Series creator Chris Carter writes and directs the first monster of the week episode of season eight, first airing 29 November, 2000, which sees a few changes to the series. First and foremost, David Duchovny is no longer listed in the title credits, Gillian Anderson get top billing, and is followed by Robert Patrick.
Scully (Anderson) and Doggett (Patrick) find themselves investigating a series of murders that suggest something strange killed them. Evidence, which Scully is very intent on following, despite its effect on the local law enforcement.
Doggett works the same way, though the two don’t always mesh. In fact there is still some friction between the two of them as they struggle to find a professional balance, and a measure of trust.
It doesn’t help that that there is some form of human bat, or batman, attacking people, though neither are unsure of that contention through the course of their investigation, to the evidence is inescapable, and the fact that law enforcement in this neck of the woods is seen as a males only occupation, and Scully finds herself fighting to prove herself… again.
And whether they believe the creature is actually out there or not, both of them had better prepare for it, because it’s now stalking them.
Carter delivers a solid X-file, shows the format can work exceedingly well even without Mulder (Duchovny), which also allows the show to grow in its storytelling, and build up a new mythology.
I also love the uneasy tension between the two agents as they begin their work together.
Vince Gilligan delivers Roadrunners, which was first broadcast on 26 November, 2000.
Scully heads out to Utah on her own, much to Doggett’s chagrin, to investigate a murder. Things get complicated, and a little scary, when Scully’s car breaks down, she quickly learns that the friendly locals aren’t so kind as they first appeared to be.
It seems the locals seem intent on making sure Scully doesn’t get out of the remote town, especially after having learned that she’s a doctor. There’s a strange cult-like existence to the town, and Scully doesn’t let her guard down for a moment, making for a tense episode, that lets Anderson shine in her role.
And Scully learns that something very wrong is happening in the town, and with the other person the town seems to have trapped. But who is lying to her? What is really going on here?
When Doggett learns that she never made it to her location, he begins working on tracking her down, but even as an existing x-file gives him some clues, he may not arrive in time to help her out.
It’s dark, creepy, and I love the fact that the story doesn’t bother to explain everything instead, it works on fear, and puts Scully in some serious jeopardy.
The series continues next week, because even without Mulder, the truth is out there…