2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 December 2004
Season 9 was certainly not vintage X-Files but nethertheless it was still an interesting and on the whole a good season and far better than Season 8. Reyes and Doggett work well toegther as a partnership, though not a patch on Mulder and Scully, and this makes for some terriffic MOTW episodes: "4-D", "John Doe", "Hellbound", "Improabable" "Release" and "Sunshine Days" being the pick of the bunch. On the other hand "Lord of the Flies" and "Scary Monsters" are dreadful. The mythology episodes are also excellent "Nothing Important Happened Today I and II" gives the show a fresh start and sets up the rest of the season well, "Trust No 1" is a slow starter but has an exciting climax, "Providence and Provenance" are great episodes with an interesting story line, but are let down by the fact that they don't actually provide the viewer with any answers. Ont the other hand "Jump the Shark" is dreadful, "William" is OK but not great and "The Truth" provides a thrilling climax to the series.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 6 May 2003
With the shows' final season it was clear many things had to be answered and many headaches of fan's cured. Along with all that there was one, very clear, fact and that was Agent Doggett was a God send. Mulder had gone so we needed a male character to take the lead, grip the helm and guide us through the wierd and crazy world. In my opinion, (don't you Mulder fan's start screaming at me, I can have my opinon), he did so with a unique style that made this fan stay glued. He was bewildered, confused, god damn fed up, peed off and generally left wondering what the hunker was going on and I loved him for it. He barked at those who spurted 'mumo jumbo', he cursed those who kept his 'tired ass' up and ran after those super soldiers AND kept up with them most of the time. He also punched the sugar out of anyone who hurt those he cared for.
Alright, so he wasn't Mulder but then Mulder was too wrapped up in his Truth thing to see anything else sometimes and it was refreshing that Doggett was in the 'real' world.
Season 9 has many fine episodes,(mainly Doggett ones, Robert Patrick is mighty fine at the old acting lark), but it doesn't answer all the questions, not does it cure the headaches. I just don't think they could, the show had grown beyond itself and it's hard to deal with that.
What it does give us is Mulder and Scully together which is how it should be. It was about them for the majority of the show's life so having them end up together is more than ok. Sadly though it doesn't do the same for Doggett and Reyes. The later had slowly been making her mark and it was plain there was potentially for something between the two characters. They do not get the ending they deserve and I think that's a terrible shame. We were given the opportunity to say goodbye to Mulder and Scully, we should have, also, been giving the opportunity to do the same to Doggett and Reyes.
Despite all this season 9 is a good one and worth watching. I guess as a last season it was just and good but really they could have done more.
Watch it and enjoy Mulder returning, enjoy Scully getting him back. Enjoy Doggetts' manly man thing and wonderful one liners and Reyes being all deep and into it all, (and into Doggett too).
6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 5 February 2003
The final season of the X-Files will probably be remembered as a brave season; once again, David Duchovny was 'unavaliable' for most of the season, and Gillian Anderson's continuing dissaffection with her role meant that Robert Patrick and Annabeth Gish had to carry the series by themselves, which, of course, alinated some of the more dedicated 'Mulder and Scully' viewers, giving the series its worst ratings since season one.
This however, doesn't mean that season nine is as bad as this would suggest, in fact the aling ratings seemed to give birth to some of the most versitile (and best) episoides in years, with the new carachters letting the writers do some of those heartfelt and emotional episoides they used to do way back when in seasons one through four.
Right from the go, it's obvious that this is a very different season, even the opening titles have changed, Mitch Pileggi, after eight years of waiting finally has a place on the main credits (which is strange, as Skinner is given only slightly more than 'Bugger all' to do this season.)
even the style of storytelling has changed, becoming more involved in the murky, cloak and dagger world of F.B.I and government politics. never before has the phrase 'Trust No One' been as apt for the X-Files as season nine.
