The X-Files

Season 8 Episode 20

Essence (1)

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM May 13, 2001 on FOX

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  • An interesting episode.

    Finally some answers about the baby even if they're exceptionally vague. Always love when Alex shows up, good or bad.

    As a FBI agent, and given the concerns with the baby, how can Scully allow a complete stranger into her home without running a full background check?! The good news is that the baby is human but apparently perfect. No explanation. Apparently engineered to be a weapon against the invasion.

    Alex, as usual, is a mystery wrapped in an enigma – apparently working alone since the death of the Smoking Man, for whatever reason he is trying to help stop the invasion, even if this means killing Scully's baby or now, protecting it. I love him to pieces but he can't be trusted at the best of times, without knowing his motives, who knows what his endgame is.

    An interesting episode.