, mostly mithology ones, so I watched
them with him from the Pilot to The End and of course I got hooked up. I caught
up with five years of mithology in a weekend and the movie was going to be released
that summer, so I was a lucky guy.

I now am the happy owner of the first five seasons in dvd and I`m looking forward
the other four. Yes, I`m a Season 9 fan, although I must accept CC doesn`t know
what he`s doing anymore and the mithology has become too confuse.
Ok, after all this speech, here`s the TOP and BOTTOM ten (Being 10 the least
and 1 the most) from a MEXICAN FAN:

TOP TEN:
10.- The Pilot:
An excellent start for the series that sets the mood for the entire mythology
from the beginning and the relationship between Mulder and Scully.

9.- Chinga:
Being a Stephen King fan, how could I not love this ep? It`s full of gore, frights
and Kim Manners! Even Mulder proposes Scully to get married! What more can a
fan ask?

8.- Jose Chung`s "From Outer Space":
Men In Black, Alien Bodies, Mulder`s Yelp, Scully Threating a Space: Above and
Beyond Fan... WOW!!!


7.- Memento Mori:
Gillian Anderson at her best. Her dramatic skills as we`ve never seen before.


6.- Patient X / The Red and the Black:
An extremely important mythology story arc that set the way, in a perfect and
logical track, to the movie and the real mith conclusion.

5.- Two Fathers / One Son:
Could it get any bigger than this? The mythology`s real conclusion.

4.- Monday:
Groundhog Day in The X Files style!!!

3.- Anasazi / The Blessing Way / Paper Clip:
The conspiracy became more complex in this 3 part myth arc.

2.- Talitha Cumi / Herrenvolk:
The bees, the black oil, the conspiracy, how do this elements fit in?

1.- The X Files Movie: Fight the Future:
The X Files on the big screen!

BOTTOM TEN:
10.- Space:
Yuck! Cheap story.

9.- 3:
Mulder without Scully. Vampires. Failure!

8.- Excelsius Dei:
Cheap special effects ghosts. For a frightening one, go to 4X22 Elegy.

7.- The List:
What was CC thinking?

6.- Hell Money:
I don`t know why, but this ep didn`t work for me.

5.- Schizogeny:
Mmmmhhh! No reason at all to why I didn`t like this ep. Plain awful.

4.- The Rain King:
I never liked a Jeffrey Bell episode.

3.- Surekill:
Yawn!

2.- Salvage:
Double Yawn!

1.- Fight Club:
What was CC thinking? (Part 2)

So, this is my list. I hope you like it and if someone wants to make contact
with me, my e - mail is at the top of this review. I would be glad to discuss
with other XF fans.

I just wanna thank all the forces behind the XF for 9 great years, full of frigths
and television history.

Mulder and Scully will live 4ever!

Enrique.













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My review of episode 9.19:

the worst:

Space
Ghost In The Machine
Fire
Jersey Devil
Alpha
Agua Mala
Chinga
Fresh Bones
3
Teliko

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My review of episode 9.19:

I for one got nothing out of this final episode. After watching this show for
the total nine years I would think that some of the issues like who in FBI was
the mole.There should also have been some substance such as a body tyo provide
some testemate to the existance if aliens. A perfect example was in the court
room and the accusation by Gibson. This could have answered and pout everyone
on the same page. I still have no idea wether Kearsh is a good guy or a bad
guy.. I was very displeased with the way in which we were told that everything
would be answed. I think that this is an outright lie.

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My review of episode 9.19:

Yes, turkeys!

1. FIGHT CLUB
The most atrocious, mean-spirited and vile thing ever to make its way on television.
Simply horrific from start and especially to end. Just awful on MANY different
levels.

2. SPACE
Over-budget, stolen ideas and just dumb.

3. THE JERSEY DEVIL
Now, excuse me, but who thought hiring a tall, beautiful woman would be scary
as the "Jersey Devil"? This was laughable all the way thru.

4. FIRE
Yes I know they're all CC penned eps. So?
This one had Carter looking closely at the female guest as a possible replacement
for GA (!) until Morgan and Wong wrote "Beyond the Sea" for her. Anyway, this
is one big, pretentious pile of stinking crap from a completely American idealistic
and unrealistic idea of Oxford (I had friends there), to the ridiculous and
crappy dialogue to the horrific urgh, nevermind. Awful.

5. TESO DOS BICHOS
Poor John Shiban. Carter told him to write an ep about killer kitties and well,
this is what Shiban came up with. It's safe to say that Shiban is not an exceptionally
talented writer though I did like "SR819" and "Badlaa" and his co-written eps
with Vince Gilligan during season 6 but in general terms, he is just not very
good. This one is especially bad however. Not one redeeming quality to it.


6. ALPHA
From killer kitties to killer dogs this turkey came to us couresy of Jeff Bell,
who wrote the amusing and entertaining "rain King" and then vanished into the
oblivion of his own bad pen. "Alpha" - season 6's lowest moment- is truly garbage.
From the alpha-territorial behavior of Scully to the poster, it is one insulting
mess.

7. SCHIZOGENY
Not making an ounce of sense and riddled with bad writing and an incomprehensible
plot, plus all the horror movie cliches thrown in, this one at least had absolutely
stunning photography amidst all the cacophony of a true abomination.

8. CHIMERA
Though David Amann wrote the entertaining "Terms of Endearment" and "Rush",
he really hit rock bottom with this one. Awful and awful, silly and just uninspired,
this was just one more embarrasment in a season of many. On the brigth side,
a few months later, Amann would write his best X script, the chilling "Invocation"
before vanishing into mediocrity once again.

9. FIRST PERSON SHOOTER
How can the people behind "Kill Switch" write such crap? How can William Gibson
come up with this suckfest? How can CC direct this one into oblivion? And
why did CC pen that last monologue :"We came, we saw we conquored. And if the
victory wasn't sugary sweet, then it was sweet & low" or something along those
hideos lines? An episode about a character from a game that comes alive had
limitless possibilites. A variation of the film "Existenz" would have been
fascinating. Instead we get the post season 6 X-Files. Empty headed, souless
and running on the fumes of a golden past. Sexist and just stupid.


10. EMILY
This one was inexusable. Torturing Scully like this right after her cancer,
making her into the Madonna, a virgin like figure was what ultiamtely led to
her desturction as a character. Pointless, with no imagnation and no soul,
this is a character massacre on all fronts and an early example of how easily
it was possible for such an impressive series to self-destruct if not handled
properly.

HONORABLE MENTION:

EXISTENCE

If "Emily" was the glimpse into the future, then "Existence" was the nail in
the coffin. the "X-Files" fell under its own weight during this truly hideous
hour. Mock religious symbolism, outrageous running and exploding into the increasingly
ludicrous empty FBI hallways and garages, the ridiculously shot and edited and
weakly conceptualized death of an important secondary character (Krycek) at
the hand and the expense of another important secodnary character (Skinner),
to the not caring what the hell we'll say once we're back next season except
"he's gone" for Mulder, this was the complete and utter destruction of the X-Files
universe.
Realizing this one year later, Carte brought back all the X players that had
made the X universe such a rich and fascinating place to play in, in ghost form.
He destroyed his own world by his own hand.

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My review of episode 9.19:

I've already reviewed the episode, but this was before folks starting naming
their "top ten". I tried to think of the episodes which told me the most about
the various characters or about the XFiles in general. Here they are, in no
particular order:

1. The Pilot [set the stage for all that followed]
2. All Souls [a wonderfully moving tribute to motherhood]
3. How the Ghosts Stole Christmas [funny, and a great closing scene]
4. The Unnatural [even aliens can exhibit the traits which make humans so loveable]

5. Dreamland [great characterizations - and can we ever forget the mirror over
Mulder's bed?]
6. Kaddish [like many Xfiles, had a deeper meaning]
7. Unusual Suspects [any episode with the LGM is terrific!]
8. Bad Blood [funny episode - from the very first, "oh SHHHH"
9. Je Souhaite [wasn't the third wish the best?]
10.Clyde B's Final Repose [truly memorable]

I also REALLY loved the episode which told about Byer's love - but I can't remember
the name.

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My review of episode 9.19:

OK, I give in.
Top 10 lists are way too reductive, but here goes:

1. War of Coprophages -- the 1st ep I ever saw, and I was in a tiny hotel room
in Amsterdam, squinting at a 6"-wide TV set.

2. Anasazi -- I think "blessing way" is the weak link here, so I won't list
all 3.

3. Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose

4. Nisei/731 -- GREAT cinematography

5. Small Potatoes -- can't help it. always makes me laugh.

6. Leonard Betts -- one of the best endings EVER

7. Kill Switch -- ONLY for the opening sequence, the coolest ever

8. Irresistible

9. One Breath

10. Milagro

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My review of episode 9.19:

How in heck am I supposed to pick ten favorites out of nearly 200 practically
perfect shows? That's like trying to pick only ten diamonds out of a pile of
beautiful stones. What I'm gonna do is pick out the dirty rocks that somehow
made their way into this jewelry box.

1. SPACE
Boo. let me say it again; BOOOO!
2. EXCELSIUS DEI
old people. pew.
3. FEARFUL SYMMETRY
I like invisible animals as much as the next guy, but how would you eat one?

4. TESO DOS BICHOS
Whato the f***o?
5. ALPHA
I got nothin' to say about this dog.
6. HUNGRY
No thanks, I'm full.
7. FIGHT CLUB
I wanted to slug someone after wasting an hour on this.
8. SUREKILL
Should've been called "Suredull".
9. SALVAGE
Possibly the genesis of the whole stupor soldier arc.
10. SEASON NINE
What? I have no idea what that is.

I do want to say that my favorite ep of all is War of the Coprophages. Why?
Because the bugs win, of course.

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My review of episode 9.19:

us australians haven't been fortunate enough to get the last season (unless
it's on fox or something)... but since we're throwing in top tens...

10. Gethsemane (the ending... no one believed it, but i had no idea how they
were going to explain it)

9. Terma (great finish to a great two-parter)

8. Redux 2 (the fbi inquiry scene at the end sums up the episode)

7. Tunguska (just for it's pace)

6. The Red and The Black (serious episode with some of mulder's funniest lines...
had it all)

5. How The Ghosts Stole Christmas (witty, intelligent, but still a little eerie...
highly underrated... all who disagree watch it again)

4. The Pine Bluff Variant (the best non-mythology episode... seemingly a non
x-file, but a conspiracy twist thrown in... the most underrated of all)

3. Biogenisis (the best ending of all time... even though we all knew it was
coming)

2. Closure (great... no reunion as such... but bitter-sweet)

1. Redux (simply for the archival footage that CC used... he didn't like it,
but i thought that bit playing with Kritchkow {spell check} narrating was brilliant)


Honourable mention goes to X-Cops (great idea and brilliantly executed)... don't
think many people would mention that one

but great choices by everyone else i notice

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My review of episode 9.19:

I've had a chance to watch The Truth several times now, and I'm totally confused
as to why I enjoy this ep so much. Even now, knowing that it doesn't answer
any of my questions (Why was Krycek adamant about the need to kill Mulder in
Existence? What did Fowley mean in Amor Fati when she said to Mulder "I know
what you are, what you've always been"? Why did the Supersoldiers insist that
EITHER Mulder OR William must die? Why did Scully believe Spender about William's
fate, and why did she accept it? Why is it better for M&S not to raise their
own child? How could they leave poor Gibson to fend for himself, AGAIN? If Billy
Miles and the SS are all on the same side, then why didn't Billy kill Mulder
and/or William when he had the chance? I could go on all day.) this still just
rocks me as a very fun two hours of tv. It just isn't a finale in any sense
of the word. I guess I'm agreeing with the idea that The Truth is mostly allegorical
and the kangaroo court and ghostly visits aren't to be taken seriously in the
context of the real world at all. Anyway, I enjoyed it more than any ep of
season 9.

As for ranking the top ten, I just can't do it. I can't even rank my personal
top ten favorites. What I can do is list the top ten eps which, for whatever
reason, blew me away when I first saw them.

1. Grotesque.
This is the first ep of the X-files I ever saw. I totally bought that Mulder
may be the killer. It was scary. Still is.
2. Leonard Betts.
This is when the X-files became my favorite show. I'll never forget shreiking
"OH MY GOD, SCULLY HAS CANCER!". Plus, watching poor Leonard regurgitate himself
still makes me laugh. In a sick, painful way.
3. Detour.
Still love this self contained, frightening but fun little tale. Some of
my favorite lines are from this ep. Who doesn't love the scene in the woods
at night with Scully singing? I remember a light went on in my head and I said
to my two teenagers, "I think Scully is in love with Mulder!" Their reaction:
"Duh, Mom."
4. Folie a Duex.
I felt real horror watching Mulder, strapped to the bed, helpless to defend
himself from the monster skittering nearer...And I love the idea that telemarketers
are really soulless zombies being controlled by insect-like monsters.
5. Fight the Future.
I didn't even see this in a theatre. I waited til it came out on video and
it blew me away. I hadn't been a big fan of the conspiracy eps and the movie
made me realize that perhaps CC wasn't making it up as he went, that there really
WAS a bigger picture. This marked the moment when the X-files went from being
my favorite tv show to a full fledged addiction. I became an obsessed X-phile,
determined to figure out just what the hell was going on not only in the alien
conspiracy, but between our two ultra repressed special agents. Despite my
revelation regarding Scully in Detour, it had never occurred to me that Mulder
regarded her with anything more than amused affection. Now, of course, I realize
that he fell for her like a ton of bricks in The Pilot. Yes, he did. Anyway,
the movie began my own x-file quest. I never missed another show, I began taping
them and watching them repeatedly to try to understand, and I tracked down all
the years worth of eps that I'd missed.
6. Post Modern Prometheus.
I find everything about this ep simply delightful. PMP proved once and for
all that this show could do anything.
7. Tithonus.
OH MY GOD, SCULLY IS IMMORTAL!
8. Milagro.
Stunning as a stand alone, and even more so in the context of the over all
season 6 arc. This is the ep in which Scully stopped pretending that she could
keep Mulder at arms length.
9. Field Trip.
I was literally on the edge of my seat. This one did everything. Twice.
10. All Souls.
This one is a particular favorite of mine in part because the story is really
cool and beautifully done. I also love it because I'd never seen a prime time,
network tv show portray a lead character as a serious Catholic. Until Dana Scully,
Catholic characters were never sympathetic, but always written as either demented
zealots, or fallen away. I am still very impressed by the fact that Scully,
even while non practicing in the first few seasons, not only never was defensive
or apologetic about the faith she was raised in, but actually came back to it.


There they are. Not my ten favorites, as there's not a Darin Morgan or a
conspiracy ep in the bunch, but the ten eps' that knocked me out of my orbit
the first time I saw them.

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My review of episode 9.19:

Hello all, I've read this board for ages but never actually posted. I've enjoyed
all the commentary and insight offered and I thought I'd contribute with yet
another top 10 list. First off, to give you some background, the first episode
I ever of the X-Files I ever watched was Colony, I caught it about midway through
on a Friday night. Several of my friends had started watching. I picked up
on it by Anasazi and then watched it religiously for about a year and a half,
then stopped. I really can't remember why I had stopped watching, but I didn't
resume until the premiere of the 8th season...quite a gap. After spending last
summer watching everything that I missed, I've had time to ponder and watch
the series through to its conclusion. Even though this last season showed some
signs of age, I still tuned in every Sunday night, and was rewarded with well-written,
emotional and creative gems like 4-D, John Doe, Audrey Pauley, Sunshine Days,
and Release. I was never that big a fan of the mythology and I'm not a shipper.
I've always believed the shows strength and potential lie in its standalone
episodes. Lastly, having only recently been reintroduced to the series, I think
I can approach the series with a more objective and casual approach than some
of the more die-hard fans. Here, I present to you, the 10 best episodes of
the X-Files.
1. Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose - A hilarious and gripping examination of whether
or not we have the ability to change our fate. Like any excellent television
or movie, the episode works on multiple levels, and contains so much subtle
material it does not age with multiple viewings.
2. Requiem - Would have been the perfect way to wrap up the series. The episode
literally brought the show full circle, culminating an ironic and haunting final
scene for Mulder. Technically, this episode is flawless, with haunting music
and stunning camerawork.
3. Irresistible - Introduces Donnie Pfaster, the creepiest and most troubling
monster of the week in the show's history. Most of the show's MOWs had some
perverted sense of humanity, but this character was devoid of any form of human
quality. The episode also contains an amazing emotional climax as Scully breaks
down in Mulder's arms.
4. Pusher - Another outstanding hour of drama with an incredibly original premise.
It's creatively written with plenty of humor despite some truly grim and chilling
moments. Excellent character development between the leads, especially evident
during the final scenes in the hospital.
5/6. Tempus Fugit/Max - The series' best 2-Parter and one of the finest produced
episodes of television ever. A brave departure to involve aliens largely outside
the mythology. The ambitious production design does not overshadow the excellent,
Rashomon type story as Mulder and Scully attempt yet again to find real evidence
of alien life.
Ok getting sleepy got to wrap things up...
7. Paper Hearts - Not a traditional MOW, with more character exploration than
usual and featuring memorable music and some tremendous acting. Suspenseful
climax and a very sick villain. One of those episodes that works on multiple
levels.
8. Jose Chung's From Outer Space - There's probably three or four levels at
work on this episode. The humor ranges from high brow to low and silly to downright
bizarre. The most creative episode of the series.
9. Folie a Duex - A wonderful monster of the week that highlights the best of
the Mulder and Scully relationship, her skepticism and his relentless and often
wreckless pursuit of the true. Excellent concept work on the monster with a
great final scene.
10. Release - One of the last true masterpieces in terms all the elements coming
together and the best episode of season 9. Robert Patrick gave an incredible
performance that will sadly never go recognized beyond the viewers of the show.
This episode stands up with the best of the early X-Files especially in terms
of acting, music, and camera-work.

Honorable Mentions: Anasazi, Tithonus, The End, Home, Je Souhaite, Essence,
Within, John Doe, The Pine Bluff Variant, Beyond the Sea

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My review of episode 9.19:

I tried compiling a list of top 10 episodes but it was too difficult, with so
many unforgettable moments. Finally I created different categories, and ended
up with a top 40 list. Here goes:

Top 15 alien/mythology episodes

1. Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space'
The best alien episode isn't even mythology. Instead it's a show that turns
elements of the mythology on its head, exposes the unreliability of eye witness
accounts (and uses this as an excuse to let the characters act out of character),
and uses aliens as a metaphor for loneliness and isolation that we can all relate
to. Classic X-Files in every way from beginning till end.
2. The Erlenmeyer Flask
The first X-Files episode I ever saw. Knowing very little about the show, it
drew me in and got me to watch again. Having later learned more about the show,
it works even better, being the episode that advances the still developing mythology
from vague alien abduction/crashes/cover-up stories into something bigger, involving
experiments with alien tissue on humans, and the first death of a major reoccurring
character. Having now seen all 200 episodes, it still stands as one of the series'
best.
3. Anasazi/The Blessing Way/Paper Clip
Possibly the show's biggest turning point (for the best at least), and the best
cliffhanger used by any show, ever. Mulder believes he's found definitive proof,
only to find his world fall apart around him. He learns a lot throughout these
3 episodes, a lot of which he probably didn't want to know. Though she still
doesn't believe in aliens, Scully can no longer deny that there is a conspiracy
at work. Mulder and Scully get some of their best dynamic ever as they discover
the truth, while Skinner gets to prove himself as their best ally.
4. Duane Barry/Ascension/One Breath
Despite the simplistic premise, the first hour is one of the show's most intense,
and gets high points for willingness to treat the subject of alien abduction
seriously. Even if he is insane, you can feel the terror in Barry's voice as
he yells about what the aliens did to him. The second hour is also very exciting,
while the third is one of most emotional episodes, focusing on the human side
of the mythology. We also get more expansion of the mythology with the first
indication that the government may be working with the aliens.
5. Colony/End Game
Three elements really make this one of the top mythology installments. The first
is the introduction of the Alien Bounty Hunter, a simple yet very effective
character who's utilized well throughout the series. The second is the introduction
of the colonization plot, which brings a sense of urgency to the mythology that
this is all leading to something big. The third is the return to plot of Mulder's
quest for his sister, which little had been done with at this point since Conduit,
which helped form the true core of the series.
6. Patient X/The Red and the Black
After 5 years of mythology with so many layers that isn't always clear, Chris
Carter apparently wanted it cleaned up for the upcoming movie. So we were given
this two-parter, where practically every major element of the mythology (abductions,
black oil, colonization, the Alien Bounty Hunter) is tied together in a way
that actually makes a little sense. At the center of this is Mulder's journey
from believer to skeptic back to believer, and Scully's need to accept that
maybe there is something behind Mulder's beliefs.
7. Deep Throat
Perfect follow-up to the Pilot and a great idea for an episode by focusing more
on the government cover-up with an Area 51-type base after the first episode
was about alien abduction. Mulder thinking he's found the evidence he was looking
for only to lose it and Deep Throat's comment "they've been here for a long
time" set up the mythology for years to come.
8. Memento Mori
The show's most emotional hour since One Breath, which like that episode focuses
on the human side of the mythology. It was good that they were able to tie Scully's
abduction (and the similar abductions of other women) in with the hybrids/clones
and explain why they happened, but the Mulder/Scully relationship will always
be the highlight and the core of this unforgettable episode.
9. The Unnatural
After so many different elements had been introduced into the alien mythology,
it was a nice break to do an episode set before all this happened and things
weren't so complicated. Just like Darin Morgan used aliens as a metaphor for
loneliness, David Duchovny uses aliens and baseball as a metaphor for what it
is to be human and enjoying life. It doesn't even suffer from lack of Mulder
and Scully, but the few scenes they are in enhance the episode even more by
showing what their relationship has progressed to.
10. Gethsemane/Redux/Redux II
The first hour suffers a little from some obvious red herrings (did anyone actually
believe Mulder killed himself?) but it starts to come together more by the second
episode, and the third episodes serves almost as a culmination of the first
4 seasons, as well as a harbinger of things to come. Mulder's original journey
from believer to UFO skeptic is done convincingly in the second 2 episodes,
and for the first time he questions if the toll that he and Scully had to pay
for his quest was worth it.
11. Nisei/731
After this Anasazi trilogy set things in a new direction, this two-parter does
a perfect job of following them up and introducing new elements. After previously
revealing so much, they were running the risk of making Scully look clueless
by not believing in aliens, so giving Scully a logical alternate belief was
a necessity. In the end Mulder and Scully are both strong in their convictions,
Mulder that he saw an alien/human hybrid and Scully that aliens are being used
to cover-up human experimentation, and we don't know which one is right.
12. Two Fathers/One Son
This two-parter had to follow up all the new information about colonization
learned from PX/TRATB and the movie, and for the most part it succeeds. While
Mulder and Scully are very involved the main protagonist appears to be the Cigarette-Smoking
Man, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. A good drama must give equal time
to the bad guys and develop their motives, and William B. Davis gives one of
his best performances here.
13. E.B.E.
Morgan and Wong give us a solid UFO story while the mythology was still in its
developmental stages, and entire episode about aliens where none are actually
shown. In the process of the story we also get more info into Deep Throat's
motivations, a major piece of information about the alien conspiracy, and (most
importantly) the introduction of the Lone Gunmen.
14. Biogenesis/The Sixth Extinction/Amor Fati
After 2F/1S freed CC from the colonization plot for the time being he had a
chance to do a different type of mythology episode exploring the religious and
spiritual side, making for one of the best season finales ever. Unfortunately
the second part, while not bad ranks as one of the duller mythology episodes,
but the final part makes up for it with an intriguing hour exploring the Mulder/Scully
relationship. Both agents take convincing journeys, with Scully finally coming
to believe in aliens and Mulder revisiting the question of whether his quest
is worth the price, and concluding that it is.
15. Requiem
Not very effective as a series finale like many fans thought it should have
been, but very fitting as a "requiem" to the first 7 seasons. Having Mulder
and Scully revisit their first case was an effective way to show how much they've
grown and how much things have changed over 7 years. And even if you hated Mulder's
abduction and Scully's pregnancy, you have to admit that the cliffhanger was
pretty cool.

