As with earlier releases, The X-Files: Providence
splices together two episodes, "Provenance" and "Providence", into a pseudo-movie. Again, the results fall way below the series average as the long-dead alien conspiracy business is flogged, with a lot of running around and ominous rumbling still not adding up to anything like an actual story. FBI agent Neal McDonaugh (of Minority Report
) inexplicably survives a flaming motorcycle crash, leaving behind brass rubbings taken from an alien spaceship, then shows up and tries to murder Scully's psychokinetic baby, who is promptly kidnapped by a UFO cult.
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
Starting with the drowning of an Environment Protection Agent at the hands of an unknown, supernatural brunette, played by Lucy Lawless (Xena, Warrior Princess), the X-Files Agents are thrown into a new investigation that could answer long asked questions, including the origins of Scully's baby.
After 'something happens' as Willliam is sleeping, Scully fears Doggett's concerns that her baby is not normal could be true and she encourages him to continue his investigation.
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.