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As always, The X-Files works a lot better when Mulder and Scully are actually working together, not apart.
It was a wonderfully satisfying episode. We got a happy ending!
The episode's a bit of a Ghouli itself, though how could it not be given the myriad contradictions, as often vexing as they are entertaining, inherent to the series' serpentine master plot.
This week, with "Ghouli," written and directed by James Wong, The X-Files pulls its second-riskiest plot device of the season so far.
Particularly remarkable is the scene in the morgue where Scully gives what she think is Jackson's corpse the speech she'd give to him if he was still alive - which he eventually turns out to be - before sobbing at how inadequate it is.
Well, that was undoubtedly a simple case of the week to tell a rather complicated story.
In the end, it still feels like an important episode - Scully and Mulder know more about their son now than they did before - but we got to that point with our clunkiest storytelling since the season premiere.
In truth, I'd been dreading the myth arc episodes given how astoundingly awful the season premiere was, and I was very pleasantly surprised to see "Ghouli" managed to further that dreadful storyline in a meaningful way.
The episode adeptly changed its spots more than once and watching it unravel from standalone to meaningful mythology was a grand journey. Also, Gillian Anderson's performance was stunning.
... it's an okay episode, though not at all close to the oddball brilliance of last week's "The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat."...