The truth is still out there and maybe, just maybe we’ll get some answers with the release of The X-Files six episode Event Series. Airing earlier this year on Fox to disturbingly little fan fair – this 6 hours of The X-Files might just be some of the best hours of the entire series run.
I have to say – watching this Event Series on Blu-ray is by far the better method by which to catch up with Mulder, Scully, and the gang. It really plays more cohesive – more film like not having the constant commercial interruptions that network TV brings. It really makes me consider if perhaps a third stand alone film might have been a better platform for telling the tale we get and the quick – short answer is no – there’s not enough information revealed to support a feature and also – we would be unable to get the fun little “go for it” episodes we get. Season X is broken down into six episodes – three of them play to the X-Files mythos and three of them are little, stand-alone episodes – all of them are pretty damn good.
Things kick off with the episode titled My Struggle and we are re-introduced into Mulder’s motivation – the search for his sister – the search for the truth. The conspiracy is explained in more depth as is the personal relationship between Mulder and Scully. Don’t want to say more as the fun of uncovering the secrets for yourself is part of the joy of this little exercise.
The second part of the two-night premiere titled Founder’s Mutation plays heavily into the government conspiracy aspect that the series has used so well throughout its run. Ultimately, though – this segment kind of goes nowhere and while at the time entertaining, once you watch the entire season it turns out to be a rather unneeded exercise. It’s a mythos building episode that doesn’t seem to build the mythos.
Once we get through the two-night premiere episode we veer away from the mythos of the show and head full bore into what for me was always the meat and potatoes of The X-Files – the monster episodes. We get a couple really well done – fun as hell exercises in the strange.
Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster is unadulterated fun – it’s what makes the genre fun to watch – it makes The X-Files fun to watch. Again – don’t want to spoil the view but we get a Carl Kolchak homage, we get a great monster that squirts blood out of its eyes and we get some really hilarious tongue in cheek humor. It’s a wonderful break from the drama and at the end of the day, they take this episode in a direction that I didn’t see coming – that has to stand for something. The disc is worth buying for this episode alone – it’s one of the best of the entire series run.
Equally fun is Home Again where we once again get another original X-Files monsters, Band Aid Nose Man and he is pure nightmare fuel. Tim Armstrong of Rancid fame nails his role as Trashman. While in this episode we do dip our toe just a bit into the show mythos when Scully finds herself having to deal with a personal tragedy that ultimately leads to some personal growth that gets explored more fully in the final two segments. fifth episode
The fifth episode – Babylon – is an important episode on many levels. The subject matter, which centers around terrorism is timely and scary and at the same time we are also introduced to a duo of new characters – Agents Einstein and Miller who are introduced as another version but not a replacement for our beloved Scully and Mulder. It certainly sets the series up for a new road that can be traveled. But even given the heaviness of the subject matter this time around there is still some light-hearted fun as we get Mulder tripping on some mushrooms and going on a little adventure that leads to many firsts for the series. Also in this episode, we herald the return of The Lone Gunman and while they are not key players in this tale – it’s great fun to see them.
Ultimately this all leads to the sixth and last episode in this little reunion and is aptly titled My Struggle II and in many ways answers a ton of fans questions about the future of the show and ties up tons of loose story ends while at the same time leaving things totally open ended while also bringing the series full circle. Confused? Good – that’s just how I want you. You’re going to have to watch if you want to see where they take things but for this X-Phile – I was content with where they have taken things – I like Einstein and Miller and their interaction with Scully and Mulder – I’m sold and I think they have set the stage to continue with the X-Files as long as the fanbase supports them.
The Blu-ray itself comes as a duel disc with three episodes on each disc. Special feature-wise, we are treated to a slew of amazing content:
The X-Files” – The Event Series Blu-ray & DVD Special Features
Deleted & Extended Scenes
The Makings of a Struggle
Season X: An In-Depth Behind-the-Scenes Look at “The Event Series”
Monsters of the Week: A Recap from the Wildest and Scariest from the Original Series
“The X-Files” – Green Production PSA
Short Film – Grace by Karen Nielsen
Commentary on “Founder’s Mutation” with Chris Carter and James Wong
Commentary on “Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster” with David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Kumail Nanjiani and Darin Morgan
Commentary on “My Struggle II” with Chris Carter and Gabe Rotter
The feature titled Season X is well worth your time and chock full of great behind the scenes info. I enjoyed it almost as much as the season itself. Overall this release is a must-own for fans and a must see for anyone who has ever enjoyed even one episode of the series.
TheX-Files – The Event Series is out now and if you’ve yet to pick it up – go now and make it happen.
by Dave Dreher