01/05/2011. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts
region 2 DVD: pub: 20th Century Fox 23877MDVD. 7 DVDs 846 minutes 19 episodes with extras. Price: GBP 7.50 (UK) if you know where to look) stars: Gillian Anderson, Robert Patrick, Annabeth Gish, Mitch Peleggi and David Duchovny
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In many respects, on reflection some nine years after this, the final season of ‘The X-Files’ was made, these episodes are a bit bitty. With all the spooky things that has happened the FBI John Doggert (actor Robert Patrick) prior to him taking charge of the X-Files Unit, you would have thought him the believer rather than his associate Monica Reyes (actress Annabeth Gish). Although Dana Scully (actress Gillian Anderson) flits in and out, mostly to do the pathology of the victims, the shadow of the missing Fox Mulder (actor David Duchovny) leans far too heavy on this season. Granted there are some interesting episodes in this season and ‘Lord Of The Flies’ does show that Robert Patrick can play humour as well as intense, in many respects, the series jumps beyond the level played in earlier seasons but not necessarily in a good way. I mean, would you expect Mulder and Scully to flit into alternative Earths as with ‘4-D’, meeting limbo in ‘Audrey Pauley’ or meeting God (in the shape of actor Burt Reynolds) in ‘Improbable’? None of this was helped when it was realised that this was the final season and certain things had to be ended, including the unfortunate demise of the Lone Gunmen in ‘Jump The Shark’, purely because a Fox executive didn’t want them around anymore after their own series ended after a single season. If anything, the move from Canada to Hollywood made it too easy for the people at the top have their way.
Into all of this we have the plot thread of Scully’s son, William, and what to do about keeping him out of harm’s way and the alien super-soldiers who’ve infiltrated various government agencies which could have been exploited more but got cut short. Then again, considering the number of times Doggert and Reyes were hospitalised near death, I’m surprised they did much investigating half the time.
The conclusion with the return of Mulder and him being up in court for killing a super-soldier who is supposed to be human to all concerned and whose body isn’t found, in some respects, be compared to the court case he underwent in an earlier season. Unlike there, he does get it on with Scully, who based on her liaison with her previous partner, seems to have taken a long time to have happened.
Explanations for all that has happened abounds in these stories so the truth is finally out there plus a little edge for anything further, although the X-Files appears closed at the end and all the major protagonists and antagonists have either died, reassigned or resigned. After nine intense years, I suspect creator Chris Carter and his team also felt like they could do with a rest but just made sure everything was left in a tidy state at the end.
If you’re a completest, even if you saw the show on the box before buying the DVD seasons, you’ll need this one. Despite my criticisms, none of this isn’t unwatchable. If anything, it felt like watching the end of an old friend on DVD, I can always do that again. ‘The X-Files’ is still being copied in a multitude of shows today which should signify the impact it’s had on the TV world and it still holds up pretty well a decade later.
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