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