In Part 2, Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Reyes (Annabeth Gish) fend off enemies and friends within the bureau as they track down the cultists, who are having trouble with a spaceship they've dug up, and a typical pointless climax has things happen without the characters doing anything to contribute. Even at this late, post-Duchovny stage in the game, The X-Files has turned out some fine stand-alone episodes, but these dreary wallowings go a long way towards explaining why only diehards are still watching. After the child says "I made this" at the end of the credits, it's becoming very hard not to shout "well, clean it up then".
On the DVD: The X-Files: Providence, as with Nothing Important Happened Today, arrives in a great-looking anamorphic widescreen transfer. There are two slight promotional "featurettes"--three-minute clips/talking heads promos focusing on the episode "Providence" and actor Cary Elwes' character. --Kim Newman
With a Behind the scenes Special Feature and a Monica Reyes Profile, 'Nothing Important Happened Today' introduces exciting new characters, dynamic new plot lines and concludes with an explosive finale!
Feature running time: 84 mins
Special Features: Behind the scenes Documentary, Monica Reyes Profile.
The bottom line is that this is a great chance to say goodbye to The X-Files, which has been such a huge part of my life (and so many others' lives) across the world for almost a decade. Chris Carter seemingly wrote it in this way - it's clearly a for the fans affair - with Skinner playing a pivotal role - and Marita Covarrubias finally returns!!!
The first half has quite a lot of flashback sequences allowing you to remenice about the previous decade's best moments, although some fans understandably felt cheated and would have prefered 100% new stuff for this farewell episode. Overall the episode is great, dispite the fact that Agents Doggett and Reyes are relegated to extras; totally flying in the face of all the good things CC and Frank Spotnitz have been saying about them (and they deserved). Which is a great shame.
In face, the only weak point is towards the end of the episode when CC brings back one familiar face too many. It's a shame as well that the mythology has carried on too long, forcing Mulder to now deal with the 'Super Soldier' menace. When I think back to the good old alien-filled days of season three...
If you're a fan of the show you need to see this now (even though the most dedicated amongst you will probably buy the DVD boxset in a couple of years anyway). If you're just a casual viewer I'd reccommend you buy this anyway - jus so you can say you've got the final episode ever of the nineties' finest TV show.... Read more ›
Get past these problems, and you'll find an above average myth story. The first episode is a little dull, consisting of mysterious dialogue, plot exposition and character establishment. However, the second episode is much stronger, laying out the foundations of Seasons 9's myth arc without Mulder. The story is at times convoluted and unsatisfying, but persevere and link the plot threads with Season 8's "Deadalive" and "Existence" features, and much of it eventually makes sense.
The two new lead characters are just as strong and likeable as Mulder and Scully before them. Reyes is perhaps the least likeable of the two; she is very spiratual and not as intense or subtle as Scully. Robert Patrick as Doggett is excellent, a worthy successor to Mulder. One of the hardest things to get used to in "Nothing Important Happened Today" is the minimal appearance of Agent Scully.... Read more ›
very watchable as ever, but not the best epasode to go out on
In this penultimate tale, the mystery surrounding young baby William deepens when pieces of the crashed alien spaceship seen in "Biogenesis" resurface. Scully (Gillian Anderson) is sent spiralling into despair when William is abducted as Doggett (Robert Patrick) and Reyes (Annabeth Gish) join her in a race to rescue him from his captors...
"Providence" is a typical X-Files storyline - with lots of confusing plot twists and a resolution that asks more questions than it actually answers. We never really learn the truth about William, there are lots of hints but all in all it remains a mystery.
Praise must go to Robert Patrick and Annabeth Gish who are doing a fine job and it can't be easy to fill the large gap Duchovny left. Their characters aren't developed here as much as they have been in standalone episodes, as this tape reverses the focus on Scully. Gillian Anderson delivers a stronger performance here than in "Nothing Important Happened Today" and the new look X-Files seems to be running along nicely.
Hopefully for fans, the next and final release will give us all the answers we need...but as this is The X-Files, I sincerely doubt it.
This has been slated by some reviewers and each is entitled to their opinion. Mine is that this is a worthwhile addition to the X Files, no better than the best and no worse... Read more
A lot of X-Files viewers have always complained that the show never gives answers, and that there are too many questions left... Read more
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