The X-Files : Season 9

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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 10, 1993
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  • Summary: The X-Files is a Peabody, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning American science fiction television series created by Chris Carter, which first aired on September 10, 1993, and ended on May 19, 2002. The show was a hit for the Fox Broadcasting Company network, and its main characters andThe X-Files is a Peabody, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning American science fiction television series created by Chris Carter, which first aired on September 10, 1993, and ended on May 19, 2002. The show was a hit for the Fox Broadcasting Company network, and its main characters and slogans (e.g., "The Truth Is Out There", "Trust No One", "I Want to Believe") became pop culture touchstones. The X-Files is seen as a defining series of the 1990s, coinciding with the era's widespread mistrust of governments, interest in conspiracy theories and spirituality, and the belief in the existence of extraterrestrial life.

    TV Guide called The X-Files the Second greatest cult television show and the 37th best television show of all time. In 2007, Time magazine included it on a list of the "100 Best TV Shows of All Time." In 2008, Entertainment Weekly named it Classic Sci-fi and the fourth best TV show in the last 25 years.

    This long running FOX drama lasted nine seasons and focused on the exploits of FBI Agents Fox Mulder, Dana Scully, John Doggett and Monica Reyes and their investigations into the paranormal. From genetic mutants and killer insects to a global conspiracy concerning the colonisation of Earth by an alien species, this mind-boggling, humourous and occasionally frightening series created by Chris Carter has been one of the world's most popular sci-fi/drama shows since its humble beginnings in 1993.

    So sit back and enjoy the fascinating world of The X-Files.

    The entire nine seasons of The X-Files are now available on DVD!

    Emmy Awards
    2001 - Outstanding Makeup for a Series for episode DeadAlive
    2000 - Outstanding Makeup for a Series for episode Theef - Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Drama Series for episode First Person Shooter - Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series for episode First Person Shooter
    1999 - Outstanding Makeup for a series for episodes Two Fathers/One Son
    1998 - Outstanding Art Direction for a Series for episode The Post-Modern Prometheus - Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for a Series for episode Kill Switch
    1997 - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Gillian Anderson - Outstanding Art Direction for a Series for episode Memento Mori - Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series for episode Tempus Fugit
    1996 - Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series to Peter Boyle for episode Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing for a Drama Series to Darin Morgan for episode Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Cinematography for a series for episode Grotesque - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Editing for a Series for episode Nisei - Outstanding individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Drama Series for episode Nisei
    1994 - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Graphic Design and Title Sequences for The X-Files

    Golden Globe Awards

    1998 - Best TV Series (Drama)
    1997 - Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series (Drama) to David Duchovny
    - Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series (Drama) to Gillian Anderson - Best TV Series (Drama)
    1995 - Best TV Series (Drama)
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  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Horror, Suspense, Science Fiction

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  1. Dec 15, 2015
    7
    The ninth season feels strained, distant, and tainted. The finale is somewhat of a disappointment, and some of the characters tend to get inThe ninth season feels strained, distant, and tainted. The finale is somewhat of a disappointment, and some of the characters tend to get in the way of what the show actually represents. It's still worth watching and definitely represents an improvement over its predecessor. Expand
  2. Mar 16, 2014
    7
    The ninth and final season feels distant, strained, and tainted. The series finale is somewhat of a disappointment, and some of the charactersThe ninth and final season feels distant, strained, and tainted. The series finale is somewhat of a disappointment, and some of the characters tend to get in the way of what the show actually represents. It's still worth watching and an arguably simple-minded conclusion to a fantastic series. Expand
  3. Aug 17, 2014
    7
    The ninth and final season feels distant, strained, and tainted. The series finale is somewhat of a disappointment, and some of the charactersThe ninth and final season feels distant, strained, and tainted. The series finale is somewhat of a disappointment, and some of the characters tend to get in the way of what the show actually represents. It's still worth watching and an arguably simple-minded conclusion to a memorable series. Expand
  4. Mar 30, 2015
    6
    The ninth and final season feels strained, distant, and tainted. The series finale is somewhat of a disappointment, and some of the charactersThe ninth and final season feels strained, distant, and tainted. The series finale is somewhat of a disappointment, and some of the characters tend to get in the way of what the show actually represents. It's still worth watching and definitely represents an improvement over its predecessor. Expand
  5. Sep 1, 2015
    6
    The ninth season feels strained, distant, and tainted. The finale is somewhat of a disappointment, and some of the characters tend to get inThe ninth season feels strained, distant, and tainted. The finale is somewhat of a disappointment, and some of the characters tend to get in the way of what the show actually represents. It's still worth watching and definitely represents an improvement over its predecessor. Expand
  6. Mar 22, 2016
    5
    Very few television shows end when they should.

