Air date: 5/19/2002
Another legendary series, another clip show: The X-Files came to a close in much the same way that Seinfeld called it quits, with a trial set up to motivate a greatest hits reel. With Seinfeld's conclusion and the prison sentence, at least it felt like Larry David was trying to make a statement. The only statement that the X-Files finale seems intent on making is that there is more story left to tell. Not only does the finale raise several new questions that could (and would) be explored in subsequent spinoffs and films, but the final scene shows you Mulder and Scully ready to continue the good fight, just in case you had any doubts. This isn't to say that every finale needs to provide closure, but it would have been nice to wrap up a decade of storytelling before worrying about the future viabilty of a franchise.