|What's Doggett laughing about with his budz?|
|Scully (and the audience), on the outside looking in.|
This makes us wonder if Doggett will be there for Scully when she needs him…
“Patience” is the first standalone episode in the series sans Mulder, and it is therefore the template for the two final seasons, diagramming the fresh terrain of the burgeoning Scully/Doggett relationship and the importance that “learning to see” will play in upcoming episodes.
|Burks or Siddhi Mystic?|
|Doggett or Siddhi Mystic?|
|Learning to see.|
In "Via Negativa" there's a deep underlying fear at work. Doggett has no support system. His walk on "the dark path" is a walk alone (or so we believe, until the denouement) and there's something incredibly unsettling about the brand of evil he faces here. This episode is absolutely terrifying.
|A succession earned, not bestowed.|
4. “The Gift.” This episode by Frank Spotnitz and directed by Kim Manners is another story that focuses on “sight” and how people see things differently. Agent Doggett investigates one of Mulder’s old cases, and finds evidence that Mulder may have committed murder. Through enigmatic flashbacks, we see Mulder’s unorthodox work on the case, and the execution of the crime.
|The truth we now know, and have "learned to see..."|
Season Eight could have been one of jarring change and false starts, but instead, The X-Files triumphed with fine storytelling, great performances, scary monsters and a recurring theme.