As for the episoides themselves, the majority are a throwback to the earlier seasons. The best of these are probably: 'Daemonicus' a trully grusome, frightening episoide about a mental patient who may be satan... or maybe not, 'John Doe' an episoide in which Dogget wakes up in a Mexican town with no memory of who he is or how he got there, Robert Patrick's best fourty-five minutes in the whole series, and 'Scary Monsters' another chiller, featuring the X-Files trademark 'creepy kid'.
Season Nine is also slightly more balanced in the 'comedy' section; following on from season seven, where every episoide was a comedy, and season eight, where everything was deadly serious, this comes a something of a releif. The comedy episoides are: 'Improbable' one of the best X-Files ever, which competes with season five's 'The Post-Modern Prometheus' for weirdest episoide ever (and, like its season five conterpart, ends with a musical extraveganza, which always appeals to me), 'lord Of The Flies' which is another 'creepy kid' episoide (and has nothing to do with the book of the same name), 'Jump the Shark' the final lone Gunmen episoide and good it is too (though, if you never saw the Lone Gunmen T.V serie, prepare to be confused), and, finally 'Sunshine Days' an episoide written and directed by Vince Gilligan (who wrote such classics as 'Bad Blood' and 'Small Potatoes') and is an amazingly touching story and the only ever episoide to feature a levitating Skinner, which alone makes it worth watching.
Of course, as always, the Mythology shows are back in force, starting off with the aptly named 'Nothing Important Happened Today' and 'Nothing Important Happened Today'II (and, by the way, isn't 'Nothing Important Happened Today'II the stupidest episoide title ever?) which tries to engage, but fails miserably.
Next up is 'Trust No 1', an episoide of two halves; the first boring as hell, but the second quite engrossing. it features the 'is Mulder dead?' storyline we all got bored of in season 8, but also gives the first indication that the 'super soldiers' can be defeated.
'Providence' and 'Provenacne' similary have the old 'is Mulder dead?' storyline (which, by now is really getting quite tiresome), but, apart from that, is really quite an engrossing and watchable two parter. the only problem is that it opens a 'blind alley' in the mythology (it's never followed up) in a season that should be devoted to wrapping up loose ends, but never mind.
'William' is the final stand alone mythology show, but is, none the less, crap. it's only reedeming feature is that Gillian Anderson actually turns in a decent performance for once in season nine.
'Truth' is the final episoide of the series, where Mulder actually returns (despite the fact that everyone's been saying he's dead all season long). this is very much a fans affair, but, as only fans will buy this box-set, it doesn't really matter, does it?
Finally, for however many good episoides there are (and season nine, despite being only 20 episoides long, has plenty of good ones), there must be some stinkers. so roll out (but don't watch) '4-D' a frankly stupid episoide which trots out the old parellel universe staple of science fiction everywhere, and, despite having an interesting climax, never rises above a hum-drum affair in pure crappiness, 'Hellbound' which tries to be scary and ends up being samey and predictable, avoid this mess like the plauge, and, finally, 'Vatican' an episoide that totally failed to grab my attention and features plot holes big enough to comfortably manuvre a light aircraft through.
barring those three heartbraking faliures (and, beleive me, most seasons have more), this is very nearly the best season, and definetly worth the money, even if you get it just to say you have the last season of the x-files.
Beleive me, though, this is the X-Files going out in a final blaze of glory, a unique series that will be dearly missed.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 22 October 2007
Before buying the last season i went on here and read the reviews, most of them read 'dissapointed and a let down' i was a bit gutted and was weary but bought it anyway....What a amazing season is what i say!! I dont know what all of the other viewers meant it was fantastic, they were, scary,exciting, different and funny. Even though mulder was THROUGHLY missed throughout which is strange, scully still played her role well and i dont think let it down and is in practically every episode! Yes i can agree the last episode was a little dissapointing as it was set in the court room a lot but it did kick off a bit at the end and when mulder embraces scully like that..well its what we had been waiting for, for so many years! i will very much miss the X files now its over, and when my boyfriend was abroad for 3months these seasons certainly kept me going and senial lol! A definant buy, oh and there's a X files Movie hopefully next year!! :) Scully AND mulder in it!!