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Though season 9 may not be the best period in a long line of groundbreaking television, it is still worthy of the X-Files name. Knowing this was the last season had many fans prematurely disgruntled, and the expectation for "going out with a bang" was extremely high. Lots of longtime issues came to a head (Scully's single motherhood, new X-files agents at the helm, Agent Skinner is now a believer, Mulder MIA, etc.), and many new issues and plots arose. Learning the facts of his son's death, Agent Doggett (Robert Patrick) seeks out the missing Agent Mulder (David Duchovny) to help him expose the corrupt Deputy Director Kersh (James Pickens Jr.). Knowing that her gifted son William is a target of a religious cult, Scully (Gillian Anderson) enlists the help of the Lone Gunmen for protection. The missing Mulder is finally located. Unfortunately, he is being held in custody by the military on murder charges, which leads to the grand finale: the trial, not for a man guilty of murder, but for a man guilty of seeking the the Truth.

The naysayers have plenty of valid complaints (particularly about the "Super Soldiers" segue), and many hated that the Mulder/Scully pairing was gone, but there are a few aspects that are universally positive, and there aren't many complaints about their replacements, Agent Doggett and Agent Reyes (Annabeth Gish). In fact, many feel that the show could have easily continued if the show's writing had been better. The final episode was more or less a 90-minute recap of the X-Files phenomenon. After "The Truth" ended, disappointed hardcore fans couldn't help but feel it was a set-up for an upcoming movie, but casual fans should find the episode very helpful in linking together the mythos that entranced and confused viewers for years. It may not be up to par with the first six seasons, but season 9 is still a lot better than most television shows. If you have the nerve to revisit this season, you will be pleasantly surprised.

DVD Features

  • Available Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • 19 episodes on 7 discs: Nothing Important Happened Today I & II, Daemonicus, 4-D, Lord of the Flies, Trust No 1, John Doe, Hellbound, Provenance, Providence, Audrey Pauly, Underneath, Improbable, Scary Monsters, Jump the Shark, William, Release, Sunshine Days, The Truth
  • Commentary by Chris Carter on "Improbable"
  • Commentary by Vince Gilligan, John Shiban, and Frank Spotnitz on "Jump the Shark"
  • Commentary by Kim Manners on "The Truth"
  • 10 deleted scenes with optional commentary by Frank Spotnitz and Chris Carter, with play-all feature
  • Special effects featurettes
  • "The Truth About Season 9" (30 min.)
  • "The Making of 'The Truth'" (90 min.)
  • Profiles: Monica Reyes, Brad Follmer, Cake Cutting, On Location
  • TV spots and international clips
  • All-new DVD-ROM game: "The Truth"

Cast

Gillian AndersonDana Scully
Robert PatrickJohn Doggett
Annabeth GishMonica Reyes
Mitch PileggiWalter Skinner
Tom BraidwoodMelvin Frohike
Dean HaglundRichard 'Ringo' Langly
Bruce HarwoodJohn Fitzgerald Byers
Cary ElwesFBI Assistant Director Brad Follmer
Lucy LawlessShannon McMahon
James Pickens Jr.FBI Deputy Director Alvin Kersh
Adam BaldwinKnowle Rohrer
James RemarJosef Kobold
Erick AvariDr. Herb Fountain
Jane LynchMrs. Anne T. Lokensgard
Aaron PaulDavid 'Sky Commander Winky' Winkle
Terry O'QuinnShadow Man
Kathryn JoostenAgent Edie Boal
Neal McDonoughRobert Comer
James ParksAgent Terry Sullivan
Alan DaleToothpick Man
W. Earl BrownRobert M. Fassl
Burt ReynoldsMr. Burt
Michael McKeanMorris Fletcher
Chris OwensJeffrey Spender
David DuchovnyFox Mulder
Michael EmersonOliver Martin
William B. DavisCigarette Smoking Man
Nicholas LeaAlex Krycek
Laurie HoldenMarita Covarrubias
Steven WilliamsMr. X

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