The X Files Mini Reviews 1.22 Born Again

The X Files: Season 1 Episode 22 Written by: Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa Directed by: Jerrold Freedman

Is it possession or reincarnation? Does it really matter? Born Again is another by the numbers episode. It’s too dull to be described as a bad episode. It’s a bit of a let down after Tooms where we had an iconic villain we get a group of corrupt police officers being punished by a little girl influenced by another cop they betrayed.

The episode is an argument for why the 24 episode a season model just isn’t that worth while. It feels like a filler episode. You could not watch this episode and not really miss anything. We see how Mulder’s pursuit of the truth can blind him to the suffering of those he uses to get to it but we’ve seen that before and we’ll see it again.

It’s hard to make a small child menacing in a story like this and to be fair the people she goes after deserve exactly what’s coming to them. The episode tries to build tension but when you don’t really care what happens to the characters being stalked from beyond the grave it doesn’t really work.

This is a very skipable episode which is a shame. We’re fast approaching the end of the season and these episodes could have been used to build to a bigger finale. Although at this point The X Files isn’t really a serialised show. Luckily next season that will change. But first we have to suffer through the nightmare that is Roland.

Rating: 6/10


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