Burt Reynolds guest starred on The X-Files last night. How did he do?


Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully
as John Doggett
as Agent Reyes
Burt Reynolds as… a guy who is really good at checkers.


Written and directed by Chris Carter

Original Airdate

Improbable originally aired on Sunday, April 7, 2002.


A serial killer is murdering women who have numerological connections. An unusual individual, played by Burt Reynolds, seems to always be around, but he never directly intervenes. Naturally, Reyes is the only agent to spot the numerological connection, but Scully noticed some bruising on the seemingly random victims that proves they are connected killings. In the last of a long string of seemingly improbable random events, Scully, Reyes and the killer all end up sharing an elevator. Scully realizes who he is, and after some time locked in a parking garage, they apprehend him (with help from Doggett.)

High Point

Scully’s attempt to get out of the garage. She really mustn’t have liked it there.

Low Point

The obviously intentionally bad looping for the singing. It wouldn’t be that bad unless they wanted it to be that bad, and yet I can’t figure out why they would want it that way.

The Review

This was a fairly original episode, with an original take on Burt Reynolds’ character. I give it 4 out of 6.

The effects this week were few and far between. In fact, the only one I remember that really stood out was the final crane shot of the city, which was done well. Still, it’s not like they were really pushed to the limit this week. I give it 4 out of 6.

The story was, well, sparse. Most of it seemed to be fun with a character, with Reyes repeating herself over and over and over. I give it 3 out of 6.

The acting this week was OK. The guest stars were very good, but Gish was again disappointing. This week, she was also the main agent involved. 3 out of 6.

The emotional response this week was minimal. I laughed a lot while they were stuck in the parkade, but that’s about it. I give it 3 out of 6.

The production was its typical high. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, this will probably be one of the funniest episodes of the season. (Jump The Shark may give it a run for its money.) Still, I’d like to see these last few episodes focus more on the mytharc than on the random killer of the week. I give it 4 out of 6.

In total, Improbable received 26 out of 42.

Next Week

Next week we get Scary Monsters, and the return of Leyla