The X-Files: Season 9 (2001 - 2002)


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Air date: Nov 11, 2001

The ninth and final season of X-Files opened with part one of the two-part thriller "Nothing Important Happened Today." The title was lifted from the diary entry made by England's King George III on July 4, 1776 -- and in both cases, the statement is misinformed, to say the least. Picking up where season eight left off, Scully (Gillian Anderson) is still wondering why her newborn baby was not captured by aliens. The plot proper begins when Scully's fellow agent Doggett (Robert Patrick) investigates the death of an EPA official whose car was forced off a bridge by a strange woman (Lucy Lawless) whose life he had saved. All the loose plot strands are knotted together by an apparent conspiracy involving Assistant Director Follmer (Cary Elwes), which seems to have been concocted to discredit evidence gathered by the missing-in-action Mulder. Part one of "Nothing Important Happened Today" originally aired on November 11, 2001.

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Air date: Nov 18, 2001

In the conclusion of the two-part X-Files story beginning with "Nothing Important Happened Today," the strange woman (Lucy Lawless) who caused the EPA official's death, which Doggett (Robert Patrick) is investigating, turns out to be Shannon McMahon, who claims to be one of the "super soldiers" who have driven former X-Files agent Mulder into hiding. Though no longer officially connected with the X-Files, Scully (Gillian Anderson) tries to help Doggett and Reyes (Annabeth Gish) ferret out the connection between Shannon McMahon and an attempt to contaminate the nation's water supply. As the three protagonists zero in on a secret naval laboratory, it becomes abundantly clear that Assistant Director Follmer (Cary Elwes) is not dealing from the top of the deck. "Nothing Important Happened Today II" was first telecast on November 18, 2001.

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Air date: Dec 2, 2001

Scully is assigned to teach a forensics class at the FBI's Quantico Training Academy. As eager young students virtually beat down the doors to attend the popular Scully's lectures, her former X-Files colleagues, Doggett (Robert Patrick) and Reyes (Annabeth Gish), head to West Virginia to investigate a series of bizarre ritual murders. It may be that the instigator of these killings is orchestrating the carnage from inside a hospital -- and that Doggett and Reyes are next on the victims list. Its title the Latin word for "Satan," "Dæmonicus" first aired on December 2, 2001.

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Air date: Dec 9, 2001

This episode opens with a baffling teaser, in which the victim of a violent assault pops up completely unharmed a few moments later. The plot proper gets underway when the incredibly elusive murderer, Erwin Lukesh (Dylan Haggerty), accuses Reyes (Annabeth Gish) of deliberately shooting down her fellow agent, Doggett (Robert Patrick). The climax -- not to mention Reyes' career -- is contingent upon Lukesh's apparent ability to hopscotch between parallel universes. "4-D" was first telecast on December 9, 2001.

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Air date: Dec 16, 2001

A staged stunt on a cable TV reality show has tragic consequences for a teenage daredevil. Doggett (Robert Patrick) and Reyes (Annabeth Gish) are called in to investigate when evidence shows that the teen's death was not due to the stunt. This theory seems to be verified when thousands of flies begin swarming from the dead boy's eye sockets. Not surprisingly, Scully is compelled to again leave academia behind to help her two former X-Files colleagues. "Lord of the Flies" was first broadcast on December 16, 2001.

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Air date: Jan 6, 2002

Realizing that her baby has telekinetic powers, Scully (Gillian Anderson) is approached by a married couple whose baby apparently has the same "gift." The husband turns out to have information relating to the "super soldiers" who have driven Scully's former partner, Mulder, into hiding. Against the warnings of Doggett (Robert Patrick) and Reyes (Annabeth Gish), not to mention her own better judgment, Scully decides to act upon this new information -- even though it may cause further harm to both the missing-in-action Mulder and herself. Its title a numeric pun on a familiar X-Files catch phrase, "Trust No 1" first aired on January 6, 2002.

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Air date: Jan 13, 2002

Scully (Gillian Anderson) again briefly abandons her academic duties to help Reyes (Annabeth Gish) locate the missing Doggett (Robert Patrick). Meanwhile, Doggett awakens in an obscure Mexican town, with no memory of how he got there nor any clue as to his own identity. In this amnesiac state, Doggett is inexorably drawn into a vicious gang of alien smugglers. First telecast on January 13, 2002, "John Doe" represented writer Vince Gilligan's return to The X-Files fold after a lengthy absence. Incidentally, the actress cast as Mrs. Doggett (Barbara Patrick) is the real-life wife of Robert Patrick.

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Air date: Jan 27, 2002

After experiencing horrific visions in which human beings are skinned alive, a man suffers the same grisly fate in real life. Convinced that this is a case for the X-Files, Reyes (Annabeth Gish) investigates, all the while wondering why she is having feelings of foreboding. It is up to Scully (Gillian Anderson) to connect the dots and unearth the 40-year-old link between Reyes and the skinless victim. "Hellbound" was originally telecast on January 27, 2002.

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Air date: Mar 3, 2002

In part one of a two-part story, border patrol guards in Northern Idaho find the remnants of a spaceship similar to the one confronted by Scully (Gillian Anderson) and the missing Mulder in Africa. Investigating, agents Reyes (Annabeth Gish) and Doggett (Robert Patrick) are frustrated by the coverup tactics of the FBI. Meanwhile, sinister forces express an unhealthy interest in Scully's baby. Originally broadcast on March 3, 2002, "Provenance" was followed by its sequel, "Providence," one week later.

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Air date: Mar 10, 2002

In the conclusion of a two-part story launched by the previous week's "Provenance," Scully's baby has been kidnapped by the alien cult responsible for driving her former partner Mulder into hiding. Wondering if reports that Mulder is dead are true, Scully (Gillian Anderson) teams with the Lone Gunmen (Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, Bruce Harwood) to get to the facts -- and of course, to retrieve her baby. Meanwhile, the FBI continues to stonewall them; could the agency be in cahoots with the aliens? "Providence" was first broadcast on March 10, 2002.

