Cast & Crew
FBI Special Agent Dana Scully
FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder
Asst. Dir. Walter Skinner
SP Agent Brem
Man in Suit 1
Man in Suit 2
John Fitzgerald Byers
There's nothing like Mulder and Scully united in partnership. It's not so much that we'd refuse to watch The X-Files without them, as that it wouldn't be The X-Files without them.
Just when we thought we were getting somewhere came this episode, written by creator Chris Carter, that was both silly (Mulder on a drug trip!) and preachy .
Wanting to believe is maybe the most powerful drug there is, and it can work chaos or miracles, or something in between. At its best, "Babylon" is somewhere in between those two poles.
I'm not sure the suicide bomber aspect would have ever been a good fit, but change the nature of the crime the two pairs of agents are investigating, and maybe "Babylon" is an amusing meta/passing of the torch outing. This, though, was a mess.
The final few minutes, in particular, might be a new low point for The X-Files.
What we get are talking points, various perspectives on terrorism with no real substance to the arguments.
While Einstein and Miller's closing scene felt like the million X-Files-lite series that have popped up since the iconic sci-fi drama began, this bit on the porch is the real deal.
It wasn't executed as well as I'd have liked, but I give it a 10 for the attempt.
For what it was, it was a great conversation starter, at the very least, and undeniably redeemed by some choice Mulder and Scully moments for the ages. Hell, it was worth it for that "Magical Mystery Tour" sequence alone, really!
"Babylon" is an ultimately clumsy stumble from greatness. You are my struggle, Chris Carter. Stop doing this to me.
In the end, 'Babylon' gets high marks for effort, but its marks for execution are considerably lower.