Top 10 monster-of-the-week episodes
(by "monster-of-the-week" I mean any episode about any kind of monster or creature,
or a mutant or human with special abilities)
1. Ice
This episode, along with Duane Barry proves that just because shows taking place
primarily in one location are used to save money doesn't mean that can't be
good. This is one of the most tense and paranoid hours of television ever, and
proved that X-Files episodes can be more than just Mulder and Scully investigating
something weird in some town. We also have the first sign of the trust that
would form between Mulder and Scully.
2. Squeeze/Tooms
Morgan and Wong introduce the monster-of-the-week format that allowed the show
to go beyond a UFO-of-the-week format, as well as introducing a formula that
would be copied many times throughout the series. We're also introduced to the
type of creepiness that would become standard from this point on, though it's
rarely used as effectively as it is here.
3. Leonard Betts
After so many genetic mutant episodes that were little more than Tooms rip-offs
we're finally introduced to the show's second most interesting mutant characters
with one of the most interesting abilities. Betts want to just live a normal
life, but becomes forced to kill both to hide his secret and preserve his life.
The final revelation of Scully's cancer only enhances it more.
4. Pusher
Robert Modell is one of the series' best villains, the way he gets the agents
involved in a cat and mouse game for no reason but that he wants to go out with
a bang. The episode is helped even more by some of the best Mulder/Scully interaction
in a non-mythology episode, and the final scene with Scully watching Mulder
powerless under Pusher's control is instant classic.
5. Milagro
The monster of this episode, the psychic surgeon who is simply a character in
the main bad guy's book, serves as a metaphor for the writing process that anyway
who's ever struggled with writing can relate to. We're also in the process given
lots of insight into Scully's soul, which is always a treat. All these elements
combine to make this one of the show's more unique offerings.
6. Humbug
Although it may not seem that way, this will go down as one of the series' most
influential episodes simply for introducing humor into it for the first time.
Not quite as poignant and layered as Darin Morgan's later episodes, but it's
always fun to watch, and also makes some good social commentary.
7. Darkness Falls
Like Ice, this episode also has the agents stranded in some remote location
and threatened by an unknown creature. Lacks the paranoia of Ice, but is unique
in that the agents are powerless to do anything about it for the entire episode.
This vulnerability adds a more human side to our heroes, which is conveyed perfectly
in the final scene where they just barely survive.
8. X-Cops
Vince Gilligan takes a simple an extremely old horror cliché (a being that manifests
in the form of your worst fear) and manages to make it work in the guise of
the reality show genre. I always thought The Blair Witch Project was hugely
overrated, and this is a much more effective example of making something scary
by shooting it with a shaky handheld camera and now showing the monster.
9. Millennium
As a fan of Millennium I was disappointed that Frank Black was underused and
it doesn't resolve any of Millennium's plots, but it was still one of the most
creepy and scary things they had shown in a long time. You can't not see the
terror in Mulder as he stands in the circle of salt surrounded by zombies. And
even though he's underused, Lance Henriksen is effective and works and works
well with what he's given.
10. Quagmire and Home
A couldn't choose which one to pick so I put them both. They're both pretty
simple MOTW stories (Mulder and Scully investigate bizarre deaths) enhanced
by some good M/S dialogue and some risk taking. Quagmire has the discussion
about Mulder's quest to seek the truth at any cost, and Home has their dialogue
about moving to a small town and having children. And while Home has some pretty
obvious controversy, Quagmire has Queequeg's death. This may not seem controversial
when compared to 3 inbred brothers beating a man and his wife to death with
a baseball bat, but how often does Hollywood allow dogs to die? These are the
types of moves that kept The X-Files unique compared to other shows.

Top 15 "other" episodes
(episodes about any other type of paranormal phenomenon or other unusual happenings)

1. Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose
Supposedly Darin Morgan wrote this episode in an attempt to write the most depressing
episode ever after taking so much criticism for writing a funny episode. What
he ended up with was a unique mixture of black comedy and melancholy drama about
pondering your mortality, with one of the show's most interesting characters
as the protagonist.
2. Beyond the Sea
The original Scully episode, and the episode that firmly established Scully
as more than just Mulder's sidekick. Besides for proving that Gillian Anderson
can act, we also get Mulder as the skeptic and Scully the believer for the first
time, allowing the show to go beyond the formula of Mulder developing a theory
involving the paranormal, Scully doubting it and Mulder being right.
3. Paper Hearts
The theme of Mulder's quest for his sister is usually reserved for mythology
episodes, but Vince Gilligan made a wise decision to do a standalone focusing
on this. Nothing is actually answered, but we get to see Mulder's determination
to find the truth take center stage once again, and the child killer in this
episode is the most developed villain since Pusher.
4. Post-Modern Prometheus
Strangely one of the show's most endearing hours, full of unforgettable and
hilarious scenes. Some people may feel CC is cheating by doing a comic book/fairy
tale episode that doesn't fit into the X-Files canon. I think he's just become
comfortable enough with Mulder and Scully that he can write them into any location
investigating nearly anything, even if it doesn't fit into the show's established
universe.
5. Kill Switch
One of the show's most stylish and purely entertaining episodes. Even if it
can be low an substance at times we do get the interaction between the Lone
Gunmen and Invisigoth (classic!), the scenes with Mulder trapped in virtual
reality that fall somewhere between campy and frightening, and some philosophical
musings on the nature of consciousness towards the end.
6-8. Irresistible, Grotesque and Empedocles
Episodes about evil always provide great acting opportunities. Irresistible,
while not actually an X-Files fits the X-Files universe regardless by exploring
how it's easier to believe in aliens than what humans are capable of, and gives
Gillian Anderson one her best performances as she finds this case too much for
her. Grotesque takes more of a traditional X-Files approach to evil, and gives
Duchovny a chance to shine as Mulder gets drawn in more following the advice
that you must becoming a monster to catch a monster. Empedocles finally treats
evil as a paranormal force, and allows Robert Patrick one of his best acting
opportunities as Doggett ponders whether this could have played as role in his
son's murder.
9-11. Aubrey, Oubliette and Mind's Eye
Besides for mythology or Samantha episodes, Mulder's best episodes are ones
involving women haunted by the paranormal in some way. Besides for inspiring
him to compulsively seek aliens hoping to find her again, Samantha's abduction
has also given him sympathy for these women, and that shows in these 3 episodes.
It all helps to make Mulder such a 3 dimensional character.
12. Eve
For once, not only is Mulder's original hypothesis wrong, but so is pretty much
everything think they know throughout this episode as they are being manipulated
by two creepy little girls. This is probably the shows best non-UFO conspiracy
episode, and there's just something about seeing two cute little girls as the
bad guys.
13. Revelations
Once again Mulder and Scully switch skeptic and believer roles, but this time
instead of having Scully believe that Mulder normally would the episode focuses
on something she already believes in, Catholicism. Both of the agents are characterized
well, and I liked how the allowed Mulder to be an atheist (I am one myself),
something you don't see on TV very often. But this is Scully's episode, and
she steals it by the way she follows through with what she believes even if
she can't explain it rationally.
14. How the Ghosts Stole Christmas
Pretty much everything I'd expect in an X-Files Christmas special. I usually
don't care as much for episodes set outside the X-Files, but this one works
by putting the characterization and relationship of Mulder and Scully at the
center of its pretty simple plot. The ghosts' analysis of our heroes hits only
their negative points, and though the plan originally works, once they realize
this they're saved. M&S lying in pools of their own pseudo-blood while "Have
Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" plays is another classic scene, and the ending
where they try to fix the flaws the ghosts pointed out and exchange gifts is
perfect.
15. Via Negativa
Maybe they still should have ended after season 7, but this episode showed that
they at least had some intriguing stories left to tell, and that Robert Patrick
is a talented actor. Here he gives a believable performance as Doggett is drawn
into something he can't understand.

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My review of episode 9.19:

A big question about this series is WHY it became so damn bad. Why the best
series on TV became that "happily silly (seasons 6,7), sadly silly (seasons
8,9) thing" we've witnessed the last 4 years. Now, the MOTW (non-mythology Monster
Of The Week) episodes had gotten so bad since season 6 that the Spotnitz or
Shiban written ones were good compared to the others... -Now that's what I call
decline-!!

Now, I will grade the 9 Seasons saying words that describes them, ORDER: from
the best to the worst. (It seems like a game but it is interesting, actually):


1. Season 3 -Shocking, Revealing, Inroducing-
2. Season 4 -Using mythology properly, Combinating emotions with action, (kicking
the wongs out)-
3. Season 2 -Frightening, Shocking, Abduction-
4. Season 5 -Redux, Amusing, Rebels?-
5. Season 1 -Frightening, Charming, Pointless-
6. Season 6 -Happily Silly, Sense of humour overused, Lifeless, Soulless, Spiritless,
Stone-Dead-
7. Season 7 -Happily Silly, Sense of humour EXTREMELY overused, Mythology over-extended
and drained out-
8. Season 8 -Where's Mulder?, Sadly silly, No real mythology, trying to hit
the old X-Files (unsucessfully)-
9. YEEHAAA Season 9 -Where the hell is Fox Mulder? Sadly Silly, Pointless, more
Lifeless, Soulless, Spiritless and Stone-Dead than ever, T H U P E R T H O L
D I E R S!!!!!!, Character of Scully as if dead or zombie-

The main reasons for this B I G decline in random order:

1. The Wongs' "bye" to the show in late Season 4...

2. Those new writters: David Aman (In Greek, "Aman" means "Gosh!", "Oh Dear!",
"Oh boy!", I just thought you'd like to know :), Jeffrey Bell (Jeffrey Aman
would be a more proper name :)... Those damn new writters that were introduced
to us in early season 6...

3. The move to Hollywood, Season 5?

4. The exposure of the truth which made it not worthy looking for, Late season
3, Mid season 4, Mid season 5...

5. Some attempts to make the show funny, Season 5...

I can't think of any other reasons, can you, X-Philes? Now, I can't reduce the
first 4 seasons to my 10 favourite but what comes to my mind is:

Anasazi/The Blessing Way/Paper Clip
Nisei/731
Piper Maru/Apocrypha
Tunguska/Terma
Gethsemane/Redux/Redux II (the last truly good episodes)

Thank you so much for reading my review, if you have any comments please post
them!!!! BYE, and I really wanted to believe in Ressurection but... S H U P
E R S O L D I E R S!!

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My review of episode 9.19:

Hey there whippersnappers!
I used to review a lot at this site before I became more interested in TV shows
that weren't "The X-Files." Please look me up.
Naturally, I couldn't pass up the listing of favorites. . .I love lists. . .

And so, I commence with my top 30 episodes of all time. . .starting with my
five honorable mentions in alphabetical order.

HONORABLE MENTIONS
All Souls (Dan Angel and Billy Brown/4/26/1998) The episodes about Scully's
faith have always intrigued me.
Drive (Vince Gilligan/11/15/1998) The best paced X-Files ever, assuming you
ignore it's a ripoff of "Speed."
Je Souhaite (Vince Gilligan/5/14/2000) A wacky, zany episode with a sweet heart.

Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man (Glen Morgan/11/17/1996) Stylistically, the
best filmed X-Files this side of Post-Modern Prometheus
Pusher (Vince Gilligan/2/23/1996) A great villain and an unexpected confrontation
with our heroes makes for good TV.

THE TOP 25 (IN ORDER OF PREFERENCE)
25: Milagro (Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz, and John Shiban, 4/18/1999) One of
the few X-Files that has genuinely shocked me. Most of the time, the dark and
dreary ones don't do it for me, but this was a nice examination of Scully and
who she was trying to become. It also made my girlfriend at the time scream.
So there.
24: Requiem/Within/Without (Chris Carter, 5/21/2000, 11/5/2000, 11/12/2000)
The three episodes that made America think "The X-Files" could keep going without
Mulder and that the writers would establish an interesting identity for John
Doggett. Instead, they fumbled their chance to create an everlasting franchise,
despite Robert Patrick's best efforts. Still the last truly effective mythology
episodes, especially Requiem, which would be higher on the list as a stand-alone.

23: Pilot (Chris Carter, 9/10/1993) A pilot that actually establishes the universe
the show will take place in and does quick work of it too. We're immediately
drawn into the world of Mulder and Scully and we want to linger there. One of
the best pilots ever.
22: Piper Maru/Apocrypha (Frank Spotnitz and Chris Carter, 2/9/1996, 2/16/1996)
The guy alive at the bottom of the ocean sealed this one up for me, but it also
works as a great summary of all of the mythology episodes. The human moments
in these two were delicate and perfect. The mytharc episodes sort of jumped
the shark after season three because they couldn't do human drama against the
chaos like they did in this episode anymore.
21: The Unnatural (David Duchovny, 4/25/1999) I had my doubts about baseball
playing aliens, but this episode manages to take an almost Mulder and Scully
free episode and make it a moving poem to love, change, and America's pasttime.
Of course, the wonderful moments between our heroes at the end don't hurt at
all.
20: Squeeze/Tooms (Glen Morgan and James Wong, 9/24/1993, 4/22/1994) The series
most spread-out two-parter. Morgan and Wong possibly saved the series by putting
out this solid episode that established the monster of the week format. When
one considers that Eugene Tooms is still one of the creepiest monsters the show
has seen, one appreciates their accomplishment even more.
19: Bad Blood (Vince Gilligan, 2/22/1998) An episode that almost flies off the
tracks from being TOO silly, but somehow manages to hold it together. The jokes
fly thick and fast in this episode and the show made good use of the conflicting
perspectives of Mulder and Scully. It's still probably the oddest episode of
the show.
18: Nisei/731 (Chris Carter, Howard Gordon and Frank Spotnitz; Frank Spotnitz,
11/24/1995, 12/1/1995) The show managed to intelligently expand and advance
the mythology after the mind-bending changes in the Anasazi three-parter. These
episodes increased the stakes, created real drama, and had some of the better
action sequences of the show. An example the writers should have followed in
advancing the mythos.
17: Monday (Vince Gilligan and John Shiban, 2/28/1999) A somewhat melancholy
episode that stole from "Groundhog Day" and countless other sources, but established
its own tone. The show finally did a meditation on Hell and did it in a weirdly
unique way that left a feeling of tender sadness at the end. A marvelous fable
about change, stasis, and the price of living.
16: Duane Barry/Ascension (Chris Carter; Paul Brown, 10/14/1994, 10/21/1994)
I don't know whether to believe the stories that Carter didn't appreciate Anderson
getting pregnant or not, but he sure took the ball and ran with it. These pivotal
two episodes suddenly force the agents to dig deeper into the conspiracy and
establish some basic ground rules which were later blatantly ignored. Damn suspenseful
stuff.
15: Humbug (Darin Morgan, 3/31/1995) In which Darin Morgan extends the life
of the show past season five. Had Morgan not shown the show that it could stretch
into regions other than horror and conspiracy, it would have grown old fast.
Instead, it grew old relatively slowly and spawned all kinds of stories. Here,
you can feel Morgan testing the limits of what television can do. Later, he
would shatter those limits.
14: Home (Glen Morgan and James Wong, 10/11/1996) A disgusting, disturbing episode
that manages to blend horror and comedy into a perfect dark trifle. While it
seemingly pleased no one on its intial release, Home has become something of
a cult favorite since then. The episode stands as a shining example of how to
do good dark and scary stories.
13: Triangle (Chris Carter, 11/22/1998) A great big gaping breath of fresh air.
Another stylistic triumph for the show, when it didn't really need to stretch
anymore. The swing music, the real time, the split screen. . .invention bursts
out of every corner of the screen as the show celebrates what would be its last
REALLY BIG episode before the long decline. Pure fun all around, with a marvelous
last scene.
12: Irresistible (Chris Carter, 1/13/1995) Carter finally trusts Anderson with
a big acting showcase and she shows what she's capable of. The episode is a
pivotal one for showing that the world of "The X-Files" could find evil in places
other than the supernatural. It also gave Anderson a lot of meat to chew and
made for scary television.
11: Gethsemene/Redux I/Redux II (Chris Carter, 5/18/1997, 11/2/1997, 11/9/1997)
The first two episodes were rather so-so, but they were elevated by the mind-blowingly
amazing third part. Carter crammed everything he'd ever wanted to do into the
show's 100th episode and it created an episode filled with so much excitement
that he's been vainly trying to create another one just like it ever since.
Again, two mediocre episodes elevated by a great ending.
10: One Breath (Glen Morgan and James Wong, 11/11/1994) Movingly, touchingly,
the show confronts death and our inability to do anything about it. While Beyond
the Sea had hinted at the show's ability to play with complex subjects, One
Breath confirmed it. Featuring stellar acting and even better writing, One Breath
raised the bar for the show and it never looked back.
9: Ice (Glen Morgan and James Wong, 11/5/1993) Morgan and Wong rip off "The
Thing" and get away with it, mainly because the concept is so good and their
take on it allows for lots of juicy Mulder and Scully interaction. Apparently
shot to save money, Ice showed that the show could do enclosed space horror
as well as anyone and pointed the way to lots of scariness in the future.
8: Memento Mori (Chris Carter, Vince Gilligan, John Shiban, and Frank Spotnitz,
2/9/1997) Cancer is introduced into the world of "The X-Files" and no one will
ever be the same. The episode that won Gillian Anderson an Emmy is tender and
moving without becoming maudlin. It nearly inspires tears in me every time I
watch it and I KNOW Scully's going to be saved by an ambiguous chip. Or God.
Or something. Regardless, the Scully cancer arc actually managed to give the
show something interesting to do and this episode introduced it well.
7: Paper Hearts (Vince Gilligan, 12/15/1996) A gorgeously filmed episode that
introduced doubt into Mulder's mind. Gilligan does his best non-comedic work
here, tapping into something primal in Mulder, evoking his fear that his life
has been in vain. The child murderer here is played marvelously and the premise
flits from dreamy to utterly horrifying. The gradual solving of the case is
an amazing thing to see. A heart-rending episode that gets better with time.

6: Beyond the Sea (Glen Morgan and James Wong, 1/7/1994) The episode ostensibly
created to show that Gillian Anderson could act. As though anyone needed proof.
However, this show proved that anything could be touched upon and that the personal
lives of the characters could intrude into their professional lives. Brad Dourif
gives one of the top three guest appearances on the show. Morgan and Wong set
a new standard (again) and the show never looks back.
5: Small Potatoes (Vince Gilligan, 4/20/1997) Funny, funny, funny. Darin Morgan's
magic touch apparently extends to acting, as he gives a deft and involving turn
here. An episode that at first appears to be an excuse for Duchovny to act silly
soon morphs into a sly story about the need for identity and the quest for a
self that we actually wouldn't mind living with. Full of fun references and
jokes, Small Potatoes is one of those compulsively watchable episodes.
4: Anasazi/The Blessing Way/Paper Clip (Chris Carter, 5/19/1995, 9/22/1995,
9/29/1995) The mythology reaches its apex with this densely plotted and stunningly
complex set of episodes that explode every conspiratorial idea all over the
landscape, leaving the writers to pick up the pieces for years to come. Featuring
the show's best cliffhanger, this trilogy set a standard for mytharc episodes
that was never met and kicked off the best season of the series (the third).

3: Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose (Darin Morgan, 10/13/1995) Morgan, flush with
success from Humbug, wrote an episode filled with comedy, but also featuring
moments of touching drama. Peter Boyle gave an amazing performance as the show
ruminated on our relationship to death, the uncertainty of everything, the dependence
of the universe on small moments, and the pain of living. A cosmos swirling
faster and faster is a scary place for a man who understands everything, and
we soon come to see how alone he is. Sad and funny at the same time. A true
classic.
2: The Post-Modern Prometheus (Chris Carter, 11/30/1997) Even I was surprised
by how high this one was. Stylistically, it can't be beat. It's gorgeously filmed
and the black and white photography is peerless. However, the themes of alienation
and acceptance, the subtle mimicry of comic books, and the perfect pitch make
this more than just another quirky little episode. Like the best monster movies,
this is really about humanity and its refusal to accept itself. The beautiful
denouement seems to be Carter's attempt to save his characters from a life of
loneliness, even as his characters began to grow beyond him. Would that this
Carter always wrote for the show.
1: Jose Chung's "From Outer Space" (Darin Morgan, 4/12/1996) This, however,
didn't surprise me, seeing as how it's one of the top five episodes of any show
of all time. Morgan's ruminations on the subjectivity of truth, loneliness,
love, and the search for meaning create an episode full of intertwining meaning.
The music is Mark Snow's finest work, and the script is hilarious. On first
viewing, the jokes draw you in, but on subsequent viewings, new layers of detail
open themselves up to the viewer. We may never know what happened to those kids
in Oregon, but we do know that the answers may not be as interesting as the
journey.

