Audrey Pauley is a nice episode for the Doggett and Reyes characters, we get to see how they’ve come to care and fight for one another. I almost see this episode as a companion piece to 4D. Both episodes center around one character in the hospital in life threatening condition while trying to communicate with the other. This time…it’s Reye’s turn in the hospital.
The X-Files has thrown a lot of stuff at us. From little gray men all the way to a Tibetan thought form made of garbage called a tulpa. No matter how ridiculous it got, we were always along for the ride. With all that came before you’d think we’d be ready for anything the show came up with, but I think I’ve finally come to realize one part of why the myth-arc of this final season does little to compel me. Prophecies.
Provenance and Providence (to be reviewed tomorrow) represent the final two part mythology episode The X-Files would ever produce. For those of us hoping for something grand and perhaps some answers finally…we’re out of luck. These two episodes simply jam more questions into an already overloaded mythology and provide us with little hope that they’ll ever be answered.
Yesterday’s episode, John Doe, surprised me by actually being fairly good, will the trend continue today?
This is another one of the few episode I happened to see while Season 9 aired and to be honest, I recall not liking it all that much. I seem to remember it as being rather boring and not containing enough paranormal content to justify it being an episode of The X-Files. Lets see how it stacks up the second time.
“The only thing I thought we didn’t do right during seasons eight and nine was that a lot of the shows were about Mulder, and I thought it was a mistake to make a series about a man that wasn’t standing in front of the camera.”
Well here we are. One of the worst episodes, not just of this season, but of the entire series. It doesn’t really even feel like an X-Files episode to be honest, it tries though…I think.
Finally we get a decent episode, one with a genuinely compelling and original storyline. The FBI is tracking a serial killer and Doggett and Reyes are involved in the sting operation to catch him. Unfortunately it all goes horribly wrong as Reyes gets her throat slit and bleeds out in a stairwell and Doggett gets shot. Wait, what? Well it turns out that this particular serial killer can cross dimensions. In one, ours, he’s a regular guy, and in another he’s a feared serial killer who keeps escaping the law.
Dæmonicus is the first X-File that Doggett and Reyes officially investigate as part of the new X-Files unit. It’s also one of very few season nine episodes that I can recall watching while the season aired. I didn’t have any TV reception, still don’t, and so if I really wanted to see something I had to ask someone to record it for me on VHS. Yep, it was that long ago. Thankfully I had a friend who was just as into The X-Files as I was and she recorded some of the episodes for me when I remembered to give her a tape. I recall enjoying this episode at that time, however when I re-watched it for this review I found that I had some issue with it.
Yesterday I spoke of how this episode almost functions of a pilot for a new X-Files show…almost. There are still threads that didn’t need to be there connecting it to the Mulder and Scully years. The more I think about it the more this season feels like a…transitional season. The X-Files 1.5. Had the show continued for a tenth year we would have gotten The X-Files 2.0, which may have worked out. Scully would have left by then and Doggett and Reyes would have found their own identity as The X-Files team. Sadly, or fortunately, that didn’t come to pass and we’re left with this final season of missed opportunities.