This week’s episode had more in common with last
week’s that the lackluster season premiers. Read
4-D originally aired on
Sunday, December 9, 2001.
A serial killer has the ability to move between
He kills in one universe, living out his
rage-filled fantasies. In
that universe, he killed agent Reyes. Doggett
followed him into the
normal X-Files universe, where he was shot and
received a major spinal
injury. The normal Doggett was pushed out of
this universe when he
Since Lukesh shot Doggett with agent Reyes’ gun,
Reyes was the prime
suspect in the shooting until Doggett regained
figured out what Lukesh could do, but was unable
to prove it. Lukesh
eventually hunted her down, but was killed by
Brad Follmer before he
could hurt her.
To get the original Doggett back, Reyes pulled
the plug on this
Doggett. At that time, everything but Reyes
seemed to reset to the
point at which Doggett left the regular universe.
The Morse code conversation between Vietnam vets.
That was a really
Doggett’s electronic conversations with Reyes
would be a close second.
The retrieval of Doggett. There is no
story-driven reason to turn
time backwards; all it does is allow the writers
to continue writing
Doggett as a skeptic, since he now has no
recollection of being driven
into the parallel universe. Of course, it also
that Reyes would remember but Doggett wouldn’t,
but then you wouldn’t
get her tear-filled reunion with him. It would
also seem that Lukesh
would be alive and killing again. The ending
just didn’t seem very
well thought out.
This was a somewhat original use of the
parallel universe set
up that every sci-fi show seems to use at least
once. The fact that
it’s a parallel universe story does hurt it,
though. I give it 3 out
The only visual effects this week were
between dimensions. Those were done very well.
5 out of 6.
week, right up until
Reyes visited Doggett in the hospital for the
last time. At this
point, all the internal logic that had been so
collapsed. I give it 4 out of 6, because the
rest was very good.
considering how much of the story focussed on
Reyes and Follmer, whose
corresponding actors haven’t really impressed me
in the past. This
week, however, Gish did an excellent job, while
Elwes played a little
more human and a little less generic slimeball.
Haggerty also did an
excellent job as the “monster of the week.” I
give the acting 4
out of 6.
As for the emotional response this week,
I was drawn in
quickly. The scenes with Doggett were effective
and powerful. This
was one of the more involving episodes I’ve seen.
I give it 4 out of 6.
The production was its typical high.
Tony Wharmby is a
pretty good director. He’s fairly new to The
his IMDB page is fairly complete. I give the
production 5 out of 6.
the sum of its
parts. The only real problem is the contrived
ending. I give it 5
out of 6.
In total, 4-D received 30 out of 42.
Next week we meet the Lord of the Flies.