Category:The X-Files (season 7) episodes
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The following 22 pages are in this category, out of 22 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 22 pages are in this category, out of 22 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Requiem (The X-Files) – Requiem is the twenty-second episode and the finale of the seventh season the science fiction television series The X-Files, and the shows 161st episode overall. It premiered on the Fox network in the United States on May 21,2000, the episode was written by Chris Carter, and directed by Kim Manners. The episode helped to explore the overarching mythology. Requiem earned a Nielsen household rating of 8.9, being watched by 15.26 million viewers in its initial broadcast, the episode received mostly positive reviews from television critics. Many applauded the way it made the series increasingly marginalized alien mythology relevant again, the show centers on FBI special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully who work on cases linked to the paranormal, called X-Files. Mulder is a believer in the paranormal, while the skeptical Scully has been assigned to debunk his work, in this episode, Mulder and Scully return to the site of their first investigation together when a series of abductions take place. However, Scullys failing health, and Mulders concern that she is in danger, meanwhile, the Cigarette-Smoking Man —on his deathbed—reunites with Marita Covarrubias and Alex Krycek in an attempt to revive the project. Requiem was a milestone for the series, featuring the alien abduction of Mulder. Mulder would appear sporadically in the last two seasons, only returning for about half of the episodes in eight and only two episodes in season nine. Prior to being picked up for season, however, many believed that the episode would serve as the series finale. As such, many elements from the pilot episode were brought in to bring the show closure. In Bellefleur, Oregon, Detective Miles drives to the scene of an air crash in the forest. As Miles arrives, his cars electricity cuts out, causing it to crash, after exiting the vehicle, an injured Miles finds his deputy sheriff, Ray Hoese, unconscious in his police cruiser. Miles is suddenly confronted by a man identical to Hoese who is bleeding green fluid, later, in Tunisia, Marita Covarrubias arranges for the release of Alex Krycek from a penal colony. Upon returning to the United States, the two meet with the wheelchair-bound Smoking Man, who tells them that an alien craft has crashed in Oregon, the Smoking Man sees the crash as a chance to rebuild the Project, but claims that finding it will be complicated. In Oregon, two boys are exploring the crash site when they encounter Deputy Miles, who denies any crash or the fire that was reported in the area. While they go through the area on their own, Gary is lifted off the ground and shaken like a rag doll by an invisible force, and Richie, although he stands within a few feet of him, cant see him. Meanwhile, in Washington, Fox Mulder receives a call from Billy Miles, the younger Miles tells him about Hoeses disappearance, and his concern that the abductions have begun again
2. The Sixth Extinction II: Amor Fati – The Sixth Extinction II, Amor Fati is the second episode of the seventh season of the American science fiction television series The X-Files. It was directed by Michael Watkins and written by lead actor David Duchovny, the installment explores the series overarching mythology and concludes a trilogy of episodes revolving around Fox Mulders severe reaction to an alien artifact. Originally aired by the Fox network on November 14,1999, The Sixth Extinction II, initial reviews were mixed, and the plot and dialogue attracted criticism. Later critics viewed the episode in a positive light. The X-Files centers on Federal Bureau of Investigation special agents Mulder and Dana Scully, Mulder is a believer in the paranormal, and the skeptical Scully was initially assigned to debunk his work, but the two have developed a deep friendship. In this episode, Scully returns from Africa to discover Mulder in a coma induced by exposure to shards from an alien spaceship wreck, after Mulder disappears from the hospital, Scully joins former government employee Michael Kritschgau and her boss Walter Skinner to search for him. Meanwhile, in a dream, The Smoking Man offers Mulder a new life, after conferring with a vision of Scully, Mulder awakens from his coma and realizes his duty to prevent alien colonization. Carter was interested in the possibility that extraterrestrials were involved in ancient mass extinctions on Earth, much of the episode was also inspired by Nikos Kazantzakiss novel The Last Temptation of Christ, and a scene showing an operation on Mulder has been thematically compared to the Crucifixion of Jesus. In the sixth-season finale Biogenesis, FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully investigate a rock inscribed with Navajo writing found in Côte dIvoire, while examining it in Washington, D. C. Mulder hears ringing