The Top 10 Episodes: The X-Files Season 7
Season 7 is quite similar to season 6, with not as much focus on the paranormal as there used to be and more of the “quirky” fun elements sprinkled in, for better or for worse. When the paranormal is visited though, it’s just as good as ever. A major series storyline comes to a close (or does it?) and there is also a season finale that will leave you hanging. Big time.
Here are The Top 10 Episodes of The X-Files: Season 7.
10. Closure – February 13th, 2000
A continuation and conclusion to what was started in “Sein Und Zeit”, “Closure” is much more of a spiritual episode as opposed to the former. There aren’t really any major moments that stand out in this installment, but it is the emotion that is generated at the end that is the payoff. Seeing Mulder go through what he goes through, while Moby’s “My Weakness” plays over the images is a touching scene.
9. The Goldberg Variation – December 12th, 1999
An entertaining episode that has Mulder and Scully investigating a man that constantly beats even the longest of odds as he tries to get enough money scraped together to save a very young Shia LeBouf from a liver complication.
LeBouf’s part is actually quite secondary, as the plot focuses more on cause and effect with the main character and how every time he gets lucky, it turns out bad for someone around him. This odd “balance” effect makes you think that maybe being the luckiest person in the world all the time wouldn’t be so good after all? The elaborate contraption built for LeBouf that has a series of things happen to sink a miniature basketball into a net fun, as are the real-life cause and effect scenario’s that occur throughout the episode.
Scully smile alert!
8. X-Cops – February 20th, 2000
You got your “X-Files” TV show. You got your “Cops” TV show. Why not combine the two?
In another example of the show’s versatility, Mulder and Scully are tracking down a disturbance in a neighborhood and they have the “Cops” camera crew riding along with them. It’s a fun idea and executed really well, right down to the “Bad Boys, Bad Boys” theme song off the top. Having Scully annoyed and generally unhappy with the idea of being followed around by a camera crew is great and also realistic, considering the types of cases M&S work on and how it would look to the public. While it may not the best the best plot the show ever had, the outstanding execution of the idea really leads you to feel like you are watching an episode of “Cops” and just happen to stumble upon this bizarre case that these two FBI agents are pursuing.
7. Je Souhaite – May 14th, 2000
If you had 3 wishes, what would they be?
A female genie is accidentally discovered and grants the finder their 3 wishes. Problem is, you better be specific in what you want or you might not get what you had in mind. Definitely one of the lighter episodes of season 7, but done extremely well and has many good moments in it with some pretty funny visuals and ideas. A young Will Sasso is one of the guest stars, and Scully’s pure excitement with what she had thought was a massive scientific breakthrough is fun to watch.
Scully smile alert!
6. Brand-X – April 16th, 2000
If you have an aversion to bugs, this might not be the episode for you.
In what might as well be an anti-smoking campaign, a massive tobacco company had engineered a new kind of cigarette that was inadvertently lethal to all their test subjects, save one: Jigsaw. (Well, the ACTOR that played Jigsaw in the SAW movies.) The company is trying to cover it up, and that’s when the mysterious deaths and tobacco beetles start to arrive.
Cue Mulder and Scully.
There are some pretty gruesome/super cool visuals in this one, and Tobin Bell is perfect for the role of the smoker who just doesn’t seem to give a care about anything save getting his free smokes.
5. Theef – March 12th, 2000
A man seeks revenge on the doctor he thinks is responsible for the death of his daughter – using voo-doo dolls.
It may sound like a hokey concept, and one you would have thought the show would have tackled much earlier in the series, but it was executed very well and is a pretty solid episode. The man cast as the father is very convincing, and his use of “folk magic” or hexes is quite effective. A sequence involving a microwave is particularly spooky.
You may recognize the doctor as good ‘ol reliable Bill Buchanan from “24”.
4. Sein Und Zeit – February 6th, 2000
Pheeeeeew. This is a big one for Mulder.
After getting involved in an investigation regarding the mysterious disappearance of a little girl that was apparently kidnapped from her home, Mulder begins to personalize this case and relate it to the disappearance of his sister. What we’ve apparently been told all these years regarding her fate would appear to be still untrue, as an unsolved truth is still out there. Mulder’s mother tries to get a hold of him to tell him something, but then apparently commits suicide; leaving Mulder to wonder what it is was she was trying to tell him. This sudden tragedy only further deepens Fox’s desire to get to the bottom of what really happened and the true fate of his sister. This episode has a very serious tone to it, and is definitely some of the better work from season 7.
3. all things – April 9th, 2000
In an episode both written and directed by Gillian Anderson, Scully takes a rather spiritual journey after happening upon a former flame in the hospital in serious condition.
There are no big action sequences (save for a scene showing the danger of talking on your cell while driving, tsk tsk Scully), but some closer looks at the choices people make in life, the paths that are travelled and what amazing things can happen in the shortest of moments. A curious start and a touching ending round out a very good episode – if you’re willing to slow down for it.
2. Requiem – May 21st, 2000
This episode has the feel of an early season episode, and for good reason. Some old friends are back, and it’s an episode focused around an old standard: UFO’s. Add to that some of the characters are people we met during the very FIRST X-Files episode, and there you have it. One thing that has changed in 7 years is the relationship between Mulder and Scully, and we get a dose of that here. “Requiem” has possibly one of the biggest cliff hangers of the series, with some major implications. Bring on season 8!
1. Millennium – November 28th, 1999
This is an episode Walking Dead fans would appreciate.
With the year 2000 only a few days away, it is discovered that 4 former FBI agents coincidentally all committed suicide and have just recently been “risen from the dead” to act (for some believers) as the 4 Horsemen of the coming Apocalypse. Tying in the main character from the short lived series “Millennium” (also created by X-Files series creator Chris Carter) Mulder and Scully work with Frank Black (played by Lance Henriksen, who you may remember as Bishop from “Aliens”) in an attempt to stop the undead from completing their task. A pretty good episode, with some obvious zombie-like qualities to it, and the ending is very satisfying as the New Year’s ball drops…
Scully smile alert!