The X-Files - The Complete Fifth Season (Slim Set)
The X-Files - The Complete Fifth Season (Slim Set)

 
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Studio: Tcfhe Release Date: 12/02/2008 Run time: 820 minutes Rating: Nr

The midpoint of what would be a nine-season show, the fifth season of The X-Files (the first to be put on DVD in anamorphic widescreen format) gives fans a heavy heaping of what they love. For the mythology buffs, riveting episodes from the season bookends "Redux" and "The End" to several episodes in between tease with new revelations about the vast government conspiracies and alien invasion plot lines sketched in earlier seasons. But enough questions are left unanswered for the theatrical X-Files movie, which was released the subsequent summer, and the seasons that followed. Supporting characters like the Lone Gunmen, Agent Krycek, the Pusher Robert Modell, and Fox's father and sister Bill and Samantha Mulder are flushed out in more detail in several episodes that occasionally jump back in time to cover the prehistory of the X-files. New chess pieces are introduced, each raising new questions: the clairvoyant child Gibson Praise, Agent Spender, faceless alien resistance fighters with pyromaniacal tendencies, a child who may be Scully's, and Mulder's old flame, agent Diana Fowley (Mimi Rogers). All the time, no one knows who will be assassinated next, who is or isn't dead, just who isn't potentially a child of the Cigarette Smoking Man, and why the base of the neck is everyone's vulnerable spot. The creature feature stand-alone episodes vary in quality, but all are redeemed by the outrageously funny self-parody episode "Bad Blood," a fan favorite that guest stars Luke Wilson as a small-town sheriff who catches Scully's eye.

Finally, "shippers" (fans who would love nothing better than to see Mulder and Scully act upon their feelings for each other) get a heavy dose of the usual sexual innuendo and lingering, tender glances between the attractive costars. Mimi Rogers and Luke Wilson incite palpable jealousy between the leads; the appearance of a wedding band on Mulder's hand in a back story hints at stories not told; and the usual extreme and dimly lit crises illustrate just how far Mulder and Scully will go for each other. In the end, the complexities of their relationship may be the most tense and intriguing of all the mysteries explored by this epic television series. --Eugene Wei

Customer Reviews:

  • The Climax Of Perfection!
    Season 5, besides being my personal favorite, is without a doubt the show's most excitingly creative season.
    In this PERFECT season, packed with a lot of mythology episodes, exxxtreme sci-fi/horror masterpieces and a couple of hilarious comedy episodes, the cast simply proved they can do the impossible in every genre. Gillian Anderson, now slowly leaning away from her usual sceptisism and plowing in confusion between her rigid science and the traumatizing consequences of her abduction takes on Mulder, who spends the first 15 episodes of the show under the belief that the truth he seeked had been nothing but a lie. The tension in this season, the character development and the remarkable acting and directing is simply without a doubt a real example of pure creation. If you don't own the fifth season of the x-files, you dont have the show!...more info
  • Widescreen X-Files!
    For those of us who own widescreen televisions, the release of this fifth X-Files box is an event. This was the first season of X-File to be filmed in HDTV (High Definition TV), so widescreen prints are available, and the DVD box presents the episodes in this format.

    This turns out to be something of a mixed blessing. The HD masters appear to have lopped off the top and bottom of the picture, so that in many close up scenes, you don't see the top of Skinner's and Mulder's heads. Also, the picture is marginally less crisp than in previous releases; it looks somewhat grainier.

    On the plus side, it does fill your screen... and X-Files is still fun, even if you feel the third, or fourth, or second seasons were the show's peak.

    If you have a "regular" TV set, you should see black bars at the top and bottom.

    No particular comments on the quality of season five. Any TV show that stretches to five seasons is going to sacrifice some quality somewhere; and the fact that X-Files has stumbled into Season Nine before finally running out of steam altogether says a lot about the talent behind this series. If you're an X-Files fan, you'll want this set, unless you're still saving to buy Seasons 1, 2, 3, and 4 first....more info

  • Wonderful
    As a fan of the X-Files from the beginning, I have waited eagerly for this set of dvds. I also have 1-4. There is a great mix of "mytharc", "humorous" and "monster of the week" episodes. There is enough in this dvd set and the others to keep the fan satisfied, until the rest of the dvd sets come out, that is....more info
  • Unusual suspects
    I really can't add much more to this that hasn't already been wrote in the other 5 star reviews on this. These collections of the seasons of The X Files are all fantastic. I am so glad they put them on DVD. I didn't always watch the show when it was on TV, so alot of these episodes are new to me. Quite an addicting, program to say the least! This season is in wide screen giving it more of a theatrical feel, which is good. It is so much more then a series, every episode is always done with such care and skill that they are mini movies. Season 5 includes the "Unusual Suspects" which shows us how Mulder met the Lone Gunmen, the Stephen King wrote episode, "Chinga", and the hilarious story telling in "Bad Blood", just to name a few. This DVD, like with all of the other season DVDs, includes documentaries, behind the scenes, deleted scenes, and a DVD-ROM game. This set also has an enjoyable 45 minute F/X special "Behind the X Files". All of these box sets are must haves for the collector. My only complaint is with the packaging. These sets come with a slip cover and the inside of the covers are these cardboard flaps that start getting in the way of the disks when you slide them in and out. I actually had to tape mine up because it started peeling off from the inside. I will always give this show 5 stars because of the quality of programming that it is and that there is a wide range of emotions, thoughts, open mindedness and even humor involved. It definitly breaks any kind of conformity. That is so refreshing with a drama like this. It actually [pulls] you into the lives of Mulder and Scully and it is hard for me to set down and just watch one at a time!...more info
  • One of the best.
    Season five of The X-Files really shows what this series can deliver. The conspiracy has never been at its best, and the stand-alone episodes are fantastic. This season really goes to show why this series has become such a phenomenon. After five years it still remains exciting and new. So many of the episodes are now classics, it's unbelievable looking back. Major revelations this season are the discovery of Scully as a mother, the cure for her cancer, and the start of a rebellion against colonization. This season introduces Agent Spender, CSM's son, and many other characters that will stay with the show until the end. Everything in this season is done so well, TV just can't get any better. Highlights include "Redux", "Redux II", "The Post-Modern Prometheus", "Christmas Carol", "Bad Blood", "Patient X", "The Red and the Black", "Folie a Deux", and "The End." Watching this, it's no wonder this show was such a hit....more info
  • The series expands .
    Keeping in mind this review will probably get buried amongst the countless others . . . Most people feel that Season 5 was the last real good season of the X-Files. For me it was season 4, but there is still much to enjoy here in this season-it's just that Carter and the character of Mulder seem much more cynical now, after the season 4 cliffhanger of Gethesame. What made season 5 interesting for me was the way the mythology story arc expanded to include a rebel branch of aliens. All of the supporting characters from Krychek to the Lone Gunmen were becoming larger than life; you have a real sense of an epic rapidly approaching some kind of resolution. There are two two-parter stories that in some way expand upon the central story arc: Christmas Carol/Emily and Patient X/The Red and the Black. Of these, the first pair was weaker because they shamelessly worked the motherhood card with Scully and revolved around her emotional relationship with a little girl; it also laid the seeds for her bigger motherhood experience to come later in season 8. It's hard to work action sequences into a eugenics episode. Emily has some fine eerie music to it, however. The second two-parter was much more satisfying, because the pace was kept much more constant and tense. As for the coined Monster of the Week episodes, my favorites were: Bad Blood for its humorous Rashoman take on vampirism in a small town; Schizogeny, a chilling black magic episode; and finally, the best, Folie a Deux, a truly hallucinogenic episode! Post-modern Prometheus, Carter's special take on the Frankenstein mythos, deserves special mention, because it tries so hard to be striking and original--but it isn't. The episode tries to do too much: shot in black in white, weird perspective shots, humor, and a meta-realistic ending that derails the whole story. Another special mention: Kitsunegari was one of the first of a few episodes to bring a past villian out of ice in a shameless, sensationalistic attempt to bolster ratings (which were already high in the first place). This story at least is involving and suspenseful, with an ending that lives up to the story that builds up to it. Featured also in this series were two prominent guest writers: Stephen King and William Gibson in the respective episodes Chinga and Kill Switch. Chinga is best not talked about, but Kill Switch was triumph of technobabble meets tense edge-of-your seat action. The greatness of a season can be measure by how fast it passes without you knowing it. To be sure, by the time I had finished the season closer, The End, I felt time had slipped so suddenly. Then it was time for Season 6 . . ....more info
  • Another great season, great price
    The last season shot in Vancouver has some of the finest episodes of the series. While the show would slip a couple of notches in quality with succeeding years, the fifth season still shows the production staff and actors in top form. The fifth season features one of my favorite episodes "The Pine Bluff Variant" about a group of U.S. terrorist that modify a bioagent produced by the military to kill rapidly and that can be passed on common objects. It's got a frightening opening that chills not just because of the drama but also because it reflects the fantatical insanity of terrorism. Excellent performances abound in this terrific episode written by John Shiban and the taunt direction is worthy of a feature film.

