Back in the hands of the all star writing team of Morgan and Wong the slide into mediocrity comes to an end. The last few episodes have been far from unwatchable but since Morgan and Wong were last on writing duty there hasn’t been any real outstanding episodes. E.B.E. is a return to what makes The X Files great. Aliens and conspiracy.
The episode also introduces us to my all time favourite X Files supporting characters; The Lone Gunmen. You don’t get the feeling these characters were intended to be returning characters but thankfully they are and become so popular they’ll get their own spin off series eventually (which personally I loved). The Lone Gunmen are always funny but also add some useful assistance to our heroes.
Mistrust and paranoia are at the heart of this episode and there is some really good stuff in this episode. Perhaps most importantly we are finally given proof that not even Deep Throat can be trusted. Too often he’s been used just to move the story on, giving Mulder the next piece of the puzzle, or just for an information dump but this episode gives him his own agenda. We finally begin to question just why he’s been so willing to help Mulder out at risk to his own personal safety. This episode makes Deep Throat a much more interesting character and I’m certainly looking forward to seeing where he goes next.