sounds and suffers several headaches and he turns to Agent Diana Fowley, his former love interest, for help before his mental health rapidly deteriorates and he is transferred to a psychiatric hospital. Meanwhile, Scully heads to New Mexico to ask a dying Albert Hosteen to translate what is on the rock, he discovers that the item includes passages from the Bible, and a map of the human genome. In the seventh season premiere The Sixth Extinction, Scully journeys to Côte dIvoire, after Scully examines the shards, she begins to believe that they hold the key to all of lifes mysteries. Meanwhile, Mulder slips into a coma, and Assistant Director Walter Skinner enlists the help of former Department of Defense agent Michael Kritschgau to determine what is wrong with Mulder, the two discover that while Mulders condition has made him unresponsive, it has given him telepathic powers. Scully, working in Africa, witnesses several strange events relating to the wreck before returning to Washington, teena Mulder and The Smoking Man visit Mulder, who is paralyzed in a hospital. After administering a drug that cures his paralysis, The Smoking Man reveals himself to be Mulders father, Skinner, who has been looking for Mulder, tells Scully that Mulders mother signed him out of the hospital. The Smoking Man takes Mulder to a neighborhood, inside a new home. Deep Throat claims to have faked his own death to escape the burden he was under by being a part of the Syndicate, Mulder meets Fowley, and the two become intimate. On the hospital security tapes, Scully sees Mulders mother talking to The Smoking Man but is unable to contact her, Scully receives a package containing a book on Native American beliefs, which describes how one man will prevent the impending apocalypse
3. Millennium (The X-Files) – Millennium is the fourth episode of the seventh season of the science fiction television series The X-Files. It premiered on the Fox network in the United States on November 28,1999 and it was written by Vince Gilligan and Frank Spotnitz and directed by Thomas J. Wright. The episode is a Monster-of-the-Week story, unconnected to the wider mythology. Millennium earned a Nielsen household rating of 9.1, and was watched by 15.09 million people in its initial broadcast, the show centers on FBI special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully who work on cases linked to the paranormal, called X-Files. Mulder is a believer in the paranormal, while the skeptical Scully has been assigned to debunk his work. In this episode, an associate of the Millennium Group—a secret society which believes the apocalypse will happen on the new year of 2000—resurrects the dead for use in bringing about the apocalypse. As a result, Mulder and Scully have to ask the help of criminal profiler Frank Black, a man who has former experience with the shadowy group, for assistance. The episode serves as a crossover with the series Millennium, also developed by the creator of The X-Files, Chris Carter, the writers had a difficult time coming up with a story that would successfully allow Frank Black and Mulder and Scully to cross paths. Lance Henriksen later expressed disappointment with the episode, the idea to use zombies had originally been slated to appear in an aborted project X-Files remake of George A. Romeros cult 1968 zombie film Night of the Living Dead. In addition, the episode is notable because it features the first romantic kiss between Mulder and Scully, described as inevitable by one critic, thematically, the episode has been analyzed for its use of Biblical quotes from the Gospel of John and the Book of Revelation. For the first two seasons of the show, Black worked for a consulting firm known as the Millennium Group. Black lived in Seattle with his wife Catherine and daughter Jordan, during the first season, Black and the Group largely focused on various serial killers and other murderers. However, during the second and third seasons, Black began coming into conflict with forces within the Millennium group that appeared to be demonic in nature and it appeared that the Group was focused on the fulfillment of apocalyptic biblical prophecy at the start of the new millennium. During the third season, Frank returned to Washington, D. C. to work with the FBI following the death of his wife at the hands of the Group. In the third season finale Goodbye to All That, Black realized that the Group was preparing to come after him, in Tallahassee, Florida, on December 21,1999, a memorial service is held for a former FBI agent named Raymond Crouch. His widow is approached by a man, Mark Johnson. After the other mourners have left, Johnson returns to the parlor, dons the corpses clothes. One week later, Johnson is monitoring Crouchs grave when his phone rings, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are called in to examine Crouchs empty grave
