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Could have been better - what about the abducted Samantha?
on 23 December 2000
I was really looking forward to the release of this boxset, as Germany has only just finished airing season 6.
The writers seem to not have followed the whole Samantha abduction plot with the vigour and passion that has been displayed through seasons 1-4. Even the X files film seems to have dumped the whole Samantha issue on a backburner.
What is really lacking in season 7 is the correct balance of comedy:mystery ratio, and there seems to have been so much overkill on putting a comic spin on every 45 minute episode. I think there should have been more edge-of-the-seat X-file cases.
That said, there were some very good episodes amongst the pickings in series 7 - 'Je Souhaite', and 'The Goldberg Variation' both provided the right mix of comedy and true X-files spirit, whilst 'Brand X' and 'Theef' and 'Rush' explored the darker side of the X-Files.
Fantastic is the only way to describe the last episode of season 7, 'Requiem' coming back from the brink to answer some questions, whilst raising new ones, and finally showing Skinner as blatantly sided with the Scully/Mulder camp, rather than towing the usual not-quite-so-neutral FBI Assistant Director line. The special effects and the general mood of 'Requiem' in particular made me wish I'd have seen that episode (or a version of it) on the big screen instead of X-Files - Fight The Future.
Let's hope that Season 8 sets the balance right again!