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The X Files: Season 8 [VHS]

Gillian Anderson , David Duchovny , Ron Hardy , Barry K. Thomas    Suitable for 15 years and over   VHS Tape
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  • Actors: Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Robert Patrick, Annabeth Gish, Mitch Pileggi
  • Directors: Ron Hardy, Barry K. Thomas, Frank Spotnitz, Terence O'Hara, Peter Markle
  • Format: Box set
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Fox
  • VHS Release Date: 25 Feb 2002
  • Run Time: 1050 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UWNR
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,634 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The eighth season of The X-Files will always be remembered as the year of brave decisions. David Duchovny's increasing dissatisfaction with the role meant he'd only appear in a few episodes. The solution? Enter Agent John Doggett (Robert Patrick) who basically stole the show within his first two minutes of screen time (and watch out for several Terminator 2 in-jokes too!). Scully switched roles to being the believer alongside Doggett's sceptic in a year that was more reliant on the background story arc than ever before. Her pregnancy remained at the foreground, while a more prominent Skinner joined in a hunt for the abducted Mulder that drew upon the black oil, cloning and bounty hunting aspects of the convoluted alien conspiracy story. A distinct lack of guest stars or writers indicated maturity beyond the need for ratings stunts: dedicated fans were pleased to see cameos from sinister Krycek, the reliable Lone Gunmen and the return of the show's very first abductee. The real strengths of the season came from new characters, including alternative female role model Special Agent Monica Reyes, and some terrific standalone episodes. Investigations covered a man going backward in time, deaths aboard an oilrig, a contagion in the Boston subway tunnels and creatures resembling bats and slugs. Agent Leyla Harrison (named after an X-Files fan who died of cancer) got to ask all the petty questions regular viewers want to know themselves. With Season 9 promised to be the last, this year was a remarkable achievement so late in a show's life.--Paul Tonks

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Box set containing the entire eighth season of the popular sci-fi drama. In 'Within' Scully and Skinner help search for the missing Mulder. 'Without' sees the search for Mulder reach the Arizona desert. 'Patience' finds Doggett on his first X Files case, investigating a series of strange murders. 'Roadrunners' has Scully in hot water when she meets a slug-worshipping religious cult. 'Invocation' concerns the case of a young boy who, after ten years missing, reappears without having aged a single day. 'Redrum' sees a high-profile lawyer baffled when he is imprisoned for a murder he can't remember. In 'Via Negativa' Doggett and Skinner come up against a cult leader who can kill people by entering their dreams. 'Surekill' finds Scully and Doggett investigating an unusual assassination. 'Salvage' has Doggett investigate the case of a man whose blood is turning to metal. 'Badlaa' concerns a mystical revenge carried out after a tragic industrial accident. 'The Gift' sees Doggett working on one of Mulder's old cases. In 'Medusa' Doggett and Scully undertake an investigation in the tunnels beneath Boston. 'Per Manum' finds Scully developing doubts about her pregnancy. 'This is Not Happening' has Doggett come closer to solving the riddle of Mulder's disappearance. 'Deadalive' sees Skinner offered a powerful vaccine which could save Mulder's life. 'Three Words' finds Mulder investigating the death of a census worker on the White House lawn. 'Empedocles' has Reyes uncover new evidence connected to the death of Doggett's son. In 'Vienen' a number of deaths on board an oil rig raise suspicions of alien activity. 'Alone' sees Doggett teamed with a young agent who is fascinated by the work of Mulder and Scully. 'Essence' has Mulder and Doggett look into some attacks on a genetics research lab which has apparently been performing alien experiments. And finally, 'Existence' finds the other agents coming to the rescue as alien interference threatens the safety of Scully and her unborn child.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily the best season... 27 Jan 2002