4. All things – All things is the seventeenth episode of the seventh season of the American science fiction television series The X-Files. Written and directed by lead actress Gillian Anderson, it first aired on April 9,2000, the episode is unconnected to the wider mythology of The X-Files and functions as a Monster-of-the-Week story. Watched by 12.18 million people, the initial broadcast had a Nielsen household rating of 7.1, the episode received mixed reviews from critics, many called the dialogue pretentious and criticized the characterization of Scully. However, viewer response was generally positive, the series centers on Federal Bureau of Investigation special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully who work on cases linked to the paranormal, called X-Files. Mulder is a believer in the paranormal, the skeptical Scully was initially assigned to debunk his work, but the two have developed a deep friendship. In this episode, a series of coincidences lead Scully to meet Dr. Daniel Waterston, after Waterston slips into a coma, Scully puts aside her skepticism and seeks out alternative medicine to save Waterston. The script for all things, the episode of the series written by Anderson, was originally fifteen pages too long with no fourth act. It was only after Anderson worked with series creator Chris Carter, the cast and crew helped Anderson adjust to her directorial debut—the first time a woman directed an episode of The X-Files. The episode makes use of The Sky Is Broken, a song from Mobys 1999 album Play. The episode has been analyzed for its themes of pragmatism and feminist philosophy, FBI special agent Dana Scully is getting dressed in front of a mirror. As she leaves, her colleague Fox Mulder lies in his bed and he is ill and suffering from an undiagnosed heart condition. She questions whether she made the decision to leave him. She meets Waterstons daughter, Maggie, who is resentful of Scully for the effect she had on Waterstons family. Mulder—on his way to England investigating heart chakra-shaped crop circles—calls Scully and asks her to meet a contact of his, Colleen Azar, as Scully speaks to Mulder on her cellphone while driving her car, a woman appears on a crosswalk. Scully brakes hard to avoid hitting the woman, as she does so, she narrowly avoids colliding with a diesel truck. She realizes that, had the woman not stepped in her path, when she later arrives at the house of Azar, she observes that Scully is going through a personal crisis and tries to offer her guidance, but Scully is dismissive. Later, Scully returns to apologize to Azar and agrees to listen to her ideas, Azar shares her knowledge of Buddhism, the concept of the collective unconscious, and the idea of personal auras. Azar believes these concepts might explain these strange occurrences, after a confrontation with Maggie at the hospital, Scully walks through Chinatown
5. The Amazing Maleeni – The Amazing Maleeni is the eighth episode of the seventh season of the science fiction television series The X-Files. It premiered on the Fox network in the United States on January 16,2000 and it was written by Vince Gilligan, John Shiban, and Frank Spotnitz and directed by Thomas J. Wright. The episode is a Monster-of-the-Week story, unconnected to the wider mythology. The Amazing Maleeni earned a Nielsen household rating of 9.4, the show centers on FBI special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully who work on cases linked to the paranormal, called X-Files. Mulder is a believer in the paranormal, while the skeptical Scully has been assigned to debunk his work, in this episode, The Amazing Maleeni, a small-time magician, performs an amazing feat to impress a heckler—he turns his head 360 degrees. So when he is found without a head at all, Mulder and Scully arrive on the case and discover an angry ex-con, an unimpressed rival. All seem to have something to do with a plan to rob a major bank, real-life magician Ricky Jay, who also was Spotnitzs favorite, was brought in to play the part of the titular Maleeni. At the Santa Monica Pier, a magician, The Amazing Maleeni, twists his head completely around at a carnival, while Billy LaBonge, another magician, as hes leaving, his severed head falls completely off. Billy LaBonge is later questioned by Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, during the autopsy, Scully finds that, although Maleenis head was cleanly cut off, he died of a heart attack. She also finds that he was dead for at least a month and refrigerated, meanwhile, LaBonge finds a man named Cissy Alvarez whom Maleeni owed money. LaBonge admits that he caused Maleenis head to fall off, Mulder and Scully learn that Maleeni has an identical twin brother, Albert. Albert, interestingly enough is even wearing a neckbrace, which he says he got in a car accident in Mexico. Mulder tells him he thinks he did the act, but the man shows that he has no legs. Back at work, Alvarez threatens Pinchbeck that he kill him if he does not get his money. LaBonge then frames Alvarez for a robbery by attacking a security truck disguised as Alvarez, Mulder soon finds out that Pinchbeck is the real Maleeni and that he faked having no legs. After confronting Pinchbeck, he admits that he faked his own death in order to get out of Alvarezs debt, Pinchbeck admits that he found his brother dead of a heart attack at home and used his body as a double. Pinchbeck is promptly arrested, as is LaBonge, who brings a gun to a bar, in addition, Alvarez is arrested because of the attempted robbery LaBonge did earlier. The vault at Pinchbecks work is emptied and the money is found above Alvarez bar, Mulder shows Scully Maleenis wallet, which he had collected from evidence before confronting him and LaBonge
