'Regret is an inevitable consequence of life.'

Title: Anasazi
Season: Two (1995)
Duration: 44m
Written by: Chris Carter
Story by: David Duchovny and Chris Carter
Directed by: R.W. Goodwin
Rating: ***

The Cigarette-Smoking Man becomes quite the philosopher in this cliffhanging mythology finale of season two. With Mulder driven half insane after LSD is pumped through his apartment block's ventilation system, he goes on a psychotic rampage that leads him towards the heart of a government conspiracy.

In all honesty, time hasn't perhaps been that kind to Anasazi and its two follow-up episodes from season three, The Blessing Way/Paper Clip, and it's not just down to the slightly patronising depiction of Native Americans or the myriad of excuses to film Duchovny with his shirt off. The escalating number of murdered relatives that both Mulder and Scully possessed, combined with the ever-sillier and ever more meaningless mythology arc mean that it's become somewhat retroactively tainted.

Like the backbone driving the entire series (Mulder investigates the paranormal because he believes his sister was kidnapped by a UFO... she turns out to be dead all along) it's a story arc that ultimately peters out over the course of nine seasons, rather than having some stunning resolution. It's what makes the standalone episodes much more accessible on reruns, and what makes mythology episodes like Anasazi somewhat less than they were on first broadcast... they promised so much, but ultimately led to so little.

Select A Track
1 Rocks Off: Never Again

2 Rip This Joint: Redrum

3 Shake Your Hips:
The Post-Modern Prometheus

4 Casino Boogie:
The Goldberg Variation

5 Tumbling Dice: Improbable

6 Sweet Virginia: Small Potatoes

7 Torn and Frayed: Home

8 Sweet Black Angel: One Breath

9 Loving Cup: E.B.E.

10 Happy:
Musings Of A Cigarette Smoking Man

11 Turd On The Run: Tooms

12 Ventilator Blues: Anasazi

13 I Just Want To See His Face:
Clyde Bruckman's Finale Repose

14 Let It Loose: Humbug

15 All Down The Line: X-Cops

16 Stop Breaking Down:
Jose Chung's From Outer Space

17 Shine A Light: The Pilot

18 Soul Survivor: Beyond The Sea

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