Season 8

Season 8

Once Fox Mulder's abduction unfolded, and it was clear that David Duchovny was a free agent, and that he would only reappear in under a dozen episodes, a new partner for Dana Scully had to be found. With this development came a shift in dynamics, with Scully playing the role of the believer, while her partner, a federal police gumshoe named John Doggett, would be the skeptic. This would be complicated further by the eventual introduction of Agent Monica Reyes as the season progressed. This season saw the famous opening title changed to fit the new direction, as well as the fact that the series was now in effect, a four, and at times, five lead series with actor Mitch Pileggi credited in the titles. Robert Patrick was faced with the task of filling Duchovny's shoes, and the writers acknowledged the fan controversy, through Dana Scully's icy introduction to Agent Doggett. Yet even when Mulder wasn't present in body, the impact of his presence was felt throughout the season as all of the long-standing characters reflected on his very influence. Ultimately, The X-Files has always been Scully's story; her evolution from a non believer to a person of faith. The middle of the season saw the premiere of The Lone Gunman spin-off, as well as the final evolution of those characters as true heroes. As Vince Gilligan and John Shiban's role diminished, other writers and directors were brought in, for example, writer Steven Maeda, and director Tony Wharmby. The season saw the introduction of Knowle Rohrer, Doggett's own deep throat operative, and the long awaited demise of Alex Krycek. The thread of the Super soldier arc was established during this season, although in reality, the thread of this arc was planted in the early seasons. Yet the clock was already winding down for the series...

 

8x01 Within
8x02 Without
8x04 Patience
8x05 Roadrunners
8x06 Invocation
8x03 Redrum
8x07 Via Negativa
8x09 Surekill
8x10 Salvage
8x12 Badlaa
8x11 The Gift
8x13 Medusa
8x08 Per Manum
8x14 This Is Not Happening
8x15 Deadalive
8x18 Three Words
8x17 Empedocles
8x16 Vienen
8x19 Alone
8x20 Essence
8x21 Existence