The X-Files - Seasons 1 - 9
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This Amazon-exclusive bundle contains all 9 seasons in the original, collectible boxed set format. Special features including making-of featurettes, documentaries, interviews, deleted scenes, DVD-ROM games, commentaries and more are only available on this version of the television seasons.
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The X-Files writers over the first 5-6 TV seasons developed the art of impressing upon the careful and thoughtful viewer that the "real" story was 10 times larger than what could be captured on screen; this is indeed the purpose of true film art and they delivered.
Looking back I don't feel the same level of disappointment with Fight the Future, as the years peppered with utterly mediocre and unoriginal films have filled the intervening time, with only a few standouts that truly live up to the same expectations of originality and high entertainment (random examples: The Matrix, Mulholland Drive, 12 Monkeys, Adaptation, Inception, The Fountain, Apocalypto, etc).
X-Files, Fight the Future is still eminently watchable 20 years later. The film was made at the peak of the writers' and actors' creative stamina.
THE X-FILES TV series is the story of FBI agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), who investigate mysterious, inexplicable phenomenon. Mulder is the credulous "believer," who goes into every situation assuming the wildest possible conclusion is the correct one. Scully is the "skeptic," who labors to pin scientific explanations to things like spontaneous human combustion, demonic possession, and astral projection. Together, they rub along as effectively as did Kirk, Spock and McCoy, forming a sort of single personality which balances Mulder's mantra of "I want to believe" with Scully's scientific "prove it to me" approach. Though many episodes deal with such things as monsters, vampires, psychic phenomena, telekinesis, ghosts, mutations, etc., the over-arching story of THE X-FILES involves a nebulous conspiracy carried out by a nameless but seemingly all-powerful cabal of nameless men from all over the world, who seem to be preparing Earth for some kind of alien invasion. The way this central plot was approached was so piecemeal, and so full of deliberate misdirection and obfuscation, that even after five years and over 100 episodes, it wasn't clear exactly how this conspiracy was going to be carried out nor who the men of the cabal were nor what they really hoped to accomplish by facilitating it. Moreover, neither Mulder -- whose obsession with the paranormal, supernatural and extraterrestrial was triggered by the long-ago kidnapping of his sister Samantha, ostensibly by aliens -- nor Scully had yet been "paid off" by the sensational revelations they had been waiting for as characters and we as an audience. On top of this, the e'er-present sexual tension between the two was getting out of hand and needed some kind of resolution. So the movie was viewed, in my estimation correctly, as the moment when the show's creator, Chris Carter, finally took off THE X-FILES clothes and let us see what was underneath.
The film is set between the fifth and sixth seasons of the series. Mulder and Scully, no longer working The X-Files, are nevertheless drawn back into the alien conspiracy after a bombing in Dallas turns out to be more than the mere terrorist attack it seemed to be. Before long Mulder is contacted by a seemingly paranoid doctor (Martin Landau) who warns Mulder that the alien invasion he's suspected is in the works will be actively facilitated by the U.S. government, specifically FEMA. But Mulder, embittered by his pariah status in the Bureau and the futility of his "hollow personal quest," doesn't want to hear any more conspiracy theories. However, Scully discovers the bodies of those supposedly killed in the bombing are infected with an alien virus, which may eventually be disseminated to the population via a very unusual method (hint: the carriers are very common, but not human). Their poking and prodding, conducted against the express wishes of their superiors, including the morally ambiguous Assistant Director Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi), soon arouses the ire of the Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis), who kidnaps Scully, already infected by the virus. Mulder must track down Scully, administer an antidote, and rescue her, which will be difficult in the extreme, given that her location is pretty much the end of the earth.
