After catching up with the show for the last six or so months (9 seasons does take some time) I've finally reached the final episode.... sort of. At the time of the writing this we have new episodes, out after a decade of silence so I'm still keeping some things in mind. For the most part I'd like to think of this episode for what it did for the series back then. Let's get started.
This episode despite not being a grand slam at the time, its actually very well done. It had my full attention which was hard for most of this season. I won't say I've changed my mind, the show could have had a tighter run, 7 seasons maybe but credit must be given to Chris Carter and company for making me care about it all in this episode. The court room set up (my mind thinks of Seinfeld) did seem like a way to bring back old characters but it sure as hell made the whole story a lot simpler to understand and the acting, dialogue was top notch.
The directing was on point also, for example notice the scene when Doggett is on the phone hearing about Mulder's sentence. The camera stays on Scully's face as this news will hit her the most, they were very aware of making each scene count. The ending action scene is also proof of the commitment to this episode, the explosions and the angle set ups are above anything done in the show.
So onto the story did it satisfy everything? Yes and no. There are some things that just weren't explained, gaps missing like where did Laurie Holden's character come from, Gibson's long absence... but at the same time those aren't important details. I didn't get everything answered but the episode didn't spend all day explaining things, they covered the important plots and moved ahead. Many would like a grander conclusion to the story but that isn't in X files style, we got a quieter ending with two characters reflecting on their changes that felt real, the future is uncertain but that's always been important to the series. As a younger teen I had hope for some ultimate conclusion but watching it again for the first time since it aired I was laying with appreciation.
I can't get over some things that have happened in the show's run such as the handling of Mulder in the last two seasons but the last episode tried very hard to bring me back in and it worked. This episode had many of the reasons why this show was so special, I'll never forget it.
Now with that out of the way how do I feel going forward with new episodes? I do feel like these new episodes are part of the wave in entertainment lately in which old shows and movies are coming back. It would be greater if we got new and exciting shows, people will take chances on them (like LOST, hello!). We could also have a great return though, there was still an ongoing alien cover up and an invasion is still looming so who knows, this may be the best thing.