It has become traditional for The X-Files
to kick off each new season with a humourless conspiracy two-parter, and Season 9 is no exception: in The X Files: Nothing Important Happened Today
David Duchovnys Mulder is gone, along with everything in his apartment, and Gillian Andersons Scully is mostly at home with her perhaps-telekinetic baby, which leaves the bulk of the investigation to promising new characters Doggett (Robert Patrick) and Reyes (Annabeth Gish).
The A-plot features Lucy Lawless as a water-breathing terminatrix who could be an alien, a government experiment or a mermaid without it making any difference, but too much time is spent on impossible-to-follow subplots about internal FBI politics and everyones intricate backstory (if ever a release needed a "previously..." prologue, this is it). Usually, the series gets over these heart-sinking openers and livens up a bit, but this time theres a feeling that this is the end of the line for a thoroughly battered premise.
Chris Carter joins Gene Roddenberry in the exclusive category of producer-creators who turn in the worst scripts for their own shows, and all the strengths of The X-Files (shivers, wit, provocative ideas) are missing in action here as the engine grinds on empty.
On the DVD: The X-Files: Nothing Important Happened Today on disc arrives with two three-minute filler featurettes, focusing on Gishs character and the making of this show. The good news is that this anamorphic widescreen release is the best The X-Files has ever looked in a television format, showing that however dramatically exhausted it might be, the show remains technically impressive. --Kim Newman
A two-part story from the ninth season of the paranormal investigation series. Scully is asked to look at some markings which she believes come from a spaceship discovered off the coast of Africa a number of years ago. She also thinks these markings might help clear up some of the mystery surrounding her son. Unfortunately however, a UFO cult also makes the connection between the spaceship and Scully's son and proceeds to kidnap the child.