    "Kill Switch" by author William Gibson is a mind bending episode where Mulder gets jacked into a computer that wants...information from him. It reminds me of "The Prisoner" in many respects with a new sheen applied. I've never seen the original script for Stephen King's "Chinga" but it's undoubtably the most disappointing episode here and the weakest. it recycles an idea that was old even when writer Charlues Beaumont scripted it for the original "Twilight Zone". I'm not sure how Carter revised the script (if he did at all or if it was more collaboration)but it would point to some of the shortcomings in future seasons--recycling older ideas and not doing it very well. Carter's homage to old horror movies "The Post Modern Prometheus" shot in stark black and white images that recall "Bride of Frankenstein" and "Son of Frankenstein" with its use of surreal set designs and impressionistic lighting is an example of style succeding when there isn't enough substance. Directed by Carter the look and feel of the episode (as well as the performances) carry a script that is OK if a bit deliberate and heavy handed. Still, it's one of the best looking episodes the show produced. "Emily" the second part of a two part episode in which Scully gets a call from her deceased sister saying "She needs you" is touching. It's an example of "The X-Files" at its best--emotionally honest yet dealing with complex issues and a great story. The first part "Christmas Carol" is equally as good but the conclusion of "Emily" is heartbreaking and has the edge of the two.

    The humourous "Detour" is a great stand alone episode. A fan favorite returns in "Kitsunegari" with Pusher returning. The marvelous Robert Modell returns (why doesn't this guy appear on TV more and someone, please, get him a TV series or cast him in a major movie. The last time I saw him was in "Battlestar Galatica" last year). The humorous "Bad Blood" is another superior episode about a vampire on the loose in a small town. Mulder and Scully have very different memories of the circumstances and when each tells the story from their point of view the contradictions are hillarious. "Mind's Eye" was an episode I missed during the series original run and didn't see it until the DVDs were released. It's a great episode with strong performances about a blind woman who is implicated in a series of murders. The solution is surprising (or was to me) and powerful.

    A great set the show will looks the same here as the previous boxed set because Fox is using the same digital masters and transfers for this set. As to extras will if commentary tracks, deleted scenes and anything on the disks with the episodes will be included but the bonus disk of extras (the game, featurettes, etc.) will not. You won't miss them trust me on this. Definitely worth picking up. ...more info
  • Disc 5 is BAD
    Disc 5 will not LOAD/PLAY. Long story made short: I'm stuck with it, and only recourse is to deal with the manufacturer, for which I can't find any direct contact info.

    Enjoy my money Fox DVD...more info
  • A very good season
    The X files- the complete fifth season was a very good season because it has suspense, action, thrills and good story lines. All the elements which make it one of the best seasons and worth buying....more info
  • I would have bought it for "Post Modern Prometheus" alone!
    I used to think Season One was my favorite. No more. Season Five has blown away all previous seasons of The X-Files.

    Since I was not an X-Phile throughout the run of the series, and only watched an occasional episode, I had the privilege of watching the show unfold before my eyes, episode by episode, when I purchased the first four seasons on DVD. Then I totally immersed myself in the program.

    And I was hooked.

    Obviously, not being familiar with the unfolding story line, when I watched the last episode of Season Four ("Gethsemane"), I hadn't a clue how Mulder was going to return from the dead following that season's cliffhanger episode...and I had to wait until the release of Season Five on DVD to find out. I watched and re-watched every episode right up to that point...and wondered how in the hell Mulder was going to pull that one off.

    Finally! Season Five was released on DVD, and my curiosity was satiated.

    To say that I've been impressed with Season Five is a very mild understatement. So far, the first five or six episodes, alone, have left me with my mouth hanging open, riveted to every scene, clinging to every word.

    "Redux I" and "Redux II" are astonishing episodes. Very powerful and gripping. The perfect way to start the new season.

    Thankfully, each episode in Season Five has held similar sway with me.

    But -- and I'm almost ashamed to admit this -- the episode that blew me away the most was the very offbeat, quirky-to-the-core "Post Modern Prometheus." I've watched that episode three times now, and I'm more impressed and touched by it every time.

    What a remarkably creative episode! Shot entirely in black and white, and telling a familiar horror movie tale ("Frankenstein"), "Post Modern Prometheus" weaves a spell over me like no other epside ever has. From the Cher-fueled score, to the tongue-in-cheek performances, to the Tim Burton-esque dream-like oddity, to the emotionally touching ending, "Post Modern Prometheus" is a jewel among an already glistening array.

    I would have bought Season Five just to get my hands on "Post Modern Prometheus" alone!

    The X-Files Season Five DVD set contains some of the best episodes the show has ever offered. If you're a fan of the show -- or if you'd like to know what the buzz is about -- you truly need to watch Season Five. I highly recommend it....more info

  • such a slick season
    The image quality is awesome, and in widescreen!! I don't know if they cut off the top and bottom or filmed it in widescreen, but it looks fantastic. Especially on a 16x9 TV. With that said, the stories too are really good. Originality never seems to tire. There's a little more humor as well, they pulled it off nicely in the fourth season and let the reigns loosen in the fifth. This is my favorite X-Files Box so far and these episodes will definitely get watched twice. Maybe three times! Worth every penny to miss the commercials....more info
  • 4.5; a good hit-and-miss season
    The fifth season of the X-Files is one of those kind of seasons where if there's any moments that aren't as stellar as previous years gets at least a bit excused. Reason is that this was mainly the time when the crew were also working on the X-Files feature film, "Fight the Future". As such, certain episodes were either entirely centered on one of the agents, or they appeared in a support kind of way and not actually directly involved with the case. So trying to get a big-budget movie up and going plus a season's worth of episodes can cause some strain but instead of a lackluster season mainly being blamed for bad writing, is this a season that indirectly suffered or is it good while also being a little flawed.

    Redux: Taking place after the shocking cliffhanger from "Gethsemane", Mulder tries to find clues to Scully's illness in a government building. Great opener. 9/10
    Redux II: Scully's health continues to get worse, a bizarre cure is found, a surprise guest returns and a mole is revealed (intense scene this one). 9.5/10
    Unusual Suspects: Intriguing but okay episode about the first start of the Lone Gunmen and their introduction to Mulder. 6/10
    Detour: In the spirit of "Darkness Falls", the agents are lost/trapped within the woods by a group of near-invisible creatures. 9.5/10
    The Post-Modern Prometheus: Quirky, bizarre episode of a demented town with a Cher-loving Frankenstein. 6.5/10
    Christmas Carol: Scully investigates a case that has her finding a young girl and also revisiting memories of her sister. 9/10
    Emily: One of their best episodes as Scully tries to find what's wrong with Emily and Mulder tries to find a cure. 10/10
    Kitsunegari: One of the series' best villains basically gets whipped and becomes a pansy and somebody new is introduced. Disappointing. 5/10

    Schizogeny: Meh episode in a trio of meh episodes about an abuse sufferer who uses a strange method to get her revenge...and it involves trees. Yeah. 5.5/10
    Chinga: Written by Stephen King, this possessed doll episode is alright but could've benefited from additional writing. 6/10
    Kill Switch: Intriguing but almost forgettable episode about a particularly violent A.I. system. 6/10
    Bad Blood: Along with "War of the Corpophages" and "Humbug" as one of the funniest comedies in this Rashomon vampire tale. 9.5/10
    Patient X: Cool mythology episode as a strange alien race is found and Scully is introduced to a fellow abductee. Mulder's shift to super skeptic is jarring to say the least. 8/10
    The Red and the Black: Another cool one as Scully tries to remember what happened on the bridge at the cliffhanger of "Patient X". 8/10
    Travellers: Slightly forgettable, slightly good episode about an FBI agent in the 1950's investigating a case that involved Mulder's father. 7/10
    Mind's Eye: Great episode about a blind woman somehow able to see through the eyes of a killer. Awesome performance by Lili Taylor. 9/10

    All Souls: Another good one that explores Scully's faith, closure from "Emily" and girls who are targeted by dark forces. 8/10
    The Pine Bluff Variant: Good concept but slow episode about Mulder undercover with a terrorist cell in possession of a nasty virus. 6.5/10
    Folie a Deux: "madness shared by two" in French, Mulder is suspected of being delusional when he keeps seeing visions of a creature. 8/10
    The End: A young boy who was the apparent target of an assassination attempt uncovers a new addition to the mythos, returning characters and new ones and a surprising end to the titular files (sadly spoiled on the menu). 9/10

    For all the meh and bad episodes that sometimes show up on this season, it's hard not to fault it entirely because of the filming of the film as well as this was the end of the Vancouver era and soon started the Los Angeles era. So while there's some definate goodies on here, there's also the occasional clunker....more info
  • The X Files achieved it before Fringe
    "Fringe" fans, The X files started it on FOX.

