Director: Chris Carter
Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Billy Connolly, Amanda Peet, Xzibit, Mitch Pileggi

In its prime, The X-Files was television's creepiest and most daring show, exploring supernatural and extraterrestrial themes at a time when TV was cop shows, lawyer dramas, and medical soap operas; think Fringe in more recent years. Seven years after the long-running Fox hit ended, and eleven years after the first movie offshoot, fans wanted to know what exactly happened to agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson), and series creator Chris Carter was more than happy to answer.

Some questions are best left untouched. Directed and co-written by Carter, The X-Files: I Want to Believe is unbelievably lackluster, forgetting about the show's otherworldly concepts and reducing the Mulder-and-Scully show to an uninteresting cop tale. Xzibit aims to be taken seriously as a FBI agent (Spoiler alert: He's totally miscast), while Duchovny and Anderson seem as underwhelmed by Carter's seven-years-in-the-making resolution as its aggravated fans.

The X-Files: I Want to Believe is a mediocre episode imprudently stretched out into a nearly two-hour strain of tolerance. You'll want to believe that it's a hoax.