The first two episodes of season five, ‘Redux’ and ‘Redux II,’ follow on from the season four finale ‘Gethsemane’ and are parts two and three of a three part episode.
In ‘Gethsemane’ we learn that Mulder was being watched from the apartment above him and that he may have been killed. As ‘Gethsemane’ and ‘Redux’ jump between the past – Mulder travelling to Canada and learning that the FBI have been lying to them for all these years – and the present – Mulder has asked Scully to lie to the panel until he can get more information on who the mole is, while Scully is simultaneously giving a review of her work with Mulder – Scully ends up in hospital after collapsing from a nose bleed just before she’s about to name Skinner as the mole.
In ‘Redux II,’ Mulder is given a choice to quit the FBI to work for the cigarette smoking man, an offer which seems tempting but he declines. At the end of the episode, Mulder finishes his review and as Skinner is looking scared that he’ll be named as the mole, he announces that Section Chief Scott Blevins is the mole, in spite of Mulder being told by Blevins in a meeting prior to the hearing, to name Skinner in order to save his job.
Another senior agent (Ken Camroux), is sat at Blevins’ desk pretending to be on the phone and as Blevins approaches him, he stand up and shoots him in the chest with a silencer on his gun then leaves the office.
The final episode of season, ‘The End,’ is another two part cliffhanger, however, this time it’s separated by a film – the first X Files movie which links season five and six together nicely.
‘The End,’ is an episode about a child chess prodigy, who may be part alien and may be the very essence and fundamental evidence Mulder is looking for, as proof for the work he carries out on The X Files.
The cigarette smoking man returns in this as does Krycek and the well-manicured man. Other characters included in the episode are new to this season, but included a few episodes prior to the finale, and they are Special Agent Diana Fowley (Mimi Rogers) and Special Agent Jeffrey Spender (Chris Ovens). Fowley and Mulder used to be an item it’s revealed and Scully is jealous of this but is only overt to the viewer.
At the beginning of the episode, we see a child later named as Gibson Andrew Praise (Jeff Gulka,) playing chess at an international tournament in Canada, against a Russian. Moments later the Russian is shot in an attempt to kill Praise. We also see in the next scene after the credits, the cigarette smoking man hiding out in the mountains. Two armed men approach the cabin and one is killed. The other reveals himself to be Krycek who says he’s been brought to bring back the cigarette smoking man, as the other members of the syndicate group require his assistance.
While looking after Praise, Fowley is shot and hospitalised. Throughout the episode you get the sense that the cigarette smoking man is playing a game. At the end of the episode, the cigarette smoking man takes a case file from Mulder’s office reading Samantha Mulder’s name on it. He exits the elevator and sees Spender then reveals to him that he is his father, then walks off when the fire alarms go off. We then cut to the X files office up in flames, which then cuts to Mulder and Scully embracing each other and looking upset at the burnt office around them.
This will be a good end to segue into the film which will segue nicely back into season six. So stay tuned and look out for the overview of the first movie and season six within the next week.