With season seven clearly being weaker than its predesessors, the future for the x files looked pretty dire. However, despite low expectations from (some) fans and uncertainty from the cast and crew, this season really rocked the boat and created storylines and episodes so fantastic, that they couldnt be seen past season five. Gillian Anderson once again stars as Scully and takes the lead for the entire season and of the believer, while David Duchovny as Mulder takes a back seat, which would put many DD fans off the new concept of the show. We are introduced to the new star, agent doggert who is the sceptic, and season nines lead agent, reyes who doesnt know what to believe. My favourite episodes are the opening two parter Within / Without is fabulous (and wipes the floor with requiem, S7's finale) with Scully being one step behind the aliens. Patience, about a human bat, Roadrunners about a internal slug, per manum, about the mystery of scullys baby, this is not happening / deadalive, about the return of mulder, and the seasons closing episodes, essence / existence seeing the birth of baby William, and the best finale scene the show has ever produced. Many fans moan about this being a weak season, but it show is crammed full of horror and gory stand alone episodes that the x files used to be all about. The absence of Mulder is missed, but softened by Gillian and Robert's fine acting. Trust me, this is the best season of the series, and gives strong competition with season nine (the last season, *sniff). The score (Scullys Theme) often played throughout the season, is such a touching piece, you can really feel the emotion and craving Scully has for her partner. Its quite simply the x files at its best. An undeniable success.