Warning: The Following contains spoilers for The X-Files season 9.
The X-Files Season 9 was supposedly the last season of the show until the Revival Series is by far the worst. It’s no longer The X files. It’s a spinoff show. It features Robert Patrick and Annabeth Gish as the main characters while Mulder (who only appears in the finale) and Scully takes a background seat while our two new detective lead the show. Such a horrible mistake. They should have ended the series at season 7. The show runners clearly no longer cared about their fan base or the show. While Robert Patrick and Annabeth Gish’s chemistry isn’t awful to watch its nothing compared to what Gillian Anderson and Dave Duchovny had. Season 9 completely feels like a different show and it is truly hard to get through. The Lone Gunman die (yeah you heard that right). They pointlessly kill them off and bring them back in season 10 because they realize how stupid of a decision it was. Scully decides to give her baby up for adoption (a horrible, horrible mistake that this show has made) in order to protect him from those who wish him harm.
While the opening episode isn’t all that bad and it features Lucy Lawless as a super soldier the rest of the episodes quickly go from bad to worse to the point where you start to wonder what happen to this once great TV series.
The season finale ends a bit on a whimper but is the best episode of season 9 since Mulder is in it. Mulder is the best part of the show. It was a mistake to continue the series without him and at least he came back for the finale. Mulder is being held for the murder a military Agent he couldn’t have killed since he is a super soldier: Agent Knowle Rohrer. Mulder must then go to trial while Skinner takes Mulder’s defense. Mulder tries to uncover the conspiracy on trial and has the help of Gibson, the child who has telekinesis who also has been hiding Mulder for the last year. Doggett, Reyes, Scully, Gibson and Jeffrey Spenser all testify for Mulder although it does not matter. Mulder is sentenced to death. Scully, Doggett and Reyes help Mulder escape and he Scully travel to New Mexico to Anasazi ruins. They then discover that The Smoking Man is alive. It is also revealed that The Smoking Man is alive and he tells Mulder that the world will end in 2012. Helicopters come and destroy the ruins presumably killing The Smoking Man inside as Mulder and Scully escape. The series ends in a hotel room in Mexico just like in the pilot episode where Mulder and Scully are about to get to bed and despite everything that just occurred, Mulder declares “Maybe there’s hope.”
The series finale doesn’t tie any loose ends of the show but it is however somewhat satisfying ending to the show for the time being. It was the most entertaining episode of the season for me which was not good at all and barely had any entertaining value to it.
Overall season rating: 4.5/10
Favorite episode: The Truth