As you may have gathered from that rather brisk summary, THE X-FILES movie is not easy to quantify even as a story. Roger Ebert, who liked the film, infamously remarked that it required "a sequel, a prequel, and Cliff notes" to understand just what the hell is going on. Put another way, this is not a film for those who hadn't watched the show, though creator-writer Chris Carter works mightily to make it newbie-friendly. But that is by no means the problem. The real problem is that after two hours of gorgeously shot footage, during which we see Mulder & Scully chased by helicopters, bees, and armed men, several characters get blown to smithereens (including one recurring character on the show), and a flashback 35,000 years old, not to mention some aliens and a spaceship, the movie fails to pay off on any of the points I mentioned above. The conspiracy remains nebulous in its character and somewhat even in its ultimate goals. Mulder's quest for proof has lead in an enormous circle, and Scully's skepticism remains more or less intact. What's more, the resolution, or at least mollification, of the sexual-romantic tension between the two is unrelieved. It's not that the movie is bad per se -- it has its moments of humor, tension and pathos, as well as some of the chemistry between Duchovny and Anderson that makes the series sing -- so much as underwhelming and almost meanly conservative. One critic claimed it was not even a movie at all, but a "two hour episode released in theaters," and this is fairly accurate. I remember -- even after all these years -- leaving the theater with my girlfriend in 1998 feeling cheated, disappointed and unsatisfied, and rewatching the film recently did little to improve my overall opinion of it. It's as if Carter's intention were to hit a single and nothing more. But with all the talent and money on hand, including his own, this film could have been a double or a triple. Or even a home run.
Please don't misunderstand this review. I love THE X-FILES, and have a special place in my heart for it and for the time in which it was on the air. Indeed, when the credits of FIGHT THE FUTURE were rolling, and I heard The Foo Fighters "Walking After You," I almost died from sheer nostalgia alone. But my memory of this film is also bound up with my gradual divorce from the series -- I stopped watching sometime deep in the sixth season -- out of exasperation with the refusal of the series to pay off its audience with some full frontal reveal. Now, of course, I'm slowly burning through the entire original series once again, and the new mini-series as well. So I don't want to come off as a basher or a hater. I just want to make it clear that if you watch THE X-FILES in order from beginning to now, you must steel yourself for the fact that "the truth" is STILL out there, waiting to be revealed...25 years later.
Well researched and meticulously detailed, Duanne Barry and Ascension could very well pass as a true life story of alien abduction - from the blinding light prior to abduction, to the feeling of helplessness, the temporary paralysis, to the apprehension of shadowy forms, to the missing time, to the medical probes aboard extraterrestrial crafts, to the implantation of tracking devises (which invariably appears on X-rays confounding medical experts), to the mysterious appearances of scars on the abductees bodies, to the post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by victims of abduction that induces them to seek psychiatric counselling (from the likes of preeminent Harvard psychiatrist and professor, Dr. John E. Mack, who initially diagnosed abduction cases as screen memories of childhood sexual abuse to the gradual realization of the converse - that memories of childhood sexual abuse comprise screen memories of abduction), to the forming of support groups by abductees for the purpose of consensual validation in the midst of public disbelief and ridicule.
The conclusions proposed by the X-Files story arc is pretty much based on the conclusions reached by David M. Jacobs, professor of history at Temple University, presented in his book, The Threat: Presenting the Secret Alien Agenda - in which he hypothesizes that the purpose of alien abduction is to produce alien-human hybrids who will serve as slaves after the process of collimation is set in motion and becomes inevitable.
Duanne Barry and Ascension revolves around the story of Duanne, an ex-FBI agent, who is the subject of a covert government operation to provide the Grays with human subjects for experimentation in order to delay the process of colonization, taking a group of people and his psychiatrist hostage in order to subject his psychiatrist to the experience of alien abduction, being talked into releasing his hostages in return for Mulder, who, then, asks Duanne to lock the door to open him to the line fire by a SWOT team, who, regains consciousness after being shot, and being told Scully's whereabouts by Alex Krycek, breaks into Scully's home, abducts her and takes her to Skyline Mountain where the aliens abduct Scully in his place and impregnates her, the story arc of which will not be completed until season seven.
One Breath resumes where Duanne Barry and Ascension left off, with Scully resurfacing after the alien human hybrid with which she has been impregnated spontaneously aborting prior to her discovery by Mulder, leaving no signs of having been pregnant - much in the same manner that real life abductees find themselves pregnant after an abduction, only to discover the fetus spontaneously aborting, leaving no signs of having been pregnant (confounding medical specialist), in a coma with Mulder staying by her bedside throughout her indisposal, and getting himself acquainted with her sister, who fervently believes in spiritual healing, and her antagonistic brother, who is skeptical on the subject of ufology and blames Mulder for his sister's condition, regaining consciousness after a phantom nurse encourages her not to let the strings that binds her to the living break, and being handed the cross which she had had on her person from Mulder - who had been entrusted with the relic for safekeeping by her mother.
