Box set containing the entire ninth (and last?) season of the popular sci-fi drama. In 'Nothing Important Happened Today: Part 1' Scully, who is now teaching at the FBI Academy, is asked to help Agent Doggett investigate the death of an EPA official. 'Nothing Important Happened Today: Part 2' sees Scully's baby, William, betraying signs of not being entirely human and Doggett decides to ask a few pertinent questions. In 'Demonicus' the murder of a West Virginina couple leads Agents Doggett and Reyes to a doctor who has been committed to a mental institute. '4-D' sees Doggett lying in hospital after being shot, and Reyes accused of his shooting by the murderer Irwin Lukesh. In 'Lord of the Flies' Scully is asked by Doggett and Reyes to help investigate the weird death of a man during a stunt on a local cable reality show, after flies are seen pouring out of the dead man's eye sockets. In 'Trust No 1' Scully is approached by a couple claiming their baby has the same powers as William, but they will only talk to Agent Mulder. Scully has to decide whether to contact him and put his life at risk. In 'John Doe' Doggett wakes up to find himself in a Mexican jail and suffering amnesia. Scully and Reyes join forces to try and track him down. In 'Hellbound' Reyes is called in to investigate the death of a man who has been skinned alive after suffering from visions of other people suffering the same fate. Reyes calls on Scully's expertise. 'Provenance' sees Scully having to take drastic measures to protect her child after pieces of the spaceship that landed in Africa begin to resurface. In 'Providence' Scully has to try and track down her son's kidnappers after the FBI fail to find them. However, she finds out a bit more than she would like about her son's captors. In 'Audrey Pauley' weird things begin to happen after Reyes has a car crash. 'Underneath' sees an old case of Doggett's return after the man who was convicted is released from prison. Doggett is convinced the right man was caught and, now released, could kill again. But Scully and Reyes have their doubts. In 'Improbable', Burt Reynolds guest starring as the mysterious Mr Burt. 'Scary Monsters' sees Doggett and Reyes investigating the murder of a woman after her son is convinced that a monster killed her. 'Jump the Shark' sees the Agents calling up the help of The Lone Gumen to find Yves Adele Harlow. In 'William', directed by David Duchovny, a seriously disfigured man is discovered by Doggett trying to steal from the X-files office. Could this man be connected to Mulder or even be Mulder himself? Meanwhile, Scully has to seriously think about sending William away for his own safety. In 'Release', after a series of murders, an FBI cadet approaches the Agents saying he knows that the suspect was also responsible for the death of Doggett's son. In the 200th episode, 'Sunshine Days' a murder is committed outside the house where 'The Brady Bunch' was filmed. Doggett and Reyes are called in to investigate but come up against the house's owner, who is obsessed with the show. Finally, 'The Truth' is the tense final episode of this long-running paranoia-at-the-highest-level FBI drama series. Mulder escapes from a Government weather complex in a final attempt to uncover the truth about government collusion in the use of alien viruses. But he is captured and held in a military prison awaiting trial. Skinner offers to represent him and has to call Scully to the stand to defend Mulder. Mulder drops the 'I'm brianwashed' act and admits that he has found something significant in Mexico but can't say what. But the military find Mulder guilty and he must face death by lethal injection. Mulder and Scully escape (or are they being allowed to?), to uncover the truth that Mulder has discovered in the Mexico desert. The cigarette smoking man is there, and he is prepared to impart the final awful truth that awaits planet Earth.
With so many promises to fulfil and questions left unanswered, the ninth and final series of The X-Files
was inevitably going to short-change some of its audience. Mulder is missing, Scully is in and out with various baby concerns, Reyes frequently seems like she's only along for the ride and Doggett seems so right in the role that some fans wondered if he should have appeared sooner. Other cult cameos flitted across the screen in an attempt to keep viewers transfixed. Lucy Lawless, Cary Elwes and Robert Patrick's real-life wife were interesting diversions, but when Burt Reynolds appeared to be none other than God himself, it was apparent that nothing at all was sacred in this last year.
Standalone episodes (for example, on Satanic possession and a Brady Bunch psycho) proved to be amongst the least interesting of the show's efforts. No doubt because everyone was focussing on the all-important arc story episodes. Was there more than one alien faction? Were they all in collusion? Who had control of the black oil virus? Who had been in charge of the abductions? More importantly, would Mulder and Scully finally get in bed together? Scattered through the 19 episodes (the fewest of any season), were answers to some of these points. Then as much as possible that remained was packed into the two-hour finale. After 200 episodes, it's just possible that The X-Files overstayed its welcome; nonetheless it will always be remembered for being the most influential TV product of the 1990s. And since this is science-fiction, don't assume it's completely dead either. --Paul Tonks
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