01/11/2010. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts
region 2 DVD: pub: 20th Century Fox 23875MDVD. 6 DVDs 937 minutes 22 episodes with extras. Price: GBP 16.99 (UK) if you know where to look) stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson and Mitch Peleggi.
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In many respects, the seventh season of ‘The X-Files’ really felt like they were wrapping things up. The alien conspiracy with the humans was put to rest by another set of aliens who obviously didn’t want it to take place and did it in as a deceitful way as they had been carrying on with the Syndicate. There was closure for Fox Mulder and the whereabouts of his sister, Samantha, although you would have thought the aliens would have kept a better eye on her than let someone kill her. The same was also true for putting an end to Carter’s other series, ‘Millennium’, here as well. They even upped the romantic aspects between Mulder and Scully, the ultimate fan wish fulfilment at the time although much of it was teasing. Having a couple stories where a TV channel watches them doing an investigation in ‘X-Cops’ and later a Hollywood film in ‘Hollywood A.D.’, if nothing else, tells what a bad influence it was moving the production back from Canada to America. I couldn’t help but feel that someone was sending memos to creator Chris Carter to make the show a little lighter. Having Scully with a smile on her face doing an autopsy should have been considered going a little too far as well.
None of this should be deemed spoiler cos I hope most of you have watched the series the first time around, let alone the current re-runs on the box. Having an ending where Mulder fulfils his ambition of being abducted would certainly be a great way to end the show. After all, he was after proof and what better way to get it?
This doesn’t mean that this season is actually bad. It does show that it is possible to squeeze some humour out of the show, just perhaps a little too much if you’ve been re-watching them one after the other. It did look like they were running off a checklist of stories they hadn’t covered yet but felt they should. Both actors Anderson and Duchovny were allowed to write and direct episodes ‘All Things’ and ‘Hollywood A.D.’ respectively and even William B. Davis had an opportunity to script a story about his own character’s end with ‘En Ami’. ‘Fight Club’ was probably the nearest thing to a repetition of the earlier story ‘Synergy’ without having to resort to the stars aligning themselves. Interestingly, what looked something that could have destroyed the X-Files Unit was the FBI audit office and you wonder why the cancer man never considered that option as the most legitimate way to do it and get the two agents off his back. Mind you, even he fell from grace.
Picking out the best of the oddballs, then I would go for ‘The Goldberg Variation’ for its mousetrap toys and ‘The Amazing Maleeni’ for its head-twisting tricks. ‘First Person Shooter’, co-written by cyberpunk author William Gibson, plays with virtual reality games and perhaps strays a little too much into fantasy. Then again, the same could be said for ‘Je Souhaite’ and having a genie around and how wishes depended on who had them.
What was really needed now was for something to happen drastically to Mulder and give Scully a problem of her own and for that, there’s season eight.
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