ALSO WORTH MENTIONING (in chronological order)
Deep Throat, Fallen Angel, Eve, E.B.E., The Erlenmeyer Flask, The Host, Die
Hand Die Verletzt, Colony/End Game, Revelations, War of the Coprophages, Grotesque,
Quagmire, Wetwired, Unruhe, The Field Where I Died, Leonard Betts, Detour, Kill
Switch, Patient X/The Red and the Black, The End/Fight the Future, The Beginning,
How the Ghosts Stole Christmas, Tithonus, Arcadia, The Goldberg Variation, Millennium,
X-Cops, Hollywood A.D., Existence, Sunshine Days

HOW I WOULD RANK THE SEASONS
1: Third
2: Fourth
3: Second
4: Fifth
5: First
6: Sixth
7: Seventh
8: Eighth
9: Ninth

Thank you for reading this.
Please feel free to contact me to discuss.
Thanks to Ryan for keeping this site running for so long!
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Hi! Bear with me here as this is my first review for this site. Firstly I would
like to share my views with you on the series finale, The Truth.
Since I am a UK fan the end of the show hasn't hit me yet. I have to wait until
next year...sometime. Still when the day, Sunday 19th May, came and went I was
somewhat sad but at the same time relieved that a show as good as it was knew
when it had to end. And this was the right time. Full marks to Chris Carter
there.
Despite not seeing it yet I have been entertained by the many spoilers I have
surprisingly seen leading up to the series finale and continuing after. Yes
I am one of those spoiler junkies. I previously promised myself that I would
not spoil this episode prior to watching it. I knew it would be quite a task
and after 4 months of holding back I couldn't help myself any longer.
From what I have seen (screen captures) and read (transcripts) I have been quite
impressed. I am not entirely sure why many people are slating it. It's not THAT
bad! Okay, it may not be one of the greatest by no means but as series finales
go I think it does a good job of exploring the mythology of the show aswell
as the characters exploring it.
It has been remarked on more than one occasion that The Truth did not answer
the questions people were looking for.
Maybe it doesn't give us many NEW answers but what answers it gives us can entertain
both the casual viewer and the hardcore fan (like me!). Because I'm a hardcore
fan I know alot about the mythology of the show and understand it relatively
well.
The tribunal scenes were just a way of confirming what had already been answered
(though maybe not convincingly). The courtroom scenes would benefit the casual
viewer more, in this respect, as they give a nice lesson on the alien conspiracy.
I still think the information we were given can benefit the conspiracy connoisseur
by its confirmation of the events that came before. Along the way we get some
new answers thrown in. I like the tribunal scenes alot. Despite some of its
flaws I think it is handled well and Skinner (bless him) does a great job of
standing up for his agents and The X Files. The flashbacks work to help make
the narration clearer. It was also a nice way for the creators to celebrate
the show as a whole, allowing for some nice memories for the audience concerning
the glory Mulder and Scully days.
Some of the episode's first half went on a bit and there were too many prison
cell scenes for my liking. One scene of Mulder and Scully kssing and weeping
over each other was enough! (can you tell I'm not a shipper?). The second half
finishes off the tribunal. It all goes along at a leisurely pace for a while
and even the prison breakout was somewhat subdued, and I have to say for me,
disappointing. I really did expect more from this.
But the best part of the episode is its final couple of scenes. It was nice
to see Mulder and Scully on the road together again investigating in the desert.
The Lone Gunmen featuring was a nice touch which led into the penultimate scene
at the Anasazi Pueblo where the Smoking Man hides. Despite the lack of new groundbreaking
answers and an expected twist CSM'S lines still sound with that haunting resonance,
which will tell the ultimate truth - the date for the alien invasion (mark your
diaries now!) But despite the lack of information the scene is played out well.
The return of Knowle Rohrer was a bit cheesy, wasn't it?. It didn't take much
for him to die! But at least the final spectacle of watching CSM engulphed in
fiery explosions made up for alot of things.
I loved CSM. I am sad to see him go (again!) but I was so pleased he appeared
in the finale. Good casting choice there!
The final scene in the motel brought back wonderful memories of the Pilot episode
and the early Mulder and Scully days. I was thinking as I looked through these
captures and read the transcript how much has changed!
It was a great way to end this show, much better than the final scene of Existence.

That said, The Truth appears to be of a high standard and I look forward to
seeing it on video!

Now to my Top 10 favorite episodes. This was tough but I think I got there eventually:


10.THE HOST
9. MEMENTO MORI
8. AUBREY
7. ICE
6. 731
5. LEONARD BETTS
4. REDUX II
3. TOOMS
2. ONE BREATH
1. PAPER CLIP *
* (This is my favorite because it sums up all the aspects of The X Files
in 45 minutes. It is stunning!)

Here are some others that could have gotten in - chronological order....

THE X FILES (PILOT)
THE ERLENMEYER FLASK
END GAME
DOD KALM
ANASAZI
PUSHER
BAD BLOOD
CLOSURE
REQUIEM
WITHOUT
THIS IS NOT HAPPENING
EXISTENCE

Well that's that. The end of a tremendous show.
Thanks for reading! Until the movies keep trusting no 1!!

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My review of episode 9.19:

At least we broke last season's average with the finale.
"Maybe there's hope." (for the movies).(snicker).


I can just about guarantee that this ep was a set up for the movies, having
little to do with syndication land.
The inclusion of the synopsis in this ep was done to force people to watch it.

This was intentional...how many people would watch an episode named "Synopsis:
9 years of X-Files".

Mulder's purpose in his "Fugitive" excursion was to find out if the alien invasion
could be stopped.
He did not expect CSM. He stated plainly that he thought CSM was dead.




As I was making the list, I realized there was no way I could include all of
my absolute favorites, so there are
two top 10 lists, the first is for conspiracy/MythArc, the second is for the
rest.

Best Ten Conspiracy/MythArc

1.) Gethsemane/Redux/Redux II

Conspiracy reaches its apogee in this three parter, with a conspiracy within
a conspiracy.
Lies are everywhere, and one truly could "Trust No 1".
Mulder's insight/instincts and Skinner's compromise are intrumental in achieving
one of the exceptional
victories M&S have over the syndicate, as the sharks devour each other in their
fear.
Mulder and Scully find a kind of peace for the first time since the beginning
of season 2 (and since the very
beginning, in some ways).

2.) Erlenmeyer Flask

The first season finale, for the first time we have evidence upon evidence that
something truly alien
is at work. Men breathing underwater (with toxic blood), microscope evidence,
and an alien fetus make
it impossible even for the most skeptical to pretend that the "ufo" stories
can be simply explained away.
For the first time we know for certain that something really is going on, now
the question is "what?"

3.) Anasazi/Blessing Way/Paper Clip

We see the Syndicate for the first time (which I think was mishandled), Mulder's
connection to it through his father, and a piece the Syndicate's past in operation
Paper Clip, with Klemper.
This is also the first time we learn of Strughold, chief architect of the conspiracy,
through the mining company, seen for the first time in the movie.
"This is where you pucker-up and kiss my ass"
Skinner and Hosteen save M&S's life with an "insurance policy", forcing the
Syndicate to employ alternative
means of eliminating them as a threat (demystifying their work and discrediting
them), beginning in Nisei/731,
and culminating in Gethsemane/Redux/Redux II.

4.) DuaneBarry/Ascension/One Breath

The first true mytharc multi-parter, which establishes what would become the
signature XF storytelling MO.
Prefaced by an extensive treatment of an abductee, we then see Scully's actual
abduction, and begins several
of Scully's conflicts/storylines (implant, cancer, pregnancy). A Gethsemane
part one for Mulder, who descends
into near madness and homocide in his frustration and fury.

5.) Momento Mori

Scully's cancer places the rest of season 4 on a new level of tension, ominously
foreshadowed in Leonard Betts, and indicated to a more sinister depth in Elegy.
Even in an episode that seems primarily to simply be a drama, there is conspiracy,
revelation and action. And three lovable goofballs.

6.) E.B.E.

We meet the Lone Gunmen for the first time, in an episode that implies everything
and shows nothing.
The layers of deception are thick, with misdirection after misdirection.
In the end, nothing is proven, and M&S (and we) are left knowing nothing.
Classic X-Files, before the flask.

7.) Nisei/731

Thematically connected to Anasazi/Blessing Way/Paper Clip, more like Gethsemane/Redux/Redux
II in tone, this
two-parter's story had the best of both worlds, but the conclusive impact of
neither. Scully learns more about
what happened to her, while Mulder's alien autopsy video sends him on a collision
course with an assassin from
whom he barely escapes death several times.
This assassin is the one of the most compelling villians in the show's history.


8.) Colony/Endgame

The second multiparter ever, this set firmly establishes the pattern begun in
DuaneBarry/Ascension/One Breath.
This is the first time we see the ABH, creating a classic moment in the history
of the XFs. What Mulder sees
shakes him out of his post-Scully-abduction torpor, and begins his hunt for
his sister anew.

Also features a statement which CC likely came to regret, the ABH's statement
that "She's alive. Can you die now?".
No, apparently she is not alive, at least not according to the story we are
told to believe now.
ABH's motive for lying here is incomprehensible, making the likelyhood that
his statement is false very low.
Mulder has been exposed to his toxic blood, and if the cold doesn't get him,
the other will.
Except of course, Scully saves his life (not for the first or last time).

After season 2, the standalone myth-ep becomes rarer and rarer.


9.) The End/FtF/The Beginning

A badly connected three parter, the stories are good and the events pivotal.

We finally learn about the greys and their near-immortal lifecycle BlackOil-predator-grey,
to black oil again, etc.
Introduces the most hated character in XF history, worse than even CSM, if that
is possible: Diana Fowley.
The pure vitriol expressed toward her was astounding and reveals just how seriously
some people take this show.
She hit a nerve, and then some.
Introduces one of the coolest characters in the XF, Gibson Praise, a kid who
reads minds.

Marks a transition to a worse form of XF. The only good thing from here is
the occasionally interesting episode.
The alien ship, Thupertholdiers and their thuperbaby, "faceless" alien rebels
and their ilk, the "comic" multiparter
Dreamland/II, Sien Und Ziet/Closure, Provenance/Providence, etc, etc ad nauseam.


The stories are a disaster and the characters are fumbled.
CC was "sick of the XF" and boy, did it show.
CC, the next time you get "sick of" a show, let the Wongs come in and pinch
hit for you, aaight!?
Requiem/Within/Without are best material this side of the movie, but the state
the show is in drags this arc out of
the top. Scully's pregnancy, while interesting, isn't enough to make up for
the disaster that the XF became.
S.R. 819, Vienen and Per Manum remind us of the good old days, with some solid
good story telling in the mix, but its
over at this point, though it will take several years of declining ratings to
admit it.

10.) Little Green Men and Wetwired

Two excellent standalones, the first expressing the disillusionment and bitterness
of Mulder, as he begins to
doubt his own memories, the other a fantastically paranoid episode that stretches
Scully to the breaking point.
Both show us different parts of the conspiracy, and latter is X's final stand-alone
act before he exits the stage
completely.






Best 10 The Rest

1.) Squeeze/Tooms

The signature MOTW, this episode established a mainstay and what would, for
some, become the enduring attraction of
the XFs. Brought the wierd and gory into the show with one of the strangest
villains ever.
The second part introduces us to Skinner, a character who would become an ambivalent
part of the team, for years to
come.

2.) Paper Hearts

A classicly misleading episode, in which Mulder questions that his sister was
actually abducted by aliens, but
this time because he believes he has found the explanation closer to home.
For the first time Mulder has a radically different explanation for the disappearance
of his sister, and combined with what he learns in Gethsemane/Redux/Redux II,
this whole "alien thing" is starting to look like a bunch of clever BS, changing
the complexion of the XF for a long time.

3.) Pusher

One of the most compelling (heh) villians on the XF, Pusher is an example of
the cowardly and small criminal
mindset, elaborated in a unique form. The description of Pusher reminded me
of Kennedy's assassin, who proved
that even a complete loser and total fool can be "significant", if they are
willing to sacrifice their humanity.
Mulder points a gun at Scully, which Scully has done to him many times (even
shooting him), the shock of Mulder's act demonstrating the double standard that
is so deeply ingrained that we don't even question it.

4.) Unruhe

An FBI staple, serial murder, is given a bizarre series of twists, showcasing
the supernatural as incidental, and the
killer as completely insane. Unlike DPO, which is little better than a superpower
used to launch lightning bolts, the
"thought-o-graphs" are subtle, innocuous and incidental. This intrusion of
the unexplained may be the best use of this element in the history of the show.
Scully is pushed to the limit to buy time for the rescue team to find her.


5.) Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose

Funny and knowing it with a straight face? Thats good stuff.
The "random" goofiness and mockery of real-life foibles brought out the laughs
like never before.
Timing and delivery give this episode moments unique in the history of this
show.

6.) Elegy

A chilling standalone ep which brings home Scully's impending fate, the villian
is a pathetic psycho, driven by
a hatred of life, a stark contrast to the simple souls around her.
"After all, I'm only human."
An episode that really reminds us of what it is to be human, in mortality, in
soul, and spirit.

7.) Via Negativa

Doggett is pushed over the edge, and moves completely beyond questioning. By
the end of the episode he is convinced that Scully saved his life by waking
him up. There is no real villian in this episode, only fools and victims, concluding
with an ambiguous end that resolves little. The head games and perspectives
warp this episode around the mind and play on one of our most basic and powerful
fears.

8.) Triangle

A fun, freeform episode which you can take anyway you want, as a hallucination,
or manifestation of the power of
the Bermuda Triangle. Mulder tells Scully he loves her, and the response is
simultaneously hilarious and poignant.
The whole cast shows up for assorted tongue-in-cheek goofiness.

9.) Monday

A day on replay, it was deja-vu all over again. And again. An interesting
spin on a common phenomena, the
conclusion was surprising and tragic. We never did get an explanation, but
what else is new?

10.) Field Trip

The episode kept us guessing to the very end, and seeing yellow goop pour out
of bullet holes in Skinner's chest
as he looked at Mulder quizzically was an unforgettable moment. The explanation
wasn't terribly interesting, but the twists and turns made the narrative a fun
one.

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My review of episode 9.19:

You have to admit that even though this year has been terrible by X-files standards,
it was still better than almost everything else on telivision.

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My review of episode 9.19:

The late Gene Siskel came up with the perfect description for this episode,
a phrase he reserved for only very special occasions: SHOCKINGLY BAD.


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My review of episode 9.19:

This was hard.


10 The Field Where I Died. Yeah if you believe in the Mulder/Scully were meant
to be stuff, this isn't congruent or consistent but still a beautiful episode.
Great acting, great script, directing, score, etc.
9 Deep Throat. It got a good conspiracy introduced. I love the final scene
with Deep Throat, plus good old fashioned Mulder breaking into places where
he doesn't belong.
8 This Is Not Happening. It brought life and fire back to the series and complimented
and already improving season. I really think the writers worked doubly hard
that year to put symbolism and intrigue into the episodes to keep viewers around
for another year.
7 Darkness Falls. This was just plain scary for me at the time. There's nothing
like making the characters have to fear the dark and then add suspense as their
light is slowly going dim.
6 Redux II. What a sizzing final scene! It also cashed in on a Mulder/Scully
relationship on the verge of the unknown.
5 The Unnatural. No Scully, very little Mulder but a great story. Mulder
was "just dying to connect the dots." but this was a simple story about love
changing a being's very essence.
4 Memento Mori. This was and probably forever will be the closest a television
show will ever have me to crying. The journal entries of Scully as she ventured
into her battle with cancer were truly compelling. Then the Lone Gunmen get
into the action!
3 Jose Chung's "From Outer Space" Still the closest network tv will ever come
to epistemology. And Mulder eats a whole sweet potato pie (my favorite)
2 Closure. This should have been the series finale and left more mythology
open for a movie. But what a great way to end the search for Samantha, through
what no one can deny, their very spiritual existence.
1 Apocrypha. This episode was great at getting the mythology of the show going
and throwing out more mysteries than 6 more years would answer.


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My review of episode 9.19:

Hey, this is fun!

Ok top 10:

ONE BREATH
BEYOND THE SEA
JOSE CHUNG'S FROM OUTER SPACE
ANASAZI-BLESSING WAY-PAPER CLIP
THE ERLENMEYER FLASK
PAPER HEARTS
CLYDE BRUCKMAN'S FINAL REPOSE
HUMBUG
EBE
ICE

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My review of episode 9.19:

After doing an overview to the series (watching many episodes on VCR) I have
to say that the series started it's decline from late season 3, not from Redux
as many people believe here. Up to Tunguska (which was a great episode) it had
gotten too far-fetched. The UFO encounters, strange mosters and frightening
demons had become black oil, salvaged UFOs, alien beings among us e.t.c. I strongly
believe that the introduction of BLACK OIL to the mythology was BAD for te series,
I'm talking about Piper Maru/Apocrypha. With the black oil, the truth came so
close that it didn't even worth looking for it... Of course, I think that Redux
was the start for the big decline. Then, non-mythology declined very much but
mythology hadn't declined until Season 9! I think the points from where the
decline started were:

Anasazi/The Blessing Way/Paper Clip
Piper Maru/Apocrypha
Gethsemane/Redux/Redux II
Two Fathers/One Son
Biogenesis/The Sixth Extinction/(and especially) Amor Fati

Poor X-Files, couldn't even stay good for 5 years. My belief is that if Glen
Morgan and James Wong ran the show, it would be A LOT better. My best ten are:


Gethsemane/Redux/Redux II
Nisei/731
Piper Maru/Apocrypha
Little Green Men
Squeeze
Tooms
Irresistible
Colony/End Game
Darkness Falls
Memento Mori

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top 10 favorites:

Clyde Bruckman
Post Modern Prometheus
Jose Chungs 'From Outer Space'
Triangle
Erlenmeyer Flask
Paper Clip
Humbug
Deep Throat
War of the Coprophages
Bad Blood

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My review of episode 9.19:

So was I the only one who was surprised that the aliens aren't going to attack
for another decade? I've always had the impression that the world takeover was
going to happen at any minute. To me, that's what gave the whole alien conspiracy
such urgency. What, exactly, are the aliens waiting for, pray tell? That question
was really the only thing that stood out for me in this ep. All in all, it was
pretty lackluster, especially for the series finale of a show critically acclaimed
for its clever writing and twists. Was there a reason Scully & Mulder decided
to go to Roswell? Wouldn't it have made more sense to stay in the now-ruined
ruins and start making magnetite jewelry to sell to the masses watching QVC?
Mulder & Scully know the truth. Other people know the truth. What, exactly,
is the Roswell quest supposed to accomplish? If Mulder truly has come to grips
with his reality, shouldn't he be even a little concerned on how to protect
humanity? Maybe the world at large doesn't need to *know* what's going on, they
just need to be protected from it. I was also irritated by the lack of closure
for Skinner, Doggett, Fulmer, Reyes, etc. I've been a Skinner fan for years
& watched sadly as his presence became smaller and smaller. I really had hoped
that the finale would show him doing something more interesting than being a
gofer. But no, Mulder and Scully drive off into the sunset and everybody else
just gets to eat their dust. And did I miss it or was there no sad little chat
about TLG between Mulder & Scully? So many friends have (apparently) lost their
lives, you'd think TLG would come up. The whole ep made Mulder and Scully seem
pretty self-invovled. A lot of people put it all on the line so that they can
run around and play The Fugitive. I, for one, was interested in knowing what
happened to the rest of the X-Files team.

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My review of episode 9.19:

Well,Im going to state first that I really enjoy this site and wish I've known
of it earlier.I'm not one of those people that have seen this show from the
begining,( I started watching 1/2 way through 7th season, and reruns on Space
in the past summertime) but one day I hope to buy the DVD's(when I have money).I
liked everyones comments,lots of different points of veiw. I'm going to state
10 of my favorite episodes.

Minds Eye
Biogenesis, Sixth Extinction, Sixth Extinction 2
Pilot
All Things
Deamonicus
Syzygy
The episode where Quegueg gets eaten ( and not for that reason)
War of the Coprophages
William
Audrey Pauly

( Note that I probaly wont rename some of the eps allready mentioned on the
other top ten lists because to be honest with you there's not much eps that
I don't like.)

Oh I have an idea for why Moulder receives peices of paper from ghosts. Remeber
the episode 4D, the man can go from one parallel universe to the next ( well
from what I remember) mabee ghosts can have the same impact. I don't now if
you understand what I mean but the thought came to me.

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My review of episode 9.19:

I've been watching TXF since the beginning...but only found
this site about 2 years ago:-( I only wish I had discovered
it earlier - the intelligent, thought-provoking reviews have been a highlight
of my week. My thanks, on this Memorial Day (while FX is doing a tribute), to
especially Ryan and reviewers like Darren, MLP, Frank, Matt, Peter, Millepede,
Surgical Steel and Ann Rhodes-where are you? and EVERYONE who posted to make
this site what it is. Every opinion matters...
I don't want to critique TXF (that's been done so eloquently before) I just
love that TXF is about the questions, not the answers and that in the series
finale it left us with the faith and strength of the two it began with. Why
does there have to be a final resolution? Oh, the possibilites...
Thank you all again...



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My review of episode 9.19:

To William below:

Krycek didn't say he wasn't dead. If you mean the first
scene, he said, "Go. There's others." not "No. There's
others." which is what I thought he said at first.

As for why nothing came of Gibson's accusation (and you're
not the only one to wonder about this), I assume the judges were
well chosen by the conspirators, either to think such an
accusation was ludicrous, or to be too frightened to do
anything about it. (Remember William Devane's character
commenting to Kersh about forces in the government now that
a man would be foolish to go against.)


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My review of episode 9.19:

Since we're posting Top Ten's here...

In no particular order:

Anasazi/The Blessing Way/Paper Clip
Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose
Small Potatoes
Tunguska/Terma
Momento Mori
Talitha Cumi (but NOT Herrenvolk)
Paper Hearts
The Erlenmeyer Flask
Piper Maru/Apocrypha
One Breath (and Duane Barry/Ascension if we're counting that as a three-parter
and erasing from our memories the mostly forgettable "3")

That was harder than I thought...and I HATE not having Essence/Existence, Requiem,
Redux II, Eve, etc...

As an aside, I've noticed this page is become more and more a forum rather than
a Review page...not that I mind, and even if I did, it wouldn't matter, it's
really Ryan's call...

Anyways...

I'd say my favorite ep is either The Erlenmeyer Flask or Momento Mori, depending
on mood, i.e. which one of the two I just finished watching :) Generally I'm
a mytharc kind of guy, but there are many outstanding MOTW eps. The superior
quality of this show as compared to any other show on TV never ceases to amaze
me.

You'll notice, and I think it's no coincidence, that my Top Ten consists solely
of Seasons 1-4 eps. Yes, there are fantastic eps in EVERY season. Even Season
9 - William was excellent though implausable (my wife refused to watch The X-files
anymore after Scully gave up her baby...can't say that I blame her), Release,
Trust No 1, and of course The Truth...and I see NO REASON WHY CC AND CO. FELT
THE NEED TO KILL OF THE LONE GUNMEN IN SUCH AS STUPID MANNER, IF AT ALL, but
that's besides the point...

Speaking of The Truth, I guess that's why I'm here. Without trying to repeat
what has already been said, I loved this episode. I'll pose my review in the
form of questions:
- Why did Krycek say he wasn't dead if he really was? I understand heightening
the suspense, but there's a lot to be said for consistency and continuity.
- The way I understand it, Baby William is Scully and Mulder's baby, i.e. came
from their 'seed'. When did the whole Supersoldier thing enter the picture?
Is Scully genetically programmed to produce Supersoldiers? Or was it tampered
with during the pregnancy?
- Where was CSM all this time? I guess we are supposed to infer this information,
to guess, to let our imaginations make up the gap, which is kind of cool on
the face of it, but...WHERE WAS HE?
- Please oh please, why didn't they follow up with the Alien that Gibson Praise
'outed'? That was the coolest scene in this ep.:
Prosecutor: You trying to tell us this boy can read minds.
Gibson Praise: Yes.
Mulder: He's reading your mind right now.
Prosecutor: And the minds of the judges too?
GP: Yes...{scans the judges}...even his.
Prosecutor: And what makes him so special?
GP: He's not human.
(Outburst ensues)
HOW COOL WAS THAT?!?!? AND WHY DID NOTHING COME OF IT?!?!?
- Why didn't M&S go and rescue William?
- Kersch was a bad guy. He was created to *be* a bad guy. He was due for his
comeuppance. Why did he flip so easily?

