The X-Files: Season 8 (2000 - 2001)


Season 8
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Air date: Nov 5, 2000

This first episode of The X-Files' eighth season addresses several questions left unanswered by the cliffhanger ending of season seven. Namely, has Special Agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) really been captured by aliens, or has he merely gone AWOL? Who is the father of Agent Dana Scully's (Gillian Anderson) unborn child? And how did she become pregnant in the first place? She certainly can't remember. Assigned to locate the missing Mulder, Scully has been given a new partner, Agent John Doggett (Robert Patrick). The X-Files' recently appointed deputy director Kersh (James Pickens Jr.), a "non-believer," has ordered Scully and Assistant Director Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) to stop prattling all that "alien nonsense" and to stick to the facts at hand. Likewise, Doggett is as skeptical about the existence of paranormal forces as Scully used to be. Given this setup, it won't be an easy ride for the two new partners as they follow the trail of evidence regarding Mulder's disappearance to a small school in Arizona, where enigmatic young psychic Gibson Praise (Jeff Gulka), a character introduced in the fifth-season episode "The End," has taken refuge. Part one of a two-part story, "Within" originally aired on November 5, 2000.

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Air date: Nov 12, 2000

In the conclusion of a two-part story, missing FBI agent Mulder (David Duchovny) manages to elude those searching for him, and in the bargain is able to abduct youthful psychic Gibson Praise (Jeff Gulka). Sensing that Agent Doggett (Robert Patrick) is beginning to be persuaded by his new partner, Scully (Gillian Anderson), that "something is out there," Deputy Director Kersh (James Pickens Jr.) tries to deflect Doggett by offering him the absent Mulder's old job. And as Scully is being given false information by Gibson Praise, the Alien Bounty Hunter (Brian Thompson) continues to lurk in the shadows. "Without" made its first TV appearance on November 12, 2000.

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Air date: Nov 19, 2000

New special agent Doggett (Robert Patrick) tackles his first official X-Files assignment, involving a strange creature, neither man nor beast, which is implicated in a series of horrible murders. Scully (Gillian Anderson) continues to grouse that her unimaginative new partner refuses to swallow any explanation that doesn't make immediate sense to him. Still, Doggett recognizes the similarities between his present case and an earlier incident in 1956 involving a giant, voracious batlike creature. "Patience" originally aired on November 19, 2000.

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Air date: Nov 26, 2000

Scully (Gillian Anderson) goes off on her own to act as a consulting investigator in a mysterious murder that has occurred in remote Juah County, UT. Just after phoning in to her partner, Doggett (Robert Patrick), Scully finds herself trapped in a tiny village, where the locals oblige her to care for another stranger in town, Hank Gulatarski (David Barry Gray). Little do either Scully or Hank suspect that the village harbors a large religious cult, which is preparing to offer up a human host for a hideous sluglike monster that has been "firmly identified" as the Second Coming. "Roadrunners" made its first American TV appearance on November 26, 2000.

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Air date: Dec 3, 2000

In September 1990, seven-year-old Billy Underwood (Kyle and Ryan Pepi) disappears from a school playground. Exactly ten years later, as Billy's mother looks on in amazement, the boy returns to the same spot whence he vanished. All the more amazing is the fact that Billy is exactly the same age as he was a decade earlier, and is even wearing the same clothes. But is Billy really Billy? Investigating, agents Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Doggett (Robert Patrick) find that the answer to the mystery may lie with a reclusive, dark-haired youth named Ronald Purnell (Rodney Eastman), who was the last person to see the elusive Billy way back in 1990. "Invocation" first aired on December 3, 2000.

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Air date: Dec 10, 2000

The nightmare begins for Boston prosecutor Martin Wells (Joe Morton), an old friend of Agent John Doggett (Robert Patrick), when Wells awakens in a prison cell, suffering a complete loss of memory. No sooner has Martin absorbed the fact that he has been accused of murdering his wife than he is ambushed and shot by his former father-in-law. Recovering from this shock, Martin again awakens in his prison cell, and the whole cycle repeats itself, right up to the gunshot. Both Wells and Doggett are ultimately given a second chance to prove Martin's innocence (or guilt?) when the calendar rolls backward thanks to a convenient time warp. Posing the question "Can you stop a murder that's already occurred?" this X-Files episode also served to reunite two co-stars of Terminator 2, Robert Patrick and Joe Morton. "Redrum" made its network TV debut on December 10, 2000.

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Air date: Dec 17, 2000

With Scully in the hospital undergoing tests related to her mysterious pregnancy, her partner, Doggett (Robert Patrick), joins forces with Assistant Director Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) to thwart the evil plans of Manson-like cult leader Anthony Tipet (Keith Szarabajka). They'd better get a move on: two FBI agents and 20 cult members have already fallen victim to the Pittsburgh-based villain. Making matters worse is the fact that Tipet, with the help of a special hallucinogen, is able to invade his victims' dreams and kill them while they sleep (shades of A Nightmare on Elm Street). "Via Negativa" first hit the airwaves on December 17, 2000.

