The ninth season of The X-Files is not just the show’s worst season, by a country mile – it is also one of the worst seasons of television I’ve ever watched. And I’ve watched some stinkers.
The X-Files was an entirely different beast in its eighth year.
To paraphrase Jane Austen (this is off to a good start), it is a truth universally known that, when genre shows create stories based around technology, these episodes will start to look dated immediately.
Season seven of The X-Files is the last of the original run to feature both Mulder and Scully as the main protagonists. A combination of David Duchovny’s fatigue with the role of Mulder, and the fact that he was suing the network for unpaid royalties, meant that he would spend season eight in the margins of the show before leaving for good at the beginning of season nine, only to appear for the last episode. It’s fitting, then, that for my favourite season seven monster of the week I chose an episode in which Mulder and Scully barely appear at all. After the break of season six’s Triangle, I’m back to being Vince Gilligan’s hype man: let’s talk about Hungry.
Throughout this series of articles, it has been quite easy picking the worst of what The X-Files has to offer, and season six is no different. Going through the episode list, past the many classics and the many just-good-enough episodes, there is one that takes the prize above all else: the killer dog debacle that is Alpha. And I’m not just saying that because my little dog-hating cat has a claw to my throat.
Part of the beauty of The X-Files Monster of the Week format is that you can usually jump into the show at any point and enjoy yourself.