6. Fight Club (The X-Files) – Fight Club is the twentieth episode of the seventh season of the science fiction television series The X-Files. It premiered on the Fox network in the United States on May 7,2000 and it was written by series creator Chris Carter, directed by Paul Shapiro, and featured a guest appearance by Kathy Griffin. The episode plot serves as a Monster-of-the-Week story, which is unconnected to the wider mythology. Fight Club earned a Nielsen household rating of 6.9, the episode received mostly negative reviews from television critics. The show centers on FBI special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully who work on cases linked to the paranormal, Mulder is a believer in the paranormal, while the skeptical Scully has been assigned to debunk his work. In this episode, Mulder and Scully cross paths with a pair of doppelgangers whose close proximity yields unlimited mayhem, splitting up, the agents try to find out why and what they are doing. Steve Kiziak and Arlene Pileggi—David Duchovnys stunt double and Mitch Pileggis wife, respectively—were chosen to play the Mulder, Fight Club contained several scenes of intense action that necessitated the use of various stunt doubles and extras. In Kansas City, Kansas, two religious missionaries visit two women at two different homes in the neighborhood who look exactly alike. The second woman yells at them to go away and the two men, inexplicably, get into a fight in the second womans front yard, later, two FBI agents who look and sound remarkably similar to Mulder and Scully visit the first woman, Betty Templeton. Betty claims to have never seen the woman before. The other woman then passes her by in a car and the two begin fighting each other, much like the missionaries. They are severely injured after the gruesome mauling, both agents, who had worked together for seven years, said that they were possessed. Meanwhile, the woman, Lulu Pfeiffer, applies for a job at Kokos Copies. She becomes aggravated and suddenly, all the copies become black, the other woman, Betty, goes to another job with the same name and same resume. Fox Mulder and Dana Scully begin to investigate the case, later, in a bar, a man by the name of Bert Zupanic comes across Betty. Moments later, Lulu walks into the bar and an earthquake occurs that breaks all the glass in the bar, Mulder finds out through a man named Argyle Saperstein that Zupanic and one of the women are in a relationship and that Zupanic is a professional wrestler. Scully finds that for the past 12 years the women have followed each other across 17 states, Saperstein calls Zupanic and it is revealed that Zupanic owes Saperstein money. In addition, Betty and Bert have been in a relationship, a second earthquake occurs as Lulu prepares to walk in on Zupanic and Saperstein exchanging money
7. The Goldberg Variation (The X-Files) – The Goldberg Variation is the sixth episode of the seventh season of the science fiction television series The X-Files. It premiered on the Fox network in the United States on December 12,1999 and it was written by Jeffrey Bell, directed by Thomas J. Wright, and featured guest appearances by Willie Garson and Shia LaBeouf. The episode is a Monster-of-the-Week story, unconnected to the wider mythology. The Goldberg Variation earned a Nielsen household rating of 8.8, the show centers on FBI special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully who work on cases linked to the paranormal, called X-Files. Mulder is a believer in the paranormal, while the skeptical Scully has been assigned to debunk his work, in this episode, Mulder and Scully investigate a mysterious man named Henry Weems, who appears to be the luckiest man in the world. The title is a reference to Rube Goldberg machines and the Goldberg Variations by Johann Sebastian Bach. Bells original draft of the episode opened with a man falling thirty-thousand feet from an airplane, due to budgetary reasons, the intro was later changed to a man falling out of a building. Willie Garson—who had appeared in the season episode The Walk—was cast as Henry Weems. The first cut of the episode was four minutes under-time, and so various insert shots, in Chicago, a man by the name of Henry Weems wins $100,000 playing poker against a mobster named Joe Cutrona, though Weems appears ignorant of the basic rules of poker. Suspecting that Weems cheated, Cutrona attempts to him by throwing him off the 29th story of the building they are in. After Weems lands in a hatch to a basement, he stands right back up and walks away. Two agents in a car stationed outside witness the event and eventually tell Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, who