Can a review just be the words “I hate this goddamn episode” a hundred times? Space is possibly the worst episode of the first season of The X Files and is probably in my bottom 5 of all time.
I still remember the first time I saw this episode. I was 11 years old and on holiday with school at the Isle of Wight. I was sharing a room with three other boys, one of whom was far too easily scared, and it was nearly impossible to follow because of that one boy’s constant whining about how scary he found The X Files. That remains my most enjoyable viewing of the episode.
There is some nice stuff here. Mulder’s love of astronauts and overall enthusiasm for the space programme is a nice touch and the relationship between Mulder and Scully remains as charming as ever. But seriously I do not like this episode.
The concept is interesting but it’s muddied by some odd special effects and I’m not sure they ever really land the idea behind the episode. The stakes are high but it’s hard to really care. We don’t really spend enough time with any of these characters to invest in their story.
If you’re sticking to the essentials this is an episode you can skip and you won’t be missing anything. It’s just not that interesting. It’s a swing and a miss for me but at least they’re always trying something different.