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"My Struggle IV" ends the season -- and possibly the series -- on a sour note void of actor chemistry, a gratifying conclusion, or any kind of fitting farewell to The X-Files' leading lady.
After 25 years, 11 seasons, two movies, and so much drama, it feels impossible to ever say goodbye to The X-Files. But if this is the final send-off, it's one we can accept.
Wednesday's season finale likely spells the finish for the show as we've known it, and provided welcome elements of closure, however rushed and flat-out goofy some of them felt.
"My Struggle IV" was not a good episode of television. It sure was wild, though. Chris Carter has left a curious legacy for himself in this revival.
Outside of the Mulder/Scully happy ending (and yes, I see that as a happy ending), this episode was a mess.
Sometimes the only way to move forward is to tear everything down, and mercilessly.
I hope that Gillian knows that we see her, we see what has been done to her and to Scully, and we aren't sitting still for it.
As Mulder said in last week's episode, "I always wondered how this would end." We just hoped it wouldn't end how we always wondered it would.
Come on, after watching "My Struggle IV," can you really blame her? Gillian Anderson was right to leave The X-Files...The show's central chemistry was so off, why would Anderson want to come back for more?
"My Struggle IV" wasn't exactly the best close out for the show, but its focus on William (and not the global pandemic plot) allowed it to rise above the other mythology episodes from these revival seasons.
"My Struggle IV'"feels more like a great undoing to open the series up to the possibility of more than it does a definitive end. That being said, it can still work as a series finale, albeit one born more from fatigue than the pursuit of satisfaction.
The X-Files is known for taking huge risks in tone, but the "My Struggle" episodes are wannabe action flicks that don't come anywhere close to warranting the intensity they thought it did.
This ending might not be the grand exit some were hoping for, and certainly was not a badass conclusion that allowed Scully to ride off into the sunset on a wave of cool.