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The X-Files: The Complete Fifth Season DVD

1/07/2010. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts

Buy The X-Files: The Complete Fifth Season DVD in the USA - or Buy The X-Files: The Complete Fifth Season DVD in the UK

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pub: 20th Century Fox 23032MDVD. Price: 15.99 (UK) if you know where to look. 6 DVDS 862 minutes 20 * 50 minute episodes with extras). stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson and Mitch Pileggi.

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I have to confess that I found the fifth season of 'The X-Files' a little bitty and even experimental. An episode done in black and white, episodes without the full use of either of the stars, two scripts co-written by Stephen King and William Gibson would certainly support that, not to mention having a total turnaround and having Mulder lose his faith in the truth being out there. Not that he shouldn't have, but he depended entirely on one man telling him the truth without any corroboration after all he's seen. Not that he discovered that the fate of his sister, Samantha, might not have finally been down to aliens when she arrived back on Earth just that he becomes dismissive of everything else he'd encountered. I mean, it couldn't all have come under being a secret government cover-up considering the number of oddly mutated humans he and Scully had encountered. In the real world, Mulder would have had himself resign from the unit and let someone with a bit more enthusiasm, like that nice Jeffrey Spender chap, take the reins.

Watching the extras, show-runner Chris Carter makes a very interesting point in that 'The X-Files Movie' had been made between seasons four and five but wouldn't be released until after this season so they had to work with that in mind rather than going with the flow which they had been doing up until that time. In that respect, I'm surprised that Carter and his associate producer/writers hadn't been a little more trusting in going with the flow more and used Mulder's dissatisfaction to give the extra twist to the stories. Then again, hindsight won't change things and this did happen thirteen years ago after all.

This isn't to say that the stories aren't good and many of them are really on form. Scully's cancer is resolved although why no one related the computer chip implant and its absence gives cancer with all the other women test subjects is hard to say. Makes you wonder why Mulder didn't release the news into the UFO network groups at some point, doesn't it?

The affair with Emily, a child that Scully never remembers having while abducted, who is actually a clone of herself brings some interesting points. I mean, considering the number of Samantha Mulder clones there are out there, the original had to be abducted many times while they waited for her to grow up if it was to be consistent with the other multiple abductees. If it wasn't for pregnancy, and as we know the clones could be grown in vitro, why the continual abductions? What is also heightened is the different factions for and against the Earth's colonisation by aliens and their half-breeds. It does raise some interesting questions about the gullibility or selfish self-preservation of the secret committee than the protection of the human race. Good thing such a group doesn't exist in real life...I hope.

Aside from this are a good selection of one-off stories that also abounds this season. I can well understand Duchovny and Anderson expressing their like for the 'Bad Blood' episode where how they are seen to behave is taken from a variety of viewpoints. I doubt if you would see that in any standard series.

This is also the last series recorded in Canada so it neatly ends with the burning down of Mulder's basement office. I hope he kept copies of his files on microfilm. The truth is out there and after the film, it's moving to the real USA. Be careful of creatures hiding out in your office.

GF Willmetts

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