Hey, if something tries to rip your throat out, I got you covered.
Without continues strongly where Within left off. Mulder apparently falls of a very high cliff and runs away, leaving Doggett baffled. And just like Scully in the earlier seasons, Doggett refuses to believe his eyes.
The drama and suspense are high throughout this episode, especially knowing that the Alien Bounty Hunter(ABH) is in their midst but disguised. I love seeing scenes involving the ABH, but the character itself is confusing. I have the same gripe in this episode that I had in Requiem regarding the ABH's impersonations. Sometimes he impersonates the person's voice and sometimes he doesn't. He just stares expressionless at others. He doesn't speak as the principal or Scully when it would behoove him, but later he speaks as Agent Crane when he's being chased around the dormitory. If he needs time to learn their voices, that needs to be explained somehow. Otherwise, it's conflicting and confusing.
A couple of other nitpicks I have with the episode is how Scully follows Gibson's friend Thea out in the desert that leads her to Gibson. After talking to Gibson, Scully returns to the school and arrives alone in the dark, and then it appears that Thea is already there. She must be able run fast to beat Scully. Also, Doggett reveals at the end of the episode that Gibson has become a ward of the state. But in "The End" from season 5, Gibson had parents that we're going to pick him up. I think this is a continuity error. Chris Carter forgot that Gibson had parents.
Top-notch performances are once again given in this episode by Robert Patrick, Mitch Pileggi and Gillian Anderson. It's great to see Skinner so passionate about finding Mulder and protecting the pregnant Scully. I love Doggett's facial expression when he tells Scully that he's been assigned to the x-files. He looks as though he can't believe it himself, and that he's actually saying it. Great acting.
The season eight search for Mulder puts some life back into the mythology that had been lacking since season six and the destruction of the Syndicate. Within and Without starts season eight out on the right foot in what will become a very unique season.
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