    If you have not seen the X Files, Check out the series. David Duchovny added so much to his character he seems like a real guy. Mitch Pileggi's performance at portraying the cool, level minded Skinner is always the humble hero for Mulder and Scully and for the viewer. Gillian Anderson is so convincing, we all know her as Scully, that's just how top notch these actors are. Mark Snow's haunting melodic music brings a chill to each scene. Chris Carter's idea for a TV show is by far better than most SCI FI shows. The X Files is an instant classic telling science fiction stories as it was meant to be.

    I have to include Millennium, if you have not scene it, ignore the critics and try it. I thought that was one of Chris Carter's best ideas. I also have all three seasons of Millennium on DVD.

    As far as any X Files DVD set, there is an alien conspiracy going on that you will want to see from season one. With that said, the regular "filler episodes" outside the alien conspiracy are more for my taste anyway and there is plenty in each season. They are stand alone episodes that are mini-movies. In my opinion, the reason why the X Files films did not do so well is because they already used the same quality of writing and producing for TV.

    No SCI FI show today has the look, the music and quality of guest casting like the X Files. The crew are top notch and each an every show they gave 150%. ...more info
  • Best price.
    This is the slim set so it's a great price just for the movies. Very little extra. If you are buying for yourself and have to save money, look for used sets at discount stores.

    If you're going to purchase DVDs new, I don't know why you would not order from Amazon. I've never been disappointed. Free shipping for purchases over $25, even if the purchases are split up. Direct mailing so I don't have to wrap it and mail it. Depending on where you live, purchases are often tax-free. Great return policy, although I can't remember ever returning anything. ...more info
  • SHAFT!
    Season 5 is one of my favorites, though it seems to just fly by. I'm not sure why, but after a great season which brings us BAD BLOOD and THE MODERN PROMETHEUS as comical interludes, as well as the eerie faceless alien assassins, the return of "Old Smokey" ,and an accursed doll from Cthulhu's toybox, it's difficult to see how the 6th season is such a let-down. This was the last of the good seasons in my opinion, the writing really cracks inot the six-pack of whoop-ass...unfortunately they seemed to use it all up combatting the Tea Leone/David Duchovny Duo which forced their relocation to LA (and then a season later or so still dropped the ball on them! What a prick!)...more info
  • X-Files
    I sent this DVD set to my daughter as a gift. She is an X-Files fan and enjoys the show very much....more info
  • Turning point in this great sci-fi series!
    Season five of the X-Files was remembered for a few notable facts. The first, and most important, was that this was the last series shot in Vancouver.
    Many people have stated that the show was never quite the same after this and I would have to agree.
    Unlinke many reviewers though, I did not think that the subsequent seasons to this were in anyway terrible, but if you look back at any of the first five seasons, you will see the grittiness and eerieness that seemed to permeate through much of the stories.
    This season ( five ) is no exception, and well and truly holds up well to the first four excellent seasons.
    First the negatives.
    The first very slight cracks in the mythology episodes start, as they started to become a little complicated to follow.
    As a whole, all in all, the mythology episodes were again first class, with the usual characters living up to most peoples expectations. Perhaps any fans disappointment are simply the introduction of too many elements, that are hard to reconcile.

    The other negatives would include a few more than usual
    " stinkers " in this season, more than any other previous season that I can recall.
    I feel this is in no way connected to either David Duchovny or Gillian Anderson, but simply average scripts, bought on by the pressure to film quickly after filming the movie.
    So the ones I didn't like?
    Well, " Detour" was a little far fetched for mine ( a monster hidden in the forest) The humour was ok though.
    " Christmas Carol" and " Emily " were just a little better than average- they could have benefitted from a faster pace, as they were very slow.
    " Schizogeny" and " Chinga" were just plain stinkers, pure and simple! Sorry, didn't like them one bit!
    But for the good stuff:
    The stand-alone episodes were once again excellent with my favourites including the following:
    " Unusual suspects" featuring the Lone Gunmen prominantly, basically how they formed- a great comedy drama episode.
    " Bad Blood" was again a different direction as they explored comdey from yet another angle with different points of view telling the same story.
    " Minds Eye" I found this one quite captivating as a blind woman can somehow " see" her fathers killing people. Very interesting story.
    " The Pine Bluff Variant"- top notch thriller episode as Mulder infiltrates a terrorist group, also features Skinner quite a bit which I always enjoy.
    All in all, an enjoyable season, if not quite as good as the first four seasons.
    I also loved the cliffhanger episode " The End " appropriately named as many reviewers have pointed out as the last episode shot in Vancouver. It introduces a child prodigy named Gibson Praise, a mind reader, and possible part alien, he plays a chess champion who avoids an assasination attempt.
    The other notable point for this season ( also that many reviewers have pointed out! ) is that the X-Fles movie directly follows this season, and remarkably was shot before the entire season.
    This for me explains why the quality was missing from several episodes, and why the season was just twenty episodes long!
    As usual the box set contains excellent extras, including interviews and special effects highlights, deleted scenes etc which are a must for any serious X-File fan.

    Still a more than worthwhile addition to your X-File Collection.

    Thanks for reading

    ...more info
  • Pretty Good!!!
    I like the xfiles and my wife really likes them! the dvd arrived on time and the packaging is pretty cool as it doesnt take up too much room in my growing dvd collection. the season is broken up pretty good and there are some decent special features. all in all a great buy at 25.99 which is what i paid for it when it was on sale....more info
  • AWESOME!
    i just finished this set and i LOVED it!! i have the season 4s too but i have to say that this set was even better! the behind the scenes stuff was sooooo great! if your an x-phile, this is a MUST HAVE!!!!...more info
  • Not as good as 3 or 4
    Season 5 is good. Not as good as the first 4 seasons, but good. After this season is where the show starts to slip......more info
  • One of the last great seasons of the series
    The mid-point of the X-Files series; the fifth season gave more insight and teasers to the vast alien conspiracy story arc that was finally beginning to take the forefront of the show (the results of which were good and bad) and introduced new characters (Agent Spender, the seemingly clairvoyant child Gibson Praise, Mulder's old flame Agent Diana Fowley played by Mimi Rogers) that would go on to play major parts in the rest of the series, while giving more insight to current supporting characters like the Lone Gunmen, Alex Krycek, and the Cancer Man. Many revelations are abound throughout this season, including what role Mulder's father played in the beginning of the conspiracy, and it is hinted at that maybe Mulder is meant for far much more. Also, to many fans' delight, we see the growth of Mulder and Scully's relationship as tender, yearning glances between them are abound. Standout episodes include the Stephen King penned "Chinga", "Unusual Suspects" which flashes back to Mulder's first metting with the Lone Gunmen, "Post-Modern Prometheus", the amusing "Travelers", "Patient X", and the absolutely hilarious (and justifiably a fan favorite) "Bad Blood" which guest stars Luke Wilson, and shows how Mulder and Scully see each other while recalling a case where they were investigating vampirism. Plenty of loose ends are purposely left for the X-Files movie which premiered the following summer, but in the end this is probably one of the last best seasons of the series, and the last season of the show to be filmed in Canada before the series moved to Hollywood....more info
  • Last of the Vancouver seasons
    I am a big time fan. The season contains some missteps, but contains some classics, too. Pros: Bad Blood (absolutely THE BEST COMEDIC X-FILES EPISODE ever. Insight into how M & S see each other.), Detour (M & S as buddies/husband & wifelike--"Did you pack everything?" and "Predator" feel), Folie a Deux (very underrated episode and has a boogie man feel.), The Pine Bluff Variant (Is Mulder a bad guy?), Kill Switch (Mulder held against his will...hmm...very interesting! Also, hints of KickAss!Scully), and All Souls (scary episode, bad special effects, though. Many fans don't like this episode.). Cons: The Post-Modern Prometheus (One of THE worst X-Files episodes. I really don't know why this a favorite of fans. A freak of nature impregnating women while playing Cher music, need I say more?), the mytharc episodes of Christmas Carol/Emily (Scully has a daughter. Mulder not telling her about her ova being tested until now?...Right. S turns away M.), the other mytharc episodes of Patient X/The Red and the Black (Scully is a believer. S is made to sound like she is having an orgasm during hypnosis. Very embarassing. Krycek kisses M. I think it's love!), and Travelers (not much of Mulder and no Scully). Season 5 brought us Skeptic Mulder (or Unbelievably Skeptic Mulder). Thank goodness the writers brought back Spooky Mulder in the following season. Continuation of the M & S "possibly want to be romantically involved" relationship. Redux/Redux II (M & S crying and being affectionate) and The End (Scully being aware of her feelings for Mulder when Diana Fowley appeared. Thank goodness Mimi Rogers' services were not needed after a few episodes into Season 7.). Overall, good season. End of an era since this season was the last season to be shot in Canada. I miss those days!!...more info
  • Fascinating, just as previous four seasons
    As someone who watched every episode of the X-files at least twice, take my word for it, this is an interesting and riveting season...more info
  • The middle of the saga
    This was the show's highest-rated season, and for good reason. It provides a great lead-up to The X Files movie, "Fight the Future." The best episode is the two-parter, "Patient X" and "The Red and the Black."...more info
  • Another season of consistently brilliant story telling
    What is astonishing in looking back at the first five seasons of THE X-FILES is how amazingly consistent the show was. With most shows you can clearly demarcate the better from the worst seasons, but this show hit the ground running in its first season and never really eased up. Apart from adding touches of comedy in Season Three, the first five seasons are masterpieces of consistency. Over the course of time the show managed to build up a massive back-story, often leaping back a few decades to detail events in the past (including an excellent episode that not only deals with Mulder's father, but pays homage to one of the few shows that could be a precursor to THE X-FILES by guest starring THE NIGHT STALKER's leading man Darren McGavin). There are a number of outstanding stand alone episodes, and several that I personally find scarier than anything in the first four seasons. One early episode finds Mulder and Scully lost in a swamp with chameleon-like creatures that can strike almost at will (with more of the flirtation that left fans wondering if there was potential romance in the wings). Another very funny episode in black and white deals with "The Great Mutato," a take off on bad 1950s Sci-fi films. But the best comic episode of the season is easily one set in Texas with Luke Wilson and vampires, a RASHOMON type story in which we witness the same story first from Scully's and then from Mulder's point of view (the former presenting Luke Wilson as the apex of male attractiveness, while Mulder presents him as a doofus with buck teeth and possibly some idiocy in the family line). There is also an amazing episode with Lily Taylor guest starring as a blind woman who has the ability to see things remotely through the eyes of the man who biologically fathered her.

