EXaminations: An Unauthorized Look at Seasons 6-9 of "The X-Files," Featuring the reviews of Unbound I

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This book is a journey through the final four seasons of "The X-Files." Featuring interviews with members of the show's creative team and its diverse fan base, the book also includes my episode reviews and essays, which hopefully will provide additional insight into the show and the powerful impact it had on the millions of fans it touched.

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About the Author:

Tom Kessenich is an award-winning reporter and author who has written in-depth reviews, analysis and feature articles about "The X-Files" for the past five years. His episode reviews and essays about the show have appeared on numerous Web sites devoted to the long-running television series.

Kessenich has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin and has been a reporter for the past 16 years. He spent 10 of those years as an NFL beat reporter, covering the Green Bay Packers in Wisconsin. During that time, he won several journalistic awards and co-wrote a book about the team's rise to prominence in the 1990s ("Return To Glory"). He currently works as a sportswriter and magazine editor for Krause Publications, one of the nation's leading publishers of sports collectibles and sports hobby publications.

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Introduction

The year was 1993. Bill Clinton was the President, the Dallas Cowboys were still "America's Team," Whitney Houston was promising to "Always Love You," and Steven Spielberg was painting an exquisite picture of a horrifying period in mankind's history with his cinematic masterpiece, "Schindler's List."

Meanwhile, a television series called "The X-Files" was about to leave an imprint on me - and millions of others - that would last a lifetime.

I was a sportswriter for a newspaper in Wisconsin at the time and when I wasn't busy chronicling the Green Bay Packers' return to prominence, I was working the sports desk on Friday nights, proofreading stories and putting the sports section to bed. Long after work had ended and before I was prepared to call it a night, there was one weekly ritual left to accomplish to make the night complete.

Watching the latest episode of "The X-Files."

I had become hooked on the show immediately. With its unique blend of UFOs and the paranormal, plus the fascinating relationship between the two lead characters, it was a show unlike any other I had seen on television. And it soon became a show I refused to miss.

In the middle of the show's fifth season, I discovered the world of online fandom. Before long, I found newsgroups and message boards where other X-Philes (as fans of the show were called) were gathering. They broke down each episode's content, discussing such things as the potency of the mytharc, the true nature of Fox Mulder and Dana Scully's relationship and their ever-changing hairstyles.

The fan base featured many parts. There were the relationshippers whose focus was on Mulder and Scully's relationship, or the MSR as it was called (with a possible emphasis on romance). There were the noromos, who opposed a romance of any kind between the two lead characters, believing it would lead to the show's downfall. And there were fans who preferred one character over the other, ones who believed Mulder would never be good enough for Scully and those who believed Scully was a shrew who constantly held Mulder back.

In other words, this was one giant family. And when they welcomed me with open arms, I felt as if I had found an online home.

Excerpt from the review of "The Truth"

Perhaps "The Truth" we're meant to take from this finale is that the mytharc stopped making sense years ago and the only thing that really matters anymore is that through it all, Mulder and Scully will always remain together. They shall persevere.

Romance wasn't vital, but it arrived and they embraced it as powerfully as they embraced everything else they have confronted along the way. It has become another vital element in their quest, one that has served to further strengthen their collective resolve.

Ultimately, "The Truth" told us nothing of significance about the big picture, but did serve as a reminder of why many of us have cared so much about this series. We care about Mulder and Scully's journey because we care about them no matter how much silliness goes on around them.

For me, the Mulder and Scully relationship was never about sex, so I'm not terribly disappointed we didn't get a love scene at the end. What we did get was an incredibly intimate moment, likely a prelude to sex, that showed us how devoted these two characters are to one another in a deeply moving and significant way.

It was an exquisite Mulder-Scully moment.

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