The Best and Worst of Season 9

Screencaps: 20th Century Fox via Chrisnu

Screencaps: 20th Century Fox via Chrisnu

It’s no secret that season nine is our least favorite season (and the least favorite of most X-Files fans). It wasn’t just because Mulder was gone or Scully was sidelined — the stories genuinely felt tired after a somewhat creatively boosted season eight. Our snark and boredom were pretty obvious in most of our rewatch posts for this season. But there were at least a few episodes we enjoyed, even if they wouldn’t make any “classic of all time” lists. And there were naturally episodes we disliked even more than others.

So here we go, time for our last look at the best and worst episodes of The X-Files’ original run. As always multi-part mythology episodes count as one installment for our purposes: Continue reading

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The Best and Worst of Season 8

Best & Worst of Season 8

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After the aches and pains of season seven, the eighth season of The X-Files actually felt reinvigorated, even with Fox Mulder missing from a good chunk of the action. Rewatching this season was ultimately a delight for us — while some monster of the week episodes still lagged in the way that episodes from season seven did, there were other episodes that were genuinely inspired. Plus, the emotional aspects of this season were really well done, thanks in large part to Gillian Anderson’s powerhouse performances. And we really do think that Agent John Doggett is a pretty decent guy, even if he is a bit square compared to a certain spooky G-man.

So we continue our grand tradition of looking back at the best and worst of the season. As always, two-part mythology episodes (including a certain two-parter that had a weeks-long hiatus in between) count as one installment for our purposes. Take a look at our nominees and give us your thoughts. Continue reading

The Best and Worst of Season 7

Best & Worst of Season 7

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As we suspected, season seven was a tough one for us to revisit. While some episodes contained promising elements and still dared to continue the experimentation of season six, something about The X-Files still feels off in its seventh year. The actors seemed a bit tired, the plots seemed poorly fleshed out and it seemed like the show ought to have wrapped up instead of continuing for two more years.

That said, we still had a few episodes we really enjoyed, along with those episodes we disliked. So in true Apt. 42 Revisited fashion, we’re looking back at our favorite and least favorite episodes of season seven before we plow ahead with looking back at season eight. As usual, two-part mythology episodes count as one for these purposes. Read on and let us know what you think. Continue reading

The Best and Worst of Season 6

Best and Worst of Season 6

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Even though we didn’t approach season six with a sense of dread, we found ourselves pleasantly surprised at how solid most of the episodes were. The move to Los Angeles resulted in both a tonal and visual shift for The X-Files, but even though many people classify “classic” X-Files as the episodes from the Vancouver years, season six had a lot to show for itself. While it’s true that the experimentation and forays into comedy occasionally had a negative impact on the season’s pacing, this was a season where the writers were still pretty creative and the actors still appeared to be having a good time.

We’ve got our favorite and least favorite episodes of the season below, along with some thoughts on an episode that didn’t quite fit into either category but still gave us something to think about. Continue reading

The Best and Worst of Season 5

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20th Century Fox via Chrisnu

Season five was an interesting season to watch. On some levels, we found it pretty strong — possibly stronger than season four’s overall track record, partially due to the shorter episode order brought about by having a feature film to wrap up. But we started to see more cracks in the mythology as well, from Mulder’s abrupt journey as a skeptic to Scully’s abrupt time as a mother. It was a time for the show runners to get more creative with filming and episode tone, and we certainly enjoyed that. But when episodes fell flat, they fell flat.

Check out our favorite and least favorite episodes below. (Multi-part mythology episodes continue to count as “one” episode.) We’ll see you all soon for our coverage of The X-FIles: Fight the Future! Continue reading

The Best and Worst of Season 4

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Screencaps: 20th Century Fox via Chrisnu

It’s that time again, when we look back at the best and worst of the last The X-Files season we rewatched. Season four wound up being more polarizing than we remembered, as this was a season where some of the best episodes were really top notch, while the worst were actually quite terrible. But that said, it’s still a pretty decent season of the show — part of the “classic” Vancouver years. The mythology, which still mostly made sense at the time, kept growing in this season. It was the year of Scully’s cancer, of some true heart-to-hearts between our favorite agents. And it was also a year for Mulder, occasionally obtuse and oblivious, to grow and face some of his own demons.

So, here we go. As usual, we list our top five favorites, along with our five least favorites. (Multi-part mythology episodes that make the list continue to count as “one” for the purposes of storytelling.) And before you know it, we’ll be onto season five! Continue reading

The Best and Worst of Season 3

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Screencaps: 20th Century Fox via Chrisnu

We were pretty excited when it was time to start season three — like the season before it, this is one that stands out in both of our minds as one of the strongest years of The X-Files. The show was getting a little sleeker in both style and substance, with a blossoming mythology and an ever-fascinating Mulder and Scully dynamic. And it was even more willing than before to play with the idea of comedy, bringing us some strangely absurd, but classic television moments.

In fact, we had a hard time coming up with our list of the worst episodes (minus one we really really hated), which is a sign of just how good this season was. When your “worst” episode picks are really the ones you feel indifferent about and sometimes even have a few nice thoughts about, that’s a really good sign of a TV season’s quality.

But sticking with our tradition so far, we are going to give you our top five, as well as our five least favorite episodes here. Just like we did with season two, multi-part episodes will count as one episode for the purposes of this list. And this time, we broke form a little bit and even included an honorary mention.

So let’s get on with it, shall we? Continue reading