promptly take the case. Mulder initially believes the man has the ability to cure himself, the agents track down Weems, a handyman at an apartment building. He refuses to testify against Cutrona, Weems has a fascination with Rube Goldberg machines. As such, his apartment is filled with them, after meeting with Weems, Scully concludes that there is no X-File, but Mulder believes that his luck is the X-File in question. As the agents begin to leave the complex, one of Cutronas enforcers comes to kill Weems, the two agents rush back up stairs and find Weems unscathed. Mulder notes that Weems was the survivor of a commuter jet crash that killed 20 people in December 1989. Weems picks up a ticket and wins $100,000 but learns that it would take 12 months to get the money
8. Hungry (The X-Files) – Hungry is the third episode of the seventh season of the science fiction television series The X-Files. It premiered on the Fox network in the United States on November 21,1999 and it was written by Vince Gilligan, directed by Kim Manners, and featured a guest appearance by Chad Donella. The episode is a Monster-of-the-Week story, unconnected to the wider mythology. However, unlike previous Monster-of-the-Week stories, Hungry is told from the monsters perspective, Hungry earned a Nielsen household rating of 9.6, being watched by 16.17 million people in its initial broadcast. The episode received mixed to positive reviews from critics, the show centers on FBI special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully who work on cases linked to the paranormal, called X-Files. Mulder is a believer in the paranormal, while the skeptical Scully has been assigned to debunk his work, in this episode, a fast-food employee with unusual cravings becomes the focus of an FBI investigation under the direction of Mulder and Scully. The victims appear with no brain and a hole in the forehead. Gilligan wanted to try a different approach to The X-Files with Hungry by telling the story through the eyes of the monster. Actor Chad Donella, who portrayed the monster, was chosen because he possessed a subtle, interesting quality, Manners was pleased with Donellas performance, calling him a great little actor. In Costa Mesa, California, a man named Donald Pankow approaches the drive-thru of a Lucky Boy fast food restaurant. Despite the restaurant being closed, Pankow angrily demands service, the sheepish fast food attendant tells the man to drive to the next window, where he is attacked and violently pulled out of his car. Pankows body is discovered with the brain removed from the skull. Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are assigned to assist the police in their investigation. The only clue found at the scene is a Lucky Boy employee button, Mulder and Scully check all of the employees and discover that one of the clerks, Derwood Spinks, is missing his button. Scully suspects Spinks after it is discovered he has a criminal record, Mulder, however, believes that the victims brain was removed by a proboscis, and suspects another employee, Rob Roberts, of committing the murder. Rob, who is actually a mutant human who wears a disguise to hide his physical body. When Robs landlady, Sylvia, is trailed by an investigator, Rob kills him and eats in order to placate his hunger. Spinks visits Rob at his home the day, annoyed at being fired from Lucky Boy for lying about his criminal record
9. Signs and Wonders (The X-Files) – Signs and Wonders is the ninth episode of the seventh season of the science fiction television series The X-Files. It premiered on the Fox network in the United States on January 23,2000 and it was written by Jeffrey Bell, directed by Kim Manners. The episode is a Monster-of-the-Week story, unconnected to the wider mythology. Signs and Wonders earned a Nielsen household rating of 8.5, the episode received mixed reviews from television critics. The show centers on FBI special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully who work on cases linked to the paranormal, Mulder is a believer in the paranormal, while the skeptical Scully has been assigned to debunk his work. But soon the agents realize that the difference between the religious and the fanatics may not be very much at all. Bell wished to write a down-and-dirty horror story about a snake-handling church, furthermore, Bell wanted the true antagonist of the episode to remain hidden until the very end. In order to do this, the script was written so that Mulder suspected the wrong individual, according to executive producer Frank Spotnitz, the theme of the episode was intolerance can be good, in some cases. The episode used live rattlesnakes, at any one time, there were six and fifty snakes on the set. In Blessing, Tennessee, Jared Chirp, while attempting to flee his home, is attacked by rattlesnakes inside his car, as such, OConnor becomes the prime suspect. Later, a woman named Iris tells Reverend Mackey that she feels guilty because Jared called her on the night he died in order to talk to his girlfriend, Iris, however, refused because Gracie was in bed. Later that