That's all I got for now. I'm worn out.





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My review of episode 9.19:

Gee, no one has submitted their top ten yet? I bet I know
why- it's almost impossible to narrow it to just ten!! I
had SUCH a hard time! When you think about it, that's only
about one per season. This was such a great series that I
had to leave MANY of my favs off the list to narrow it to
ten. But here goes (in no particular order):

Piper Maru/Apocrypha
Tunguska/Terma
Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose
Jose Chung's From Outer Space
Post-Modern Prometheus
Bad Blood
Squeeze (and Tooms)
Folie A Deux
4-D
Release

That was so extremely difficult, honestly. I don't suppose
any of my choices are way out there, I just liked the eps
that were well-done, and especially some of the humorous
ones.

As a minor addendum to my original post on The Truth, I just
feel that there's no good way to really work a re-cap of info
into an actual plot. I think someone had suggested that they
should have done a re-cap beforehand and then aired the
finale. That would have been great. Because I'm the first to
agree that the details of the mythology are hard to keep
track of. I just didn't like it worked into the plot so
ham-handedly. Someone also mentioned it could have been
taken care of with a "previously on the X-Files". That also
would have worked better than what they did, I think
(although it would have taken a while to preview in that
fashion). Anyway, I'm glad so many folks DID like the finale
a lot. Even the worst eps of this stellar series do not
compare to the best eps of many other shows!

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My review of episode 9.19:

The Lowdown: Didn't like the episode.

Why? I think that the X-files lost it's footing during the 6th season. Sure,
there was good episodes there, but all in all it wasn't up to snuff. I think
the show should have ended at the end of the 7th season, when David wanted to
leave. 7 seasons is enough fill. I thought that episode could have been a
good enough ending...it sure was better than "The Truth" and "the Truth" had
another hour on it.

The plot was awful, just really, really bad. Mulder on trial??? Come on.
He should have been out in the field the entire episode, not locked up. Military
tribunual. Real inventive, in light of what our military is doing now.

The ENTIRE courtroom scenes could have easily been rehashed to us in the form
of : "Previously on the X-files...." THEN the story could have started.

I loved the X-files up through season 5, and thought the movie was great. Then
it just went downhill. The Truth. We all knew the Truth. Who was this episode
for? Fans, or the "new recruits" who would up the ratings in syndication land?

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My review of episode 9.19:

I was thinking about my list of top 10 episodes and realized that "Release"
is no longer posted on the site. Don't forget about it.

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My review of episode 9.19:

posting again:

A lot of people have criticized the long courtroom scene and how it was just
rehashing facts that we already know. Now, I have watched every episode since
the Pilot on their original air dates. I think I'm fairly educated enough to
have understood the convoluted myth-arc/conspiracy. However a couple of years
ago, I had a colleague who succumbed to an illness that caused him to stay at
home where he had the chance to discover FX and the X-Files. Now, to anyone
who ever tried to explain the myth-arc to a newbie, let me just say that it's
actually more difficult than you think. I found myself saying "I'm not sure
but I think..." a lot. What this finale has done for me is one thing -- validation.
It validated what I thought was going on with the show. So for me, it did bring
closure. I am one satisfied customer.

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My review of episode 9.19:

Wow. I was surprised that so many people found this ep not
only satifying, but that so many downright loved it. (It
currently has 140 tens and 62 nines on this site.) Maybe it's
Duchovny Syndrome; the ratings always seem to go way up
whenever he returns. But I was so let down w/ this ep I
almost wanted to cry. I really wanted the last ep to be
great, and I was almost heartbroken by what it actually was.
I was NOT expecting answers (we've been promised those
before and it never happens). I was NOT expecting a happy
ending. I was NOT expecting a lot of loose ends to be tied
up. ALL I wanted was a really good ep, worthy of being the
finale. But I felt cheated. I've been watching this show for
nine years now, and I guess I felt that all the loyal fans
deserved a better script than what we got here. I really hated
the contrivance of the trial. Please don't condescend to us
with a recap of events thus far. We've BEEN here, watching,
we've BEEN paying attention. I thought that was a real slap
in the face to the die-hard fans who always watch. A
retrospective w/ fond moments would have been one thing, but
this was actually a recap of the mythology. I can't tell you
how many times during the first hour I thought to myself,
"This is boring, can we move on with the plot?" What plot
there was, that is. I thought the whole storyline was
severely lacking. The worst scripts are those that are
written AROUND a specific purpose. This one was obviously
written with the thought, "How can we include a flashback
sequence to recap the mythology, and also bring back all the
old characters, even the ones we killed off?" It just wasn't
working for me. The trial was so contrived, I mean it was
SUCH a kangaroo court it wasn't even funny. They weren't
trying him in front of Congress this time, there was no
public present to discredit Mulder in front of. So why do
this? Why not just kill him? No one would have known. Why
not just be rid of him once and for all? In fact, Knowle
could have snapped his neck instead of throwing him through
that glass partition. That would have ended it all very
neatly for the conspirators. The trial was predetermined all
along, as Mulder kept saying. I just don't understand why
they bothered. The remainder of the ep after the trial didn't
do much for me either, it seemed like too little too late.

There were things I liked about the ep, of course:

The "big bald beautiful man" bit.

Krycek, X, TLG. I was glad to see Alex redeeming himself,
he had a lot to make up for! I actually thought it would
have been more effective if Krycek had been the ONLY one to
appear to Mulder. More on that below.

The return of CSM. I NEVER believed he was dead (I always
thought Alex should have checked his pulse after pushing him
down the stairs). I don't care if his face DID melt off, I'll
still never think he's really dead! ;-) He's probably
cloned himself or something. I KNEW that's who the wiseman,
the "keeper of the truth" would be!

Marita and Jeffrey. Glad to see they were back.

Loved the close-up on Krycek's LEFT hand, when he tells
Mulder "They'll kill her", after they've just shown
how it was hacked off.

When Kersh says about Dana's conspiracy testimony, "Is this
all leading somewhere?" and Mulder replies, "Yeah. The
destruction of mankind." Snicker.

Gibson- "He's not human." Maybe the best line in the ep.

Monica's "man who seeks the truth/destroy the truth so no
man can seek it" lines.

The autopsy of "Knowle's" body. Wouldn't be the X-Files
finale w/o Scully doing an autopsy!

Kersh. Remember he was the one who warned Mulder that he was
in danger in the first place, when Mulder went on the run.
I was glad to see him finally, definitively on their side.

When John says, "I'm going to protect you, Gibson." Like he
couldn't protect Luke.

Mulder- "I've been chasing after monsters with a butterfly
net."

Things I didn't like (besides the whole premise):

Thirty witnesses and no body? Come ON! How could they hope
to explain the absence of a body when it was right there in
their facility when the murder occurred?! And when they DO
provide a body, they FORGET to doctor Knowle's military
medical records so they'll match the corpse? Also, Gibson
says three judges are wavering, but I thought we'd
established that the outcome of this trial has been
pre-determined. They even ignore the ONLY hard proof Skinner
gives them (Scully's autopsy findings). It's SOOOO trumped
up, why not just kill him instead of going through all this
b.s.?!

When Scully and Mulder drive off after the jailbreak, Scully
doesn't even say goodbye to Skinner, who's helped them
innumerable times; to Doggett who promised to find Mulder
when he was abducted, and did so, and who just helped break
Mulder out of jail, not to mention everything else he's done
for her and all they've been through; or to Monica who
delivered her child, and did all she could to help, despite
not knowing Scully and Mulder very well. THAT bugged me!!

At first I didn't like the fact that CSM had protected
Mulder all along just so he could see him fearful and
hopeless. I always thought he'd wanted Mulder to succeed
somehow. But I guess it does fit CSM's evil character to
have simply manipulated Mulder all this time just for the
enjoyment.

The mention by Mulder of the motel room in the pilot ep. We
KNOW it was a parallel, okay? Don't be so condescending as
to spell it out like that. (They did that in Essence/Existence,
too, with the "X" that Mulder had spray painted on the
pavement. Scully explains it verbally, when it should've
been left unsaid.)

I wish John and Monica had had more of a presence in the
finale.

A few various thoughts:

Some have said Mulder was being selfish in concealing the
truth from Scully, but as he told her, it was bigger than
both of them. SHE is the one who sounds selfish when she
says, "THAT'S what I'm fighting for, Mulder, YOU and ME."
He's only trying to protect her. He says at the end that he
was afraid telling her would crush her spirit. So I don't
think he was being selfish. Gee, he's just trying to save
the world. ;-)

Besides the date Jeffrey mentioned for Samantha's death, I
was also wondering about how they grew up together. I
thought Samantha was raised by CSM, but I thought Jeffrey
didn't know his father (until adulthood).

I'm not a shipper, but I'm actually glad that Mulder and
Scully ended up together. They were always so lonely and
isolated, they deserved a little happiness amidst the
bleakness and gloom.

This whole ep is about not winning, but going down fighting
anyway. That's what Mulder says about the trial, and that's
why John and Monica want to testify. And that's how the ep
ends. It's about faith and hope. CSM says, "Ask Mulder. He
knows the futility of hopes and prayers." That's what he'd
LIKE Mulder to believe.

This ep wasn't HORRIBLE, it just wasn't as good as I had
hoped. Not sure how to rate it.

Now, about Mulder and Krycek. These two have some odd
connection that I can't quite put my finger on. I've even
speculated in the past that maybe they were half-brothers
like Jeffrey and Mulder are, but I don't know. Mulder knew
when he could trust Krycek and when he couldn't (I mean
when Krycek was alive). Like in Essence/Existence, when
Mulder hands Scully and baby over to Krycek of all people,
telling him "Protect her." And Krycek does! He helps them
quite a bit in those eps, running over Billy Miles and all.
What's his agenda? Before Skinner shoots him, he tells Mulder
"We wanted the same thing, Brother." He points out that he
could have killed Mulder many times, but didn't. He says he
prayed that Mulder would win somehow. And now, in The Truth,
Mulder trusts him yet again. He sees Alex and runs straight
toward him, running past him in the doorway w/o hesitation,
somehow knowing he'll be safe there. Alex closes the door
and tells him, "Go. There's others." What is it between them?
I get why Alex is helping him NOW, in The Truth, but what
puzzles me is that Alex apparently helped him several times
before; and that despite all his reasons to hate Krycek,
Mulder continued to trust him on several occasions.

Anyway, sorry to have rambled so. Thanks to all the posters
here, esp the regulars. It's been great reading others'
insights and opinions about this very special tv show.

Many thanks to Ryan!!! And congratulations on the best
X-Files discussion board on the web. I hope you'll consider
leaving the site up for a while.

I guess I'll now relish watching those few eps I actually
haven't ever seen! There are a handful, including the one
with the alien baseball player, and the original ep with
Morris Fletcher (notice he and Mulder have the opposite
initials). And I'll hold out hope for a good X movie
sometime.

Take care, everyone! :-)

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Name: Diana
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My review of episode 9.19:

It was a weird episode. Not the best choice to end the series but not too bad
either.
Some parts were just typical X-File idiosyncrasies that made the show irresistibly
vague enough to allow our own theories and interpretations to form sites like
this one.
And THAT is probably what I will miss the most.

I became attached (or addicted)to the show during the Redux episodes. I had
not watched the show before and that season opener completely blew my mind.
The scene that got me was Mulder crying on Scully's hospital bed while she rested
during her cancer phase. After watching that, I had to get to the bottom of
it all, but, I quickly learned (thanks to FX reruns), one could never get to
the bottom of anything on the X-Files.

It has been argued that the show was never the same after the movie or after
the Samantha question was "answered."
To me, the show changed when Cobarrubias forgot to pass the informant baton
down to another misterious character. The informant always gave the show a sense
of dread: something really big was happening off screen that Mulder (along with
us) could only hint at. The informant could only say as much as his/her life
was worth. X coming back for a milisecond was a nice surprise. Too bad it reaffirmed
his death, I always hoped he was still alive.

I've always watched the X-Files alone. No friend of mine was interested enough
to sit and watch with me. I went to the X-Files convention in '98 by myself
when they were all having fun at the beach that Sunday afternoon. The X-Files
were just mine, and I loved it. No other T.V. show has taken so much time from
me; I was happy to oblige.

Coming to this site was my Monday night requirement even if I only posted a
couple of times. I always looked forward to what Peter, Morgan, and others had
to say. You guys made me laugh and think. I am going to miss all that a lot.
Thank you. Until then,

Didi



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My review of episode 9.19:

I've not posted here before, but I was so moved by the final episode that I
searched out this site, and I'm glad I did. I wish I had found it much sooner.
Great comments all around.
I'm not here to offer my interpretation of the final episode. That's been
done on this list. The religious/spiritual allegory is fairly obvious. But
perhaps some fine tuning might be appreciated.
Finding William will be as difficult a quest as stopping the invasion. As
Reyes testifies, the adoption was anonymous. That means that Scully has no
idea who adopted William or where he is. He could be anywhere. She did the
right thing, the only thing she could do. If she's captured she can never give
up the child's location. She has made William as safe as she can make him.
Maulder certainly shares Scully's loss, but he knows she did what she had to
do. It's clear that if he had been around, he would have made the same decision,
the same sacrifice, hence his acceptance. We have to keep in mind that Maulder
is a stoic whose emotions have often been taxed to their limit, but who remains
in control of them 90% of the time. Same goes for Scully. These are two very
tough people. They have shot and killed, after all.
And that's the crux of this series. We have two rather conservative FBI
agents who find themselves in incredible situations. They may be highly educated,
but they are still cops. One of them is obsessed with finding his sister.
Their relationship begins as one of partnership and growing respect, and in
the final episode that is still the center of their relationship. It took them
at least five years to begin to feel something like romantic love for each other,
and another couple of years before they realized it and would admit it to themselves,
even though they are clearly soulmates. This "love affair" took a very long
time to get into gear. Obviously it is not something the agents had in mind.
I do not get the impression that sex is a major factor in their relationship,
even now. Of course they do make love, and no doubt enjoy it. But sex is something
that all primates experience in essentially the same way. It is the urge to
procreate. Only humans love. If sex were central to the relationship, Maulder
and Scully could never have been separated for almost two years (Maulder's abduction,
a few months together, and then Maulder's flight) without missing a beat in
their relationship. No, this love is the inevitable result of two lonely people,
two workaholics, two distinctly arogant, non-romantic people who, despite their
many early disagreements, came to realize that "We believe the same thing."

I didn't get the clear impression that Maulder accepts Christianity, though
he certainly understands in the final scene that Scully's faith and his persistance
have much in common (and both agents have seen or heard spirits). They are
both indications of the kind of people who never give up, who always find a
way to hope. "If you and I are powerless now," as Maulder says, then he will
hope for a God, for some absolute purpose to it all -- not because he believes
in the same religious details as Scully, but because he can't give up. If he
can't find hope vis a vis the aliens, then he'll find it somewhere else. This
is what draws Scully to him. She reads his obsession as a kind of faith, and
she is right.
Scully's wicked smile after "We believe the same thing" (that "got ya" smile)
is perhaps a highlight. It proves that even though they are at their lowest
point, that their careers are ruined, that it's likely they won't live much
longer, that the rain may never stop, she is nevertheless happy. She is with
her guy, her soulmate. She has found the Truth.
Peridocially both Maulder and Scully have needed the other to bolster their
will to go on. In the final episode, Scully does this for Maulder. She tells
him she knows him, that he can't give up. It isn't in his nature. He needs
her to remind him that even if he is feeling despair at the moment, he will
soon return to the fight because that's the kind of person he is. And he needs
to be reminded that he is not alone. How could they not, inevitably, realize
that they love each other? More than once they have been willing to sacrifice
their lives for each other. What greater love, to use a familiar phrase. Yes
Scully cries -- her stoic demeanor breaks down -- but that is human. She is
not a machine, though both agents have been trained to be just that. Maulder
also broke down when Scully had cancer. He has found the Truth.
This is a love that is, in a word, deep. Any other Truth regarding the conspiracy
would have reduced this show to just one more sci-fi exercise. The show became
much more than that. It became an allegory for the human experience, and that
is what made it great, that is what made it art, that is what we saw the first
day we met, what made us follow it, why we'd do it all over again. The Truth
is what Maulder and Scully find in each other and themselves. It's all any
of us can find and prove if we're lucky. All the rest is hope.
When Maulder gets on the bed with Scully, she flashes a brief smile. She
knows her guy. She knows he's already beating back despair. "Maybe there's
hope," he says, and closes his eyes to sleep. She looks at him for a few more
seconds, then closes her eyes. They sleep in each other's arms. And the X-Files
goes to sleep in this image, in the Truth. Maybe the sun will shine tomorrow,
but for Maulder and Scully it is unlikely. What is likely is that the aliens
will find them and kill them. We all sleep eventually. The trick is to feel
as Maulder and Scully do when it happens, to feel essentially happy and fulfilled,
despite the looming questions and dangers -- to be with the one who knows you,
who loves you, and to hope that somehow, somewhere (maybe in a movie?), we will
be together again.
Good night, X-Files. Sleep well.

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My review of episode 9.19:

This episode didn't actually tell us anything new at all, it simply summarised
a whole bunch of stuff which we already know and pretended to be revealing and
informative:
X Files Mytharc for dummies. So the first hour, hour and a half was a complete
waste of time. Then we have the final half hour, where our intrepid heroes decide
to... give up?
Um, yeah, okay, we've seen plenty of character assassination on this show already,
so why don't we just have some more! Oh, and the ending of this episode will
make it nigh on impossible to continue the show into movies or novels or whatever.
Talk about writing yourself into a corner. The ratings for the finale were terrible
as well so I don't think that Fox will be greenlighting a sequel to Fight the
Future any time soon, no matter how much Carter spins the situation and tries
to insist otherwise.

You are all intelligent people, please don't make the mistake of thinking that
this episode has hidden depth to it and has some underlying theme or subtext
about hope or love or God or whatever. Carter is an empty vessel and he throws
in stuff like the ambiguous final scene to try to make it look profound or "deep"
or clever. It isn't, there is simply nothing there, which is appropriate because
this show has been running on gas and fumes for a long time now.

Now, an analysis of the show. I agree with the person below who thought the
X Files fell apart in Season 5, although I would be a bit harsher and I would
say that Redux/Redux II were pretty terrible as well. Let's face it, Seasons
1 to 4 are the only reason we got into this show at all; if it wasn't for the
groundwork laid in those 4 years nobody would bother with the show. Looking
over seasons 1 to 9, The X Files is like a story where the first 4 chapters
are written by William Shakespeare and then the following 5 chapters are written
by Jackie Collins. I know Shakespeare didn't write stories, he wrote plays,
but I think you can see the point I'm making here. Heh.

Now, when it comes down to it, Seasons 1 to 4 weren't perfect. In Season 1,
you have the stretch of rotten episodes from Jersey Devil to Fallen Angel, in
Seasons 3 and 4, you have those awful John Shiban episodes, and in Season 4,
the Tunguska/ Terma 2-parter contains more plot holes and ridiculous writing
than you'd think is humanly possible. However, on the whole, the first 4 seasons
were mostly excellent, and never anything less than solid, and I think it's
fair to say that it's those years which made us all Philes in the first place.


Chris Carter IMO doesn't really care about The X Files (I'm not sure if he ever
really did), he just exploited it and used it as a platform through which he
could promote himself. And he is not the brains behind the show at all. Now
that the show's over and the people who worked on the show are beginning to
talk about what it was really like, things are becoming very interesting indeed.
Glen Morgan was interviewed recently and he revealed some very interesting stuff,
for instance. And others are beginning to spill the truth also. Here are some
examples:

Chris Carter never wanted to do monster of the week stories, he wanted ALL the
episodes to be about mythology and aliens. Fair enough, but if they had actually
done that, the show would have been cancelled within the first season; from
a narrative point of view you need some kind of balance.

Carter's original vision was for Mulder to be a long haired surfer dude FBI
Agent (resembling - and here I quote directly- an MTV V.J.), kind of an alter
ego of himself. And his vision of Scully was practically non existent, other
than being a rip-off of Jodie Foster's character on Silence of the Lambs. The
final version of the X Files pilot was made by Fox, not Carter, who I suspect
are the sole reason it was any good.

Carter never wanted to hire Gillian Anderson, it was Randy Stone who pushed
for her. And the story about the network pushing for some blonde bimbo actress
to play Scully is, I believe, total lies, a fabrication which Carter used to
once again promote himself and how he "fought" for GA to be on the show.

Halfway through Season 1, Carter wanted to get rid of Scully and Gillian Anderson
completely and replace her with the Phoebe Green character from "Fire". Can
you imagine?
No, seriously- can you imagine??? Mulder and Green the main characters? Glen
Morgan said in an interview recently that one of the reasons they wrote "Beyond
The Sea" was to convince Carter (and the audience) of Scully's and Gillian's
worth.

And worst of all,when GA became pregnant around the start of Season 2, Carter
wanted to have her fired. How dare she do something like that! It must have
seriously screwed with his vision of women as either madonnas or whores.

These are just some examples, but it all adds up, especially when you consider
how many bad episodes Carter's written and how bad the show became from Redux
onwards when Carter and Spotnitz took over the thing completely. Or the fact
that Carter has never had any success other than X Files. In light of this,
in light of how terrible Carter's creative instincts naturally are, the question
becomes, how did Carter manage to get so far? And how long will it take people
to realise that he's not what he cracked up to be? His career and reputation
is a triumph of hype and spin over talent and substance. The X Files is already
ruined beyond repair, but let's hope CC doesn't ever get the opportunity to
get away with something like this ever again.

And now a disclaimer: if you don't agree with me or believe me or you think
I'm obnoxious, or whatever, then that's fine. I was once where you are, thinking
that CC is God and believing all the hype about it like a good little Phile.
But then I learned the truth, and it was an eye opening experience. I will leave
you with just this one thought:
If Carter really is the mastermind behind this show, then how do you explain
the fact that even though CC stayed with the show The X Files just got worse
and worse and worse? This isn't like on Buffy or Twin Peaks where those shows
declined because Joss Whedon and David Lynch cut back their involvement in them.
Carter was with The X Files the whole time, and yet the last 5 years stunk,
so I must ask you.... What gives?


