Season 7 opens with a bang and ends with a bang. In between, well, it’s hit and miss. Overall, it’s weaker than season 6, but there are some very strong episodes. Here are the ones that I suggest you check out:
7abx03: The Sixth Extinction (II)
With Mulder laid up in a hospital, conscious but unable to speak or communicate, Scully continues her work with the alien ship in Africa. These episodes of the X-Files take the biogenesis theme, that extraterrestrials are the origin of life on Earth, to the extreme. It’s an interesting angle, and ultimately may hold the key to getting Scully to accept “extreme possibilities.”
7abx04: The Sixth Extinction II: Amor Fati (III)
The Smoking Man pays a visit to Mulder in the hospital, and takes him to suburbia to make him an offer. Meanwhile, Scully has reason to suspect that Fowley is working with the Smoking Man, and not in Mulder’s best interest. Good conclusion to this three-parter. Plus, the return of Albert Hosteen (our Anasazi friend from way back in season 2) doesn’t hurt.
7abx02: The Goldberg Variation
I find this particular installment to be interesting because of its humor (like my opinion of many episodes from season 6). Here Mulder and Scully are trapped in a real-life Rube Goldberg machine.
7abx10: Sein Und Zeit (I) & 7abx11: Closure (II)
Finally, after nearly 7 years, we have some idea of what actually happened to Mulder’s sister. Sorta. Watch it and see. I just don’t know what to think, honestly.
A funny episode that follows our agents around in COPS-style documentary format. Some of the secondary characters are hilarious. A fun watch.
7abx15: En Ami
The Smoking Man makes an irresistable offer to Scully: the cure for cancer. Unfortunately, she must hide this from Mulder. What does the Smoking Man really want? What is his interest in Scully?
7abx17: All Things
Directed by Gillian Anderson, “All Things”, a rumination on fate and the unknown, shows us a side of Scully that we rarely see. Separated from Mulder for the weekend, Scully bumps into an old flame who has taken ill. She finds that she’s more than willing to consider alternative forms of healing, surprising to the audience and her. What most people talk about, however, is the scandalous teaser.
7abx18: Hollywood A.D.
I have to include this episode because it involves one of the funniest moments in the entire series (pay attention to Scully and Leoni). Mulder and Scully get involved in a film project based on their own exploits, starring Gary Shandling and Tea Leoni!
7abx22: Requiem (I)
Returning to the site of their first case in Oregon, Mulder and Scully attempt to explain the disappearance of a deputy sheriff. Krycek and Covarrubias become involved in the hunt for an alien spaceship which seems to be cleaning up its own mess. The end is full of twists and surprises…