Well contrary to popular belief, they were fans of the show and went through the same audition process as everyone else.
Personally, I like them from films I’ve seen them in – Robert Patrick: Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) and Annabeth Gish: Shag (1989) – and feel they add an extra layer of depth to the story. You can also see parallels between Special Agents John Doggett (Robert Patrick) and Monica Reyes (Annabeth Gish) and their predecessors, Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Anyway, let’s get into it.
Assistant Director Walter Skinner has a new boss, the newly appointed Deputy Director Alvin Kersh. He’s hired a new taskforce leader, Special Agent John Doggett, to search for the now missing Agent Mulder, although he has a hidden agenda, he’d like it done so the FBI get promoted in a negative light. Agent Scully finds out about the manhunt for Mulder and both she and Skinner are told to give any information they can to the investigating team, as they were the last two agents to see him.
Scully meets Doggett and they don’t really have the best of starts. He makes out he knows Mulder and is vague with the source of his rumours, knowing they’re not true trying to provoke a reaction from Scully. She bites and throws a cup of water in his face then leaves the office. Both parties – Scully and Skinner and the taskforce separately – start their search for Mulder, and despite the search is seemingly unsuccessful, Kersh assigns Doggett to work with Scully on The X Files. Scully then learns that multiple women have been abducted and allegedly been impregnated with alien babies, so she starts to question her own pregnancy.
Doggett later introduces Scully and Skinner to Special Agent Monica Reyes shortly before Mulder’s body is found. A short while later, Krycek tells Skinner that in order to save Mulder he has a vaccine, but in order for him to hand it over he has to kill Scully’s baby. Billy Miles – who was abducted the same time as Mulder and later found just before Mulder – was returned to full perfect health, whereas Mulder was nursed back to a full recovery under Scully’s supervision. A recovered Mulder now returns to the FBI and starts going through case files against Kersh’s orders and later gets fired, although he still provides help in an unofficial capacity.
Reluctantly accepting Krycek’s assistance, Mulder, Doggett and Skinner learn that an alien virus created in secret by the government, have replaced several humans who are referred to as ‘Super Soldiers’. Krycek informs them that the soldiers are aliens who are here to colonise the planet, because they’ve learned Scully’s baby is a miracle and may be greater than them. The agents along with Reyes, help Scully to escape. Shortly after, Skinner kills Krycek. When Scully gives birth, her child is seemingly normal and the super soldiers look on in awe and then leave without explanation. While Doggett and Reyes report to the FBI Headquarters, Mulder takes Scully and their new born son, William, back to her apartment.
I liked this season because it introduced new characters and it seemed to show a stronger side to Scully, as well as a mothering aspect to her character. I also liked the character progression with new characters Doggett and Reyes, showing that Scully was the sceptic and Mulder was the believer. Doggett portrayed the character of the sceptic and Reyes portrayed the character of the believer.
This is the end of the overview, so next time I’ll be talking about the final season of the original series. That should be out in the next few days, then before the end of the year, the final overview with The X Files recap, The X Files: I Want to Believe, will be available for you too. So until next time, enjoy.