The X-Files

The X-Files is one of if not my favorite TV series of all time. I am going to attempt to review every episode. I started this project once before but didn’t make it very far. It might take me a few years but I plan to get through it all this time. I am in the latter stages of a re-watch right now so I will probably go ahead and start reviewing the episodes I am watching now and start back with season 1, episode 1 at a later date.

In addition to giving you my thoughts on each of the episodes I will also rate them on a 5-star scale. I consider the series a 5-star series so this will be a system that rates the episodes in terms of the other episodes more than anything else.  So, for example, A 2-star episode will still probably be a decent watch and there probably won’t be a lot of 1-star episodes.

Spoilers

Though I won’t necessarily give away the ending of an episode, I am not endeavoring to avoid spoilers. There will be some including general summaries of the episodes so if you don’t want them, stop reading now.

Alien conspiracy story-line vs. “Monster of the Week” episodes

I consider both of these important to the series and feel the X-Files just wouldn’t be the X-Files without both. The alien conspiracy story-line is obviously important because it essentially provides Mulder’s back-story and explains why and how he came to investigate the X-Files in the first place. It is a story-line that runs throughout the series. Having a long-running story-line makes the series better and was also pretty rare at the time (Babylon 5, another of my favorite series was essentially one long story-line also and is a huge part of why that show was great). On the other hand, the X-Files represents unsolved cases that seem to defy logical explanations. It would be silly if the only types of cases were related to aliens. Also, having the so-called “monster of the week” episodes provides the show a much larger variety of stories, more opportunities for character development, as well as opportunities for lighter episodes and even a little bit of comedic relief from time to time. From my point of view one type of episode isn’t automatically better than the other and either type can be a 1-star or 5-star episode.

On to the reviews. This will be a work in progress and the below list will fill in as I review episodes:

Season 1

1×00 – “Pilot” (September 10, 1993)

1×01 – “Deep Throat” (September 17, 1993)

1×02 – “Squeeze” (September 24, 1993)

1×03 – “Conduit” (October 1, 1993)

1×04 – “The Jersey Devil (October 8, 1993)

1×05 – “Shadows” (October 22, 1993)

1×06 – “Ghost in the Machine” (October 29, 1993)

1×07 – “Ice” (November 5, 1993)

1×08 – “Space” (November 12, 1993)

1×09 – “Fallen Angel” (November 19, 1993)

1×10 – “Eve” (December 10, 1993)

1×11 – “Fire” (December 17, 1993)

1×12 – “Beyond the Sea” (January 7, 1994)

1×13 – “Gender Bender” (January 21, 1994)

1×14 – “Lazarus” (February 4, 1994)

1×15 – “Young at Heart” (February 11, 1994)

1×16 – “E.B.E.” (February 18, 1994)

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Season 5

The X-Files (Movie)

Season 6

6×01 – “The Beginning” (November 8, 1998)

6×02 – “Drive” (November 15, 1998)

6×03 – “Triangle” (November 22, 1998)

6×04 – “Dreamland” (November 29, 1998)

6×05 – “Dreamland II” (December 6, 1998)

6×06 – “How the Ghosts Stole Christmas” (December 13, 1998)

6×07 – “Terms of Endearment” (January 3, 1999)

6×08 – “The Rain King” (January 10, 1999)

6×09 – “S.R. 819” (January 17, 1999)

6×10 – “Tithonus” (January 24, 1999)

6×11 – “Two Fathers” (February 7, 1999)

6×12 – “One Son” (February 14, 1999)

6×13 – “Agua Mala” (February 21, 1999)

6×14 – “Monday” (February 28, 1999)

6×15 – “Arcadia” (March 7, 1999)

6×16 – “Alpha” (March 28, 1999)

6×17 – “Trevor” (April 11, 1999)

6×18 – “Milagro” (April 18, 1999)

6×19 – “The Unnatural” (April 25, 1999)

6×20 – “Three of a Kind” (May 2, 1999)

6×21 – “Field Trip” (May 9, 1999)

6×22 – “Biogenesis” (May 16, 1999)

Season 7

7×01 – “The Sixth Extinction” (November 7, 1999)

7×02 – “The Sixth Extinction II: Amor Fati” (November 14, 1999)

7×03 – “Hungry” (November 21, 1999)

7×04 – “Millenium” (November 28, 1999)

7×05 – “Rush” (December 5, 1999)

7×06 – “The Goldberg Variation” (December 12, 1999)

7×07 – “Orison” (January 9, 2000)

7×08 – “The Amazing Maleeni” (January 16, 2000)

7×09 – “Signs and Wonders” (January 23, 2000)

7×10 – “Sein und Zeit” (February 6, 2000)

7×11 – “Closure” (February 13, 2000)

Season 8

Season 9

The X-Files: I Want to Believe

Season 10