I am aware that many people thought that he X Files went downhill when Mulder left. Personally, the feeling couldn't be further from the truth (no pun intended). His departure was a godsend as it was obvious he was just walking through his part during th majority of season seven and a show can suffer when the actors become restless. Season eight and nine were reinvigorated thanks to the addition of Doggett and Reyes. Both characters could have continued on in the series for at least another three seasons if you ask me.
Anyway, this episode was a delight in it's quirky nature. I adored the use of Karl Zero's album 'Songs for Cabriolets' throughout and, although initially I was worried about the guest star, I was very pleased with Burt Reynolds' performance - his charm oozed out of him and his rapport with Scully and Reyes was superb.
The story may have been a little "Out There" but no more so than most other episodes.
Beautifully choreographed to and the production design was impeccable.