X-Files to close, aliens finally win

CNN.com reports that this is the last season for The X-Files, one of my favorite TV shows, sci-fi or otherwise (official Fox press release). The show has had it's troubles for the last 2-3 seasons, especially once Duchovny left the cast.

I have mixed feelings about it-- part of me is glad because I don't have to buy a 10th season on DVD and I won't have to sit through another uncomfortable episode as Patrick and Gish try to define their characters.

On the other hand, the new cast really hasn't had long enough to make a name for themselves in the show. The big question is whether there was enough steam left in the X-Files engine to afford them the time to do that. I guess Chris Carter felt there wasn't, and I will just have to abide by his opinion. I just hope they do a good job giving closure to the series.

Fortunately, this frees him up to do another X-Files movie, which I'm really looking forward to.

I do have to wonder though-- is this just a big stunt? I mean, how many episodes were done where they closed the X-Files only to re-open them the following season?

In other news, X-Files season 5 (DVD) is scheduled for a May release!

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