The X-Files – Season 3 (1995)

Directed By: Various
Directed By: Various
Starring: David Duchovny
  Gillian Anderson
  Micth Pileggi
The X-Files – Season 3

Episode Guide

  • 3.1 – The Blessing Way
  • 3.2 – Paper Clip
  • 3.3 – D.P.O.
  • 3.4 – Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose
  • 3.5 – The List
  • 3.6 – 2Shy
  • 3.7 – The Walk
  • 3.8 – Oubliette
  • 3.9 – Nisei
  • 3.10 – 731
  • 3.11 – Revelations
  • 3.12 – War of the Coprophages
  • 3.13 – Syzygy
  • 3.14 – Grotesque
  • 3.15 – Piper Maru
  • 3.16 – Apocrypha
  • 3.17 – Pusher
  • 3.18 – Teso dos Bichos
  • 3.19 – Hell Money
  • 3.20 – Jose Chung’s ‘From Outer Space’
  • 3.21 – Avatar
  • 3.22 – Quagmire
  • 3.23 – Wetwired
  • 3.24 – Talitha Cumi

The X Files Season 3 is still The X Files at its best. The conspiracy episodes are compelling and the individual episodes are smart, unique and immersive. Great stuff.

The Good:

X Files Season 3 has a huge and welcome variety to it, dipping almost deliberately into every horror / sci-fi cliché available, with episodes about Chinese Ghosts, Lake Monsters, Stigmata, cursed Artifacts, killer Cockroaches, Witches and even an Alien Autopsy. The best episodes are listed below:

D.P.O.

  • A Jack Black and Giovanni Ribisi starrer, featuring an angry teenager who might have the power to harness electricity… and use it to kill anyone who annoys him.

Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose

  • Peter Boyle stars as a reluctant psychic who can see how people die, and Mulder wants to use him to catch a psychic-killer.

Jose Chung’s From Outer Space

  • A kooky, amusing tale about an alien abduction that ticks every cliché box imaginable, and the writer who’s made a book about it.

Pusher

  • Mulder and Scully pursue a man with the power to force his Will upon others and force them into suicide.

There is also an episode (Avatar) dedicated to the consistently-great Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi of Shocker fame), who wakes up to find he may have murdered a prostitute, although it might in fact be something slightly more supernatural…

Season 3 first introduces the “Black Ooze” alien, which possesses anyone it touches. The two episodes Piper Maru and Apocrypha dealing with these are the X Files’ conspiracy at it’s best – taut, scary, compelling and genuinely intriguing.

The Bad:

A few episodes do slip into predictability (Oubliette, Revelations and Syzygy) but this is not hugely detrimental to the Season as they’re well created and acted.

Noteable Guest Appearances:

  • Jack Black (Mars Attacks!, King Kong) – Episode D.P.O.
  • Giovanni Ribisi (Lost Highway, The Gift, Avatar) – Episode D.P.O.
  • Peter Boyle (Species II, Everybody Loves Raymond) – Episode Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose
  • Jewel Staite (Firefly, Serenity, Stargate: Atlantis) – Episode Oubliette
  • R Lee Ermey (Full Metal Jacket, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) – Episode Revelations
  • Ryan Reynolds (Amityville Horror, Blade 3) – Episode Syzygy
  • Lucy Liu (Kill Bill: Vol 1) – Episode Hell Money

Overall:

Season 3 of the X Files is consistency decent, with some very good individual episodes and the continuation of the entertaining conspiracy / alien arc (before it gets too complicated). A genuinely great season.

Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆

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