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Air date: Jan 7, 2001

Taken to jail for his own protection when he is found running and screaming through the streets of Worcester, MA, Carlton Chase (Tom Jourden) is "safely" ensconced in an impenetrable cinder-block cell. This doesn't stop an unknown assailant from shooting the hapless Chase in the head (which promptly explodes). Investigating this bizarre assassination, Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Doggett (Robert Patrick) are faced with the likelihood that the perpetrator possesses x-ray vision. But to figure out the murderer's method, the agents must first establish motive, and to that end, they follow the trail of clues to a curious pest-control service called AAA-1 Surekill Extermination. "Surekill" originally aired on January 7, 2001, officially the first X-Files episode of the new millennium.

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Air date: Jan 14, 2001

Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Doggett (Robert Patrick) are sent to investigate when a moving car is stopped in its tracks and split in two, killing the driver in a particularly horrible fashion. The evidence at hand leads to the grave of scrapyard worker Raymond Pearce (Wade Andrew Williams), who officially died of complications stemming from Gulf War Syndrome. As it turns out, Pearce is not exactly among the dead, but isn't precisely among the living either. Having discovered that his blood is rapidly changing into a "smart" metal alloy, he intends to track down and kill those responsible for his present sorry state. Rife with "inside" references to series star Robert Patrick's previous appearance in the theatrical feature Terminator 2, "Salvage" was first telecast on January 14, 2001.

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Air date: Jan 21, 2001

Having just returned from a business trip to India, importer/exporter Hugh Potoki (Calvin Remsberg) is killed in his D.C. hotel room, the victim of a bizarre abdominal eruption. Fingerprints at the scene of the tragedy suggest that Potoki's demise was the work of a small child, while Agent Scully (Gillian Anderson) concludes that some unknown force entered the victim's body while he was still in India. It soon develops that Potoki had been the unwitting "host" of an East Indian mystic, bent on avenging the death of his son in a highly suspicious chemical plant explosion. "Badlaa" made its first American TV appearance on January 21, 2001.

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Season eight of The X-Files begins with Dana Scully meeting with Special Agent John Doggett, to help conduct a search for the missing Fox Mulder. In this season, Scully also learns that several woman have been abducted and impregnated by alien babies, leading her to question her own pregnancy .Stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.

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Critic Reviews for The X-Files Season 8

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Sunday's eighth-season premiere and next week's followup episode are doozies.

Oct 25, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

You've got to hand it to creator Chris Carter: There's no dust gathering on The X-Files.

Jan 5, 2015 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

The simplicity is a godsend in a show that at times seemed to have its head so far up its ass that it would never see the daylight again.

Jan 5, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

So much of this season felt like trudging through muck in search of diamonds.

Sep 27, 2017 | Full Review…

The X-Files still poses questions whose answers will cause a stir among long-time fans who haven't completely given up on this aging series.

Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…

Even true-blue fans, I suspect, will come away disappointed by the glacially paced plot and the tiresome reappearance of an old fiend, that shape-shifting, green-blooded, alien bounty hunter.

Jan 26, 2015 | Full Review…

I've invested so many years in watching The X-Files, that I'm not about to give it up easily. With even a slight promise of something actually happening on the series, I will check it out next week.

Jan 23, 2015 | Full Review…

It will take a stroke of genius to sustain the show through another season.

Jan 23, 2015 | Full Review…

The post-Mulder episodes are on the dull side. And the season as a whole is a serviceable study of how quickly a good show can go bad-the fragile nature of good television.

Jan 23, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The X-Files: Season 8