night, Iris is bitten when her staple remover turns into a snake, Gracie is questioned by Mulder and Scully about OConnor because she is a former member of his church. The two agents discover that she is, in fact, OConnors daughter and was kicked out of his congregation, the agents go back to OConnors church and Scully is attacked by OConnor, who attempts to stick her head in a box of snakes. Later, while in his cell, he is attacked by snakes in his cell, OConnor later wakes up in the hospital and is visited by Gracie. OConnor then takes Gracie and leaves the hospital, Reverend Mackey tells Mulder and Scully that Enoch OConnor is the father of Gracies child. Meanwhile, OConnor takes Gracie back to his church and baptizes her, suddenly, she goes into labor and gives birth to live snakes. OConnor goes to Mackeys church and attempts to him. In the ambulance, Gracie tells Scully that Mackey was the murderer
10. The Sixth Extinction (The X-Files) – The Sixth Extinction is the first episode of the seventh season of the science fiction television series The X-Files. It was first shown on the Fox network on November 7,1999, the episode was written by Chris Carter and directed by Kim Manners. The Sixth Extinction earned a Nielsen household rating of 10.6, the episode received mixed to positive reviews from critics. The show centers on FBI special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully who work on cases linked to the paranormal, Mulder is a believer in the paranormal, while the skeptical Scully has been assigned to debunk his work. In the meanwhile, Scully is hunting for an ancient artifact in Africa, the episode was written due to series creator Chris Carters fascination with the possibility that extraterrestrials were involved in the great extinctions that had happened millions of years ago. On the coast of Côte dIvoire, Scully sits in her tent studying detailed photographs of the spacecraft half-buried on the beach nearby, a figure, the Primitive African Man, mysteriously appears before suddenly vanishing, after which Scullys tent is swarmed by flying insects. Back in the United States, Walter Skinner visits a delusional Fox Mulder, soon afterwards, one of the locals working on excavating the ship is apparently scalded by boiling seawater. With the arrival of Dr. Barnes another plague occurs – that night the ocean turns blood red, Skinner revisits a heavily drugged Mulder, who cannot talk but writes Kritschgau. Skinner goes to visit Kritschgau, now unemployed and living in a low-cost apartment, once there, Kritschgau believes Mulder has alien induced mind reading abilities and injects him with a drug to slow down his brain activity. Scully, with Dr. Barnes help, is able to some of the spaceship. Dr. Barnes behavior becomes increasingly erratic however and, armed with a machete and he soon realizes that the craft is bringing dead fish back to life, and Scully and Ngebe take the opportunity to knock him out and escape. Scully sees the man again in the car as they drive off. Kritschgau and Skinner put Mulder under additional tests to verify his abnormal brain activity and they again inject Mulder with phenytoin, but this time they are caught by Fowley and Mulder goes into a seizure. Meanwhile Dr. Barnes, in a type of experiment, kills his driver. Scully flies back to the U. S. and visits Mulder at the hospital, on the African coast, Ngebe arrives with the police, finding Dr. Barnes dead and the spaceship gone. Frank Spotnitz said of the origins, Weve destroyed all the stuff about Mulders father, the project. All the things that had sustained us for six years were suddenly gone, from that point on, every time we sat down to write a mythology show, we knew it was going to be a completely different challenge. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson both had other commitments as the season began, resulting in the producers delaying filming for this episode and it ended up being filmed third in the season, after the episodes Hungry and The Goldberg Variation
11. Rush (The X-Files) – Rush is the fifth episode of the seventh season of the science fiction television series The X-Files, and the 144th episode overall. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on December 5,1999 and it was written by David Amann and directed by Robert Lieberman. The episode is a Monster-of-the-Week story, unconnected to the wider mythology. Rush earned a Nielsen household rating of 7.9, being watched by 12.71 million viewers in its initial broadcast, the episode received mostly mixed-to-negative reviews from television critics. The show centers on FBI special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully who work on cases linked to the paranormal, Mulder is a believer in the paranormal, while the skeptical Scully has been assigned to debunk his work. In this episode, Mulder and Scully investigate a high student who is the prime suspect in the bizarre murder of a police officer. They discover that the boy and a couple of friends have been playing with the ability to accelerate their movements to a frequency the human eye can’t