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X-Files: Mythology, Volume Three - Colonization

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In COLONIZATION Mulder's search for the truth suddenly seems near its end when he and Scully meet Cassandra Spender. A multiple abductee, Cassandra believes that aliens came to Earth on a mission that has somehow gone terribly wrong. Her theory is confirmed when Krycek reveals that three abduction sites were beacons for alien colonization and the death and destruction at those sites were caused by a small alien rebel force. Determined to prevent the colonization of Earth, this force is also eliminating all proof that an alien presence was ever on the planet. Unfortunately for Mulder, his quest for the truth has made him part of the proof which must be eliminated.


The third volume of the X-Files Mythology series picks up in the fifth season, when much of the series' alien-conspiracy themes begin to be revealed. The title Colonization refers to a secret plan, traced back to Roswell 1947, in which aliens will colonize the Earth and obliterate normal human life through the use of the black-oil virus and the infiltration of alien-human hybrids. Scully (Gillian Anderson) befriends a fellow abductee, Clarissa Spender (Veronica Cartwright), who also happens to be the mother of an FBI agent, Jeffery Spender (Chris Owens), who has another surprising family connection. And it's with Clarissa that Scully experiences one of the series' most memorable scenes, in which a group of abductees gathers on a bridge only to watch in horror as a band of faceless rebel aliens strike back at the colonizing aliens, burning them with torches. It turns out that the Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis) is part of a mysterious Syndicate that has been conspiring with the colonizing aliens. We know that the vile turncoat agent Krycek (Nicholas Lea) is involved, but what about a beautiful face from Mulder's past, Diana (Mimi Rogers)? And more truths about Mulder's family continue to emerge.

This set of 16 episodes bridges the 1998 feature film and also the series' relocation from Vancouver, B.C., to Los Angeles to accommodate the newly married David Duchovny. And it's here that Duchovny began to phase himself out of the series. The iconic shot of Mulder's face being stretched and tested early at the beginning of season 8 coincides with the introduction of a new agent who's leading the search for him--Agent John Doggett, played by Robert Patrick (best known for his role as the T-1000 assassin android in Terminator 2). Patrick would later be joined by Annabeth Gish, and that team, with assistance from Scully, would go on to finish the series after its ninth season.

The bonus features include four episodes with new commentary tracks. They're hit and miss, but on the second of his two tracks, producer Kim Manners is perked up considerably by the presence of Patrick (who says, "My vocabulary improved from this show. I had to keep a thesaurus in my trailer at all times."). There's also a 27 minute documentary, with behind-the-scenes info and the crew (but not cast) explaining the mythology. --David Horiuchi

Special Features

  • 16 episodes from seasons 5-8 on four discs: Patient X, The Red and the Black, The End, The Beginning, S.R. 819, Two Fathers, One Son, Biogenesis, The Sixth Extinction, The Sixth Extinction II: Amor Fati, Sein und Zeit, Closure, En Ami, Requiem, Within, Without
  • Commentary by Chris Carter on The Red and the Black
  • Commentary by Frank Spotnitz on One Son
  • Commentary by Kim Manners on Closure
  • Commentary by Kim Manners and Robert Patrick on Within
  • Chris Carter's all-new "Threads of Mythology" documentary
  • Mythology timeline

Product Details

  • Actors: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Robert Patrick, William B. Davis
  • Writers: Chris Carter
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2005
  • Run Time: 44 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009X7646
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,510 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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I still have my complaints about this odd series of DVD sets from Fox. The basic idea isn't a bad one under the right circumstances: take all of the mythology episodes from THE X-FILES and group them in four inexpensive sets that leave out the stand alone episodes in order to tell "the X-Files story." I'm still not quite sure who the target audience for these sets is. Neophytes will be missing the standalone episodes that are just as typical of the series as the mythology episodes (and that represent many of the finest episodes), and serious fans already have all these episodes. To sum up, here are my complaints:

1. Instead of providing some inexpensive Mythology sets, FOX Entertainment should instead have focused on cutting the exorbitant prices of the complete season sets. They should provide us with sets that list around $59.95, so that places like Amazon can sell them at initial offerings of $38.

2. The sets come with minimal extras, largely recycling the special features from the original boxed DVD sets.

3. While the Mythology sets serve a function by calling attention to the seasons-long story arc, they hurt by eliminating the standalone episodes, which are just as crucial to developing the Mulder-Scully chemistry as the Mythology episodes.

4. In the end, the sets feel like an attempt to milk X-FILE fans who are anxious for new material while waiting and hoping for a new feature length film.

Nonetheless, I can support the idea of these sets for two reasons. First, they do help focus attention on the alien colonization story arc that runs through the various seasons of THE X-FILES. Second, they are very cheap.

Unfortunately, after this third set, things go downhill pretty quickly.
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This review is more or less a reflection on the entirety of the Mythology series which streamlines the Alien conspiracy from begining to end.

If there was any difficulty following the main story - this picks and chooses exactly what you need to know.

In my opinion, this works best as a complete set and watched in chronological order from the pilot (on the Abduction Series) though the final episodes(on the Super Soldier Series.) In total there are 4 sets to complete the story chronologically. It's an affordable alternative to purchasing each season right from the get go.

Highly reccomended as a fan of the X-Files.
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By now we know about Fox Mulder and his crusade to find his sister. We also know about the aliens and that they are taking people, and we know about the Black Oil and how it works - somewhat. The "alien virus" notion is out there as well, and Skully has shown us what all it can do on the scientific front. This leaves us open to the fact that there are aliens and that the aliens are quite possibly setting up shop on Earth, something that might be quite bad. Enter the Syndicate, the conspiracy rooted in the lore of yesteryear, and the fact that there are some big egos waiting to unleash something quite bad on the whole of humankind.

Beofre starting, I feel like I need to mention the one inster that proves to be important in all these sets. It is a timeline/ people list AND it is connective when placed with all the other sets. That means you would want to have it and that means you would want to get them all. That also means you have the one feature you might want to get out of all of these sets. The other special feature, basically an interview with Kim Manners or Chris Carter every 3 or 4 episodes, is not that big. You also get some deleted things here and there, but you really do not get that many. The insert, however, is nice and beautiful and is something you might want to check on - missing it is bad considering I want mine to frame because they look so nice.

In this set, you have a few major players coming in. The First Elder, Well-Manicured Man, C.G.B Spender (Smoking Man), Jeffrey Spender, Diana Fowley, Gibson Praise, and the Alien Rebels are all listed here. Some are part of the syndicate and you would not know their names if they were not mentioned. Others play odd roles when it comes out, like Praise, and others are names coming out of our character's past (Fowley).
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This isn't a bad set of episodes by any means, but I think many fans would agree that at around this point in the series it started to get a little too weird, which does affect the entertainment aspect a bit IMHO. If this is any indication where volume 3 starts off, the Syndicate/Consortium is destroyed on the second of its four discs, effectively wiping out the colonization "project" that has been in the show since the beginning for the most part.

I only had two minor criticisms with the product as a whole, and the Mythology Collection in general, and those are the 'theme' or 'title' of each volume doesn't really mean anything and the choice of episodes included are somewhat questionable. The volumes show the mythology episodes in chronological order, so I don't know why they were given titles/themes instead of just cover images and volume numbers. If this were strictly the 'colonization' collection the earlier stuff that sets up this conspiracy would be here rather what we get. Also, the episode selection a little too conservative; there are several eps that should've been included, with a few others that were being left out, but for some reason only the eps that directly involved the mythology/conspiracy were included and not ones that delved further into the plot and characterization. Other than those issues I rather enjoyed the continuation of the mythology plot.
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