The X-Files: Season 7, Episode 11

Closure (13 Feb. 2000)
"The X Files" Closure (original title)

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Mulder enlists the help of Harold Piller, a police psychic, to search for the missing girl, Amber Lynn LaPierre. Meanwhile, Scully searches for answers about Samantha's abduction, leading ... See full summary »

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Mulder enlists the help of Harold Piller, a police psychic, to search for the missing girl, Amber Lynn LaPierre. Meanwhile, Scully searches for answers about Samantha's abduction, leading her to the Cigarette Smoking Man. Both of their investigations lead to Mulder finally learning the truth about his sister's disappearance. Written by Muldernscully

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The "Walk-In" Closet
1 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Teena Mulder is Dead. Mulder walks out of the case, only to be dragged back.

Anthony Heald (Who was eaten by Hannibal Lector in Silence of the Lambs) is a man who presents himself to Mulder as a "Police Psychic" who initially helps Mulder but is then found out to be less than reliable.

In the previous Episode, Kim Darby had told Mulder that his sister and the other Children were 'Safe in Starlight' - The man tells Mulder almost the same thing.

Is this guy to be trusted? Not by Skully, and Mulder almost tells him to hike as well.

But the man is persistent. And little by little, between Heald and Mulder they track down clues about Mulder's sister.

These two episodes end Mulder's 7-year (and longer, outside of the series) quest to find his sister Samantha.

This episode stands alone from the previous episode, there is a quality to this episode, where everything bad imaginable happens to Mulder in the previous ep, this episode holds out Hope to Mulder as a torch. And Mulder only can grab it, which he does.

The choice of opening and closing Music ("My Weakness" by Moby) makes this the most spiritual episode of The X-Files.

It's not that we liked finding out that all along, Samantha had been with Cancerman. And everything Mulder had believed previously about her was a lie or delusion or something he made up himself. That's not important here. It's the way this story was told, and the assurances held out to Mulder. It's the way the story, and Mulder's disposition, goes from NO hope to Hope.

The Concept of "Walk Ins" was introduced in the Season 2 Episode "Red Museum" which also had Mark Rolston, but playing a different character.

But it was elaborated on here, in this episode, explained by the characters played by Kim Darby and Anthony Heald, witnessed in the end by Mulder.

The Irony of Ironies is that Heald's own missing son is the one who brings Mulder to Samantha - And in the end, Heald's character cannot accept the truth that Mulder had just had revealed to him - A truth Mulder never would have known if not for Heald.

These two episodes are so dense, I cannot possibly write a review of them, these are just my impressions. Even after four viewings, I still get lifted up to a higher place while watching this.

Stories like this, are what The X-Files were about, this being probably the peak of story for the whole series - Unfortunate that it had to include so much dark to give us a glimpse of The Light.


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