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X-Files: Mythology, Volume Three - Colonization
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The third volume of X Files mythology episodes.
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
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The Red and the Black resumes the story arc with Mulder discovering Scully at the site of the massacre with no recollection of how she got there nor what transpired and having Mulder convince her to undergo hypnoregressive therapy to uncover her memories which are then recorded on tape with Mulder discounting the memories as confabulations, while Skinner and Scully both feel that the extraterrestrial hypothesis to be the most plausible explanation; while MJ12 infect Marita with the black oil in the hope that introducing the vaccine to her immune system will enable resistance to no avail and finding that the only alien rebel they had captured has escaped, with Mulder close on his trail, and witnessing an extraterrestrial craft hovering above the truck he and the alien rebel were on and discovering the rebel being incinerated by the colonists, an incident that severely shakes his new found belief in a government conspiracy and leads him back to the acceptance of the extraterrestrial existence.
The mythology story arc from The Red and the Black comes to a conclusion with Two Fathers and One Son. In Two Fathers, CBG - who has been manouvering to have his son take over the X-Files after a fire had burned down Mulder's Office, in an effort to discredit Mulder's work, and having Mulder reassigned to mundane tasks, finds his son seeking Mulder's help to investigate his mother's mysterious reappearance after her abduction and seeking to get Mulder to dissuade his mother of her ideas of alien abduction which he finds difficult to accept, only to have his father assign him to kill the alien rebel who is attempting to jeopardize MJ12's attempts to collude with the alien colonists by buying time to discover an antidote which will allow resistance and attempting to create an alien human hybrid to create slaves to facilitate colonization, which finds success in CBG's wife, Cassandra, and finding Spencer, CGB's son, have his specticism with regard to extraterrestrial life and the abduction scenario deeply shaken; while Mulder and Scully discover the secret agenda for colonization from Cassandra - who request to be killed prior to her capture by the DOD, in order to prevent colonization from ever materializing.
In One Son, the story arc continues with Mulder and Scully being taken into a choreographed quarantine by the DOD - the pretext provided by Diana (Mulder's ex-girlfriend), to assume custody of Cassandra, when armed military men wearing contamination suits burst into Mulder's apartment prior to Mulder's attempt to kill Cassandra (at her request in order to prevent colonization); with CBG intruding into Mulder's apartment uninvited (after his release from the military facility where he was being detained) and revealing the whole truth about the secret agenda of MJ12 to collude with the aliens to create an alien human hybrid in order to buy time to work on a vaccine against infection by the black oil and prevent colonization by extracting the DNA from the fetus of an extraterrestrial biological entity (which they were using to assist the aliens to create an alien human hybrid which would serve as slaves for the alien colonists), and discovering that his father was part of MJ12 and initially objected to the idea of colluding with the alien's to develop an alien human hybrid by sacrificing one of his children - which the alien's demanded from each member of MJ12, so that they could experiment with these children to combine human DNA with alien DNA to create an alien human hybrid, resulting in the abduction of Mulder's sister, Samantha, due to the fact that he refused to surrender one of his children to the aliens.
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.
SCULLY: I was left unable to conceive with whatever test that they did on me. And I am not ready to accept that I will never have children.
(MULDER looks down as the elevator dings and the doors open into the basement. He walks out, then turns back to the elevator.)
MULDER: Scully, there's, um, there's something I haven't told you either and I hope you, uh, forgive me and understand why I would have kept it from you.
MULDER: During my investigation into your illness I found out the reason why you were left barren. Your ova were taken from you and stored in a government lab.
(SCULLY is looking at him in shock. The elevator doors begin to close, but she puts up her hand to stop them.)
SCULLY: You found them?
Yes, I'd prefer the EMILY episodes were included, too, but at least the most basic information is still there. Well, except that Emily herself existed. As much as I enjoy "new" XF product like this, what we really want is a new XF feature film!
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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