perceive, the idea for Rush had been proposed as far back as the sixth season of The X-Files. However, the plot of the episode—the effects of having super speed—eventually delved into deeper themes, such as drug abuse, boredom. Although the episode relied on special effects, many of the scenes were created by manipulating the speed of the camera during filming, in Pittsfield, Virginia, Tony Reed and two other teenagers meet in the woods late at night, but they are interrupted by a sheriffs deputy. Moments later the deputy is murdered, killed with his own flashlight, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully later examine the deputys body, the blow that killed the man was so ferocious that his glasses were pushed through the back of his skull. They question the suspect, teenager Tony Reed, whose fingerprints were found on the flash light, Mulder and Scully agree that Tony is innocent, although Mulders theory of spirit involvement is not shared by Scully. Scully, on the hand, suggests they question Tonys friends. Mulder and Scully visit Tonys school and speak with the two teenagers who were with Tony in the woods, the son, Max Harden. Chastity seems concerned about Tony when Mulder and Scully tell her he may go to jail, however, Tony is later released when the murder weapon mysteriously goes missing from the evidence room. Mulder and Scully review video footage from the room that shows the flashlight simply disappear. However, a blur on the video footage attracts Mulders attention and later analysis by an expert reveals the object is solid. Mulder believes Hardens changing teenage hormones are giving him abilities that allow him to attack people without touching them. Meanwhile, Tony follows Chastity into a cave in the woods, Mulder eventually deduces that he possesses superhuman speed
12. Closure (The X-Files) – Closure is the eleventh episode of the seventh season of the science fiction television series The X-Files, and the 150th episode overall. It was directed by Kim Manners and written by series creator Chris Carter, the installment explores the series overarching mythology and is the conclusion of a two-part episode revolving around the final revelation of what really happened to Fox Mulders sister, Samantha. Originally aired by the Fox network on February 13,2000, the episode received mostly positive reviews from critics, many felt that the final reveal was emotional and powerful, although some were unhappy with the resolution. The show centers on FBI special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully who work on cases linked to the paranormal, Mulder is a believer in the paranormal, while the skeptical Scully has been assigned to debunk his work, but the two have developed a deep friendship. Closure was a milestone for the series, finally revealing Samanthas fate. The episode was written as a continuation to the episode, Sein und Zeit. Although a majority of the episode was filmed on a soundstage, several scenes were shot on location, such as the scenes at the former Norton Air Force Base in San Bernardino, California. Several of the sequences, specifically those featuring the souls of dead children, the episode has been analyzed due to its themes of belief and hope. In the previous episode, Sein und Zeit, Mulder and Scully tracked down a killer who targeted children. While investigating the case, Mulder began to get emotionally involved, Mulder and Scully aid the Sacramento Police in the investigation of a brutal murder committed by Truelove, the owner of the Santa Village. As the remains of children are discovered, he admits killing twenty-four children, but denies murdering Amber Lynn LaPierre. Piller believes that walk-ins save children who suffer terrible fates, Scully becomes worried about Pillers influence over Mulder. The agents return to Washington, D. C. where Mulder keeps searching for evidence in the case, meanwhile, Piller gets another vision of Samantha, leading Mulder to April Air Force Base. Scully finds evidence that Samanthas disappearance is linked to The Smoking Man and he tells her that he had called off the search for Mulders sister when she vanished because he knew she was dead. When Mulder returns to April Air Force Base, he uncovers proof that Samantha lived with the Smoking Man along with his son, Jeffrey Spender, and that she was forced to undergo painful tests. Scully finds a 1979 police report of a girl matching Samanthas description and she and Mulder find the nurse who treated her, and the nurse describes how Samantha disappeared the same way as Amber—without a trace. Mulder later walks through the forest and receives a vision of Samantha along with the spirits of other children, upon telling Scully and Piller—who reacts badly upon hearing that his son is dead—of his vision, Mulder accepts that his sister is dead and in a better place. When Scully comforts Mulder and asks if he is all right, Closure, written by series creator Chris Carter and executive producer Frank Spotnitz, brought an end to Mulders quest for his sister, Samantha, who had been abducted when he was a child