The X-Files – Season 6 (1998)

Directed By: Various
Directed By: Various
Starring: David Duchovny
  Gillian Anderson
  Mitch Pileggi
The X-Files – Season 6

Episode Guide

  •   6.1 – The Beginning
  •   6.2 – Drive
  •   6.3 – Triangle
  •   6.4 – Dreamland
  •   6.5 – Dreamland II
  •   6.6 – How The Ghosts Stole Christmas
  •   6.7 – Terms Of Endearment
  •   6.8 – The Rain King
  •   6.9 – S.R. 819
  • 6.10 – Tithonus
  • 6.11 – Two Fathers
  • 6.12 – One Son
  • 6.13 – Agua Mala
  • 6.14 – Monday
  • 6.15 – Arcadia
  • 6.16 – Alpha
  • 6.17 – Trevor
  • 6.18 – Milagro
  • 6.19 – The Unnatural
  • 6.20 – Three Of A Kind
  • 6.21 – Field Trip
  • 6.22 – Biogenesis

Season 6 is a come-back of sorts, as The X Files enlivens itself by coming to conclusions on the conspiracy, making some truly excellent “monster of the week” episodes and generally being continually compelling and exciting. A return to an early form, and a very welcome one.

The Good:

Compared to Season 5, there are a lot of very good episodes to choose from. Below are a choice few:

Drive

  • Mulder is kidnapped by a car-jacker who must travel exceedingly fast in a westerly direction… or his head would explode.

Dreamland I & II

  • Pithy but excellent two-parter where a UFO body-swaps Mulder and a shadowy Man in Black, with amusing and dangerous consequences.

Agua Mala

  • Set during a hurricane, Mulder and Scully find themselves stuck in an apartment block, under siege from something that looks a lot like a sea monster…

Monday

  • Groundhog Day-inspired repeating day where Mulder and Scully keep getting blown up in a bank robbery, and only one girl can help them.

Trevor

  • After a tornado “kills” him, a convicted prisoner reappears with the ability to walk through walls and turn people’s faces into charcoal.

Field Trip

  • Investigating the bones of a very recently dead couple, Mulder and Scully walk themselves into a hallucinogenic trap that sucks them deep underground.

Light-hearted episodes such as Triangle, The Rain King, The Unnatural and How the Ghosts Stole Christmas.

The conspiracy episodes are also very good, with a lot concluded during the Season. It also feels tighter and more succinct, finally settling on an idea and sticking to it.

The Bad:

Very little. The Lone Gunman episode Three of a Kind is particularly pointless, fan fodder, where Milagro seems a little contrived.

Noteable Guest Appearances:

  • Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) – Episode Drive
  • Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead 1 – 3, My Name is Bruce) – Episode Terms of Endearment
  • John Hawkes (Deadwood, S. Darko, Identity) – Episode Milagro
  • Jim Beaver (Supernatural, Deadwood, Road Kill) – Field Trip
  • Veronica Cartwright – (The Birds, Alien) – Episodes Two Fathers and One Son

Overall:

The X Files Season 6 is a return to form, and the majority of the Season is inspired, excellent stuff. The last great Season before it all went to hell.

Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆

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