    As with the former seasons, the most engrossing parts of the season dealt with ongoing plot lines. Season Four ended with Mulder apparently dead (though who really believed that?) and Scully in desperate shape because of her cancer). After a very, very funny first episode that provided comic relief after the cliffhanger ending of Season Four as well as dealing with both the creation of the Lone Gunmen and Mulder's involvement with the X-Files. And in an absolutely stunning episode sequence Scully, who was rendered barren by the procedures performed upon her during her abduction, discovers that she has a child that she is the genetic mother of. The Smoking Man is revealed to be Mulder's father, but then later not to be Mulder's father. Or perhaps Mulder's father, and the father of both his brother and his sister, or perhaps not. Just who Cancer Man fathered is a complex mystery at the end of Season Five. We get endless amounts of increased by increasingly unilluminating details about government conspiracies and plots. As I've pointed out in previous reviews, this highlights the only real weakness the show ever had: a tendency to pile one mysterious plot element onto another without resolving previous ones, and introducing apparently conflicting plot details, as the Smoking Man's role as potential father demonstrates. Unfortunately, subsequent seasons did less to resolve these tensions than to multiply them.

    The season ends with a wonderful episode about a small child with psychic ability who Mulder and Scully (and Mulder's old flame, played by Mimi Rogers), the most intense heightening tease hitherto that Mulder and Scully might have feelings for one another that their professional relationship has forced them to ignore (more in a second), and the reappearance of the Smoking Man who not only steals the child but sets fire to Mulder and Scully's office, destroying the X-Files. The final image of the season consists of an utterly despondent Mulder laying on his couch with a solicitous Scully sadly watching over him. Nonetheless, fans wanting to see something happen between Mulder and Scully were encouraged by the words of the boy who tells Mulder with both Scully and Mimi Rogers's character present that one of the two women was thinking about him, and that he was thinking about one of them, and also by the look of implied emotional devastation (which she typically refuses to express) when Scully walks by a door and sees Mulder and her old flame holding hands. Though the X-Files are ashes, the viewer still feels that Season Six will not only begin with the X-Files being resurrected, but with Mulder and Scully, whom we all assume were thinking of one another, might finally be coaxed to break the cold reserve that exists between them. ...more info
  • Twilight Time
    Season five marked several highlights in the production of The X-Files. It was the show's last season in Vancouver before moving to Hollywood, and because The X-Files movie was shot in a few months right before, season five was the shortest to date, totaling 20 episodes compared to the average 24. With the movie set to take place AFTER season five, Chris Carter and crew had to, for the first time in the show's history, pre-plan the mythology arc, and structure it to lead into the summer release of the film. This made for some challenges, most notably in the characterizations of Mulder and Scully, who reversed roles after the events in the Gethsemane-Redux trilogy. Mulder becomes a disillusioned skeptic. He's shown that his obsessive quest for the truth about aliens was merely the impetus for a hoax he unwittingly perpetuated for a shadow government. Scully, meanwhile, becomes more of a believer after inexplicably defying the odds against surviving her cancer.

    This dynamic is best explored in "All Souls." Mulder tries to persuade Scully into thinking that the mysterious deaths of quadruplet sisters are nothing more than the work of a religious psychopath. However, Scully has trouble reconciling the conflict between her scientific knowledge and rejuvenated religious beliefs. Though somewhat similar in structure to season one's "Beyond the Sea," "All Souls" is a deeper character piece seldom seen in seasons past.

    Overall, the standalone stories in season five are less fantastic than in previous seasons (but no less entertaining). There's fewer flukemen and Mexican goatsuckers, and more of reality-based material (terrorists in the taut "The Pine Bluff Variant," artificial intelligence in the hip, cyberpunk "Kill Switch," mass hysteria in the off-beat "The Post-Modern Prometheus").

    The X-Files mythology, on the other hand, gets even more convoluted with the introduction of the faceless rebels, the Spenders, Agent Fowley and Gibson Praise. Fans were curious to see how the movie might resolve or expand upon the new conflicts beset by these characters, only to be disappointed that they weren't even featured, or at least mentioned, in the film at all.

    The X-Files hit its peak by season five, reaching a mainstream audience and losing its cult status. With the movie, the creators tried to maintain the show's integrity for longtime, hardcore fans without alienating the new ones. Unfortunately, this politican approach followed into subsequent seasons, marking the beginning of the end.

    TECHNICAL:

    I want to clarify the popular misconception that The X-Files--The Complete Fifth Season isn't truly widescreen. I just compared the DVD's with the original broadcast episodes I recorded on VHS, and I found that the DVD's are in fact, widescreen. The picture is constrained from top to bottom (not cropped), noticeably diminishing the onscreen text but not so much the actual photography; the lateral field of vision is greater, showing the viewer more from left to right.

    That said, I appreciate Fox and 1013's decision to release this set in widescreen format, serving to accentuate the cinematic aesthetic of the show. Chris Carter & Co. always treated each episode of The X-Files as a 44-minute featurette, and with Season 5 in widescreen on DVD, fans can experience that theatrical quality in full effect. If only seasons 1 through 4 were shot in widescreen....

    One glaring flaw of this set that hardcore X-Philes should be aware of, though, is the omission of alternate taglines for certain episodes. In the main titles for "Redux," the tagline reads the usual "The Truth is Out There" instead of the alternate "All Lies Lead to the Truth." The same goes for the finale, "The End," where the tagline should read "The End." This may be something that the casual viewer could care less about, but for true, nitpicky fans like myself, this oversight needs to be rectified, if not for season 5, then at least in the future DVD releases of seasons 6 through 9....more info

  • Incredible season.. Best I have seen yet
    Up until recently, I never watched a single episode of the X-Files. Now that the DVD sets have been reduced in price, I had the opportunity to start watching the show. After watching the first four seasons on DVD I have become a huge fan, and in my opinion The X-Files is one of the most addictive and well done science fiction shows ever created. However, the only five star season that was great from start to finish, was the third season. Going into season five, I never expected to see a season of The X-Files that could manage to overcome season three in terms of storytelling and episode quality. I was wrong. The fifth season was absolutely amazing. I enjoyed every single episode, and I doubt that any season for the rest of the show will be able to top it.

    The thing that I probably enjoyed the most about season five, is that Mulder and Scully switch roles. Based on what he learns at the end of season four, Mulder turns somewhat skeptical and comes to think that everything he believed in was a lie, while Scully starts to become more of a believer based on things she discovers about her abduction. The fifth season offers so many wonderful episodes, it is hard to choose a favorite. The first two episodes "Redux" and "Redux II" offer a wonderful conclusion to the season four cliffhanger. One of my favorite episodes "Unusual Suspects" goes into how the Lone Gunmen came to be. "The Post-Modern Prometheus" is loosely based on the Frankenstien monster, and is shot in black and white. This was definately one of the best episodes I have seen so far. Everything from the writing and cinematography, to the music used was fantastic. "Bad Blood" is the funniest and most entertaining episode of The X-Files that I have ever seen, and will probably go down as being my favorite episode of the entire show. "The End" is the best season finale of the show that I have seen so far, and is definately on my top ten list for best episodes.

