What about Season 8?
What about it? The TV show known as The X-Files ran for 7 years,
from Sep. 10, 1993 to May 21, 2000.
On Nov. 5, 2000, a show that looked a lot like The X-Files
(on the surface) aired. Some people think this is the same show. The
producers seem to think so, too.
Others and I do not agree. For one thing, one of the two main
characters is missing. Thus, the relationship between those two
characters is also missing. This was the heart of the
X-Files for those seven years, so all we have left is
Actually, it's worse than that. There were shameless attempts at
replacing that main character. Some people will deny this, but
the evidence is overwhelming.
Those tuning in expecting to see The X-Files found
someone who looks and sounds like Scully, but quickly became
an insulting, pathetic shadow of the Scully we knew between
1993 and 2000. The old Scully was a role model. She was
strong, intelligent and feminine. The new Scully was dumb
as a brick.
The new Scully also had a new partner, and quickly
gave up searching for the old partner. The opening
sequence--the award-winning signature of the X-Files, 1993-2000--was
also changed. The old partner was almost completely removed,
and new elements were added.
We (the audience) were told the show was being reinvented.
In reality, it was being smashed to pieces, and some of those pieces are
being put together, sloppily, with some new pieces.
None of this was necessary. The X-Files should have ended with some
dignity, at the end of Season 7.
For more detailed criticism, see alt.tv.x-files
P.S. You can image what I think about "Season 9"
Nov. 29, 2000
Minor revisions on Feb. 4, 2001 and July 15, 2001
A number of people asked me to add "season 8" to the episode listings,
so the listings would be complete, regardless of how pathetic "season 8"
was. I cannot consider "season 8" part of the X-Files,
but here is the info:
# Aired Rating Title Story Writers Director
8.01 2000-Nov-05 9.5 Within Chris Carter Kim Manners
8.02 2001-Nov-12 9.0 Without Chris Carter Kim Manners
8.04 2000-Nov-19 8.2 Patience Chris Carter Chris Carter
8.05 2000-Nov-26 8.3 Roadrunners Vince Gilligan Rod Hardy
8.06 2000-Dec-03 8.2 Invocation David Amann Richard Compton
8.03 2000-Dec-10 8.1 Redrum Steven Maeda Steven Maeda Peter Markle
8.07 2000-Dec-17 7.3 Via Negativa Frank Spotnitz Tony Wharmby
8.09 2001-Jan-07 8.0 Surekill Greg Walker Terrence O'Hara
8.10 2001-Jan-14 7.1 Salvage Jeffrey Bell Rod Hardy
8.12 2001-Jan-21 7.3 Badlaa John Shiban Tony Wharmby
8.11 2001-Feb-04 9.4 The Gift Frank Spotnitz Kim Manners
8.13 2001-Feb-11 8.2 Medusa Frank Spotnitz Richard Compton
8.08 2001-Feb-18 9.4 Per Manum Frank Spotnitz Kim Manners
8.14 2001-Feb-25 10.6 This is not Happening Frank Spotnitz Kim Manners
8.15 2001-Apr-01 8.6 DeadAlive Frank Spotnitz Tony Wharmby
8.18 2001-Apr-08 7.5 Three Words Frank Spotnitz Tony Whamby
8.17 2001-Apr-22 8.2 Empedocles Greg Walker Barry K. Thomas
8.16 2001-Apr-29 8.3 Vienen Steven Maeda Rod Hardy
8.19 2001-May-06 8.2 Alone Frank Spotnitz Frank Spotnitz
8.20 2001-May-13 9.0 Essence Chris Carter Kim Manners
8.21 2001-May-20 10.2 Existence Chris Carter Kim Manners
9.01 2001-Nov-11 7.0 Nothing Important Happened Today Chris Carter Kim Manners
9.02 2001-Nov-18 5.9 Nothing Important Happened Today II Chris Carter Tom Wharmby
9.03 2001-Dec-02 5.5 Daemonicus Frank Spotnitz Frank Spotnitz
9.05 2001-Dec-09 5.1 4-D Steven Maeda Tom Wharmby
9.06 2001-Dec-16 6.2 Lord of the Flies Thomas Schnauz Kim Manners
9.08 2002-Jan-06 5.1 Trust No1 Chris Carter Tom Wharmby
9.07 2002-Jan-13 5.0 John Doe Vince Gilligan Michelle MacLaren
9.04 2002-Jan-27 5.1 Hellbound David Amann Kim Manners
9.10 2002-Mar-03 5.5 Provenance Chris Carter Kim Manners
9.11 2002-Mar-10 5.2 Providence Chris Carter Chris Carter
9.13 2002-Mar-17 4.8 Audrey Pauley Steve Maeda Kim Manners
9.09 2002-Mar-31 4.4 Underneath John Shiban
9.14 2002-Apr-07 5.2 Improbable Chris Carter Chris Carter
9.12 2002-Apr-14 5.1 Scary Monsters Tom Schnauz Dwight Little
9.15 2002-Apr-21 5.1 Jump the Shark Vince Gilligan Cliff Bole
9.17 2002-Apr-28 5.8 William David Duchovny Chris Carter David Duchovny
9.16 2002-May-05 5.1 Release David Amann David Amann Kim Manners
9.18 2002-May-12 6.2 Sunshine Days Vince Gilligan Vince Gilligan
9.19 2002-May-19 7.5 The Truth (1/2) Chris Carter Kim Manners
9.20 2002-May-19 7.5 The Truth (2/2) Chris Carter Kim Manners
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