This time around, we get a fairly interesting lead character, and another glimpse into Doggett and his world. Scully made the occasional appearance, but you could tell from the very start that her scenes probably were filmed all on one day.
This episode did not do much for me, and it is not the lack of Mulder or Scully that was the deciding factor. It was the inconsistent manner in how the "backwards" concept was written. As scenes progressed, it became more and more clear that the scenes already shown did not always make sense.
The worst part is, I cannot think of any particular scene that was wrong. It's just an overall feeling.
Besides that, I did appreciate the glimpse into Doggett's world. He apparently lives alone in a house, unlike Mulder or Scully. That implies that there might have been a family in the past...so what happened? And how does it connect with the picture of the boy in "Invocation"?
Much like "Brand X" and "Arcadia", past offerings from these writers, there were some nice moments throughout the episode, but it still comes across very flat. My problem with "Arcadia" was that it was a weak plot created for the sole purpose of depicting the "fake marriage" joke. "Brand X", while interesting, was so flat that I felt absolutely nothing while Mulder was supposedly dying.
And this episode, I felt like I knew what was going to happen, and once the gimmick of the "backwards" episode wore off, I just wanted Wells to save his wife and get it over with. I was pleasantly surprised to see Wells fail, leaving Doggett to provide the split-second save, but that was not enough to balance the episode.
Some other thoughts:
- Anyone who thinks that Doggett is just "Mulder renamed" is out of their mind. Mulder would have loved to hear this "moving backward in time" claim, and would have probably tried to help Wells prove it. Doggett? Yeah, right! "Leave me out of that frickin' meetin'!"
- Wells, huh? Like H. G. Wells? Clever, boys, clever...
- I would love to have a NannyCam like that. If you look closely, the lens of the Cam was positioned in the center of the teddy bear. The rather stuffed and non-transparent center of the teddy bear...
- Now, I know that there are a lot of murders in Washington, D. C., but I am thinking that some of them might be avoided if the cops listen when a man runs into his house and says, "My wife is about to be murdered!"
- Then again, how many cops are going to ignore a man that says, "She's gonna die at 4:17 AM!", when it is 4:20 AM? Most cops would have put Wells in custody so fast that his head would still be spinning!
- Somebody ought to tell Wells that if you are a prosecutor in jail with guys you put behind bars, you should be paying a hell of a lot more attention to what you're doing. Like not walking in front of the convicts trying to play basketball, or ignoring the obvious warning from the convict who was drinking too much Jolt Cola.
- Anyone catch Doggett's comment after noticing that Wells was watching the news about his wife's murder, and his possible involvement?
- I might have had something to say under Scully's "X-Ploitation" List, but I didn't see enough of her to form an opinion...
Overall, this episode was probably by least favourite of the season. The insight into Doggett's past was the best part of the episode, and there was little of that to hang my hat on.
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