    Overall, the fifth season of The X-Files is the best season I have seen so far. While there were only 20 episodes, each one managed to be fantastic. The fifth season would be worth owning for the episodes alone. However, the DVD package is great. This was the first DVD set to offer the episodes in widescreen! The extras are very good as well. My favorite feature was the 45 minute "Inside the X-Files" featurette. It was very in-depth and featured tons of great information. You also get deleted scenes with commentary from series creator Chris Carter, commentary on the episodes "The Post-Modern Prometheus" and "The Pine Bluff Variant" from the writer of those particular episodes, and more.

    A solid 5 stars......more info

  • The Bedrock Is Shaken
    During the previous four seasons of The X-Files, a similar theme was followed in all of the show's "mythology" (or over-arching) episodes: Agent Mulder is the unshakeable believer in aliens, while Agent Scully is the staunch skeptic. In this Fifth Season, that formula is thrown out the window. Let's quickly examine the three types of X-Files episodes in order to see where the show deviates from that traditional pattern:

    Mythology: Picking up from the shocking (yet rather anticlimatic, as you known Mulder really won't be killed off) Season Four finale, in "Redux" and "Redux II" Mulder is given a completely different interpretation about his paranormal findings at that point, perhaps debasing his entire life's work. Later this season (in "Patient X" and "The Red and the Black") Mulder remains skeptical while Scully is drawn (in a very personal way) towards a very Mulder-like paranormal explanation of certain events. Eventually, in "The End", Mulder is again convinced of the continued existance of extraterrestrial life, but that realization is ultimately too late in coming to prevent a terrible catastrophe from striking the X-Files.

    Also, "Christmas Carol" and "Emily" are the first Scully-based mythology episodes on the show, in which Scully discovers more information regarding her earlier abduction. While some X-Files fans (including myself) believe that Scully has a difficult time carrying an episode that does not also heavily involve Mulder, other fans find these two episodes to pack a heavy emotional punch.

    Stand-Alone: As usual, the quality of the stand-alone X-Files episodes this season is quite high. "The Post-Modern Prometheus" is my favorite stand-alone episode of the entire show, "Kitsunegari" marks the return of an old nemesis, and "Chinga" (penned by master writer Stephen King) has you on the edge of your seat. Also, "All Souls" provides a much deeper and fascinating look into Scully's religious battles than has every been provided before.

    Comedic: This season, only "Bad Blood" could be considered a true X-Files comedy episode. Even so, it does not disappoint, rivaling "Jose Chung" of the Third Season for funniest episode in the show's history.

    To conclude, the Fifth Season of the X-Files throws a wrench into the seemingly established beliefs of the show's past. While the Scully plotlines are hit-or-miss depending on who you ask, the torment of Agent Mulder in trying to piece together one truth out of multiple lies will have you rooting for his cause harder than ever. The final scene of the season will leave your jaw on the floor, wondering how the show can ever be the same....more info
  • The End
    Season five will always be remembered as the last season filmed in Vancouver, and as the end of the so called "glory years." Also, several people say that it was in this season that the mythology had become too hard to follow, but I don't think so. Some people also say that the mythology episodes are dull. What are they talking about!? Season five has 4 of the greatest mythology episodes in the history of the show. Below I have a summary of some of the seasons good episodes, of which there were alot of.
    SPOILERS AHEAD

    Redux: Mulder is in fact alive, and he goes to the Pentagon to look for a cure for Scully's cancer. Meanwhile, Scully covers up Mulder's death, but Skinner sees through it.
    Redux II: Scully faints and has to be rushed off too the hospital due to her cancer. Mulder gets in touch with CSM who will give him the cure to Scully's cancer if he quits the FBI.
    Unusual Suspects: We go back to 1989 to discover how the Lone Gunmen came to be.
    Detour: Mulder and Scully investigate the disappearance of a man in Florida. Some good one liners through out.
    Christmas Carol: My favorite episode. Scully receives a phone call that she traces to the Sim residence, where she finds a child she believes to be her dead sisters.
    Emily: Scully finds out that Emily is in fact her daughter, and shetries to protect her, but someone is out to kill her.
    Kitsunegari: Robert "Pusher" Modell has escaped from a psych ward and begins toying with Mulder's mind.
    Bad Blood: Mulder and Scully argue about the events of what happened to them in Texas. Very funny.
    Patient X: An alien abductee has Scully beginning to believe in aliens.
    The Red And The Black: Scully survives the faceless aliens on the bridge, and she goes with Mulder to try and uncover the truth.
    Pine Bluff Variant: Mulder tries to stop a man from spreading a deadly virus, but Scully thinks Mulder is a part of it.
    The End: The near assassination of a 12 year old boy has leads Mulder to a stunning conclusion that could be the ultimate proof of extraterrestrial life.

    The fifth season will always be remembered as the season of the hilarious self parody episode Bad Blood, but some people seem to forget that season five is home to some of the best mythology episodes in the series....more info
  • X-Files equals sweet Sci-Fi action!
    Another fantastic season of the best scifi based TV series ever. With great episodes including redux I and II, as well as the critically acclaimed Post-Modern Prometheus and Kill Switch written by William Gibson. One of my favorite seasons....more info
  • Still good, but the decline starts here
    The fifth season of The X-Files was the year I started to lose interest, esp. with the mythology that was beginning to drag along and go in circles. Add to that a few episodes that were meant to be funny, but I didn't think were so, with the humor becoming more forced than in early seasons.

    Watching the entire season on DVD over a few days' time pretty much confirmed this feeling to me, though I still really enjoyed the season. Seasons 2-4 are the zenith of the series for me.

    I still just don't buy Mulder's skepticism late in the season. It was a good idea to try, but he'd just seen too much in the earlier seasons to see him so completely believe that alien visitation was 100% faked by the gov't.

    Still very good TV, of course, and a more serious decline starts in the sixth season (after the mildly disappointng feature film was released) with some really weak early season episodes that venture way too far into self-parody....more info
  • Chris Carter:Congratulations
    I loved this fifth season, i enjoyined David Duchoviny in this season.But i like it the extras of the DVD like the spots of tv.
    This fifth season is very very elementar, new aswers to Mulder and Scully but so many questions Mulder have to think.
    My favorite epsiodes of the fifth season is "Bad Blood"(If you not watched, you are going to understand why this episode is great) and the appearence of Luke Wilson in his memorable moment in this season.
    This DVD is out, you need to buy and this DVD wil be a addition to your collection...more info
  • Excellent
    I am a big fan of the series and now own 3 DVD packs. However I was wondering why these DVD's are so expensive on amazon.com. On amazon UK the same DVD pack only cost 80 US dollars. Maybe a tip for others!...more info
  • X-files DVD's
    We were very pleased with our purchase of X-Files DVD's. Of course, we already knew we would like the subject. But in addition, we were pleased with the price, ease of ordering, and speed of shipping. Amazon is an excellent source of...nearly anything you need!...more info
  • THE BEST SEASON
    ..... I'm a fan of the series and i think this is the best season.Most of the episodes are fantastic like the 2 parts of Emily,the incredible Chinga{writen by Stephen KING},Detour,PATIENT X and THE RED AND THE BLACK{The best episodes in this season}and of course the END a fantastic finale.Dont miss this incredible box set with many extras like the truth about season 5 and many others.This season is a must for every X-filer....more info
  • Ok, people. I just finished watching Season 5 last night
    I feel that both Gillian Anderson and David Duchovney were MADE for these two roles in the X-files. I love them both and hope that their acting careers will flourish now that this show has ended. Given this, I believe their character development within this fifth season was spectacular. Turning the tables on their personalities....Mulder becomes the ultimate and might I say, bitter skeptic, while Scully makes every attempt to open her eyes to things beyond science.

    A personal chord was struck with me when she was dying and called her mother to her hospital bed, only to exclaim something to the effect of, "Why do I wear this cross?!!! If everything I've done is for science, then why do I continue to wear this around my neck? I have ignored my own faith and beliefs!" It seemed to me to be the turning point for her within this season. Being a new fan (from the DVD releases), I have yet to see her development in the future seasons. I just pray that she does not become too sappy. (please note my irony in using the word 'pray')

    What I love most of all is the interaction between the two characters. There is a serious side, a sense of comraderie, and a comical banter with a hint of whimsey. It's amazing, and I love watching these two act together. A prime example of this is in the episode Bad Blood, where they both describe versions of events....giving little jabs at each other in their own stories. a brilliant episode.

