NEW YORK – Millions of X-Files fans said goodbye to the show Sunday night — but still can't figure out whether they liked the ending.
A two-hour finale called "The Truth" — a play off the X-Files' motto "The truth is out there" — was supposed to answer all the mysteries and unanswered questions left by nine years of plot twists.
"Now that I've had a while to think it over, and have read the opinions of hundreds of [others], I've obviously taken a step back and realized that the finale wasn't the absolute hell that was ingrained in my mind as the show ended," wrote fan Brian Shea on the Internet newsgroup, alt.tv.x-files.analysis.
"I actually thought [executive producer] Chris Carter did a decent job of wrapping things up," wrote X-Files fan HeyNorton on the entertainment Web site, Zap2it.com's message board.
"I enjoyed 'The Truth' — the episode did a nice job wrapping up nine years of complexity into two hours, basically summing everything up and finally 'spilling it all' flat out," wrote a viewer named coasterdude318 on the Web site.
"The only problem I had was there was no sense of resolution - nothing to answer 'what's going to happen now?' "
Here's a hint: What'll happen now will take place at the movies.
Carter is already at work on the second X-Files film — a follow up to the 1998 hit, X-Files: Fight the Future — that's expected in theaters as soon as next year.
The X-Files followed the adventures of a group of FBI agents assigned to solve unexplained, paranormal cases called X-Files. Along the way Mulder (David Duchovny) and his partner, Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), dealt with a vast government conspiracy, an alien invasion and a scores of supernatural ghouls.
Shortly before Duchovny officially left the show last year, the producers introduced a new character, Special Agent John Doggett (Robert Patrick) and this season paired him with another new character, Special Agent Monica Reyes (Annabeth Gish).