    As much as television might be an artistic medium, it has generally been governed by
    Very few television shows end when they should.

    As much as television might be an artistic medium, it has generally been governed by commercial realities. The length of a television episode is not determined by the volume of the story that needs to be told, but is dictated by the slot allocated it with room left over for advertising. The length of a season is typically negotiated between the demands of the creative team and the needs of the network. Popular shows are seldom allowed to retire at a natural end point, but are instead extended until they reach viable syndication figures or the audience loses interest.

    Things are changing, to a certain extent. The emergence of cable television has allowed creators a greater degree of freedom in how they want to tell their stories. Television series are allowed to wrap up on their own terms, even when they are at the height of their popularity. There is even a bit more give-and-take when it comes to scheduling shows that do not fit comfortably within the standard hour-long block. This allows shows like Breaking Bad, The Sopranos and Mad Men the chance to conclude at a point where it is organic to do so.

    However, this was not the television landscape in which The X-Files emerged. Although it helped shape and define television in the nineties, The X-Files was very much a product of the network television system. That meant extended season runs, but it also meant that the show was sustained as long as it remained popular. Due to the fact that television audiences tend to drain rather than spontaneously disappear, this meant that the show was arguably extended years past an organic end point. Indeed, The X-Files had several logical end points.

    The plan was to wrap things up after five seasons, meaning that The End might have been the end, and that the show might never have moved from Vancouver to Los Angeles. However, the show was extended for two seasons as ratings declined from their peak. At the end of the seventh season, Requiem was written and filmed before anybody knew there would be an eighth season. A disastrous television season forced Fox to renew the show. The eighth season ended with Mulder and Scully in a happy place in Existence, but was such a success that Fox greenlit a ninth season.

    It is interesting to wonder what might have become of The X-Files had the show ended at any of those three logical end points. Would the show be more fondly remembered? Would the general consensus be that the series had ended in a reasonable place? Would fans be relatively satisfied with what had been offered? Would recommendations of the show be a lot less guarded than they would become in the years ahead? There is no way to know the answers to any of these questions. However, there is no getting around the fact that the ninth season is a disaster.

    In hindsight, it was a minor miracle that the eighth season worked at all. David Duchovny had grown tired of the demands and restrictions imposed by the show, and had decided to move on to pastures new. At the last minute, he agreed to appear in approximately half of the twenty-one episode season. While this was a significant improvement upon the idea of an eighth season without Duchovny, it still posed a whole host of challenges. Given that Mulder was an iconic and recognisable part of The X-Files, trying to do the show without Mulder was a risky proposition.

    Somehow, it worked. It worked for a number of reasons. Robert Patrick was phenomenal and the character of Doggett was compelling in his own right. David Duchovny’s schedule imposed a clear structure on the season, forcing the writers to plot and plan ahead of time. The production team seemed invigorated by the challenge posed by the absence of Mulder. The hunt for Mulder, his inevitable return, and the lingering questions around Scully’s pregnancy created an intriguing narrative framework with clear resolutions.

    The eighth season is genuinely underrated. There is an argument to be made that it is one of the best seasons of the show, with a consistency that was only ever matched by the third season. There is a breathtaking energy and ambition to the eighth season that helped to shore up the declining ratings and even win back lost viewers as television ratings were declining across the board. The eighth season also seemed to push the show forward, embracing the idea of the season arc and serialised storytelling in a way the show had never attempted before.

    The ninth season was just as risky. David Duchovny was gone, completely. Duchovny had made it clear that he was not coming back in any capacity, even for a cameo or a guest spot. Gillian Anderson had one foot out the door, signalling that she expected a reduced workload across the ninth season and that she would most likely not be back for a hypothetical tenth season. The show’s mythology had largely unravelled, and Doggett and Reyes had been assigned to work the X-files.
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