Colony and End Game resumes the story arc where One Breath had left off, with Mulder discovering a string of deaths in abortion clinics being run by alien clones, and assigning his cohort to investigate the death, only to find himself being accused of the murder of his colleague, who is murdered by a shape shifting alien (who happens to be a bounty hunter), and being contacted by his father, who informs him of the reemergence of his sister, Samantha, who had been abducted by aliens when she was at a tender age, only to discover, much to his dismay, that Samantha is an alien clone, who is engineering alien human hybrids to gain stewardship of this planet, and are being pursued by the bounty hunter because the experiments were not sanctioned and considered a dilution of their race, and, is like I've pointed out, loosely based on Professor David M. Jacbobs hypothesis that the grays are attempting to create alien human hybrids to serve as slaves to facilitate the colonization of earth.
Anasazi, The Blessing Way and Paper Clip resumes where Colony and End Game left off, with Mulder being contacted by an IT genius who had hacked into Top Secret intelligence documents being kept by the DOD, and handing the DAT on which these documents have been downloaded to Mulder (much to his elation), only to discover the files encrypted in Navaho, and finding himself being introduce to the burial site of grays who perished resultant of the MJ12's experimentations with the aliens (in the similar manner that the Clinton administration had subjected thousands of Americans to biological experimentations leading to massive lawsuits by the unwitting subjects of these experimentations for physiological and psychological duress), and, having being alerted of the leak, inducing Cigarette Smoking Man to send his son to kill Mulder's father and attempt to have Mulder killed by blasting the site, only to find him being discovered hanging on the thread of life by the Navaho chief who had decrypted the DOD files and pointed him to the burial site, and performed Navaho healing rituals, bringing him back to life - whereupon he appears to Scully in a dream, signifying his eminent reappearance, while Scully discovers a devise impregnated in her neck that appears to be a microchip tooled utilizing technology far more advanced than anything earthly and is encouraged by her sister to undergo hypnotic regression to uncover what had transpired during her abduction (the repressed memory which she subconsciously rejects due to her scientific background that closes her off to extreme possibilities), and finding herself being warned by one of the MJ12 members of an impending attempt on her life - which leads her into a gun draw with Skinner, during which time Mulder reappears, and draws his gun on Skinner, who then relinquishes his weapon and reveals that the DAT had fallen into his hands - which he then uses to bargain with Cigarette Smoking Man to have both Scully and Mulder reinstated, only to find himself being accosted by two agents sent by Cigarette Smoking Man, who steals the DAT from him and leaves him unconscious, while, Scully and Mulder, during consultation with the Lone Gunman, examining a photograph taken during WWII (where his father appears with members of MJ12 and Nazi scientists), being brought to recall Operation Paper Clip (a true life Secret Operation following WWII - where one half of the top Nazi scientists were appropriated by the US government, and the other half by USSR, to help advance their aeronautical research which led to the engineering of advanced military aircraft by the DOD as Black Ops), leading to an encounter with a Nazi scientist who had worked on secret experimentation with the gray using small pox, and being pointed to a warehouse that contains files of all alien abductees, including those of Scully and Samantha - during which time, Mulder discovers that Samantha's file was originally meant to be his, which leads him to exact the truth about his father's involvement in MJ12 from his mother, even as Skinner manages to get Mulder and Scully reinstated, and the X-Files reopened by threating to expose the contents of the DAT by revealing to Cigarette Smoking Man that the Navaho who had decrypted the DAT had transmitted the documents contained in the DAT to others through the oral tradition, the story arc of which resumes in The X-Files: Black Oil.
Anasazi, The Blessing Way and Paper Clip, the first three part episode that concludes Part 1 of the mythology series draws heavily on Top Secret Majestic 12 documents, which were leaked out by an intelligence operative that identifies twelve prominent figures during the Roosevelt Administration who were chosen to conduct reverse engineering on the crashed saucer at Roswell under the directive of J. Edgar Hoover, the Director of the FBI under the Roosevelt Administration, and to monitor and research UFO sightings and encounters while keeping a lid on the issue and documents the frustration felt by the American public at the government cover-up that has induced the American public to form Citizens Against UFO Secrecy that have filed numerous lawsuits against the American government and forced her to release thousands of badly censored Top Secret documents pertaining to ufology that were being held in the vaults of the Intelligence Agencies.
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