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It feels like there was a lot of opportunity here that was ultimately wasted.
We've seen the distrust between Scully, Mulder, and Skinner grow this season, and "Kitten" is a solid hour in terms of bringing them back to the same cause: discovering the truth.
This episode is (literally) toothless; there's no commentary here on why the government hopes to heighten people's fears in order to incite violence...but in a story with a lot of open ends, Mulder and Scully still make sense.
It doesn't hurt that "Kitten" pulls in the one major character who still feels underserved by all this tomfoolery: Walter Skinner.
Casting [Haley Joel] Osment, expert at unnerving creepiness, in a dual role as father and son is a perfect embodiment of the story's themes of stagnancy.
Guest star Haley Joel Osment added a sprinkle of spice to an otherwise humdrum outing in "Kitten" -- a chapter centered on Skinner's experience with experimental fear gas in Vietnam.
Tonight's episode was solid. Not the best of this season, but certainly not the worst.
"Kitten" does a lot of things right and it manages to be one of the better X-Files episodes from this season, but there are still plenty of rough patches in this installment.
The whole mess resolves as one might expect.