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.
as Fox Mulder
as John Doggett
Anderson as Dana Scully
Lea as Alex
Williams as X
B. Davis as the Cigarette Smoking Man
Jr. as Kersh
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In the teaser, Mulder breaks into a high security
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
character who hadn’t died came forward as a witness in
(The dead ones just stopped by to give him advice.)
He was found
guilty, but Skinner, Scully, Doggett, Reyes, and
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.
saw his flesh burn off his skeleton, so I think he
really is dead this
Reyes’ testimony. I’ve complained about the actress
character, but now, I consider both to be redeemed.
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.
One of the most watch series finales in recent years
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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