The final episode of The X-Files aired last
night. The review here has spoilers. The spoiler
free version: 29 out of 42 total, 4 out of 6 overall.

Cast

David
Duchovny

as Fox Mulder

Robert
Patrick

as John Doggett

Annabeth
Gish
as
Agent Reyes

Gillian
Anderson
as Dana Scully

Mitch
Pileggi
as
Walter Skinner

Nick
Lea
as Alex
Krycek

Steven
Williams
as X

William
B. Davis
as the Cigarette Smoking Man

Tom
Braidwood
as
Frohike

Dean
Haglund
as
Langley

Bruce
Harwood
as
Byers

Laurie
Holden
as
Marita Covarrubias

Adam
Baldwin
as
Knowle Rohrer

Chris
Owens
as
Jeffrey Spender

James
Pickens
Jr.
as Kersh

Jeff
Gulka
as
Gibson Praise

Crew

Written by Chris
Carter


Directed by Kim
Manners

Original Airdate


The Truth
originally aired on
Sunday,
May 19,
2002.

Synopsis

In the teaser, Mulder breaks into a high security
facility and
uncovers a file full of information he’s not supposed
to know. During
his escape, he threw Knowle Rohrer onto some high
voltage lines, but
was caught and arrested anyway. This was enough for
him to go to
trial for murder, with Skinner as his lawyer, and
every major
character who hadn’t died came forward as a witness in
the trial.
(The dead ones just stopped by to give him advice.)
He was found
guilty, but Skinner, Scully, Doggett, Reyes, and
eventually Kersh
aided his escape before he received his lethal
injection. He fled to
a wise man in the ruins of the Anasazi Indians, where
he learned that
the wise man who had told him how to get into the
facility was the
CSM. When government agents came to destroy the
ruins, Mulder and
Scully escaped with their lives, but the CSM did not.
(We actually
saw his flesh burn off his skeleton, so I think he
really is dead this
time.)

High Point

Reyes’ testimony. I’ve complained about the actress
and the
character, but now, I consider both to be redeemed.

Low Point

Where was Skinner’s development? Everyone else got
some sort of
closure, but Skinner and Marita. Marita was a small
enough part to be
forgivable, but Skinner deserved better than an
implied death at the
hands of the alien judge.

The Review

One of the most watch series finales in recent years
was the
Seinfeld finale. The remarkable similarity
between the two
really hurts the originality score on this
one. I give it 3
out of 6.

The effects this week were excellent. I know
Chris Carter
was fighting with the network for a while to get a
bigger budget, and
I think every dollar is right there on screen in the
first and last
sequences. The effects were extravagant, and apart
from Rohrer’s
death, well done. I give them 6 out of 6.

The story was weaker than I’d hoped. The use
of a clip show
to get the information out felt forced, and it was
bland. Many of the
people still watching The X-Files don’t need
clip shows to
remind them of what happened. Apart from some pieces
of Marita’s
testimony, none of the information was new, either.
The episode was
great before and after the trial, though. I give it 3
out of 6.

The acting this week was very good, given
what was written.
I was even impressed by Gish’s work for once. I give
it 4 out of 6.

The emotional response this week wasn’t what
it should have
been. I was hooked by the teaser, bored by the trial,
and then hooked
again after the trial. My noromo attitudes probably
didn’t help much
through most of the episode, either. I give it 3 out
of 6.

The production was fantastic. The decision
to use voice
overs over the clips helped reduce the “clip show”
feel of the
episode. Instead, it served more to remind the
viewers of what had
happened in the last few years, while giving us
something to look at
other than the face of the witness. The scenes
outside of the trial
were elaborate, and extremely well done, right down to
the final hotel
scene which had Mulder and Scully in the same
positions they were in
when they filmed the hotel scene in the pilot episode.
I give it 6
out of 6.

Overall, the final episode was good, but not
fantastic. The
one hour lag in the middle didn’t help anything. I
give it 4 out of 6.

In total, The Truth received 29 out of 42.

Next Week

There aren’t any more new episodes. Next Monday, I’ll
post my picks
for the top ten episodes of the series, as well as the
bottom ten.