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My review of episode 9.19:

I've posted here periodically since the third season (reference my name). Like
everyone else, I don't know where to begin to end.
"The Truth" in this episode was confirming that the date that the syndicate
knew of ("Patient X" referred to the invasion as "15 years away."). The fact
that the syndicate had been destroyed, a successful alien-human hybrid was created
(Cassandra, then Mulder, then CSM, and arguably William), the rebel aliens won
the war and etc. was irrelevant and the date was still set. So in a sense,
this was a truth that we did not know, or at least needed to be reminded of
to preface a movie.
The action sequences at the end of this episode were worth the wait but it was
fairly obvious that it sucked all the budget from the first hour and 30 minutes
of the show. The dry hearing paled to those in the past. "Tunguska/Terma"
Senate hearings were much heavier and more emotional.
CSM's final farewell was more rewarding to his character. In the past, he has
been more sympathetic. He was seen as dying in "Closure" and "Requiem" a fairly
pitiful death. Now we see him abusing people as always and taking his power
from the suffering of others. "...now you can die," was the most fitting closing
line for him to Mulder. He has been his arch nemesis for 9 years but like everything
else in the x-files, patience is virtuous. CSM was always the king of patience:
"I can kill you anytime I please, but not today."
Mulder was not ignoring Scully's requests to think of her in this episode.
He, as always, was being as selfLESS as his warped arrogant persona allowed
him to be.
The final scene was beautifully done in almost exact resemblance to the Pilot.
If anything, it finalized Mulder's mission, to substantiate and justify his
Faith. Every quest was a tributary to the larger picture. In "Essence," he
was content with proof of God. This brings true closure to his character who
wanted "to believe so badly, in a truth beyond our own, in the endless procession
of souls... In what cannot and will not be destroyed..." (Closure). This was
first brought to the surface at Melissa Scully's grave by none other than his
partner in the quest, "The dead speak to us beyond the grave; that's what conscience
is." (Apocrypha). Mulder and Scully both lost so much in their crusade, but
all along, what they were looking for returns their loved ones to them. In
the end they find the more important things in life just as Doggett and Reyes
realized at the end to "Sunshine Days."
The series as a whole should have ended earlier. The mythology didn't add anything
significant since since the movie. The "Sixth Extinction" trilogy only expanded
what Mulder barely touched on in "The End" with his rant about Gibson being
the missing link between humans and alien astronauts. The "Two Fathers/One
Son" installment should have been handled in a movie so that it could fully
live up to its potential with more of the alien war. "Closure" was possibly
the most effective episode post-FTF. It was an emotional reconciliation with
Samantha separate from the conspiracy. That would have been a great series
finale, leaving the conspiracy and syndicate in tact for the movies.
Although season 8 was not really needed, it did revive some of the old spirit
and emotion. "TINH" still rests as one of my favorite episodes just because
of the sheer humanity of all of the characters in that circumstance. Then,
after "Existence," I honestly felt the emptiness that many of you might be feeling
now because I knew the series was done. Season 9's mythology was poor and nearly
unbearable but the stand alone episodes were of high quality and just as enjoyable
as in the past.
I enjoyed immensely, getting to know Doggett and Reyes (although her potential
was not realized until a very surprising outburst in "The Truth"). I actually
enjoyed the Doggett-Mythology more than the conventional mythology this year.
"Release" was very satisfying for me and concluded Doggett's story with more
composure than the MS/Conspiracy Mythology.
Yet, I can't gripe about the show. It was a great conspiracy. For year we
were left guessing about the Project and its intents. I'm glad that I had that
chapter in my life. I cannot begin to imagine the way that its shaped me and
my motivations, drives and mind.
I admire the Mulder/Scully relationship. I was content all those years with
a platonic/co-worker relationship. But I could not see the series resolve without
an advancement of that to what it should have been all along if not pressing
and self less matters had been resolved. That relationship is one that many
people can look at as an example of a way to build respect and admiration first
in a meaningful, loving companionship.
I'll never forget the Friday and Sunday night adrenaline rushes spent alone
in a dark room watching two characters being pushed to their emotional breaking
points and all the while maintaining a thoughtful countenance that enabled them
to counter whatever challenges were brought to them that week. I couldn't ask
for a better show.

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My review of episode 9.19:

God you people piss me off... You act like you run, or rather ran the show.

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My review of episode 9.19:

Just a coupla things...

First thing...the conspiracy isn't actually dead, just in the form we are used
to.

The aliens apparently control the FBI, whatever the replicants are, and the
chief conspirator was always Strughold, not CSM/CGB Spender.
Re-watch Paper Clip and the movie if you have forgotten that.




To Pierre, I suspect you don't grasp the fact that we all know (at least most
of us) that this is...fiction. It is fun fiction. Enjoyable fiction. Spooky
fiction.
I don't actually think the US gov't is co-operating with aliens. Give me a
break.

Scully: "They feel your methods, your theories are..."
Mulder: "Spooky?...Do you think I'm spooky?"




Next, did everyone get the reference in CSM's death?
CSM smokes cigarettes (Morleys/VanessaMorley/child actress who played Mulder's
sister), and the conspiracy smoked him.
Har-de-har-har.

Just like the rest of the synicated was smoked.
Har-de-har-har.

Okay, enough mocking the series, I'll let the series burn out in peace.
(oh hee-hee-hee, I kill me).

Enough, I mean it this time.
heh.



Anyway, I though it would be cool to see a favorite 10 episodes list.
Looking at the actual best ten listed on the site as determined by us, its pretty
hard to disagree with, but I figure we will all have some quirky and interesting
choices, and some interesting comments to make on why we liked specific episodes.

Lets work on 'em for a few days on start posting on Friday night (to honor the
original show night and to give reviewers a few more days to post full reviews).

Treat multipart mytharcs as one ep, unless you want to single out a specific
ep for some reason.

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Name: Pierre Cloutier
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My review of episode 9.19:

Although I did watch the Series finale I am NOT an X files fan. In the entire
9 year run of the show I may have seen 30 episodes in all. I found getting
into it a real challenge.

Before thr bricks and bats come out let me state for the record that the show
was well acted, written and filmed. I have no doubts about the show's high
quality.

My problem always was the show wanted it both ways. It wanted to make fun of
all this paranoid, alien conspiracy crap and pander to the paranoia and pseudoscience
"communities". I was constantly appalled and turned off by the number of people
who took this all seriously.

Moving to the last episode. Well not surprisingly my dream episode that it
all turns out to be "M's" paranoid fantasy, while in a asylum and Scully is
the doctor treating him for his delusions was not done. Instead right to the
end more pandering to paranoia.

I guess it is not correct to tell people that witches don't exist, Santa Claus
is for children and delusional paranoia is a delusion.

Pierre Cloutier


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My review of episode 9.19:

Note that what am I trying to do is not reviewing the finale but doing an analysis
for all 9 seasons: When the show was good, when it started getting bad and that
kind of stuff. If you just want to see a review of "The Truth" it is just not
worth reading the text below.

To get started...

In my opinion, the show can be divided into three parts. I will explain those
three below.

Let's start with the first part. What I call "The first part" is seasons 1-4,
from Pilot to Redux trilogy. This is a great period of the show, with frightening
episodes (Seasons 1, 2) and some excellent-written ones (Jose chung's from outer
space, Clyde Bruckman's final repose, Piper Maru, Tunguska, Redux). Throughout
this "Frist Part" there were no big changes except for "Anasazi" which ade "Mythology"
routine. I mean after Anasazi, There was Mythology at the start of a season,
then at the middle, then at the end. ...And until Redux and the end of Season
4 the X-Files was getting from good to better, but what I think made a great
change was that the "Wongs" (Darin Morgan, Glen Morgan, James Wong) left the
show and the non-mythology quality fell to bad and non-mythology is the 99%
of a season. I thinks that the X-Files reached its apogee in Redux -as one fan
said-.

Now, the "Second Part". After Redux, the non-mythology episodes (Detour, Schizogeny,
Kitsunegari) wasn't good -at least for me- I came again back to where I was
in season 1, saying: "Today wasn't very good", "Today wasn't good too", "Today
I didn't like it"... and that was sad. In addition to that, the two eps "Patient
X", "The Red and the Black" -of course- were ten times worse than Redux. Mythology
had fallen too. Then, with "The End" I had to admit that Season 5 was not satisfying.
Not to mention that "The End" was AWFULL. The X-Files weren't the same as old...
I also include Season 6 into the "Second Part". I think Season 6 was beyond
bad and that non-mythology was far worse that bad, annoying. And the big "end"
of colonization and consiracy in "One Son" was a stupid move, the mythology
was finished out and they didn't have anything to write, they didn't have much
mythology in their hands, not like season 3 when there were 7 mythology eps
in the season. So, the writers introduced "new" mythology with Biogenesis and
mixed up god and aliens (not very smart, in my opinion), I din't like Biogenesis.
The X-Files had passed the point of no return...

The "Third Part" starts from "The Sixth Extinction II: Amor Fati" when, for
the first time, is mentioned that a man will save the world from the coming
apocalypse. Season 7's mythology and non-mythology was bad bad bad bad bad bad...
I don't have much to say about Season 7, just that with "Closure" they drained
the last drop of the old mythology. Requiem was pretty good and apart from Mulder's
abduction, some people called Season 8 a ressurection for the X-Files. Why not?
Surely better that the beyond bad seasons 6 and 7. However, there wasn't strong
mythology to support the season... Mulder's gone, Scully's pregnant, you could
guess what would happen at the end, they will kiss in front of their son/daughter...
Yes, season 8 could be considered as a ressurection, but... ...Season 9 makes
the X-Files look bad. It is the worst season by far... It turns back to "Amor
Fati" and the man who will save the world. An William's presence in this season
is annoying... The super-soldiers are annoying too... That's season 9.

A final thought? Why did the Wongs say goodbye? Was it CC who drove them out
of the show, or was the move to hollywood the reason of the X-Files' decline?
We'll never know folks...

If you have any ideas about the analysis or disagree with some things just tell
me. No one's perfect...

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My review of episode 9.19:

I hesitate to even sit down to write this review, knowing it is the last of
it's kind. Where do I begin? Where do I end? How do I sum up the closing chapter
of such an important part of my life? Let's begin with "The Truth".
The finale alternated between some good old fashioned X-File intrigue, with
big set pieces/location action; and the tedious, absurd flashback trial. If
this had been only one hour and consisted solely of the trial it would have
been a disaster. Showing old clips over narration is always a terrible idea.
It would have been better to just let the witnesses tell their story and watch
the deteriorated face of Jeffrey Spender or the nervously restored beauty of
Marita Covarrubias. The prison break was another painful cliche, but it got
us to confirm that Kersh was on the right side. So, yes, we got more of a wrap
- up than many answers. We got to see old CSM and his ultimate death (now that's
when you know a character is dead!) That's what I mean when I say when you don't
see them die onscreen, they ain't dead. Interesting that Carter turned CSM back
to pure evil and didn't give him any real redemption like it seemed his character
arc might have been heading the past few years. We got 12/22/12 as the date
of global colonization. But this doesn't seem like such a surprise... like the
big "Truth". We've known there is a date for colonization set long ago - didn't
Mulder know too? I thought the big truth would be something like it was all
a big lie - a fabrication by the syndicate to dupe us involving a real alien
race. Something more shocking like that. But I come here to praise the series,
not to bury "The Truth". It's almost impossible to write a satisfying finale
to the series, wrapping up all the mythology, resolving all the characters and
leaving enough rope for a movie franchise.
We see in the prison scenes why we love Duchovny so much and why we miss him
- his cocksure attitude and free spirit. His persona carries a scene and lights
it up in a way Robert Patrick or Mitch Pileggi can't quite ever reach. His warmth
and sly humor make us feel back at home when he grabs Scully and kisses her
for an eternity in front of a blushing Skinner. This is an ironic in-joke by
Carter as to all those years he had to tip toe around the supposed "kiss".
Another little in-joke is when Mulder calls Scully "Clarice", doing his Lecter
impersonation. This references Anderson's proximity to playing the character
in the sequel "Hannibal" which went to Julianne Moore; as well as the distance
Anderson had to put from Jodie Foster's portrayal of Clarice Starling as she
developed the early persona of young, female, FBI agent Dana Scully.
So if you edit out the "Few Good Men" trial, what we have is a really good teaser
at the govt. facility, followed by several good M&S scenes in custody. Then
cut to the prison break, leading to the Anasazi safe house and the motel coda.
The motel scene is where we really get to the crux of our heroes. I know he's
taken his hits this season, but Carter can really write for M&S, he knows exactly
what makes them tick. This is where we started out with them; staying in cheap
motels from city to city, geting to know each other and each other's beliefs
and disbeliefs. Mulder says he's failed, but Scully knows he hasn't becasue
she has been converted. The skeptical, scientific fact checking, young FBI doctor
came to believe in a quest for extraterrestrials, government conspiracies and
miracle babies. But it's the other side of the coin that this whole ep is about.
Scully asks Mulder after all this, what now does he believe in? He tells her,
"I want to believe that the dead are not lost to us." We've talked for 9 years
about Scully becoming the believer, converted by Mulder's quest. I think Carter
is saying Mulder has become a believer in the soul and the redemption of it.
He has been converted by Scully. We saw flashes of it when he talked to the
deceased Deep Throat and his own father in "The Blessing Way" and when he saw
his dead sister and the children of starlight in "Closure". In "The Truth" he
not only sees Krycek, X and TLG but is able to manifest physical objects from
them (addresses on pieces of paper/closing of doors). Here Carter equates religion
with aliens with self awareness and enlightenment. And in this realization and
in the love he has found with Scully he understands, "maybe there's hope." These
two lonely people, who found a common mantra in "trust no one", learned to come
to trust and love in one another. Mark Snow hits us with the little X-File theme
variation for the last time and it just nails the moment. That always gets you
when they play the main theme in the closing. Off the top of my head it reminds
me of he last Millennium and the closing of many of the Trek films when they
play out the theme at the end - always effective.
As the final hotel scene began, a profound sadness came over me. I realized
I was witnessing the last original thoughts from this great series. This show
I had fell in love with, crusaded for and always defended to the last. The emptiness
in the pit of my stomach when there were no scenes from next week's TXF was
unbearable. This show has been on the same number of years I've been married
and the exact number of years as the combined ages of my children. As a writer,
which it seems there are many of on this site, you are forever caught in the
"Hey they stole my great idea" syndrome. In the 80's I got caught up in the
UFO lore and the then newly burgeoning legend of Roswell and Stan Friedman.
In college I laid the the alien evolution theory on every poor unsuspecting
soul. I poured into the abduction books of Budd Hopkins and the ideas of Jacques
Vallee. In 1989, I went to film school and wrote a script about a smart aleck,
National Enquirer type reporter on a personal crusade for the truth. He investigates
a religious woman who says angels came down and took her baby from her (think
The Chronicle meets The X-Files). 3 years later the X-Files debuted. "They stole
my idea!" of course I thought. But this show won't make it, they'll ruin it
somehow. But I have to watch. I saw the pilot and in the rare words of a writer,
not very often spoken or admitted to I said, "This is better than my stuff."
And it just kept getting better and better.
A friend of mine was explaining the melancholy he felt after seeing the premiere
of Star Wars Episode II; in that he knew he only had one more of these such
experiences left in his life. And in that sense you can again tie Carter to
George Lucas. These two California dreamers have created such an intricate,
meaningful canvas, that it's spawned such a rabid following. And it's exactly
because the fans are so loyal and passionate that they bash and criticize their
foster fathers so extremely. "You've created this amazing fantastic world for
me, don't you dare write in anything less than perfect into it." (see Jar Jar
or Monica Reyes). It's the price of greatness.
I couldn't finish this farewell without a mention of the fans myself. A huge
thanks to Ryan for maintaining this site clearly long after his passion for
it kept going. In my opinion this was the best and the most intelligent review
site on the web. This was a great outlet for a frustrated writer like myself
to get out the cobwebs. I doubt that it will still exist when the next movie
comes out, but it will be the first place I turn to look after I get home from
the theater that night. Thanks to all the people on the site; those I got to
interact with personally and those we all got to know better from what they
revealed of themselves.
The X-Files has ingrained itself as one of tv's greatest series. Maybe it's
not as great as Star Trek or Twilight Zone, All In The Family or I Love Lucy,
but to us fanatics it will always be number one of all time. Albert Hosteen
once told us, "something lives only as long as the last person who remembers
it." In that case the X-Files will live forever in re-runs and dvds. And for
us chosen few, we found a group we could trust in... and we know exactly where
to find the truth.

Long live Mulder & Scully...

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My review of episode 9.19:

I have been a loyal viewer of The X-Files since their pilot aired nine years
ago in 1993. Out of all the seasons in the past, there was not one episode in
those past seasons that I ever had to complain about...until now.

Of course, the end game episode maintained its objective, which was to reveal
the truths behind any governmental plotting involving paranormal phenomenon.
That really isn't the subject of my argumentation, however. The thing that really
pisses me off does not originate from the finale episode, but it started the
moment the series took an utterly wrong turn where as Mulder and Scully were
put in the position to portray the role of lovers in the remainder of the series
before its termination. I recollect the seasons previous to that where the personas
of Mulder and Scully were kept at a professional level, and their attitudes
towards each other were not of intimacy, but of a mutual respect for each other,
similar to what best friends have amongst themselves that does not lead to any
sexual activity. This type of relationship was what made me respect the characters
and their build up throughout the seasons because their mutual respect at a
professional level was non-threatening to the show's true subject matter, which
was alien investigation and plotlines involving conspiracies instigated by "shadows"
that hide within the American government. The X-Files consistently stuck to
the subject of the unknown ALL THE TIME, and that is what made the series interesting
and suspenseful, which caused the viewing audience to constantly question the
very existence of any unordinary entities. If there was love involved between
the two, it would have definitely been a distraction from the point of the story,
and the audience would no longer think and ask questions about what is going
on because the point is interrupted by an annoying love scene. If they were
to play the role of intimate lovers, the series would definitely not have obtained
the acclaim of the audience as it did in previous seasons, because any sexual
innuendos that would have been presented in the show between Mulder and Scully
would have prevented the show from revolving around the real subject matter,
which is paranormal phenomenon, which I had just mentioned. As a way of better
explaining my argument, allow me to present this: The show would have just been
another "ROSWELL"-type of series, where the storyline does not only focus on
the paranormal, but it mostly focuses on cheap teenie bopper romance. All of
a sudden the cheap romance takes over, and the audience is left with absolutely
NO plotlines reflecting upon that of aliens or UFOs. Then if this were to happen,
the series then becomes a bastardized version of an awful soap opera with just
a touch of science fiction.

A series of this caliber should not have incorporated the idea of Mulder and
Scully messin' with each other because of the previous reasons that I have just
stated. I remember about seven years ago, FOX aired a segment of a behind the
series type of show regarding The X-Files. In that show, they included comments
from the cast regarding the relationship between that of Mulder and Scully.
The only thing that I clearly remember was that Chris Carter said himself that
HE WOULD NOT DO ANYTHING TO TAINT OR DAMAGE THE RESPECTABLE KIND OF RELATIONSHIP
THAT MULDER AND SCULLY HAVE WITH EACH OTHER. Another cast member remarked that
the relationship between Mulder and Scully is of a kind that can be found between
best friends and cannot be explained. It is also something that lovers could
never have, and that is what I respected about the characters of Mulder and
Scully throughout the nine years that I have viewed the series. However, in
light of recent events and episodes, it looks as if Carter betrayed his own
words and did what I, and others, have feared. This hypocrisy lead to Mulder
and Scully going beyond the mutual respect type of relationship, and into a
dramatic soap opera type of nonsense. From this I also concluded that Scully's
attitude changed the most. In the previous seasons, I always saw her as a strong
and well controlled woman in the working class. But now with all this going
on, her persona went from strong to emotional and prone to emotional breakdowns,
especially in the scenes with Mulder.

The very last scene acted out a scenario between Mulder and Scully in a motel
room similar to that of the motel room they were in in the pilot episode. I
thought that that was a smart way to end the series, to end it where it started.
However this time around, Mulder hops on the bed with Scully and they play kissy
face with each other. This is what killed it for me. This was a very poor ending.


I felt that I could not accept this from Mulder and Scully because this is not
the way they started out and it sure as hell should not have been the way they
went out either. Nine years and this is what I had to freakin' look at!!! Really,
I wouldn't have minded if either Scully or Mulder or both had lovers, just as
long as it WASN'T SCULLY AND MULDER TOGETHER because they had their own respectable
thing going on, which in the end was ruined. My bottomline is that because of
all the remarks that I have explained and because the inevitable love between
Mulder and Scully could not be prolonged, I was quite relieved that the series
ended so that Mulder and Scully would no longer continue this hopeless endeavor.

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My review of episode 9.19:

about the calander maybe thats why they have that date.... like 1 of the reasons

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My review of episode 9.19:

It's interesting to note that the Mayan calendar [also] places the end of the
world at December 22, 2012...! Cheers.

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My review of episode 9.19:

I have to say I was disappointed with the season finale. I didn't mind the
flashbacks, as they were quick, done with voiceovers, and were nice reminders.
I liked Reyes comment about truth. Overall, though, another one of those "coulda
been a good episode, had the right idea, but the writers couldn't quite pull
it off."

I expected a much bigger ending for a season finale. Especially with no guarantee
of a movie in the works.

Just the few scenes with Duchovny, though, really struck home that it was a
better series with him than without him. While I think the character of Doggett
was excellently played, and he did his best, and I hope he gets another acting
role, or ends up in the movie, he didn't have the intensity for the paranormal
and the comic timing that DD has. Too bad they didn't treat him better in the
courtroom scene. He was cowed too easily by the "do you believe in aliens"
question. The writers should have given him a better response.

I think instead of the military court, it would have been better as a more public
setting.

I expected more plot and more action. I would have liked to see Gibson used
more as a turning point when he reveals the alien on the panel, instead of just
being a throwaway.

I really liked that CSM was revealed as being truly evil, that the only reason
he kept Mulder alive was to taunt him and toy with him. That he really was
just being manipulative in "En Ami". That there really is no "good side" to
him. I thought his burning up in incendiary flames, with the momentary flash
of the blackened skull, was fitting. Unfortunately, again CC gets rid of one
of the greatest villains of all time who will be desparately needed if this
gets to a movie. And no, he can't bring him back again. Period.

It would have been better if Mulder hadn't been given the address of Maria C.
It would have left the question as to whether all the apparitions were in fact
ghosts, or were just products of the brainwashing that Mulder sufferred. And
why, would Krychek be trying to help Mulder, when it was Skinner who put the
bullet in Krychek's head as he was betraying them all once again? It just didn't
make sense. Spender junior was more believable as someone who had changed,
but not Krychek at the end.

If you want to compare to one of the best ever series finales, look at Star
Trek, The Next Generation. You didn't need flashbacks. The plot was complicated,
the characters compelling, and the ending satisfying. Instead, we get a slow
moving, inconsistent, plot hole filled disappointment. Yes, there were some
good moments, but overall, I was disappointed. Perhaps satisfactory as a season
finale, but not the way to end the series.

Maybe my expectations were too high.

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My review of episode 9.19:

Certainly, a fan cannot help but take into account the entirety of the series
when reviewing the finale. Nevertheless, I’m going to try a different tact
this week and isolated myself as if I were an infrequent viewer of the show.
After all, isn’t that who the episode was written for? Those viewers who weren’t
keenly attune to the mythology and needed a crash course on a decade worth of
history? Surely, the recap was not written with the avid, hard-core X-phile
in mind. Oh no. We are much too intensely aware of the historical aspect of
the mythology to need a court-room rehash.

************************************************
X-Files: The Truth

The story, of course, centers around two FBI Agents, Fox Mulder (David Duchovny)
and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) who, supposedly, not only work together as
partners, but also share a romantic relationship. Apparently, these two agents
have been investigating a cover-up of aliens among humankind and, at some point,
Mulder goes AWOL leaving his distressed partner and their newborn infant behind.
Eventually, and thanks to some serious contract negotiations, David Duchovny
returns to the show to reprise his roll as Agent, Fox Mulder.

