Critic Consensus: The sloppy "Babylon" represents an unfortunate stumble, but Mulder and Scully's interactions still offer fans enough incentive to tune in.

Episode Info

Scully and Mulder investigate when an art gallery displaying offensive artwork is bombed, and need to discover a way to communicate with the comatose perpetrator to try and prevent a future attack.


David Duchovny
as Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson
as Dana Scully
Mitch Pileggi
as Walter Skinner
Robbie Amell
as Agent Miller
Lauren Ambrose
as Agent Einstein
William B. Davis
as Cigarette Smoking Man
Marci T. House
as Angry Woman
Eric Breker
as SP Agent Brem
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Critic Reviews for Babylon

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.

Feb 16, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

This episode was essentially high-camp, high-concept, only marginally intentional comedy.

Mar 8, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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 .

Feb 23, 2016 | Rating: D | Full Review…

What we get are talking points, various perspectives on terrorism with no real substance to the arguments.

Jan 9, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

Feb 16, 2016 | Full Review…

It wasn't executed as well as I'd have liked, but I give it a 10 for the attempt.

Feb 16, 2016 | Full Review…

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.

Feb 16, 2016 | Full Review…

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.

Feb 16, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

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!

Feb 16, 2016 | Full Review…

The final few minutes, in particular, might be a new low point for The X-Files.

Feb 16, 2016 | Full Review…