A mysterious woman has set about drowning people associated
with a water-processing project. Meanwhile, Agent John Doggett
realises that his investigation of Deputy Director Kersh is
being hampered, and discovers that Fox Mulder has disappeared...
feature-length episode comprises the opening two instalments
of the ninth - and, we now know, the last - season of The
X-Files. As such, it is a direct continuation of the previous
release, Existence, taking place just a few days after
the birth of Scully's baby.
having established Agents Doggett (Robert Patrick) and Reyes
(Annabeth Gish) as the new duo assigned to the X-Files (Gillian
Anderson's Scully is involved in little more than an advisory
capacity at this stage), the producers immediately back-peddle
on certain recent developments. Doggett's investigation of
Kersh (James Pickens, Jr) all but grinds to a halt, and -
unavoidably, given David Duchovny's departure from the show
- Mulder goes into hiding, for reasons that remain shrouded
in mystery for now.
the absence of Mulder, there's an amusing allusion back to
one of his episodes as Reyes discovers a collection of pencils
still embedded in the ceiling above his old desk. Unfortunately,
during the lead-up to this incident, Gish breaks a pencil
in a rather unconvincing way - even I could have performed
that action more naturalistically!
X-Files season openers tend to be a little slow-moving,
and this one is no exception, although it doesn't drag nearly
as much as the previous season's opening two-parter, Within/Without.
And curiously for a "mythology" episode, Nothing Important
Happened Today does not directly involve aliens or UFOs,
although the "superior humans", who were introduced in Existence
and who reappear here, may or may not be human-alien hybrids.
All in all, however, this story falls into the "bad science"
category of X-Files narrative.
star, Lucy Lawless, guest stars as the mysterious aquatic
assassin, although quite why she needs to get naked whenever
she goes underwater - apart from the obvious titillation value
- is never made clear.
episodes provide an intriguing start to the ninth season,
but they are less satisfying when viewed out of context like
this, because many aspects and characters are set up principally
for the purpose of future development. Some important things
do happen in this episode, but not quite as many as I would
DVD also includes a couple of brief (three minute) featurettes,
Monica Reyes Revealed and Behind the Scenes.
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