During the opening sequence we see Mulder entering what appears to be a secret
military cavern with several other suits. Conveniently, he is able to slip
away as the suits’ backs are turned Mulder then accesses a military supercomputer
which provides him with “highly” classified information – colonization of the
earth’s inhabitants will commence on December 22, 2012. One can’t help but
wonder, “shouldn’t such an instillation be better guarded?” Before Agent, Mulder
is able to make his escape, he is attacked by, what we later learn to be, an
alien super soldier disguised as a military officer. Mulder is remanded pending
trial for the murder of the officer. He is then reunited with his long lost
partner, Scully, only to learn that she has given their child up for adoption
because she “couldn’t protect him”. Strangely, Mulder doesn’t seem to astonished
or distressed as a result of this news.

At the trial we are inundated with nine years of X-files history. We learn that
prehistoric men encountered aggressive, eerie, oily beings in a cave and we’re
told that these are supposedly the original inhabitants of this planet. Evidently,
these creatures are an “alien virus” though they have bodily form… unless,
of course, they commandeer bodies, which they can and indeed do. Naturally,
that begs the question of what they were to begin with. And just who are all
these strange people who appear to testify on Mulder’s behalf? Who are the super
soldiers? What’s the deal with that prepubescent boy with psychic abilities?
Has something been covered up? What are the aliens doing here? What are their
plans? There's dialogue which purports to answer these questions, but I’ll be
damned if I could follow it.

And just what does all this nonsense have to do with a murder?

Mulder is ultimately found guilty and sentenced to die even though, strangely,
nobody can located the body of the “dead” military officer and no witnesses
are called to testify. Luckily, our hero is freed after a jail break lead
by fellow FBI Agents John Dogget (Robert Patrick), Assistant Director Walter
Skinner (Mitch Pileggi), Monica Reyes (Annabeth Gish) and Deputy Director Kersh
(James Pickens).

“The Truth” is less worried with murders and super soldiers than with the cover-ups.
No final truths are exposed about anything. But I enjoyed the way the episode
looked way the story was told through verbal and visual realizations, rather
than through lackluster action scenes - though the gratuitous helicopter scene
in which Mulder’s father, the notorious Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis),
is blown to bits is certainly worth its time, if your into that sort of thing.
And, ultimately, the final scene between Mulder and Scully did present an interesting
reflection as to whether Mulder’s quest has been a large scale failure or an
individual success.

Three stars out of five

******************************************

Well, there you go. My best at a detached critique.

My unbiased opinion, however: I hated the trial. I loved Monica’s outburst.
I hated CSM’s hair. I loved “Come here you big, beautiful man. The only thing
you are gonna be kissing is your ass goodbye.” I hated the drawn out helicopter
attack. I loved when Gibson identified the alien on the Judges' panel. I hated
when he called her ‘Dana’. I loved when they kissed. I hated when they kissed.
I loved when Skinner disappeared ominously into the office. I hated that it
had to end.

What a show. I’ve spent a third of my life watching this damn thing. What
a dork I am. I’ll miss it. I’ll miss all of you. What a pleasure. Special
thanks to Ryan. Take care.

MAC




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My review of episode 9.19:

This episode is, beyond a doubt, the best Mulder/Scully 'ship episode ever.

And it lays bare the heart of the "relationship" between CSM and Mulder, and
gives us the final destruction of CSM.
And it concludes the television series as such, and serves to launch the movies.

For all of these reasons, it is easily a 10.
Also, this was the first episode in ever that I actually liked and was impressed
by Agent Reyes.
And this scene...

(Mulder and Scully kiss as Skinner uncomfortably waits)
Mulder: Come here you big, beautiful man.
Skinner: The only thing you are gonna be kissing is your ass goodbye.

LOL


This final episode of the X-Files was exactly what I thought it would be, more
so than I would have
liked. I was certain that it would be geared toward setting up the movies,
but I didn't see this
coming.

The flashbacks summarize the entire history of the XFs, bringing everyone up
to speed and setting the stage for the movies. The timing of the inescapable
alien invasion (10 years from now), gives plenty of time for the movie and presents
the central conflict to come. CSM's final death represents the end of the conspiracy
portion of this Conspiracy Sci-Fi series, and marks its full transition to Sci-Fi.

One interesting thing about the death of CSM is that he also died at the end
of season 7, another time they might have ended the series. Its pretty clear
that the final death of CSM was always supposed to occur with the end of the
TV series.


When I saw the second set of flashbacks for the second witness, what was to
come became clear.
It is difficult to think of a better was of doing it, but the trial device was
a little annoying.
And I want to know what happened to Skinner after he went into the office with
the alien and Kersh.
And Gibson, etc, etc.
This episode alone leaves a lot of loose ends, aside from the looming alien
invasion.


Maybe the LGM really are dead.
The answer to that will be in Mulder's communication with the "dead".
That explanation doesn't really work though.
While Krycek's aid may have been "imaginary", the information that X gave him
was UNAVOIDABLY real.

When Mulder first sees Krycek, he says...
"You're Dead."
"No," Krycek replies.
Mulder carries on a running conversation with him through out the episode.

It is possible with Mulder's abilities that it is some kind of telepathy.
The fact that Krycek got his real arm back, and the Mulder/Scully conversation
at the end, implies that
they are really some kind of ghosts/spirits though, whatever those might be
within the context of the XFs.


This summarization provides final confirmation that...
-Samantha is dead, and became "Starlight".
-CSM is Mulder's father.
Two "facts" that spawn a swarm of loopholes and continuity problems, which I
still refuse to accept, because they are so stupid.
That burns. It really does.
Geez, 6th and 7th season really did a number on this show. Season 9 was actually
considerably better than
6 and 7, in some ways, and thats saying something.
At least the whole "the alien spaceship is the bible" thing is fading away and
being ignored.


There is no question that this has been quite a show.
Its sad to see it end, but this was likely a better and truer end than the more
mercenary possibilities CC and Co had planned.
I have enjoyed watching it, and I have enjoyed the company of my fellow Xphiles.

Even the annoying ones ;)

It has been a pleasure.
Hopefully Ryan will keep this site up, and we can have a reunion every couple
years with each new movie.
Until then, farewell.




On a more personal note, is there anyway anyone knows of to get copies of...


Nothing Important Happened Today
Nothing Important Happened Today II
Trust No 1
John Doe

I haven't seen these, and watching the finale made clear that I missed some
important things, which, oddly,
did not impact my viewing of Provenance and Providence.
For example, I realized Jeffery Spender didn't just pull the "magnetite" thing
out of his ear in William.
I am definitely not buying the DVD set for season 9, if I can avoid it.
And I would prefer not to have to wait two years or however long it takes before
these episodes air again
to see them.
I have William/Release/SunshineDays/TheTruth if someone wants to do a swap.


Thanks, michael
seraphic8x@yahoo.com

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My review of episode 9.19:

It's a Friday night in August of 1995. I am 14 years old. For reasons I won't
get into at this time I'm not entirely happy with the way my life is going right
now, and I'm looking to start a new life. At 8:00 I watch an episode of Michael
Moore's TV Nation on FOX. After it's over I have nothing else to do so I decide
to watch the next show on FOX, The X-Files. I've never been a science fiction
fan before, but I'd heard a lot about this show (which was just in the middle
of going from a cult show to a sleeper hit to a mainstream hit) and the episode
that airs that night (a rerun of The Erlenmeyer Flask) catches my interest.
I tune in again next week, and the next week, and by October (around the time
of my 15th birthday) The X-Files has become my favorite show. Throughout all
of 9th grade I spend the entire week eagerly awaiting Friday, to catch the latest
episode of the show which has piqued my interest in a way that no previous show
had before.

Cut forward to June 19th, 1998. I'm now 17 years old, and have been a loyal
X-Phile for 3 years. Today is the day us loyal X-Philes had been looking forward
to, the release of the first X-Files movie, Fight the Future. I'm the first
in line to see it of course, and I walk out of the theater happy. Pretty much
everything we saw I loved, the only thing that disappointed me was what we didn't
see. We had been promised that a lot would be answered, and although many questions
were answered much was still left open and more questions were created.

Now cut forward to May 19th, 2002. I am now 21 years old, and I have stuck with
The X-Files for 7 years. The show hasn't been nearly as good as in the past
for the last 2 years, but even so I stick with it out of loyalty, and because
every once and a while it still manages to amaze me. Today is the day of the
final episode of the show that redefined my life 7 years ago. I sit down with
mixed emotions: sadness that this era in my life is about to end (even if it
already should've 2 years ago), curiosity about what Chris Carter has in store
for the big finale, excitement that it will go out with a bang that makes up
for the last 2 years.

In the end I felt somewhat similar to how I did after seeing FTF: I liked what
I saw but was disappointed but what I didn't see. But I can't say I liked what
I saw as much as FTF. FTF had a lot more action for one thing while The Truth
spent too much time in the courtroom, and FTF did reveal a lot more than The
Truth. Pretty much all we learned in this episode is the date of colonization,
that Mulder has been staying in New Mexico with Gibson Praise for the last year
and that the Anasazi built magnetite structure to protect from the ancient aliens.
And finally, when FTF was over we knew they couldn't reveal everything anyway
because they had to do the show for at least 2 more years (which turned into
4 years) while The Truth was supposed to reveal everything. I wasn't actually
expecting everything to be revealed, but I wanted a little more closure.

Here's what I liked:
*The teaser made me jump with joy. First we get to see Mulder after a one-year
absence, and then we see the date of December 22, 2012. I immediately recognized
this as the date of the Mayan apocalypse and knew it meant they were tying everything
together.
*Although it went on for too long (see my dislikes) the use of the courtroom
was a good way to give any necessary background, and Skinner representing Mulder
was a good touch. Skinner has been underused this season and has usually been
portrayed as weak and unable to help Scully or Dogget and Reyes. It was so nice
to see him stand up for Mulder and the X-Files.
*I liked how they brought back all those characters that hadn't been seen for
a while. Glad they remembered about Marita, and Gibson had a good role. The
ghosts of Krycek, X and the Lone Gunmen were a nice touch too (thought I would've
liked it better if Deep Throat were among them). At first I didn't know what
I thought of the ghosts actually interacting and helping Mulder as opposed to
simply being visions, but when you think about it this fits with past episodes
where ghosts provided vital information (Melissa's ghost informing Scully about
Emily, Mulder's mom giving him the base where to find information about Samantha
in Closure, etc.). There's no reason why ghosts can't mix with mythology.
*Reyes was given one of her best parts ever explaining why Scully had to give
William up, even though I still don't accept that she would do this.
*The information about the Anasazi was some of the best continuity in a long
time. It picks up from the Anasazi trilogy and the Anasazi prophecy from the
Sixth Extinction and ties it together with the impending colonization.
*As just about everyone pointed out, by ending with Mulder and Scully in a dingy
motel room they're ending it the same way it began. This time the hotel was
in Roswell, the city where the conspiracy began. Everything has come full circle.
Mulder was 100% in character from the scenes with CSM in the Anasazi ruins to
the final hotel scene. Maybe Mulder and Scully usually do lose the evidence
and can't completely stop the threat, but they've done so much and helped so
many people through 9 years of investigating the X-Files, and they never give
up. This was the ideal scene to end the series on.

What I disliked:
*The court part went way too long. Did they have to go over the entire story?
Why not air a retrospective before? I mean, CBS devoted THREE hours to the Survivor
finale, The X-Files deserves at least that much time. If the story this far
needs to be retold, air a one-hour retrospective first and then the 2-hour finale.

*To complicate the court scenes even more, they pretty much just repeated what
we already knew. We still don't know how Marita recovered from the black oil
infection, she just repeated that she became a test subject, but not how she
recovered. And how exactly do the alien replacements/supersoldiers fit into
colonization? Up until Two Fathers/One Son the aliens were relying on the Syndicate
to create an alien/human hybrid slave race before colonization could begin.
In the end the rebels torched the Syndicate, so presumably the aliens had to
alter their plans. In Requiem past test subjects were being rounded up, and
in season 8 these people were being returned and resurrected as alien replacements
so I assume this has something to do with colonization, but we still don't know
their exact role. I would have rather learned what role they play instead of
just having them explain the parts we already know.
*They're just leaving William out there in Smallville? Scully always wanted
a child and he was a miracle to her, now that she's back with Mulder they can't
just leave him there.
*Of course, how can they raise William when they're apparently still on the
run. So Mulder has been sentenced to death and is still running for his life
with Scully, the supersoldiers are still out there, and we have no idea what
happened to Doggett, Reyes, Skinner or Kersh. What kind of resolution is this?
Even if the final scene seems like the perfect scene to end the series on, I
can't ignore that the situations leading up to it are still up in the air.

I had a crazy idea during the scene where the helicopters were destroying the
ruins. What if this released high amounts of magnetite into the atmosphere,
which caused all the alien replacements to start dying? The Kersh could take
over for the replacement in the FBI and overturn Mulder's conviction so it would
be safe for Mulder and Scully to be together, and without the supersoldier threat
they could go back to Smallville to get William and raise him together. Kersh
could even get Mulder reinstated in the FBI. Maybe this would seem cheesy and
forced, but at least it would be a resolution. That wouldn't necessarily mean
colonization is off. The aliens are still out there, and even if their current
plan somehow involves the supersoldiers they could create a new plan in the
next 10 years before the set date. If CC really wants to make the next movie
a standalone paranormal story and possibly return to the alien threat in the
third movie my way would work better. How will this work if Mulder is both not
in the FBI and wanted for murder, and will they ever explain what happened to
Skinner and Doggett and Reyes? Will we ever see William again? Will the next
X-Files movie even follow the continuity of the last few seasons?

But what else can I say? The X-Files is over now, and I don't want to end my
relationship with it on bad terms. Like many others here, I loved this show
in a way I've never loved another show before, and I probably won't love another
show again for a long time, if ever. Just as the series ended as it began with
Mulder and Scully in a dingy hotel room, for me it ended the same way it began
with me watching alone in my room, unsure of where my life is going now. I gave
7 years of my life to this show. For 7 years I never missed an episode. To think,
if I would have watched something else that Friday night in August of 1995 my
life may have been completely different. I can't believe I this may have never
even happened if it hadn't been for Michael Moore of all people. Now it's time
to say goodbye to this part of my life. At age 21 I must say goodbye to a part
of my life that began when I was 14 that I stuck with all this time. Goodbye
X-Files, thanks for all the unforgettable Friday and Sunday nights.

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Name: millipede
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My review of episode 9.19:

We wanted answers and we got allegory.
That's like asking for ice cream and getting chocolate cheesecake. It's not
what you wanted and the taste really surprised you but if you bothered to savor
it, you realize that chocolate cheesecake is way better than ice cream. Even
rum raisin ice cream.

I think I'm beginning to get this. The title of this ep was The Truth, and
we all thought we were gonna get the truth about the alien conspiracy. Instead,
we just got affirmation of what we'd already figured out. That's because the
Truth that the title refers to isn't about the aliens, it's about this show.
The X-files was never about a guy who wanted to prove there are extraterrestrials
visiting earth, it was about a guy who wanted proof of God.
Nothing in this ep was what it looked like, it was all allegory, like Moby
Dick. Why do you think that book is such a talisman for this show?

At first I thought the kangaroo court was symbolic of every soul being judged
by God, but I discarded that idea pretty quickly. God plays by the rules.
He wrote them, after all. No, Mulder was being tried by The World. The World
doesn't care what the truth is, The World doesn't play by the rules. The World
is a rigged game, and we can't beat The World at it's game nor can we "shove
it up their ass". No one gets out alive. So what's the point? The point,
my dear beloveds is to keep the faith. Like Mulder. Mulder wouldn't allow
himself to be baited, he refused to testify in his own behalf, he refused to
play the game, even when it meant death. He was given plenty of opportunity
to falter, to be self serving, but he turned it down. Most notably with Marita,
Mulder was being offered his life if he would give up hers. At three words
from Krycek, Mulder passed. He placed Marita's life above his own. Despite all
the pressures being brought by The World, Mulder stayed true to his path, not
being swayed by worldly success.

Mulder wasn't the only one on trial, either. This was also Kersh's trial
by fire. He saved himself before it was too late, and paid (I assume) the ultimate
price for it. Being "saved" by The World and being "saved" are widely different
concepts. When push comes to shove, the sh** hits the fan and the chips fall...I
could really go for some chips right now...all that matters is CHOOSING BETTER.
Sometimes the better choice, the right choice, hurts like hell and gets you
dead. Life is a trial and the verdict is guilty and the sentance is death.
But the only thing that matters is how you conduct yourself in the courtroom.
Also on trial here were Scully, Skinner, Doggett and Reyes. They chose the
righteous path when they decided to throw every consideration aside in their
determination to free an innocent man. They each could have hung on to their
comfortable existances, their jobs, their status, their percieved security,
by letting Mulder meet his unjust fate. They chose justice over self interest.
What did they get for their pains? Ostracism and probably death. Oh, and a
little thing called salvation.

When Spender told the court about the syndicate giving up family members to
the aliens, I reconciled myself to Scully's boneheaded decision to give up William.
The syndicate gave up their flesh and blood to save themselves. Scully gave
up William for his own sake, not hers. I still think the way it was handled
sucked.

On the surface, the CSM's claim of protecting Mulder throughout the years
just so he could torture him with the futility seems kinda lame. But when you
remember that the CSM is the Devil, it makes perfect sense. The Devil is the
"father" of mankind in that man is born sinful. The Devil is also the Prince
of Lies. Everything he says is a careful half truth, just true enough to try
to induce despair. That's all he was doing here. He was taunting Mulder to
despair. The date is set, and you can't change it. CSM(the Devil) could be
talking about the end times, the biblical armaggedon, the second coming. We've
known for thousands of years that it was coming, and it will bring with it the
Kingdom of God. So if we knew the date would we try to stop it? Should we?
Perhaps, like Lott, Mulder is the single righteous man that couldn't prevent
the distruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. But God said that even five righteous
men would've been enough to deter his wrath from those decadent cities. Nine
years ago Mulder was alone, but now he has Skinner, Doggett, Reyes and Kersh.
Perhaps that's enough to postpone the inevitable, to keep this little science
project I like to call "life on Earth" perking along a few thousand years more.

The Devil wanted Scully also, but she has always had too strong a weapon of
defence against him; her faith. When she said contemptously "I'm not afraid
of you", I realized that Scully represented The Church. She always has. This
whole journey has been to bring Mankind(Mulder) and The Church(Scully) together.


The final scene was beautiful. Mulder was judging himself by The World's
standards. Scully helped him see beyond that. All these years, we've been
on Scully's case for refusing to believe what she's seen with her own eyes,
but it's really been Mulder who is reluctant to give up his prejudice, let go,
and BELIEVE. When finally confronted with the question "believe in What?", he
was forced to face what he's been hiding from all this time, the same thing
symbolised on a chain around Scully's neck. Trust. Trust in God. Faith. That
there is something bigger and more powerful than evil, than lies. This battle
was fought and won 2002 years ago. All you have to do is choose sides. "Maybe
there's hope." Of course there's hope. His name is William.

I'm still gonna pretend the rest of season 9 never happened.

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Name: Zuma
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My review of episode 9.19:

First of all, I want to say how much I've enjoyed reading everyone else's posts
during this and previous visits to this site. Lots of thought-provoking comments.
I've never posted, but I guess it's now or never.

I began watching this show with the second ep of season one and was immediately
hooked. But I began to observe some problems with the writing during season
three. I quickly came to the sad conclusion that the creators had no real plan
for the show and were making it up as they went along. Maybe they were as surprised
as I was that it was still on! Part of the reason I used to watch it so faithfully
in the first couple of seasons was because I figured it was liable to be cancelled
any time, TV being what it is.

The writing problems and lack of a plan became even more apparent to me because
I had begun to watch "Babylon 5". Now there was a show where everything had
a purpose. It was tight, and I liked that and found it lacking more and more
as the seasons rolled by in the X-verse.

Over the last several years, I've really only watched the mythology eps and
generally found them wanting. But I've never tired Mulder and Scully, or the
way they were portrayed by David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.

All of which is perhaps an overly long preface to my thoughts on the final episode,
which are actually pretty straightforward. It was flawed. It was not the most
creative approach to a final episode (e.g., the Seinfeldian trial ... I was
half-expecting the episode to end with the whole cast in a jail cell and Mulder
making observations about the buttons on Scully's blouse). The explosions at
the end were massive overkill (literally), and as in so many cases over the
years, didn't even make a whole lot of sense if you think about it. And there
were an awful lot of unnecessary loose ends for my tastes.

But that final scene in the motel ... I have to say, as someone who goes way
back with this show, that I found those last few moments to be warm, poetic,
touching, and, much to my surprise given my expectations at this point for this
great but greatly flawed show, perfect. The last scene was perfect. And as
usual, so was Mark Snow's music, with that little subtle echo of the title theme.


One last perfect moment that left me sitting with a stunned smile of surprised
affection for two unique characters and several years of unforgettable (if often
frustrating) viewing experience ... I'll take it.

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Name: that same imature teenager
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My review of episode 9.19:

yea that clarice or clarise or whatever line was halarious he goes "i smelled
you come in clarice" and my reaction what "oooooh my god *recoils* hes gone
crazy again quick scully get your machette!" another thing that was funny was
"after you finish draining the little lizard we can talk" or something like
that.... wow... that had me and my friend laughing... took them a while tho...
anyway... just felt like commenting again... there are alot of mixed feelings
about this episode... i saw squeeze today... i turned it on and saw them im
like "oh my god they look weird they are still back in the 80's save me"...


the immature teenager signing off.... over and out

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Name: Caroline R. Milton
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My review of episode 9.19:

I hadn't watched any new episodes for several years but I loved thge re-runs,
especially years 2 through 4. Last night's episode was a complete disappointment
-- unimaginative, manipulative, banal, contrived. Duchovny and Anderson looked
pale, puffy and almost middle-aged. I almost expected to hear them huffing
and puffing as they climbed up the rocks during the finale. Neither could these
two wonderful actors convince me or themselves that this final episode was anything
but an anti-climax. They went through the motions of portraying Mulder and
Scully for the last episode while we went through the motions of enjoying it.
This was probably the least enjoyable episode of the entire series. I'm kind
of sorry I watched it and hope to forget it while I'm enjoying re-runs from
the good years.

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Name: Andreu H. Bowles
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My review of episode 9.19:

You've gotta admit the Clarice thing was hilarious, as was the "Come here you
beautiful bald man."

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Name: Darren Mart
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My review of episode 9.19:

About halfway through "The Truth," I started drawing the same comparisons to
the Seinfeld finale as many others did. And like most of my fellow Philes, I
was surprised to see that Carter would resort to such a mainstream method of
capping off a stellar series.