    There is one episode I was astounded by...and not in a good way. Post Modern Prometheus was quite possible the worst piece of fiction ever written for the television screen. It was absurd and silly, and to culminate the entire episode at a Cher concert had me exclaiming: "SHUT ... UP!!!!!"). I came onto this message board expecting to find the same opinion, only to find the exact opposite. Perhaps shooting it in black and white was very good, but the storyline was horrendous. If they were going to make it silly and ridiculous, then I suggest that they should have ended the episode at a drag queen Cher-look-alike contest. Would have been more fitting.

    Overall...EXCELLENT season. I await season 6 with baited breath. word....more info

  • Continued Brilliance
    Season Five of The X-Files is definitely one of the best seasons from the show's nine-year run, in my opinion. Season Five is where the mythology arc of the show really takes over, resulting in a superb season finale before finally leading to box-office glory in the summer of 1998 with The X-Files Movie: Fight The Future. Season Five was actually filmed after the movie, despite the movie coming out after Season Five! This brilliant season of The X-Files contains a mere 20 episodes - the movie was Chris Carter's excuse as the concluding 'episode/s' to the season. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are on form as their usual best in this season.

    As previously stated, Season Five is where the mythology arc of the show really takes over. These conspiracy episodes are the best from any season in The X-Files, and made Season 5 more epic than any other. Season Five begins with the great episode Unusual Suspects. In a flash back scene from 1989, the Lone Gunmen meet for the first time and join forces with Mulder to stop a covert government experiment that may be targeted at the American public, after been contacted by a distraught woman. We finally catch up with what happened at the end of Season 4 in the first two-parter of Season Five; "Redux/Redux II." Mulder was presumed dead at the end of the previous season, yet the agents play the game better and are one step ahead of everyone else - I won't spoil it for you, but it's truly an amazing two-parter, definitely one of the best in the show's history. The next two-parter we receive from Season Five is "Christmas Carol" and "Emily." In the former, a mysterious phone call leads Scully to investigate a woman's suicide and a young girl who may be the daughter of her deceased sister, Melissa. In the latter, Scully attempts to adopt three year old Emily Sim, only to discover that the girl has developed a disturbing illness that may be the by-product of a sinister conspiracy.

    The next in a long list of Season Five two-parters is "Patient X" and "The Red And The Black." In the former - after a group of alien abductees are burned alive by faceless assailants - Mulder and Scully uncover proof that the event is linked to alien colonisation. In the latter, the agents discover more evidence of the planned alien colonisation of earth and set out to preserve what may be humanity's last remaining link to freedom. Since the beginning of Season Five, Mulder's opinions on what he believes have been severely challenged. We see an extremely sceptical Mulder in this two-parter, not willing to believe anything without proof. The fans aren't used to this, so it's just as glad he reverts to his normal self soon. The Season Five finale - "The End" - is another absolutely stunning episode in which Mulder and Scully discover a 12-year-old clairvoyant whose life may be in danger due to his gifted ability to solve all the unexplained phenomena in The X-Files. The Cigarette-Smoking Man really gets involved in this finale, arriving back with full force - intent on complicating things more than they could be and, of course, covering up the truth.

    The stand-alone episodes of Season Five are amongst the best the show has ever produced. While containing some superb ones such as "Kitsunegari," "Schizogeny," "Kill Switch," "Mind's Eye," "All Souls," "The Pine Bluff Variant" and "Folie A Deux," it also contains one atrocious one - "Travelers." This is just a rubbish episode, which I turned off inbetween the first viewing. One of the best episodes of Season Five is "Detour." In the episode, Mulder and Scully are stalked by an ancient legion of lethal beings while out in the woods investigating a boy's claims that he was attacked by an invisible creature. The striking and rich greens of the trees in the forest make this one of the most memorable episodes in The X-Files' history. "The Post Modern Prometheus" is a special episode, filmed entirely in black and white. While investigating the appearance of a freakish creature in a rural town, the agents uncover a dangerous genetic experiment that has spun wildly out of control. The comedy scenes (Mulder and Scully suddenly appearing from behind a door-frame to quiz a suspect is hilarious) make for a much-loved episode.

    "Chinga" is another one of the season's highlights. Rumours of witchcraft and sorcery surrounding a bizarre murder lead Scully to a little girl and a cursed doll that may be hiding a murderous secret. The episode was co-written by horror story legend Stephen King and contains some truly scary moments - such as the supermarket one. And watch out for the "I want more cherries!" scene! "Bad Blood" has to be the funniest episode of The X-Files you will ever see. While exploring the deaths of cattle killed by a series of blood extractions, the agents uncover a cult of vampires residing in a small Texas town. Both Mulder and Scully offer their sides of the story on what happened in flashback scenes. At one point, the agents become so annoyed with each other that when Scully explains what location they were at (with that trademark writing appearing at the bottom of the screen), Mulder cuts in and believes Scully to have got the location wrong. The writing at the bottom of the screen then changes to what Mulder believes it to be! Very funny stuff!

    OVERALL GRADE: 10/10

    Season Five of The X-Files is one of the best seasons of any TV show I have ever seen. The season contains many different characters such as the Cigarette-Smoking Man, Alex Krycek, the Lone Gunmen, Maria Covarrubias, Diana Fowley and The Bounty Hunter which only add to the season's quality. Be a part of The X-Files legend and own Season Five on DVD today....more info
  • An Intimate Season. "Travelers ?"
    I think season 4 was a shade better because, it had 24 episodes to this seasons 20. But they were busy making the movie, which was somewhat disappointing when compared to the series. Like season 4, this one was a roller coaster ride. It had emotional angst, humor, suspense, special effects, action, & some unexpected surprises. The relationship between Scully & Mulder is what stood out the most, there was more depth which gave them even more chemistry.

    This is the first season to be presented in anamorphic widescreen, there are 6 discs: 5 with 4 episodes each & 1 with extras. The info book has quotes, chapter stops, images, & other info for all the episodes.

    Here are some of the best episodes. Redux 1&2: mulder has shot himself? No, he is actually searching for a cure for Scully's cancer. He has also lost his belief in the validity of aliens. He now thinks they are just a government cover for something more sinister. Surprise, "Cigarette Smoking Man" is shot!
    Unusual Suspects: A back in time sequence where Mulder meets & becomes friends with the lone gunmen, a very well paced episode.
    Detour: Scully & Mulder are hunted through the woods by a camoflaged humanoid being.
    Christmas Carol/Emily: Scully helps someone & comes across a suicide that may actually be a murder? She later finds a dying girl who may be related to her? While Mulder tries to find information on her condition while Scully fights to keep her alive.

    Schizogeny: is nature killing people? Are the abusive parents reaping what they sowed? A good suspense thriller.
    Bad Blood: Mulder kills a vampire. They get sued while each agent tells the story from very different perspectives. A dark, goofy episode.
    Patient X & The Black Oil: Jeff spender & his mother Cassandra are introduced. She is a multiple abductee, & her son is full of surprises. while the ever devious Krycek faces the syndicate over the vaccine to the Black oil.
    Travelers: a flashback episode where Arthur Dales appears. This may have been the best episode of the season?

    All Souls: some deformed girls are struck down in identical ways, while Scully deals with her tormented emotions over Emily's loss. A true sci-fi classic.
    Pine Bluff Variant: has Mulder gone bad? I won't tell, just watch this one.
    The End: The mind reading boy Gibson Praise appears. As the boy is hunted {by who?} the drama grows. An exceptional episode with many twists. There could have been more extras, but this is still a fine collection from a five star show. ...more info
  • End of Vancouver...
    For the first five seasons of the show, they filmed in Vancouver. After that, they moved to LA. Even through all that, the show remains incredibly well done.

    In this season, we have a cure for Scully's cancer, we find out what really happened in the Season Four finale episode, and we learn just how deep the conspiracy goes. We also learn more about what happened when Scully was abducted in "Christmas Carol/Emily," and more in "Patient X/The Red and the Black." The latter two-parter also expands more into what the aliens are really up to.

    The season ends with a decent finale, although not as good as last season's. But that's ok, because a month later we got the movie!

    Great season, great DVD....more info

  • Great season for "X-Files" Fans
    With the focus on "The X-Files" film, the fifth season was shorter but still strong. "Emily" aboutthe fate of Scully's daughter, "The Pine Bluff Variant" about home grown terrorists using a nasty bioagent (with a memorable scene in a movie theater ironically showing "Die Hard with a Vengeance" as two kids discover the audience isn't "all there")and the David Lynch-like "The Post-Modern Prometheus" are all outstanding episodes demonstrating the series was willing to go in new directions. The "mythology" episodes and the stand alones are equally strong.

