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



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Air date: Nov 5, 2000
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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.


Gillian Anderson
as Dana Scully
David Duchovny
as Fox Mulder
Robert Patrick
as John Doggett
Mitch Pileggi
as Skinner
Annabeth Gish
as Monica Reyes
Wade Williams
as Ray Pearce
Ken Jenkins
as Dep. Chief Karras
Joe Morton
as Martin Wells
Kellie Waymire
as Tammi Peyton
David Barry Gray
as Hank Gulatarski
Deep Roy
as Beggar Man
Zachary Ansley
as Billy Miles
Adam Baldwin
as Knowle Rohrer
Jay Acovone
as Duffy Haskell
Jeff Gulka
as Gibson Praise
Steven Anderson
as Dr. James Parenti
Bradford English
as Det. Abbott
Jordan Blake
as Quinton
Michael Bowen
as Dwight Cooper
Jennifer Parsons
as Nora Pearce
Vyto Ruginis
as Lieut. Bianco
Nicholas Lea
as Alex Krycek
Kyle and Ryan Pepi
as Billy Underwood
Judd Trichter
as Richie Szalay
Eve Brenner
as Little Old Lady
William O'Leary
as Gas Station Man
Ron Canada
as Det. Potter
Sheila Larken
as Margaret Scully
Danny Trejo
as Cesar Ocampo
Patrick Kilpatrick
as Randall Cooper
Tamara Clatterbuck
as Larina Buttons
Andy Hubbell
as Quinton's Father
Jolie Jenkins
as Agent Leyla Harrison
Jonathan Palmer
as Principal
Christopher Stanley
as Agent Joe Farah
Denise Crosby
as Dr. Mary Speake
Kim Greist
as Lisa Underwood
M.C. Gainey
as Bo Taylor
Tony Ketcham
as Gary Sacks
Tom Jourden
as Carlton Chase
Frances Fisher
as Lizzy Gill
Lee Duncan
as Al Cawdry
Scott Macdonald
as Curt Delario
Brent Sexton
as Steven Melnick
Megan Follows
as Kath MacReady
Sarah Koskoff
as Teresa Hoese
Conor O'Farrell
as Sheriff Ciolino
Jay Underwood
as Jeb Dukes
James Otis
as Arlen Sacks
Bellamy Young
as Janet Wilson
Joe Sabatino
as Captain Al Triguero
Dan Desmond
as Harry Odell
Jane Daly
as Mrs. Holt
Judith Scott
as Dr. Kai Bowe
Christine Firkins
as Thea Sprecher
Colton James
as Josh Underwood
Gregory Cruz
as Diego Garza
Dan Leegant
as Myron Stefuniak
Roy Thinnes
as Jeremiah Smith
Gene Dynarski
as Ernie Stefuniak
Adam Gordon
as Off. Philbrick
Erich Anderson
as Doug Underwood
Kevin McClatchy
as James Leeds
Arye Gross
as Dr. Tom Puvogel
Gary Bristow
as Howard Salt
Brian Thompson
as Alien Bounty Hunter
Jordan Marder
as Creature
Lisa Kaseman
as Pathology Assistant
Todd Jeffried
as Agent Mayfield
Ty Upshaw
as First Officer
Wendy Gazelle
as Katha Dukes
Tony Adelman
as Trevor's Father
Luis Villalta
as Simon De La Cruz
James Franco
as Second Officer
Kenneth Meseroll
as Owen Harris
Saxon Trainor
as Mrs. Hendershot
Amanda Fein
as Mia Dukes
Bryan Dilbeck
as Disabled Man
Barry Cullison
as Sheriff Sanchez
Bernard White
as Dr. Strauss
Zach Grenier
as Herman Stites
Jack Shearer
as Judge Kinberg
Lawrence LeJohn
as Angus Steadman
Michael McGrady
as Sheriff Kurt Frey
Richard McGonagle
as Dr. Orovetz (Pathologist)
Colleen Quinn
as Owen Harris's Wife
Justin Williams
as Paul Hangemuhl
Ric Sarabia
as Prison Trustee
Sheila Shaw
as Marcia Purnell
Jay Caputo
as Salamander Man
Caitlin Fein
as Mia Dukes
Steve Wilcox
as Ed Dell
Noel Gugliemi
as First Gangbanger
Bill Dow
as Chuck Burks
Arlene Pileggi
as Skinner's Assistant
Austin Tichenor
as Dr. James Langenhahn
Greg Boniface
as Second Gangbanger
Jennifer Griffin
as Dr. Miryum
Rodney Eastman
as Ronnie Purnell
Reece Morgan
as Owen Harris's Son
Natalie Radford
as Marie Hangenuhl
Roz Witt
as Night Nurse
Gibby Brand
as Arthur Gaffin (Coroner)
Tom Martin
as Pathologist's Assistant
Joe Basile
as White House Lead Guard
Miguel Sandoval
as Martin Ortega
Sal Landi
as Agent Landau
Dayna Beilenson
as Roberta Toews
Caroline Lagerfelt
as Rustic Woman
David Doty
as Minister
Keith Szarabajka
as Anthony Tipet
Dwight Hicks
as Prison Armed Guard
Wayne Alexander
as Senior Agent
Marc Gomes
as Agent Mosely
Maggie Baird
as Sharon Pearl
Randy Ross
as Nike Man
Larry Dorf
as Pathology Assistant
Dale Dickey
as Game Warden
Diana Castle
as Delivery Nurse
Jake Fritz
as Luke Doggett
Wayne A. King
as Homeless Man
John McGonegle
as Uniformed Cop
Elizabeth Cheap
as Second Nurse
Jo-Ann Dean
as Secretary
Devlin Elliott
as Pizza Man
Grant Heslov
as Andre Bormanis
Veronica Brown
as Payphone Woman
Victoria Gallegos
as Receptionist
Karl T. Wright
as First Associate
Alexandra Margulies
as Second Associate
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News & Interviews for The X-Files: Season 8

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…

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…

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…

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

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.

This is one of the best shows of all history. Cannot recommend it enough!


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.

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.

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.

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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