From my point of view, season 7 was a definite step down from season 6. Episodes about the continuing mythology of the series were nearly non-existent, and the stand-alone episodes weren’t as imaginative as in previous season. Even the amount of guest stars seemed reduced in comparison to season 6. The most outstanding episodes involved unique approaches to tell the stories.

These are my selections for the best episodes and guest stars for season 7:

  • Millenium – This episode was a tie-in to the Chris Carter produced Fox series of the same name – guest starring Lance Henriksen
  • The Goldberg Variant – The world’s luckiest man survives through incredible good fortune – guest starring a very young Shia LaBeouf
  • The Great Maleeni– This heist plot engineered by two magicians has plenty of clever twists and turns along the way.
  • X-Cops – Told in the form of an episode of the Fox series Cops, this was one of my favorite episodes of the season.
  • First Person Shooter – The prototype of a new video game includes a character capable to killing players inside the virtual world of the game.
  • Hollywood A.D. – Assistant Director Skinner allows an old friend who is a scriptwriter to accompany Mulder and Scully on a case, resulting in a big-screen moved based on the FBI agents. Guest starring Garry Shandling playing Mulder in the film, and Tea Leoni (David Duchovny’s wife at that time) as Scully.
  • Fight Club – Fireworks erupt every time two identical sisters meet. Guest starring Kathy Griffin, Randall ‘Tex’ Cobb, and former WWE wrestler Rob Van Dam.
  • Requiem – the season finale returns Mulder and Scully to the site of their very first case from season 1, episode 1. This sets the stage for Mulder’s extended absences from half of season 8 and all but 1 episode of season 9.

I would give X-Files, Season 7 four stars. I read that most of the crew anticipated this being the last season of the series, and given the drop in story quality the writers must have been feeling the same way.

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