I am literally split half-and-half on the finale. In some respects, I found
the entire episode to be contrived, rushed, and low-budget (save the final scene
with the helicopters). It seemed anticlimactic to me, nine years' worth of X-Files
all boiling down to a drab, claustrophobic courtroom where a handful of stiffs
watch Skinner awkwardly portray the Poor Man's Johnny Cochran. The opening sequence
of "Tunguska" gave me more of a rush than this shabby tribunal, where the role-playing
seemed childish more than anything else. Even more outlandish was that Skinner,
Scully, Doggett, and Reyes were all having trouble grasping the concept that
it was all staged. Mulder was a brilliant investigator, but even *I* caught
onto the fact that their testimony would ultimately have no bearing on his fate.


The visions of Krycek, X, and the Gunmen didn't move me quite as much as Carter
probably intended, but I'd still consider them a nice touch. Especially X...
seasons 2 and 3 were my favorites, and I suspect that X's ominous presence had
a lot to do with that.

Did anyone else notice that they announced TWICE in the episode that -- you're
never gonna believe this -- they found what they think is Knowle Rohrer's body?
Perhaps I missed something, it's happened before.

Things I liked:

- I was pleased to see Carter revisiting the Anasazi tribe, and without blatantly
detailing the connection to Season 2, he offered us an explanation for how and
why they "disappeared without a trace."

- Really enjoyed seeing Mulder and Scully back in a motel room in a scene reminiscent
of "Pilot". Carter ALMOST ruined it for me when he had Mulder spell it out for
us: "I remember sitting in a motel room with you just like this one nine years
ago..." We get it, Carter. If anyone failed to make the connection, screw 'em,
it's the finale.

- Special effects for CSM's death. It's unfortunate that Carter had to bring
him back just to kill him again, but what else is new.

Final comments:
Most passionate fans of the show believe, and I agree, that the series began
to as serious decline in quality around Season 5. Whether it's linked to the
move to L.A., the exodus of writers like Darin Morgan, or contract disputes,
remains uncertain. Probably a smorgasbord of all those things.

However, I think we, the fans, also share the blame. X-Files fans, including
myself, have become notorious for having a short fuse with this show. We have
to remember that the X-Files was never OUR product. It was not the result of
OUR tireless work and dedication, nor our creativity. We embraced the show in
its infancy and kept our judgments to a minimum. It was all such a pleasant
surprise, an intellectual show that challenged us like nothing before. Then,
as the show skyrocketed in popularity, the interface between the fans and creators
became more like a volatile romance. We became possessive with the show, we
started stomping our feet and lashing out at the writers when the characters
didn't do what we thought they should.

For the most part, Carter didn't budge. He never let us take full ownership
of his creation, and as a writer I respect that beyond words. He has described
Mulder and Scully's relationship as "an ideal" -- he never claimed it represented
reality. And despite the outcries from love-starved fans, he kept the relationship
built primarily on respect and friendship rather than sexual tension and cheap
rewards.

That said, I found a satisfying sense of closure in "The Truth". I believe people
were expecting the finale to be something on a massive scale, something bigger
than the sum of nine years. That's just not realistic. I think Carter had already
realized what the rest of us eventually will -- that the rewarding magic of
the X-Files resides not in a single episode, but in nine years' worth of breathtaking
moments that will stay with us forever.

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Name: Some Immature Teenager
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My review of episode 9.19:

I just started watching the X-files... my mom always watched it and i was just
one of those that would rather watch the crap on MTV.... then i kinda changed
my mind and i never found anything good on TV so i just kinda sat and stared
at the wall or played the guitar or skateboarding and ate and slept and went
to school inbetween... then i was on channel 30 and they rerun x-file episodes
out of order but atleast they are there... and i saw the one with that guy who
gets that fungi and gets deformed and these huge lumps on his head and everyone
was scared of him... whatever and my reaction to the whole thing was "holy s***
that was f***** awsome!!!!" yea that foul language was there but that was my
reaction it was kinda funny... then i watch the reruns everyday and i was really
starting to like it and my mom burst my bubble by saying the show was ending
this year... of course being the immature teenager i am i kinda got really mad
and went into denial... even though i wasnt watching the show for very long
i was mad cuz i finally found something i liked and was thought provoking and
everything i wanted in a TV show all in an acually TV show (before that nypd
blue) and it was ending that made me mad... so from what little i knew from
watching and reading summaries i watched the show finale angry happy ready and
i dont know just hyper and in a mood where i found everything halarious....
it started and i had know idea what was going on and its going along and even
tho i havent been watching long i was sick of the flash backs i wanted more
facts and other stuff... not a court room facts damn it facts... but i was still
happy with it.... i laughed hysterically at it at parts specially that whole
scene where hes staring upwards and scully skinner comes in and he says i smelled
you come in clarise and then the rest of that yadda yadda.... anytime i saw
mulder and scully look at each other i laughed i still dont know why and the
last scene i totally missed the words cuz i was thinking this is cool to end
it where it sorta started and the whole scene just made me laugh.... but besides
my immature 14 year old qualities i liked this show but it wasnt the best because
it didn't tie up enough things and was boring at times...

*looks at what i wrote* *laughs at the length*

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Name: Terry
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My review of episode 9.19:

Let me start with my rating...I give the final episode an unequivical TEN.

I have watched the x-files since the Tooms episodes, really they were the ones
that made it so popular and have been drawn to the great stories and the fine
acting. Sure some stories were lame, but when compared to the rest of TV where
entire shows display a continued lack of depth, the X-files was a refreshing
change.

About the episode itself, I must admit that Mulder's presence did tighten it
greatly, so had DD remained on the show throughout there wouldn't have been
so much backlash against it. But that is academic. Chris Carter shut the door
on the series in the same way he has maintained it throughout its run, with
Scully and Mulder hold up in some dingy motel in the middle of nowhere with
nothing to show for all their efforts, nothing except hope that tomorrow will
be different. Excellent and my compliments to Chris for proving that the show
was his from the very beginning.

With the X-files gone, I have no reason to watch any more television, even the
unique show 24 I found beaten down by bad dialogue and poor acting. I look forward
to the movies and I hope that DD will have the good sense in making them, after
all there is nothing wrong with having a career based on a winner like the X-files.
Some actors go for years without such a plum falling in their laps.

So the last ep was a ten as is the entire show itself. There won't be another
like it for some time either.

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My review of episode 9.19:

I just want to add that I think this episode was so odd because Chris Carter
wrote it from an idea he conceived early in the series. He mentioned somewhere
that he already knew how it would end, but the series changed therefore he had
to edit his ending. Essentially that's what made it suck.

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Name: David
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My review of episode 9.19:

Sorry, but no apologies here---I liked it. There is no way I would not have.
I watched the first ep back in '93 and every single one since then, every Friday
and Sunday night it's been on.

What a great series this has been...small movies every week...and even the worst
was better than most everything else on TV. I'm not one who needed every question
answered at the end, and I've never understood those on this site over the years
who complained about lack of closure and who howled for answers. It's the questions
I lived for in this show---I prefer to try and fill in my own answers.

I really appreciated Peter's remarks below, what the X-Files meant to him in
years gone by, with an apartment filled with friends who watched with him. I
used to post reviews here, mostly back in Seasons 3 and 4, but a few years ago
I found myself coming back here to read only a few times each season--and this
is my first post in about four years.

The X-Files may have lost its compelling edge that it once had, but I cared
so much for its characters and for the pleasure it gave me for so many years,
that I refused to abandon it. I've enjoyed it for nine years...all nine...and
I have my tapes and DVDs and memories.

My thanks to Chris Carter and the whole cast and crew that touched us for so
long...and to those of you here who have kept the faith.

Ave Atque Vale, X-Files....Hail and Farewell

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Name: Kris R.
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My review of episode 9.19:

Harder than usual to gather my thoughts, partly because I'm in denial about
no more reviews by all you lovely friends of mine. I approached this site with
more than a little trepidation and sadness today.

The finale made a few things clear for me. One: although I've always been
a 'shipper, I never wanted to admit that those who blasted us as being only
interested in the 'ship were right. Now I know they were right: the M&S relationship
has been MY touchstone to the show over these years. Is that wrong of me?
I think not. Last night brought back a spark, a meaningfulness, that's been
missing since Mulder left. I was thrilled to see the kiss, and replayed it
(just once, though), and wished it were better lit. But I was also pleased
that there was no liplock to end it, because it ain't about the sex. It's about
the partnership of two outsiders, and how it's evolved, blemishes and all.

Darren's confession a few weeks ago came back to me last night, when I got annoyed
at how crowded it seemed with Doggett, Reyes, Skinner, Gibson, and Kersh all
in on it. I like the characters, but TXF at its best wasn't about them. It
was about two characters who were defined by their inability to fit in, and
how they worked that to their advantage. Being lonely may or may not be a choice,
but I find it preferable to being part of the herd.

Mulder's final wish spoke loud and clear to me in context of the show ending.
I believe that the show will continue to speak to me and its other fans, and
will continue to enrich my life in some way, even though it's dead (until move
time??)--and has been gasping for air for two years.

Take care, all!

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Name: Peter
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My review of episode 9.19:

Thank you Star22460.
That is the nicest thing anybody's said to me in a long while. One of the best
things about this show was sites such as this one where I got to meet all you
great people.

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Name: Jill K
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My review of episode 9.19:

I want a movie! that wasn't good enough

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Name: Doug Brown
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My review of episode 9.19:

I've never been to this site before. I see many loyal fans visit here. I got
onto the net to see what other people thought about the finale. I've watched
faithfully since getting hooked back in season 2. I was so disappointed last
night that I wondered why I ever watched the show but quickly remembered how
good it used to be. Where is the pay-off, the reward for sticking by the show
for 8 years. I've seen better season finales than that and this was the end!

There is still a conspiracy in place but no key conspirators to hate, to
bring to justice. That's what loyal fans should've got. I would've been a little
happier had Mulder and Scully reunited with their baby but that had no resolution
either. The end should've played out over several weeks and never included that
courtroom crap. Don't pander to people who haven't seen the show or stopped
watching years back. The truth is out there. So was a better ending.
What's with Mulder's father living only to torture him. I would've preferred
to see the Smoking man save Mulder than Kirsch. The man who spent his life protecting
the conspiracy would've been the most interesting person to see destroy what
was left of it and give mulder the vaccine to the virus. The conspirators would've
have been defeated and Mulder, Scully, their baby, and the X-files would be
free of them at last. That and knowing Mulder had the power to stop the invasion
was the resolution I wanted to see.

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Name: rachmiel
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My review of episode 9.19:

a final ho-hum ending for a final two ho-hum (i'm being charitable) years of
what, in its prime (and, perhaps, in its entirety) was arguably the best tv
show ever made (besides the first season of twin peaks).

let's hope the movie(s) rekindle the passion that was once: The X-Files.

requiscat in pace

rachMiel


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Name: Chris Jacobs
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My review of episode 9.19:

Others so far have expressed the dismay much better than I can. At the moment
all I can say is I'll be getting a T-Shirt printed up that says:

"I watched the X-Files for 9 years and all I got was this stupid finale".

Ugh.

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Name: Maggie
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My review of episode 9.19:

If last night’s episode proved anything, it is that Scully and Mulder better
stay together – because without one another they really get lost. Mulder actually
thought that the truth would come out in the court? After nine years of dealing
with the duplicitous elements in the government he actually thought they’d know
the truth if it came up and, well…you get the picture. But it was a great way
to revisit some familiar scenes and characters.

And speaking of familiar scenes, Chris Carter didn’t let me down. I loved the
various characters who appeared throughout – and thought it especially appropriate
that it was Krycek who stayed with Mulder throughout – because he couldn’t get
through it alone. Reminds me of the old Bible story about being as crafty as
serpents and gentle as doves…crafty is needed every time:-)

Ending the series where it began – in so many ways – was incredibly touching.
I remember when, somewhere in season four, I finally saw the very first episode
and I was a bit surprised that Scully had appeared at Mulder’s door in her underwear
– covered with a coat, of course – in fear that she had become infected. In
hindsight, it seems to me that that scene set the tone for the whole nine seasons
– the respect, trust and caring that Mulder and Scully showed for one another
was the light that shone through every episode.

To end back where they began, in another motel room, with Scully perched on
the bed and Mulder on the floor, brought us back to how it all began. And I
think it also showed us that the future of these two “fictitious” characters
will be built on the strong foundation of their past. Alone they flounder, but
together they can recapture the faith – in each other – in their higher powers
– in the truth – that they have striven to maintain.

But most of all, the ending left me with me with hope. They left me with hope
that Margaret Mead was right when she stated that we should never doubt that
a small group of committed individuals can change the world – and that, in fact,
it is the only thing that ever does. And if some of these committed individuals
have passed on, and come back periodically to offer assistance, I say well done:-)
It’s not only fiction which sometimes requires a willing suspension of disbelief....not
in this crazy world.

Thanks to all the writers, directors and actors. You’ve lead us on an exciting
journey and made us care – we can’t ask for more than that. Well Done.







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My review of episode 9.19:

i think the final episode was very clear about the fact that the only truth
that is out there has been under our nose all along . that only god could save
mankind. Mulder explains that fact when he takes the cross in his hand. Scully
has worn that cross around her neck in each episode. The truth has always been
out there. Looking forward to the movie!!!

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My review of episode 9.19:

Thank you Peter,
I wish I could come close to adequately expressing what you meant to me trouggh
words, but I can´t. You´re the best.
I´d like to add one more thing: David´acting.
David Duchovny placed himself right at the top of may best actor list. David
continues to amaze me. He never fails to astonish me with his talent.
And last night he was simply brilliant.

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My review of episode 9.19:

Ok, first of all I'm frightened by people who call "Existence" fabulous. That
was the straw that broke the camel's back IMHO. I know this is not the last
time that I am writing here at least not for a while as I am sure this week
we'll have lots to talk about.
Before I begin on the "Truth", I have to say I've been watching this damn show
since I was in college. I fell in love with it, head over heels. As someone
else said, my one and only television love. Absolutely. I would do anything
for this damn show. I even watched season 9, didn't I? And i even went to see
that damn movie more times than I can remember so that it could pass the $100
million mark so that there would be more movies! Where were the rest of you
by the way?
Anyway, THAT is how much I love this show.
Reading a fantastic novel with a stunning beginning, a bewildering middle and
then a stunningly bad last couple of chapters, does it make the read a waste?

Of course not.
But of course if the ending is not good enough, has it destroyed the beginning
and the middle?
Hmm...

I could not believe last night, that I was watching the last X-Files! I really
could not. I made myself a cup of coffee, got my Morley's and waited impatiently
for the damn "Simpsons" to end. New tape in the VCR, remote in my hand. My
Friday and then Sunday night ritual.
I was alone in my apartment last night and it struck me how things have changed.
I've mentioned before that my firends used to gather at my apartment first
on Fridays and then on Sundays to watch the show. AS I looked around my empty
apartment I somehow found it fitting for me to be ending this journey on my
own, in the shadows, under the glow of the television set. Through many different
circumstances I have lost all those friends, all my "X" watchers. SOme through
misunderstandings, others have moved, some because of 9/11 and others because
of that day as well but for completely different reasons. My life has changed
so drastically since what it was before September, that I wanted to lose myself
into my old, reliable friend "The X-Files" this year more than ever. This year
however, even my "X-Files" was not itself any longer.
And now it was leaving me as well...

There are two ways you can view something and judge its quality. One is on
an emotional level and another on an intellectual level. "The X-Files" at first
used to appeal to our intellect. Before we became involved with the characters.
The very best of episodes (such as "One BReath") could appeal to both effortlessly.
I have forgiven uneven storylines and even contradictory ones and weak ones
because I found the journey of the character and the emotional pay off to be
adequate enough to hide all other shortcomings ("Closure").
At this point, I knew I'd be disappointed by the "Truth". I mean, perhaps not
as much now because our expectations have dropped so much since season 7, and
especially during this lousy season, that anything would have been better than
what we had seen all year.

The "X"'s last visit into my living room had me struggling with my own ghosts
as Mulder was with his. I remembered a full apartment, always crowded on sunday
nights, the lights off, the sound loud and the VCR always recording. I remembered
the collective gasp we all made as Scully announced she was "Emily's mother"
in "Christmas Carol". I remember the fasciantion in our eyes as Scully described
(under hypnosis) what she had witnessed during "THe Red and The black". I remembered
the fields wher Mulder found multiple clones of his sister. In my head I had
my own flashback scenes before the "Truth " even started.

Scully's father appearing to her as an apparition mumbling something was the
first time a television show had given me the creeps. Ironically enough "Beyond
the Sea" was the first episode I ever saw of the "X-Files". By that episode's
end, I had been floored. GLen Morgan, James Wong, David Nutter, David Duchovny
and Gillian Anderson had had me hooked!

I remembered the shock when Deep Throat was shot, the alien fetus Scully discovered,
Duane BArry, her abduction, X, Krycek, CSM, the Syndicate, Cassandra Spender,
the Peacock family, the Host, DArin Morgan, Paper Hearts, Sleepless, Pusher,
a snake eating a man whole, a man able to see how people would die- a man chasing
to capture a picture of Death so that he could die. I remember a distraught
and nearly destroyed Mulder bedding a vampire, a woman that was even more dysfunctional,
more lonely and more damaged than him. I remember how true that rang to me.
How that would have been the only kind of woman Mulder could ever fall in love
with or at least have an affair with.

I remembered the media frenzy, the shower of awards and accolades...I remembered
a different time, a friend I did not want to let go. So clearly in a very emotional
state of mind, I prepared to watch the last X-Files alone. Friends overseas
will be waiting anxiously for this tape, I thought. It better be good! "Fox
widescreen" appeared on the screen and my dog barked. "Shut up Scully!" I told
her. Do you see te level of my "love" for the show. At the variou sparks,
I'm tired of always having to answer the question posed to me once I tell someone
her name. "Do you have a Mulder too?". Smile from me and curing under my breath
for not picking another name for the poor dog. At the time when I first got
her it was cool, but how would i feel if I met someone who had named their dog
"Captain Kirk" or "Buffy"? Anyway, Scully shut up for the rest of the episode
even though she usually barks when Mulder screams "Scully!". It is quite funny
actually.

Anyway, I was such an emotional basketcase yesterday that my reaction was purely
an emotional one. I wept when Mulder and Scully kissed, though i never wanted
to see them together in the first place.
Then I screamed "Shut up!" at agent Moronica when she said "Bu the's a super-soldier!".
od, I really preferred the alien replacement term which we also got last night.

I also had tears in my eyes when "X" appeared. HE was my favorite of all informants.
And then MArita who we had not sen in 2 years even though she was available
during the first half of season 8 and we seriosuly could have used her. HEr
part was the best casue her lines actually amde everything sound cool and I
really missed her. I was one of the few who liked her in the beginning and
after "Requiem" I was hoping we'd see more of her and Krycek as a team. Of
course, anyway...Moving along.

Jeffey Spender and I have tears in my eyes caue of what's happened to the poor
guy. I also really liked "William".
So, this is where things get screwy. Ok, how the hell did Jeffrey know that
KRycek kiled Mulder's father? Did Krycek tell him that?
And for God's sake, "Closure" was only a little over 2 years ago 1013! Didn;t
ANYBODy remember Samantha died in 1979 and NOT 1987? Who the hell came up with
1987? Is this a different storyline? I cannot believe such laziness! All
th story editors from Vince to Frank, the director Kim Manners who also directed
"CLosure", how could this get away from them? Ok, ten Jeffrey says he grew
up with Samantha which was hinted at during "Closure', yes, but he never mentioned
anything before of having a sister or a half-sister. Anyway, I said to myself,
shut up. You'v ebeen bitchin' all season. Open you rheart and accpet the truth.
These are the same people that made Scully into the only woman in the history
of the universe to have a 12 month long pregnancy and we ate it up.

Ok. Then Gibson shows up and he is still so short! i was distracted. But
he picked out Tooth Pick man and that was a cool scene.

Doggett takes the stand, bla bla, "supa-soldjias", yeah, thanks for nothing
Dog-man. Go away.
And then oh my, Monica was actually good to watch! Though I felt sorry for
her cause her recount of events were the stupid ones from this year and the
horrible "Existence" crap (at first we were confused too) but she was good here
and she hasn't been good at all.
"We came to this job to do our best" she said just before that scene "and that's
how we're leaving".
ok, so I cried. and I felt bad for saying such bad things about her. What
can I say? I was an emotional shipwreck last night...

And so, by the end o the episode the only thing we learned was the actual date
of the invasion. Of ocurse they could have made it a LOT scarier by tying in
recent events to the story and amking it seem all the more real. That would
freak many people out, for certain!

And what the hell happened to Kersh and Skinner?
AS the episdoe came to a close, it still had not sunk in that I was watching
the SERIES finale. It was like a season finale for God's sake!

Now, Carter said he would makethe second movie be a standalone. Now, the hell
would that work? Mulder and Scully are outsiders once again. Hiding from the
government. The "X" office has been torn down and we do not even know if Kersh
and SKinner are even alive. M thoughts were that the second movie would be
a standalone and the third a myth sequel, possibly an Invasin of the Body snatchers"
deal. The thing is that CC had ruined his rich X universe by killing everbody
off. The once rich X universe is nearly barren now. I know tha there will
be a movie dealing with the 2012 invasion (and hoefully soon!) but how would
an MOTW work if it wasn't a flashback? Like let's say sometime between season
6 and 7?

Anyway, despite the plot holes, the screw ups and the season finale stuff that
do not belong in SERIES finales, I liked the "Truth" I enjoyed it. I liked
the fact that M&S are still outisders, still failures. They failed to change
the world. They're not super-human. They're not like Buffy who saves the universe
every year. They failed and yet they still want to go on fighting. We left
where we begun and I cannot wait for more!

As the credits rolled, I turned off the VCR and looked around the apartment.
Like Mulder I saw ghosts of my friends, sitting in their familiar spots. They
were happy, they had smiles on ther faces. M&S were reunited, all the old players
were back and we had another 10 years to fight off alien invasion.

Like my friends, the X FIles now are gone. And soon X will soon be like the
friends I so miss. I get to see them once in a while but I will always miss
the weekly and day to day contact. Yes I have my memories and our get togethers
once a year but its never going to be the same again. Perhaps my biggest fear
is change. The X-FIles was the last remaining link of an era that has come
to a close. Perhaps its time to finally admit that this era has come to a close,
an end. I'm having difficulty accepting that. And it isn;t simply the show.
It's what the show representing to me. Where I was where it started and where
I was when it finished and the places I was in between...

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My review of episode 9.19:

I am all for the Eric Tavares' pilot featuring Agent Reyes. Given his plot
device, that would be must-see-TV.

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My review of episode 9.19:

First, I'd like to thank Ryan for creating and maintaining this site for years...it's
been very entertaining and informative.

I have to admit that the series finale was a bit of a letdown for me. I'm not
a big fan of the court room as plot device and I find it ironic that two of
my favorite shows had finales (X-Files and Seinfeld)that utilized it. Seinfeld's
finale wasn't up to the high standard set for that series (#1 as rated by TV
Guide) and I feel the same is true for the X-Files (#37). I wanted the show
to go ut with a 10 but I'm hard pressed to give it a 7 or 8. It seemed as if
Chris Carter decided that he'd play to the larger than usual audience that hasn't
followed the X-Files closely (perhaps ever) but would show up for the finale.
Thus, we had the entire mythology (well, most of it) laid out in a matter of
fact fashion that lacked any real revelations beyond the 12/22/12 date. Since
no new information was being developed after the teaser revealed the date, there
was no need for any real action to keep the show moving along.

