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A poor follow up to Season 4
on 17 March 2008
Season 4 was always going to be a hard act to follow but it would seem that Chris Carter and co made special effort to ensure that viewers could not draw parallels, and thus compare, between Season Five and preceeding series'. The effort to break the sombre and often bleak tones of earlier episodes forced Carter to go down a more formulaic and at times comedic path.
Whether this new route was in response to pressure from TV bosses to make the show more accessible to the wider public, or to ensure that the upcoming transisiton to cinema was met with good box office sales is unclear.
Nonetheless for continued viewers of the series Season Five must be considered a disappointment. The series consists of some fairly lightweight material which was not in keeping with the story development through Series 1 - 4. However the series does contain some genuinely gripping episodes which attain the consistent heights of Series 4.
It is around this time that "The X-Files" became a more prominent show in the TV listings and entered the popular culture social consciousness on a larger scale than it had before which perhaps explains the selection of style over substance.