As basic background information, Season 5 was the last season filmed in Canada, they moved to California for season 6 on. Also, season 5 and The End were supposed to be the end, then they were just going to make movies. Of course they brought it back, but I think what you're seeing is a result of those things in real life filtering through. Not to spoil anything, but that's not the only "last season" either. BTW, I just finished season 9 yesterday, so I've been keeping quiet for a bit. But now that you've seen the Movie, I want to say, the Series helps the movie, a lot, but the movie really doesn't help the series much at all. Also, with Rick Millikan growing a chestburster in the first scene, that really kind of makes the movie unnecessary, as that was the "Black Oil's" dreaded new superpower. Also about the movie, I don't have too much to complain about, but I do have one big complaint, why did they sneak the bodies into a federal building to blow it up to cover up the bodies? What about burying them in a hole in Nevada, burning them in an incinerator, freezing them in Alaska, or about 15 other things they could have done to cover it up better than calling everyones attention to it by blowing up a building? To sum it up so far, first four seasons were a show that's pretty consistent, season 5 seemed like they were trying to go out with a bunch of highlights and weren't as worried about consistnecy, with 2 flashback episodes out of a 20 episode season, plus the other style episodes, like post modern prometheus. I mean, it's very popular, but did it even happen? Or was it a story in that guy's comic book? There's a history that a character goes through that when you see a subsequent adventure, you know that they've experienced it. Like in Tooms when it refers to Squeeze. So, can they refer back to what happened in Post Modern Prometheus, or was it a "pretend story"? That's my biggest complaint with it. It's not bad, and really well acted, but not one of my favorites. Another strange thing, but this is a personal observation of memory more that the show itself, I started with the pilot, didn't recognize too much of the 1st half of the 1st season, but then I started remembering seeing the episodes last half and consistently through 2 and 3 and first part of the fourth season, I read that right about the time my memory faulters is when it moved from Fridays to Sunday. In my mind, I remember watching X-Files every week, but I guess that's wrong, because most of season four was all new to me after the first 5 or so. And I only remembered 2 episodes of Season 5. All the rest were completely new to me. Funny, the 2 I remember were the 3rd episode, "Unusual Suspects" with the start of the Lone Gunmen, and the 2nd to last one with the Monster that runs the telemarketing company. I don't understand it, but there it is. I'm happy I've gotten to see them all, now.