The X-Files Season 1 Episode 9-Space
Okay, so the visual effects in this episode, Space, are laughable at best. The teaser culminates in the Mars face forming from the ceiling and attacking a man, Col. Belt. Then the ghost face attacks a woman driving her car. Then it gets worse from there. The ghost face then leaves Belt and goes into space and attacks the shuttle crew.
Although the story had good potential, I think it was too grand in scope for the first season with what appears to be a limited budget. I think that if this episode could have waited a couple of seasons, maybe it could have been better produced. Maybe I'm being too hard on the episode, as there were a couple of good moments. One of them was seeing Mulder turn into a fanboy when he meets Colonel Belt for the first time was pretty humorous.
But that being said, I don't know how this would've fit into the overall mythology of the show. Although there is a paranormal aspect to the episode and there is in essence an "alien" presence, it doesn't really fit in with the overall feel of the show. Overall I found this episode boring and I was glad when it was over.
*This review was originally published on X-FilesNews.com in early 2012.