The X-Files: Season 9, Episode 19

The Truth: Parts 1 & 2 (19 May 2002)
"The X Files" The Truth: Parts 1 & 2 (original title)

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Mulder's return leads to his being tried before a military tribunal that seeks to justify and prove the very existence of an alien conspiracy -- and the X-Files.



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Mulder's return leads to his being tried before a military tribunal that seeks to justify and prove the very existence of an alien conspiracy -- and the X-Files.

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After 9 years, the truth is finally here...


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During the opening credits sequence for all the Season 9 episodes, there is a confidential list that flashes on the screen that has a list of names with some of the names blacked out. This list is different in the opening sequence of every episode in Season 9. In this episode, one of the names is Exar Kun. In the expanded Star Wars universe, Exar Kun is one of the first Sith Lords. See more »


Scully: What are you thinking? Mulder?
Mulder: I'm thinking... I'm a guilty man. I've failed in every respect. I deserve the harshest punishment for my crimes.
Scully: You don't believe that.
Mulder: I believe... that I sat in a motel room like this with you when we first met... and I tried to convince you of the truth. And in that respect, I succeeded, but... in every other way... I've failed.
Scully: You don't believe that, either.
Mulder: Mm. I've been chasing after monsters with a butterfly net. You heard the man - the date's set. I ...
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This episode marks the return of David Duchovny to the main cast, and also credits Mitch Pilleggi in the opening titles. Five people are credited in the main credits: Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Robert Patrick, Annabeth Gish and Mitch Pilleggi. See more »


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Should actually be called: X-Files: The 'BS'...
4 August 2004 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

If I was to pick just one episode which would prove that X-Files should have remained without Mulder, Scully and alien conspiracies then "The Truth" would have to be it.

This feature-length/double-episode is a total insult to anyone who was still following this extremely convoluted storyline. It's completely apparent that Chris Carter had given up trying to explain things as "The Truth" it seems will remain a mystery. The entire episode is some kangaroo court thing where Mulder is on trial. All we get to hear in this 90 minute are repeated cries of "THE TRUTH!" and yet never once are we told what it is! In fact, the reason we're never told is because it quite obviously never really existed. When it came to the crunch of explaining away the whole "truth" thing, Chris Carter was shown to be a bit of a sad bluffer as he just couldn't explain a single thing.

The X-Files, to me (and real fans of the show and I'm not talking about those sad people who call themselves "shippers" who are solely into the extremely unrealistic and forced Mulder-Scully love "relationship"), was a classic show when it told Outer Limits-style stories of mystery and weirdness. The entire alien story lines from the abduction of Mulder to Scully's baby (oh dear!) were really bad and quite embarrassing to watch. "The Truth" proves that the entire alien conspiracy storyline was meaningless.

The only people who should have mattered to the X-Files in Seasons 8 & 9 were Doggett, Reyes, Kirsch, Skinner & Follmer. But no, it wasn't to be, because despite some brilliant episodes featuring these great characters, Chris Carter still put the main focus on Mulder & Scully even though they were rarely in the shows at all! The X-Files could, and should, have started fresh with Robert Patrick & Annabeth Gish replacing Duchovny & Anderson but instead the show died because of the repeated pandering to the former stars.

With Agent Doggett, the X-Files could have become a more grittier and down to earth show but still retain the mystery, horror and weirdness which it is known for. Instead, we had alien babies, super soldiers and so-over-the-top-we-just-can't-explain-it alien/quasi-religious bull shoved down our throats instead. (Scully's baby is supposedly something to do with God and the key to life itself?!)

Anyone expecting any kind of answer to what "The Truth" actually is will want to kick their TV set in by the end of this awful episode.

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