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Could have been better, could have been worse
on 19 January 2003
Well here it is, the end of an uneasy season nine and of the entire series. Season nine was a strange one. We started with doggett and reyes on the x files, expanding on their characters and development with their partnership, then we regularly switched back to Scully, her baby William and her quest to find Mulder with the odd sniffle now and again. The mytharc was very outrageous and blown out of proportion, but the truth acts as a conclusion to end it all, clearing up the loose ends that most fans had probably already worked out, or abandoned the show because of it.
The truth serves Mulder and Scully, reuniting them together after a year apart. We see Mulder on trial for murdering a super soldier, a government unit constructed to assist in the destruction of mankind. He is setup, as is the trail, where we see flashbacks throughout the show and testimonies from old and new characters as well as ghostly appiritions from dead ones and a suprise appearence from one right at the end, not being spoiled this time as their credited name will appear at the end, not the start as with the tv version.
After watching it for nine years and after a year that proved to be the breaking point for surviving fans, this has come too late and although watching it, i found myself wishing it had ended with existence, finishing the series nicely with a happy ending. Series 9 just wrecked havoc a lot of the time, especially with the M + S and William storyline, that just didnt need to be explored any longer.
The truth bears a fitting and suitable ending to all x files fans, but there really wasnt any need for it to carry on this long. Not to say its complete rubbish, because its very enjoyable. Worth having for it being the end of a very popular series, that sadly run its ground and became a forgotten thing with general viewers - a show that 'used' to be good and had its day.
With the bonus episode of William (a stronger episode of season nine) and a feature lasting a quarter hour, it makes it a solid purchase.
I just wish the show had gone out on season eight, season nine scrambled along, squeezing in stories from M + S and D + R, that was obviously forced, and wrecked havoc with the ending of Extstence.
Ending on a good note, DD's return ties up the loose ends surrounding his absence and makes the earlier episodes briefly explaining his absence, watchable and more believable.