    Although there had been rumors that Carter intended to close out the series with "The End", I personally believe the title was meant ironically. It seemed to me that the series still had much to offer and while seasons 6 wasn't quite up to 5 and 7 spun off into some pretty goofy, wild directions, the series is still worthwhile for its entire run (yes, even the hated season 9 which still has enough highlights to make it worthwhile). The series didn't find its footing again after 6 until season 8 when Robert Patrick breezed in and brought some much needed energy to the series. The best episodes here are every bit the equal of the best from seasons 1-4.

    There's a 45 minutes documentary about the challenges of the fifth season. There's also deleted scenes for a number of classic episodes and two commentary tracks one for "Pine" and the other for "Prometheus". Picture quality is excellent with just a touch of edge enhancement but otherwise flawless. With prices dropping (particularly at Best Buy through July 4 at $45.00 for each set), they'll be popular again for fans that didn't buy them the first go round. ...more info
  • The X-Files Season 5 Another outstanding season!
    Intricacies, subtleties, nuances and BLAM straight in your face, long awaited revelations are what Season Five is all about! All of it leading up to "Fight the Future" which was filmed prior to filming this entire season that leads up to the movie! Simply stated, Chris Carter and his entire staff are geniuses.

    Redux - {mythology} - Last seasons "Gethsemane" ended with Fox Mulder appearing to be dead from a self inflicted shotgun blast. Mulder is able to obtain an ID that allows him access to a DOD complex where the CSM allows him to escape with the cure for Scully's cancer.

    Redux II - {mythology} - This is the outstanding conclusion to the mini trilogy. The CSM offers Mulder all the answers. Scully's cancer is finally in remission thanks to the device that Mulder found. Mulder weeds out the FBI mole, who is shortly thereafter assassinated. The big news, the CSM is shot in his own apartment, yet no body is found. With episodes like these first two, season five continues to prove what an excellent experience The X-Files is.

    Unusual Suspects - {mythology} - A beautifully well scripted episode detailing the events in 1989 that brought the "Lone Gunmen" together. This episode also includes a surprise appearance by "X" as well. Surprisingly enough, the events of this episode are what put Mulder and the Lone Gunmen on the quest that they are all on.

    Detour - Another well written episode where Scully and Mulder are stuck having to go to team building retreat with a married pair of agents. Fortunately for Mulder's sanity, they have to stop along the way because of a police road block. They find out that people were coming up missing in the woods in a strange way. This episode has some very touching scenes belying the relationship that is building between Mulder and Scully.

    The Post-Modern Prometheus - This episode is an absolutely wonderful, campy black & white episode where The X-Files once again proves that they can lighten up and have a little fun. Jerry Springer stars as himself in the background as Mulder and Scully find themselves in a town full of die hard Springer fans and a monster in "The Mutato."

    Christmas Carol & Emily - {mythology} - Simply stated, these are two of the finest, touching and most heartfelt episodes of not only the season but the entire series! Scully is on Christmas vacation with her family in California and receives what seems to be a phone call from her sister, who was killed in an earlier season. This phone call leads to the discovery of a little girl that Dana believes to be the daughter of her sister! "Emily" brings Mulder into the picture and the real "mythology" aspects of these two spectacular episodes kicks in! These two episodes alone make the entire season!

    Kitsunegari - Dj vu', Robert Modell from the third season episode "Pusher" is back. He's survived the bullet that Mulder put in his head and he's back to "pushing" people into what he wants them to do. This episode is one of the most intriguing of the season.

    Schizogeny - This is a particularly intriguing episode about child abuse and the way one woman dealt with her abuse.

    Chinga - Written by Stephen King and Chris Carter. This episode certainly qualifies as one of the best of the season and the entire nine year run as producer Chris Carter welcomes the "King of Horror" in Stephen King as a co-writer. This episode has everything that one can expect from King, suspense and horror in full measure. This is certainly a classic X-Files episode that is not to be missed.

    Kill Switch - This is a superb episode in both its setup and execution as The X-Files explores Artificial Intelligence in the best way that only they can. This is a perfect "Lone Gunmen" style episode.

    Bad Blood - This is another outstandingly funny, yet scary episode that the producers have proven their superiority at. Mulder and Scully find themselves in Texas looking for a vampire and ultimately find much more than they bargained for. The banter between them just keeps getting better and better.

    Patient X & The Red and the Black - {mythology} - Two outstanding episodes that serve extremely well to further the mythology of "The X-Files." Mulder's lost faith is quite prominent as Scully gains faith in the possibility of aliens. Some of the "facts" that die hard fans have been waiting several years for are beginning to slip from Chris Carter finally. This is also the episode that introduces Agent Spinder, CSM's son.

    Travelers - {part mythology} Travelers is a brilliant prequel episode that first takes us back to 1990, before Mulder's taking the X-Files, then takes us to a case going back to 50's and his father working for the State Department.

    Mind's Eye - A beautifully well written episode that is both touching and heartwarming. It is about a woman, blind from birth who has been accused of a brutal murder.

    All Souls - This is another breathtaking episode where The X-Files explores Scully's faith in God.

    The Pine Bluff Variant - Agent Mulder finds himself undercover and in the midst of one of the very government conspiracies that he seeks to expose, but finds the truth too shocking to reveal.

    Folie a deux - This episode contains the best one liner to date in the series. Mulder is sent to Chicago to discover who is threatening an office with terrorism and finds that he is seeing the same thing that the "madman" was seeing.

    The End - {mythology} Another outstanding season finale that leads up to the movie. CSM is back and in full force and doing his thing. This is the episode that introduces Gibson, the child who, born with alien DNA is capable of reading minds. CSM succeeds in having The X-Files closed.

    Extra Features - Just as it was with the first four seasons, the special features disk for season five is outstanding. This one finally includes some blooper scenes....more info

  • Weak mythology, but some good standalones in 5th Season
    By the end of the fourth season of THE X-FILES, Mulder had discovered that everything he had believed in about the existence of extra-terrestrials had been a big lie. Seemingly, he had killed himself as a result of this blinding revelation...but of course, who really believed that? So of course Mulder is back in Season 5 trying to dig deeper into the deep, dark secrets of aliens and our own government, and undergoing a radical ideological change in the process. By "Patient X"/"The Red and the Black", he has turned into a skeptic, even as a faceless alien rebel force had suddenly made its way onto our planet and caused mass murders. But as "The Red and the Black" closes, Mulder even starts to question his own skepticism. Boy, the lengths X-FILES creator Chris Carter will go to frustrate his audience.

    The 5th Season of THE X-FILES---which lasted a mere 20 episodes, as the crew was working hard on the upcoming X-FILES movie---still finds the show in good form, but it is with the mythological developments of this season that I think the alien mythology of the show began its decline into muddle and, eventually, painful drawn-out death. In the first three seasons, THE X-FILES' grand conspiracy story deftly mixed our deepest paranoia with our love of the freaky to make it fun and exciting. But, with the blinding revelation of Season 4's concluding "Gethsemane" and the introduction of the faceless alien rebels in Season 5, I personally started to feel less intrigued than exasperated at its hard-to-swallow twists and turns. (Guess again if you think one of the main characters is really dead by the end of "Redux II"; notwithstanding Mulder's resurrection in Season 3's "The Blessing Way," it seems like all the wrong characters come back to life in this X-FILES universe.) In his quest to continually keep his audience on its toes, Chris Carter kept piling on the twists until, by Season 6 onward, there was nowhere left for the alien mytharcs to go but down...and down it went.

    Still, "Redux"/"Redux II" was a fine opening two-parter, filled with the kind of convoluted plotting and strong emotions that made the opening diptych of Season 3 classic mythological X-FILES. (The tears Mulder sheds at Scully's hospital bedside in one scene in "Redux II" will break your heart.) Unfortunately, "Christmas Carol"/"Emily", in which Scully discovers she bore a daughter during her abduction experience, seems more emotionally brutal than gripping---poor Scully has already gone through a draining bout with cancer; now she has to go through another (futile) life-saving bout on account of a daughter she never knew she had? It's a little much, if you ask me. And the aforementioned "Patient X"/"The Red and the Black" just seemed lifeless, totally lacking in the kind of spark that infused, say, "Colony"/"Endgame" (still the most viscerally thrilling of X-FILES mytharcs). Finally, the season ends with "The End," which introduces another mythological chess piece: Gibson Praise (Jeff Gulka), the young mind-reading kid who may or may not be part-alien.

    If the mythological developments of Season 5 sometimes fail to stimulate, there are still some excellent standalone episodes to keep your eyes open (which, arguably, were the only reasons left to watch the show in its later seasons). As with the previous season, the highlight of these standalones is another Vince Gilligan foray into hilarious self-parody and satire, "Bad Blood." The RASHOMON-like structure of the first half, especially, is a brilliant masterstroke, cleverly revealing the way both Mulder and Scully see each other. (The truth may be out there, but as Kurosawa masterfully demonstrated in his classic film, it is ultimately unknowable...except for the part about the buck teeth.) Other notables include:

    Chris Carter's clever B&W comic-book "Post-Modern Prometheus," a modern-day retelling of Mary Shelley's classic FRANKENSTEIN tale, with John O'Hurley---commonly known as SEINFELD's J. Peterman---well cast as the (subtly) mad Dr. Pollidori.

