X-Files: Mythology, Volume Three - Colonization
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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
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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.Read more ›
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.
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).Read more ›
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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Patient X resumes the mythology story arc left off by Redux Part I I with Mulder being misled into believing that alien abductions constitutes an elaborate Government conspiracy... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Hwang
We loved the X-Files, but I was more interested in the episodes that were part of the over-arching mythology, as opposed to the one-offs, or monster episodes. Read morePublished on February 11, 2014 by Average Joe
The X-Files alternated between two types of scripts, stand-alone episodes and long story arcs. The four mythology sets contain most of the story arc scripts. Read morePublished on February 27, 2013 by Glenn Richards
To address one of the earlier reviews: This collection of the mythology episodes is something shorter and more cohesive than sifting through all the many dvd discs of the entire... Read morePublished on June 27, 2011 by gman
It's been interesting reading the reviews of the X-Files Mythology series. The die hard fans love it all. THe purists find fault in episodes not included. Read morePublished on July 15, 2009 by Miss Barbara
This was a very good "supplement" to the two (2) "movies" that have come out. This is a spin-off for the first movie and was quite good. I really enjoyed watching this.Published on April 17, 2009 by Carl F. Austerlitz
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