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Season nine of The X-Files begins with Fox Mulder going into hiding and Dana Scully once again being assigned to the FBI academy. In a hopeful attempt to reunite with Mulder, Scully takes an offer from a complete strange, getting herself and Mulder into even more danger. Stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.

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Critic Reviews for The X-Files Season 9

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

Sure, by its ninth, final season the show's mythology was exhausted...But for completists there are good stand-alone episodes.

Jul 6, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

These days, The X-Files is busy with babies and more cast changes than a hardcore conspiracy theorist could handle.

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

In The X-Files, we have a prime example of a show that was no longer necessary once reality made conspiracy-based horror redundant.

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

But also, this show just sort of ran out of juice and no longer seemed to have any real stories to tell.

May 11, 2018 | Full Review…

David Duchovny only appears in two episodes, Gillian Anderson looks more bored than ever and in season finale, 'The Truth', all we find out is some waffle about the Mayan calendar and that Mulder and Scully do both believe.

Oct 14, 2017 | Full Review…

Tragically however, it has to end on a dud note-season 9 was terrible. Really, really terrible.

Sep 27, 2017 | Full Review…

Carter's attempt to keep the show going after Duchovny's departure could have worked, but it's sadly fumbled.

Dec 23, 2015 | Full Review…

It was a fool's dream to think The X-Files could continue without its founding hero and seeker.

Jan 23, 2015 | Full Review…

It's safe to say I now actively dislike this once-great show, creator Chris Carter and the Fox network for the way they're jerking viewers around.

Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The X-Files: Season 9

  • Sep 25, 2019
    While it had some good points, it wasn't that great.
  • Mar 11, 2019
    This is one of the best shows of all history. Cannot recommend it enough!
  • Mar 09, 2018
    The episode "release" is atypical and perhaps deserves another look. "scary monsters" would be my favorite stand-alone from this season. I'm not sure I have much else good to say. even the series finale was a bit humdrum. unfortunately, so many critical things happen to the characters, that some of the worst episodes of seasons 8 and 9 cannot be ignored for seasons 10 and 11 (William, for example). I like the handling of these topics in seasons 10 and 11, but those who want to know the background of these stories or characters are condemned to watch this rubbish.
  • Feb 07, 2018
    The show tends to fizzle out compared to previous seasons, but the new leading roles are played very well and with conviction.
  • Dec 30, 2017
    With Scully and Mulder only making brief cameos now the show was handed over to Doggett and some woman...can't remember her this soft reboot that finally saw out all contractual obligations. That's what this season is and what the X-FILES had become, a contractual obligation. Not much fun to be had here and no one really wanted to be here. The 'final' X-file sucked me back in after I had not watched the show regularly for 4 seasons with the promise of answers. And, my, oh my was it bad. With Mulder on trial we get an awfully thought out court room drama explaining the events of the X-FILES with endless flashbacks and no resolution. To see what was my favourite show in the 90s reduced to a cheesy, badly written mess was shocking!
  • Aug 21, 2017
    Just finished watching season 9! That season wasn't so great without David Duchovny, but the final episode was decent enough. The series overall is a great show. I look forward to finally watching the newer season.
  • Feb 28, 2017
    One of the big problems of popular TV shows is when they are going to end. Unless a show is like LOST, which had the clout to forecast and negotiate a set number of seasons, many shows either are pulled off the air too soon, or stick around for a bit too long. The X-Files definitely had a problem with the latter of those two options. The Ninth Season of the X-Files tried to go back to the formula of the very early seasons by featuring more horror or concept-driven episodes. Despite show creator Chris Carter saying he had "10 more years of stories" he could tell, the show was put in a rather awkward situation for one reason: main cast members were moving on. With David Duchovny (Mulder) only making a single appearance (in the season finale) this season, and Gillian Anderson (Scully) saying that this would be her final season, the show was turned over to Robert Patrick (Doggett) and Annabeth Gish (Reyes) playing the lead characters. While Dogged was always an interesting and well-acted character, he had little to no chemistry with Gish's Reyes. Carter even broke his "the best relationships are rooted in friendship" guideline for the show by trying to shoe-horn in an ill-advised romance. Partially this was because they didn't know when the show would end, and partially it was because of that philosophy shift in character development. The pairing just never really worked. The myth-arc episodes also suffered tremendously. For years, the backbone of the X-Files had been Mulder's quest to find his sister, Mulder's unearthing of government conspiracies, and the Mulder-Scully relationship. With those first two qualifications being wrapped up in earlier seasons, the only remnant of the "original" X-Files was the Mulder-Scully relationship (with baby William as the conduit)...which was never meant to be at the forefront of the show in the first place. Sure, the super-soldier myth-arc was fascinating, but without Mulder's passion it really became an entirely different show. It doesn't help that even though the producers/writers KNEW Duchovny would only be making a token appearance, the Mulder name is dropped in seemingly every other episode. They couldn't (and chose not to) move on from the departure and were worse for it. To conclude, due to casting changes beyond the control of the writers/producers, the entire premise of the show shifted from Mulder's quests to the ensemble cast of Scully, Doggett, and Reyes. While I would not say that the show went completely into the tank, by this point it has lost nearly all of the magic that once made the X-Files the best show on the air for many years. Enjoy the season finale ("The Truth"), which does its best to try and explain what happened during the nine years of the show's extended run, but other than that it will likely be a bit of a struggle to buy in to this season.
  • Apr 11, 2016
    Serviceable science-fiction, but unforgivable by X-Files' standards.

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