    The convoluted, jargon-filled, yet thrilling "Kill Switch," co-written by famed "cyberpunk" author William Gibson and directed by Rob Bowman, who has an unerring sense of the kinetic. Gibson and co-writer Tom Maddox create a dark, ugly, chilling tale about paranoia and live artificial intelligence.

    "Mind's Eye" has a terrific performance from Lili Taylor as a blind woman whom Mulder believes is innocent of murder, regardless of all the evidence stacked against her. Taylor vividly creates a spunky, sometimes abrasive character who refuses to be pitied under any circumstances; it's a memorable, touching performance.

    Religion-themed X-FILES episodes are usually stimulating, and "All Souls" is no exception, an episode which finds Scully still dealing with the emotional grief of having lost her daughter Emily. Perhaps actress Gillian Anderson's finest episode.

    Rob Bowman returns to the directing helm with the exciting "Pine Bluff Variant," in which Mulder gets involved in a bioterrorist plot. As an action hero, David Duchovny has nothing on Bruce Willis, but the episode nevertheless is a lot of fun, provided you don't think too much about it afterward.

    And "Folie a Deux" is a fine penultimate episode involving a telemarketing company who may or may not be under the control of a man-bug who sucks the life out of his victims. If you think Mulder went to the edge of madness in Season 3's underrated "Grotesque"...he goes even further in "Folie a Deux." Just look at the title.

    Sure, the quality of the standalones may not be as consistent as they were in Season 3---don't even bother with the pointless "Kitsunegari" if you loved Season 3's "Pusher"---but, even in lesser episodes, there was always the rapport between David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, still managing to strike some sparks here and there to keep us intrigued in their characters' relationship.

    All in all, the 5th Season of the X-FILES is not one of the show's best---it is done in by the rather lackluster mythology episodes. Still, there are some worthy episodes here that make it worthy of the X-FILES name. ...more info
  • End of Vancouver
    This season marks the last season that was shot in Vancouver. After that, they moved to L.A. Amidst all of that, as well as writting an entire season to lead up to the movie, this season proved to be really great.

    [Spoilers]

    As usual, the conspiracy deepens with the season premier, and we get a cure for Scully's cancer, an answer to Mulder's supposed death, and a new monkey wrench thrown into the Syndicate's plans: Mulder and Scully discover a boy that can read minds, which in turn could expose the syndicate.

    [End Spoilers]

    This season had great stand alone episodes as well as mythology episodes. It proved that The X-Files still had a lot going for it.

    This season ended with a pretty good season finale, but wasn't as good as Season 4's. However, this didn't matter, because the REAL season finale was the movie "The X-Files: Fight the Future" that was released a few weeks later in theaters.

    Overall, a great season and a great setup for the movie and future seasons.

    Great season, great DVD....more info

  • Terrific season
    I love this season. Some of the mythology episodes ("The Red and the Black", "Patient X", "The End"). Gillian Anderson is a tour-de-force. She's one of the biggest reasons why I love the X-Files. The chemistry she and David Duchovny have on the show is still very strong in this season. My favorite episode of all this season is "Bad Blood." All of the pros and cons of the two main characters, Mulder and Scully, are embellished in a very comical way. Scully is seen as less than exuberant while Mulder is seen as the opposite. It's hilarious. I just wish this season had been longer, though. I understand, though, the demanding schedules of the stars, what with the movie, "X-Files - Fight the Future" being filmed in the same year. The season was very good, though. I highly recommend it!...more info
  • One of TV's greatest shows, now available in an easily affordable edition
    For me personally, nothing has delighted me in 2006 so much as the impending appearance of affordable editions of THE X-FILES. Before summer we should have the entire series available in new slim pack editions that will retail for less than half the cost of the original DVD sets. I have been ranting for ages about those far-too-expensive sets, renting and rerenting discs, refusing to support products that I deemed too expensive, holding out for sets in line with the pricing of other TV series. As they say: good things come to those who wait. Besides, I far prefer slim pack versions of television series.

    Warning: Spoilers ahead!

    I'm not sure that a spoiler alert is necessary with a show so well known as THE X-FILES, but, what the hey! Besides, the new low prices could attract new viewers who have been curious about the show but have found the cost of the previous sets prohibitive.

    What is astonishing in looking back at the first five seasons of THE X-FILES is how amazingly consistent the show was. With most shows you can clearly demarcate the better from the worst seasons, but this show hit the ground running in its first season and never really eased up. Apart from adding touches of comedy in Season Three, the first five seasons are masterpieces of consistency. Over the course of time the show managed to build up a massive back-story, often leaping back a few decades to detail events in the past (including an excellent episode that not only deals with Mulder's father, but pays homage to one of the few shows that could be a precursor to THE X-FILES by guest starring THE NIGHT STALKER's leading man Darren McGavin). There are a number of outstanding stand alone episodes, and several that I personally find scarier than anything in the first four seasons. The great episode "Detour" finds Mulder and Scully lost in a swamp with chameleon-like creatures that can strike almost at will (with more of the flirtation that left fans wondering if there was potential romance in the wings). Another very funny episode in black and white deals with "The Great Mutato," a take off on bad 1950s Sci-fi films. But the best comic episode of the season is easily "Bad Blood," set in Texas with Luke Wilson in a story about vampires, a RASHOMON type story in which we witness the same story first from Scully's and then from Mulder's point of view (the former presenting Luke Wilson as the apex of male attractiveness, while Mulder presents him as a doofus with buck teeth and possibly some idiocy in the family line). On a more serious level there is also an amazing episode with Lily Taylor guest starring as a blind woman who has the ability to see things remotely through the eyes of the man who biologically fathered her.

    As with the former seasons, the most engrossing parts of the season dealt with ongoing plot lines. Season Four ended with Mulder apparently dead (though who really believed that?) and Scully in desperate shape because of her cancer). After a very, very funny first episode that provided comic relief after the cliffhanger ending of Season Four as well as dealing with both the creation of the Lone Gunmen and Mulder's involvement with the X-Files. The Smoking Man is revealed to be Mulder's father, but then later not to be Mulder's father. Or perhaps Mulder's father, and the father of both his brother and his sister, or perhaps not. Just who Cancer Man fathered is a complex mystery at the end of Season Five. (The CSM's fatherly status is revealed at the end of the series, but Chris Carter admits they were winging things as they went along.) We get endless amounts of increased by increasingly unilluminating details about government conspiracies and plots. This highlights the only real weakness the show ever had: a tendency to pile one mysterious plot element onto another without resolving previous ones, and introducing apparently conflicting plot details, as the Cigarette Smoking Man's role as potential father demonstrates. Unfortunately, subsequent seasons did less to resolve these tensions than to multiply and contradict them.

    For me the most emotionally powerful episodes of the year and among the most powerful of the entire series was the marvelous two-parter of "A Christmas Carol" and

    The season ends with a wonderful episode about a small child with psychic ability who Mulder and Scully (and Mulder's old flame, played by Mimi Rogers), the most intense heightening tease hitherto that Mulder and Scully might have feelings for one another that their professional relationship has forced them to ignore (more in a second), and the reappearance of the Smoking Man who not only steals the child but sets fire to Mulder and Scully's office, destroying the X-Files. The final image of the season consists of an utterly despondent Mulder laying on his couch with a solicitous Scully sadly watching over him. Nonetheless, fans wanting to see something happen between Mulder and Scully were encouraged by the words of the boy who tells Mulder with both Scully and Mimi Rogers's character present that one of the two women was thinking about him, and that he was thinking about one of them, and also by the look of implied emotional devastation (which she typically refuses to express) when Scully walks by a door and sees Mulder and her old flame holding hands. Though the X-Files are ashes, the viewer still feels that Season Six will not only begin with the X-Files being resurrected, but with Mulder and Scully, whom we all assume were thinking of one another, finally being coaxed to break the cold reserve that exists between them.

    This was the final season filmed in Vancouver and also the shortest of all of the X-FILES seasons. They cut it a bit short in order to create more room for filming the not-very-well received feature length film, THE X-FILES: FIGHT THE FUTURE (which I personally think works better than was acknowledged at the time). In Season Six the show relocated in Hollywood, where it remained for its final four years. Many hardcore fans believe that the move hurt the show, though I personally think the problems with the very gradual slide in quality had to do with long-term story arc strategy, such as not having a master narrative to structure the show after resolving in Season Six the alienation colonization arc that dominated the first five and a half seasons of the show. ...more info

 

 
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