The show basically consisted of the nice moments between Mulder and Scully sandwiched
between the courtroom drama which served as an easy way to provide cameos to
people like Spender and Marita Coravobeus (sp?). Mulder's failing mental state
also provided the opportunity to see some of our favorite characters again (Krycek,
X, TLG). The final act did present a nice discussion of whether Mulder's quest
was a failure on the scale of the grand (CSM's view of the world) or a success
as measured on the scale of the individual (M&S). That was a nice way to end
the series.

It's funny how easily David Duchovny slipped back into the Mulder role. It
was as if he was never gone and I easily forgot he'd be gone all year.


Minor thoughts:

What was William Devane doing in this episode? He must be a golf buddy of CC.
The show rarely employed well known actors except in semi-comic roles (e.g.
Reynolds, McKean, Boyle). It's no big deal, it's just a little distracting.


Go back and read my reviews all season and you'll see I've been harsh on Annabeth
Gish but she actually was good in this episode, particularly in her courtroom
scene...perhaps it was the writing or she decided to step it up. No matter
what I've said about her acting she is a very attractive woman.

A pubescent Gibson Praise was frightening. Even the advanced alien race hasn't
figured out how to avoid the awkwardness of the teenage years.

After the alien FBI guy was revealed by Gibson, nothing happened to the guy...everything
just proceeded as usual...very odd.

Finally, thanks to Chris Carter and everyone invovlved with the show. We fans
bitch and moan but that's because the show was so innovative and creative that
even a minor drop off was disappointing to those of us who cared so much. I
look forward to re-watching many of these episodes on DVD for years to come.
I certainly never lost sight of the fact that at it's weakest the show still
had few rivals in terms of quality. With the exception of a few shows (Sopranos,
Six Feet Under, 24) most TV drama is dreck so a series of this caliber will
be missed. The X-Files will go down as an important show in the history of
television and for an entire network.


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My review of episode 9.19:

I looked at my wife this morning after sleeping on my opinion of last nights
finale and came to this conclusion: It was beyond horrible. After a promising
opening the show degenerated into the last episode of Sienfeld!

I've been a loyal fan of the show since the beginning and can't figure out why
Chris Carter chooses to repeat himself. Those who are fans already knew everything
that he wasted an hour of the show going over! With the exception of the scene
with Gibson taking the stand, the episode had very little tension. They never
even explained how/why Mulder was seeing apparitions of Deep Throat 2, Alex
Krychek and the Lone Gunmen.

Why Carter didn't end the series with Season 8's FABULOUS season finale and
tie up the loose ends in a film, is beyond me. All I can think is that FOX threatened
to end his life if he didn't do a 9th season.

I would have been happier if Mulder came back and found everyone had been converted
to Super Soldiers. Now that would have been interesting- albiet heartbreaking-
but interesting.

I don't know, maybe I missed something. I still have theepisode on TIVO, so
maybe I'll watch it again WIHTOUT the frequent commercials.

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Name: mentalretch
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My review of episode 9.19:

ok, so I watched all those awful awful episodes from this year and got so fed
up that I didn't watch the last two (does anyone have a tape I could get?)...
But, like most weeks, I am reading the reviews here and I've just realized
I'll miss this a lot. Not that I ever posted much, but I've been reading this
site regularly since I started watching the show, somewhere during season 3
I think. Long after I had stopped watching TV otherwise, I would tune in for
my weekly hour of smart/funny/moving/scary/interesting/gripping X-Files action.
Less towards the end, I suppose. Still, what an incredible TV show - I've
never watched a show like I watched the X-Files, it was the only love of my
TV life. Adieu, all - perhaps we will all crop up again when there is something
else that speaks to us this way, and we'll all kind of gravitate towards it.
Ah, I'm getting misty eyed, I think I'm going to watch my tape of Jose Chung.
Does anyone have tapes of the last three episodes, or, now that I think of
it, of some or all the Darin Morgan eps (Freaks, the one with Peter Boyle, Jose
Chung, Small Potatoes, maybe one other? I forget), I would looooove to be able
to go through them. If anyone can help I'll gladly pay for the tape and shipping
and whatever. Regardless, best to all -

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My review of episode 9.19:

What a piece of dung. Period.

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My review of episode 9.19:

Wheww....haven't been to this site in a while!

Well, honestly, I think CC should have ended it after season 8. However, the
S9 MOTW episodes were still interesting and entertaining (especially the episode
Audrey Pauley). The myth episodes in season 9 were pointless except this one...as
my english teacher once told me, "In any story, the beginning and the end always
stand the test of time." This episode made everything fit together (the alien
reclamation project).

What was even more important was that Mulder realized that sometimes no matter
what you do, bad things happen to good people and there's absolutely nothing
you can do about.

I absolutely loved the final exchange between Mulder and Scully; it ended where
it began: in a remote roadside motel on a rainy night. It was a retrospective
conversation where Mulder realized he was on futile quest but along the way,
it's the people that you pick up [Scully] that helps you make sense of the world.


You think Kersh finally realized what he was getting into? I think so. It
was especially cool when Krycek, X, and the Gunmen came back as visions to advise
Mulder.

It was horrible when that fuckin' prosecutor made short work of Scully with
the wild thing and the baby. If he only knew...but I think he knew the trial
was a farce when Kersh suddenly cut short the trial and dismissed hard forensic
evidence. I saw the look on his face that said "WTF! That's it!".

And my god...did Mulder & Scully get it on intimacy-wise, but the soap-opera
stuff should always be last, as it was. It is a final testament that even after
9 years (longer than most modern marriages these days), they still find comfort
in each other's presence.

All in all, a kick-ass episode (a 10)

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Name: Jill Abeles
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My review of episode 9.19:

I would have sat through this show had it been much, much worse. I am so sad
to see it go!!! Somehow I think Chris Carter had a better finale in him. I did
not like the ploy of the court room drama with clips from the past. I watched
this show because I wanted answers...darn it, not stuff I have already seen
over the last 9 seasons! If I wanted blasts from the past, i could just watch
it in syndication. For goodness sakes, this was the very last brand new X-file
show ever! What kind of treat was that for the fans? There wasn't one "answer"
that raised my eyebrows. I am not going to go over them, the fans surely know.
I was disappointed that there wasn't a keen reference to Mulder's continuing
quest to find the truth, for his child, and Scully, his obvious true love.
There were few glimmering moments, a look, a touch, a nod, and ummmmm...the
cuddle. I would have set up the cuddle differently. Instead of this kind of
wishy-washy cuddle, where they both look kind of clingy, I would have had them
laying on the apart at first, looking up at the ceiling with a what now sort
of expression. Then Mulder leans over to Scully and pulls her closer into an
embrace, hugging her close in a protective way, then he lean downs, while she
leans up to have a final kiss goodbye, a comforting kiss with a hint of passion,
then fade to black. I will miss this show, faults and all. It's been a great
9 years! This show really got to both my mind and my heart. Looking forward
to the X-file movie. Agent's Doggett and Reyes kicked ass, hoping they will
be in the movie too! Looking forward to lining up at the movies with other x-philers!

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My review of episode 9.19:

The Truth? The truth is that we we're all fools to think that anything would
ever get resolved in this show.

I was going to watch it for a second time but my TV broke into twenty pieces
after I threw it out the window, shortly after the ending credits appeared.

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Name: Erik Tavares
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My review of episode 9.19:

As a fan of "the X-Files" since its very first episode, I have watched the series
weaken, grow feeble, and finally dry up and die a sour, leperous death over
ther last three years. The feature film was the series death-knell; it was never
the same afterwards, especially due to Chris Carter's tearing apart continuity
and warping the basic ideas that made seasons 1-4 great.

This final episode not only tries to sum up nine years of plot. It is a testiment
to where the series has gone. Bottom-line: it has become what William Davis
(Cigarette Smoking Man) is seen in this episode: a withered, ruined, laughable
old wreck that quotes saliva-sticky threats that only make us laugh rather than
fear. Even Mulder's appearance is no help. He cannot help the tripe that is
Chris Carter.

At the end, watching these two characters cuddle on a bed in some dingy motel,
I felt just as dingy and used, just as empty as the emotions these two actors
lost a long time ago. Chris Carter has pulled a George Lucas and milked a popular
idea so much that he has ruined it, and this episode does not help--it affirms
it.

Here's to DVDs of Seasons 1-4 and the occasional episodes in seasons 5 and 6.
And here's to a spinoff show involving Agent Reyes crashing a car off a cliff,
numerous times, in slow motion.

Now THAT show would be watchable!

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My review of episode 9.19:

I personally think that *if* and only *if* they are planning on making another
movie: the ending of the series was a very plausible one; leaving many questions
unanswered.

Questions about future, that is. I kind of hoped there would be something about
Doggett and Reyes, more details about how they've managed after they left that
magnetite place...I mean: for all we know - they could have been killed.
A VERY likable ending would be with a voiceover narrating with one of the
characters: Scully, or Mulder, or both. Narrating abou the *truth*. And while
they would make a voice over, the scenes like: Doggett and Reyes, Gibson, Skinner,
Kersh dealt with the aftermath.
About Kersh, by the way: I knew he wasn't bad. He has always tried to help
them.

The ending of the series, if no movie follows, that is - is very short and
even if it leaves us on a happy, holly note, it still feels incomplete.

Yes, as CC once noted: 'X-philes are NEVER happy', and now I know why. We
want MORE, always more, no matter how much the series last, no matter how much
we become bored with them from time to time: The x-files fans will always want
more, therefore - the fans are never happy. And I don't think it is possible,
in fact - for every question to get answered in the show. The main principle
of The X-files is the fact of NEVER eneding despair and search for the forever
hidden truth.

The series will never end, not in our hearts; there are a lot of possibilities
and for the movie, which might be called "X-Files: the Alien Invasion", the
alien invasion would be a very plausible matter.

So I'll say: Chris Carter! Bring it on! Make a movie, you know we'll watch
it! Make it! and also...good job all you folks for making such a wonderful show.



....And Mulder *IS* a schizophrenic...

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My review of episode 9.19:

I have to post quickly cuz I'll have no chances to get back here for weeks.

On it's own merits, I liked this ep a lot, it moved quickly and was fun and
exciting all the way through. I couldn't believe that the two hours were up
when the credits rolled, partly because it zipped by so fast and partly because
so much was left hanging. I thought this was well paced and very exciting,
to the point where I had to watch it a second time to see what was wrong with
it.
What was wrong was that we learned absolutely nothing new. Oh, we got a date,
but so what? We were told years ago that a date had been set so the actual
date is just a detail. The mock trial was a farce of course, and Mulder's reason
for not speaking was the same reason why it was always a bad idea for he and
Scully to become too close; he let his personal feelings cloud his judgement
to his own (and Scully's) detriment. Can you imagine Mulder withholding such
knowledge from Scully back in S4? Heck no, he would've told her immediately!
It seemed especially contrived that he wouldn't tell her after he learned about
the sacrifice she had made regarding William. I really hate that they didn't
go get that baby. "I missed (him)so much" but I'm willing to accept without
demur that I'll never see him again? I understand the pov that if they are going
to fight the future, Wm is much better off on the White Buffalo ranch, but I
still believe what I wrote after William and Sunshine Days. If S9 was about
the importance of father/son relationships, then The Truth is worthless as an
episode.
What The Truth was about was explaining to all the viewers, past and present,
what the hell has been going on in this show for the last nine years. It spelled
it out for those of you who refused to see the truth, that M&S ARE LOVERS AND
HAD A BABY TOGETHER. Is Wm extraterrestrial? Hello! We all are!
What I liked: the smooch. The redemption of Alvin Kersh. The salvation of
Alex Krycek. Monica Reyes finally being the character she should've been all
along. The smooch. The definitive death (Or was it? Can you really kill the
devil?)of CSM.
What I didn't like: Mulder and Scully did nothing more than react to events.
I like my heroes a little more proactive, thank you. But I guess M&S have
never really been heroes in the conventional sense, have they? But if this
is the end of the alien mythology, then it seems we must agree with Mulder's
self condemnation in the last scene. He's a monumental failure. But of course,
he's not. On second viewing I realized that he accomplished everything he set
out to do in that first hotel room discussion with Scully. He said proof of
aliens and a conspiracy was in the x-files. He found it. He said the answers
to the mystery surrounding Samantha were found in the x-files. They were, and
he found them. (Spender's testimony about the date of Sam's death was wrong.
He said she died in '87, when we know she died in '79.) I've thought for years
that Mulder didn't care about convincing the world to believe him as long as
he could convince Scully. Well, she's convinced. Now he calls himself a failure
not because he couldn't uncover the truth but because he can't change it. That's
a completely different story than the one he told Scully in Bellfluer back in
March of 92. Of course the reason he needs so badly to change that future is
Scully and William. Ten years ago Mulder didn't have much stake in whether
the world continued or not, but because of the existance of Wm, Mulder needs
to know the world will continue indefinitely.
Ten years ago, Mulder was a lone voice crying in the wilderness. Now he has
the help of such unlikely characters as Krycek and Kersh. He has the belief
not only of Scully, the LGM and Skinner, but Reyes and Doggett as well. He
has really founded a sort of religion but doesn't realize it yet. Unfortunately,
it seems that Skinner and Kersh have probably joined Krycek and X as martrys
to the cause by now. Ultimately the last scene merely reiterated what I wrote
after Existance. Mulder knows that he can't save the world, that only God can
do that, and that it is up to him to save his own soul. His example was apparently
the salvation of Krycek. I'd say that Mulder's life is a shining triumph.

As far as setting up a movie, I'm puzzled. Several things didn't happen that
seem like they would need to take place for another X-files movie to happen.
Mulder needed to be reinstated. Characters continue to forget or ignore the
fact that he got canned at the end of Vienen. As a private citizen, the FBI
has no judicial juristiction over him. If he's not FBI, how can he be on an
X-file in the future? And they really need to get that baby back. Unless CC
is planning on another tv show about the adopted child with paranormal powers
and a mysterious past..? CC has said that the next movie won't be a mythology
piece, but if that's true then why not retrieve the baby, and allow Mulder to
do something to stop colonization? Of course, CC lies all the time about his
future plans and maybe he's saving all that for movie #3.
All in all I think the whole story works better if it ends with Essence and
Existance. Nothing really new was added in S9. I said after William that context
would be everything, and I think I was right. As much as I enjoyed this ep,
it didn't put things into a new context, and it failed to give S9 any real meaning.

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My review of episode 9.19:

Awesome finale!

Yeah, I know there are people who didn't like it; most of them wanted a happy
ending. I really don't see the X-Files ending with every single character with
a smile in their faces. It just wouldn’t be so damn true!!!

Being a sci-fi series and knowing how Carter kills characters without remorse
or how he brings them back from the dead to kill them again…

It’s just what I had expected for the finale!

I wanted William to be in the finale so badly as I wanted the Lone Gunmen to
be alive but, in the end, the finale was really amazing…I knew that it wouldn’t
be a happy ending…it was a rough, but meaningful finale that made closure for
the Mulder/Scully relationship. Indeed, I also wanted a Doggett/Reyes closure
which would have been nearly impossible for a two-hour long episode.

Though William is mentioned, perhaps he could have been introduced in the episode,
at least in one scene. As I have already said, this ending is not a happy one.


What I really hope is that William will appear in the X-Files movie sequel.
I’m counting on that! I also hope that somehow (although Chris Carter has said
that movies would be stand-alones) Mulder and Scully deal with the C-day (Colonization
day for December 22, 2012) and the rest of the conspirators.

I couldn’t expect better for the X-Files. Nine years of the best TV-series ever
made. It will be very difficult for any TV-series to surpass the hit and success
that the X-Files had. I think it will pass some time before some other series
will get my attention as deep as the X-Files did.

Thanks Chris Carter!
Thanks David and Gillian!
Thanks Robert and Annabeth!
Thanks Mitch and Nicholas!
Thanks William B. Davis!
Thanks Lone Gunmen: Bruce, Dean and Tom!
Thanks to the rest of the cast, the crew and every single guest/recurring star
that has ever appeared in the X-Files!

Thanks for these incredible nine years! It did was a terrific journey!

langel85

PD: I’m just hoping the CSM isn’t really dead. I truly love that character.


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My review of episode 9.19:


This was a beautiful episode. I nearly cried during every poignant scene. I,
of course, have some minor criticisms, such as the fact that Deep Throat was
not one of Mulder's imaginary friends, and that CSM died again, however, I did
enjoy the symbolism in the way he was finished off. I would've also liked to
see more from Gibson, but other than that "The Truth" was a terrific farewell.
I even taped it and watched it twice (which I hardly ever do) just to absorb
it all before I made a rational opinion. And I'd also like to say that Reyes
actually didn't piss me off like usual. She had a wonderful scene in which she
described William. My final compliments goes toward, what else, the much missed
Mulder/Scully interactions and romance. My god were they amazing! And actually
helped me to deal with and understand the loss of William. I couldn't help but
get misty eyed when Mulder said he was thinking of his son and his son's mother.
Man, was that unbelievable! But what's more unbelievable is that this brilliant
show is over! But at least it ended with some dignity!

I will always love and admire The X-Files! The truth will forever be out there!

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My review of episode 9.19:

Loved it!!!I can't believe I've watched this since Sept. 1993. I am very satisfied
with how they wrapped it up and will ignore some of the plotholes. In my little
world, all is good with the world until December 22, 2012 when the sh#&$ hits
the fan. I just wanted to thank Ryan for maintaining this site. I'll miss this
show. See y'all in the movies.

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My review of episode 9.19:

Sad, sad, sad.

What did we learn? What "truth" was revealed? Absolutely nothing. We learned
that Scully's baby WAS a creation, an alien, that she was just a surrogate...but
we also learned that he was Mulder's child. OK, which is it?

We learned that no one in a MILITARY court of law (they couldn't stress that
enough) wears a military uniform. Did they never see "A Few Good Men?"

We learned that even if Gibson Prase accuses someone of being non-human, no
big deal comes from it and the "alien" continues to sit on the judge's bench
and what, work at the FBI?

We learned that Mulder sees dead people. And talks with them. And receives
written communication from them. Except for the last part, sounds like schizophrenia
to me. Was he off his medication?

We learned that it's difficult to make a set of Anasazi ruins that don't look
like styrofoam blocks.

We learned that even though Mulder continues to the bitter end to think only
of himself and not tell his True Love Scully "the truth," that she still loves
him. Please. How can she love someone so self-involved, secretive, and selfish?


We learned that Scully apparently can't tell what a man is doing when he's taking
a leak beside the road. Has she never seen this behavior before? Who hasn't?


Etc., etc., etc.

Very unsatisfying ending to what was once an enjoyable, well-done series. It's
sad to see it end like this. It really is.

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My review of episode 9.19:



The plot: very unimaginitive, yet a very informative history lesson. I hate
court rooms, but what made this worse was that they wasted about 90mins fighting
a case that everybody knew would end badly- and it was fake court anyway. Also
a huge lack of story. AND HONEST TO GOD I PRAYED THIS EP WOULDN'T BE SIMILAR
TO THE SEINFELD COURT ROOM FINALE- oh well

The returning characters: I could give a rats ass about seeing those who are
dead. And my biggest questions of the series was "how the hell does the Csm:
survive two deaths?
I didn't care to see a stinky old CSM- yuck. Nor did I care to see helicopters
blow him to bits- that was in poor taste.

Marita Covvarubias -as horribly underused and wasn't even very useful in helping
Mulder at all ( I wanted to see this woman interact with other characters).
However the worried look on her face and the nod to Mulder were nice.
Gibson Praise kicked ass but was cut short, and basically neclected in the end
of the story. And did it seem like he could read minds 100's of miles away?
Cause I thought he wasn't capaple of that.

X-whatever, never felt he was very important

Krycek- whatever, plus barely anylines

Spender- way too many loopholes, and anyway wouldn't he have known about Samantha
when he first was inovlved with Mulder and Scully

Skinner, Dogget, Reyes, Kersh? Guess these guys didn't deserve a final scene.
The Next Files agents were last seen driving away.

What I didn't want to see: A clip show, and the answers explained in an interrogation
fashion. I seemed like scully, skinner, and everyone had made connections and
knew things that we didn't think they knew. For instance how would Skinner
know that Marita and Krycek were intimately involved? I felt like Carter was
lazily speaking to us through the characters- betraying their personality profiles.


What I did want to see: A safe house made from magnetite- wish granted.........An
alien ship proving to some old fart the existence of atleast "something". A
rebel alien. Any Alien besides the super soldiers. Bees. Scully's chip. Scientific
representation by Scully. ???? Lot's was left out.

The prosecuter character was annoying, and it seems to me that these military
people along with the fbi replacement would not sit through so much of what
they think is "science fiction".

Over all i think they had storylines left that could have been used to make
a few new discoveries plus tie up loose ends ---without a chessy military tribunal.
- and almost the whole episode filmed in that boring little dingy room!
Where were all the special effects. This episode simply doesnt' standout at
all, and the helicopter scene ( I felt) was aimed at the (easy to entertain
type) Blow up the CSM- c'mon the man was dead at the bottom of the stairs- why
toy with us so much?

The end of The X Files is not "a beautiful arc" like Carter put it. It was sloppy,
and a waist of 2 hours. I don't see how a movie could be interesting, because
the x files can never be was it once was.

EndGAme




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My review of episode 9.19:

Mulder and Scully's journey comes full circle. The final moment will be remembered
of all times. It's the end of the endings. The Truth is really exposed but...
we are left wondering what happened to The X Files office, what happened to
Skinner, Reyes, Doggett, even Kersh, what happened to Gibson and what happens
next. We are left wondering about the next movie and William and what Mulder
and Scully would do now. Well I guess it answers everything but in ussual X-Files
way it creates answers about the future. The Truth is we care and we await.
The truth was there and we were glad that we finally discovered it

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My review of episode 9.19:

movie! movie! movie! movie! movie! movie!

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Name: Amara
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My review of episode 9.19:

Well, I liked parts of this episode, but some of it was a little... How do I
say this? Parts of it were a let down. I expected the alien theme to be a bit
bigger of an issue than just, Oh, the aliens will invade on December 22,2012!
Give me a break! (Sorry if I got the date wrong in some way!)Anyway, I expected
ther to be a bigger deal made out of Mulder and Scully getting together again,
as well as Doggett and Rayes's relationship. The ending was nice. It made up
for a stinky alien "truth". All I really cared about was Fox and Dana being
together again and alive. I know, stupid, but that's really what my hope for
the end of the show was. Thanks for reading...

P.S. If you are going to comment,good or bad, on my entry, please e-mail me!
Please don't waste the site owner's time by trying to post it, seeming as above
it says they'll just delete the entry anyway. Later!

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My review of episode 9.19:

I loved it, even though it was a total set-up for a movie, or chain of movies.

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