  • Nov 20, 2019
    Unwilling to let the show go, Fox forces The X-Files into extra innings with an eighth season. Following Mulder's UFO abduction the FBI begins a manhunt headed up by special agent John Doggett, and in the interim Doggett is assigned to the X-Files. Meanwhile, Scully's mystery pregnancy gets more mysterious, and soon garners the interesting of an alien cabal and the Syndicate. Robert Patrick (the T-1000 himself) joins the cast and takes on the skeptic role. And he proves to have good chemistry with Gillian Anderson; who's now the believer. However, David Duchovny does appear in a limited number of episodes (in different capacities), but eventually he passes on the X-Files to Robert Patrick. Several notable guest stars are featured as well, including Danny Trejo, Wade Williams, Deep Roy, Penny Johnson, and Adam Baldwin. A little directionless, Season 8 of The X-Files is one of the weaker seasons of the series but successful transitions to a post-Mulder era.
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  • Sep 10, 2019
    Heavy on the mythos, I actually really liked Dogget's first season. Good dynamic between Scully and Doggett and then the unorthodox trinity at the end of the season.
  • Mar 15, 2019
    I've got to say, the eight season is one of the most underrated in the history of X-Files. I've never quite understood why people don't like Agent Doggett. He's no Mulder obviously, but he doesn't try to be and Robert Patrick gives in a great performance. The skeptic and the true believer archetypes are gone, but the season showed signs of finding a new, less extreme dynamic. And honestly, the old formula was really floundering in season seven. By this point you know exactly what Mulder and Scully will do and say in any situation. Mulder will have some crackpot theory, Scully will disbelieve him and ask for proof, and then Mulder will be proved right. Repetitive. Bringing Doggett in was like a breath of fresh air. Not making Doggett a Mulder clone was a smart choice. Doggett is down-to-earth, no-nonsense, and has a compelling tragic backstory that, while superficially similar to Mulder's, is much more mundane in explanation. Doggett approaches everything with the direct manner of a New York cop who thought he'd seen it all, an approach bound to win the approval of Scully since his logical outlook, while different, meshes well with hers. As before, her partner is the emotional one of the pair, but this is mainly him taking cases personally, especially when missing kids are involved. The only real difficulty, and one the writers could have done better resolving, is that he seems at times to have no reason to be on the X-Files. The workaround they found, having X-Files happen TO the pair rather than having them seek them out, could only work so long. But I still believe that, given time, they could have worked out a solution. Tying it in to his missing son probably raises too many Mulder parallels, but it seems like it should have been easy to tie his continuing of the X-Files to his dislike of the coverups going on at the highest levels. It was really adding Reys in the ninth season that doomed the franchise. The creators lost faith in their ability to win people over to a new style of duo and felt they needed to return to the skeptic/believer dynamic the series was founded on. Since Doggett could roughly be fit into Scully's skeptic role they needed a new believer. But Reys never fit comfortably in the role nor was she interesting in any way. And the season's lack of focus (exemplified by constant focus on Scully who now plays no role in anything) combined with some truly unoriginal ideas makes that the first truly bad season of the X-Files. It's a shame. I think Doggett and Scully, or Doggett and some new dynamic character, could have brought the fresh blood needed to keep the series going another few years. It wouldn't have been the same show (and I think that was truly what pissed off the fans) but it could have been a worthy continuation. Alas.
  • Mar 11, 2019
    This is one of the best shows of all history. Cannot recommend it enough!
  • Mar 09, 2018
    Not much of an improvement, though the episode "via negativa" is likely the scariest episode of the series. Bringing mulder back from the dead among the more ludicrous ideas -- they could have written anything, yet they chose this -- brought back from the dead by a "course of anti-VIRALs". It was about this time that I stopped watching this show. the super-soldier idea is also a bane of the series.
  • Dec 30, 2017
    Duchovny stopped phoning it in and just hung up. This is the first low point in the X-FILES. Without Mulder there is no X-Files plain and simple. After threatening to leave Duchovny finally did, leaving Anderson holding the bag, as she still had a year on her contract. The show should have ended long before but to keep it going without one of the main stars was the tipping point for even casual viewers. Not sure anyone watched this season completely forgettable.
  • Feb 28, 2017
    In the previous (seventh) season of the X-Files, the Mulder-Scully romantic relationship was cultivated by the writers/producers more than ever before. Thus, as the eighth season dawned without Mulder (David Duchovny signed a limited contract with the show), the tension between Scully (Gillian Anderson) and new agent John Doggett (Robert Patrick), a "by-the-book" skeptic, is wonderful. Let's quickly look at how that tension played into this season's episodes: Mythology: Unlike previous seasons, this season had many more mythology episodes than ever before. As the season dawns, Scully is paired with Doggett, with their primary task being to determined the whereabouts of Mulder. Once Mulder is found (dead or alive, I will not reveal) the mythological focus shifts towards a new sort of government/alien conspiracy...enhanced human beings ("Super Soldiers") meant to pave the way for colonization. While the added number of mythology episodes was exciting, the dramatic material often seemed a bit contrived. The quandary the writers/producers found themselves in was that they did not know when the show would end. Essentially airing on a season-by-season basis at this point, the mythos of the show was conflicted between providing answers to previously-asked questions and creating new material. Also present throughout the entire mythology of this season (and coming to a head in the two-part season finale) is Scully's mysterious pregnancy: Who is the father? Is the baby "normal"? This is quite a compelling thread, as it gives Anderson a chance to shine alone. Stand-Alone: After some sub-par stand-alone efforts in Season Seven, the addition of Doggett really livened up the stand-alones this season. The tension between the now-believing Scully and the procedural Doggett is a great dramatic tool, as Scully must learn to not always "think like Mulder" while Doggett learns to take a few leaps of faith. Only 1-2 "clinker" stand-alone episodes exist during this season, with "Roadrunners" being an all-time classic. To conclude, the Eighth Season of the X-Files succeeds in breathing new life into a show that began showing its age in Season Seven. Yet, as is true in most media efforts, nothing is as good as the original. The witty Mulder-Scully banter is no more, no humorous episodes appear this season, and the mythology plotlines often do not jive with previously established material. While not measuring up to previous seasons, this season still is a strong effort that contains many compelling hours of drama for X-Files fans.
  • Apr 11, 2016
    Season 8 is a mixed bag. The bad episodes are some of the worst in the series, but it has a handful of thrilling, unique monster-of-the-weeks and the best damn finale X-Files has ever and probably will ever have. The character John Doggett turned out to be a great one, and those who miss Mulder are in for a nice surprise at the season's tail end.

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