With season seven clearly being weaker than its predesessors, the future for the x files looked pretty dire. However, despite low expectations from (some) fans and uncertainty from the cast and crew, this season really rocked the boat and created storylines and episodes so fantastic, that they couldnt be seen past season five. Gillian Anderson once again stars as Scully and takes the lead for the entire season and of the believer, while David Duchovny as Mulder takes a back seat, which would put many DD fans off the new concept of the show. We are introduced to the new star, agent doggert who is the sceptic, and season nines lead agent, reyes who doesnt know what to believe. My favourite episodes are the opening two parter Within / Without is fabulous (and wipes the floor with requiem, S7's finale) with Scully being one step behind the aliens. Patience, about a human bat, Roadrunners about a internal slug, per manum, about the mystery of scullys baby, this is not happening / deadalive, about the return of mulder, and the seasons closing episodes, essence / existence seeing the birth of baby William, and the best finale scene the show has ever produced. Many fans moan about this being a weak season, but it show is crammed full of horror and gory stand alone episodes that the x files used to be all about. The absence of Mulder is missed, but softened by Gillian and Robert's fine acting. Trust me, this is the best season of the series, and gives strong competition with season nine (the last season, *sniff). The score (Scullys Theme) often played throughout the season, is such a touching piece, you can really feel the emotion and craving Scully has for her partner. Its quite simply the x files at its best. An undeniable success.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Complete Success. 8 Feb 2002
Unlike viewers anticipated that David Duchovny's departure would surely ruin the show, season 8 came back with a different "spice". Not Only did we get outstanding performance by Robert Patrick, and saw a whole new side to Gillian Anderson, but the show revolved back to its traditional horror/sci-fi freaky style. We never saw anymore of those hacked comedy episodes of seasons 6 and 7. The season halls extreme mythology episodes such as Per Anum, This is Not Happening and Deadalive which gave a total new face to the X-Files mythology. The Finale was too excellent and unexpected and Chris Carter managed to give Mulder a perfect exit. This is season is highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The X-files is at its best in this new season. Not only do we have the energy burst of new and exciting characters but also the interwoven mystery surrounding Scully's pregnancy. The brilliance of Carter's writing is fully operational in these episodes, a reminder of what the x-files was in the early years.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Figroll
Ive been a fan of the x files since day 1, and i can remember fans getting very worried about an 8th season "because of a lack of mulder, and new characters appearing", but they shouldnt have worried because its fantastic. Its a season which is refreshing and new, but also goes back to the classic roots of the show. All the eps are well written, especially (Alone, Epidocles, Roadrunners and This is not happening). Robert Patrick makes a real impact and Gillian is great as ever.... DONT MISS IT! BUY THIS NOW!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a refreshing change! 20 Jan 2002
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I used to be a HUGE X-Files fan. Then came Seasons Six and Seven....the over-emphasis on humour, and the increasingly 'cosy' relationship adopted by Mulder and Scully got rid of a lot of tension and the good old horror.thriller elements which made the show a success. When Season 8 was announced, I was expecting the worst - but found it to be one of the best seasons so far.
With Mulder's abduction (due to David Duchovny only signing for half of the season) it was left to Gillian Anderson to take centre stage, alongside a new male lead, Robert Patrick as Special Agent John Doggett. The whole theme of the season went back to the show's horror based roots, with many horrific images and a lot of tension. All the charcters are going through some form of emotional turmoil. Scully is pregnant with a baby that may not be human, and her partner of seven years has been abducted by the forces which she ignored for so long. Doggett is a by-the-book, tough NYPD-style cop, who doesn't appreciate investigating giant man-bat craetures and alien super beings. Skinner is trying to hold the X-Files together, defending Scully and Doggett from his new boss, DD Kersch. And when Mulder returns, he has to wrestle with the fact that her nearly died, and that Scully's baby may be an alien....
The mythology in this season takes a turn for the bizarre. With the hybrid arc resolved in "One Son", the main myth for the show now is how abductees are being returned to Earth in an apparently dead state - before transforming into an Alien Replicant, given the job of destroying all opposition to the coming alien invasion of Earth. Get past the complex plot, and the eps are really enjoying - especially the two-part finale, "Essence/Existence".
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5.0 out of 5 stars x-files, best yet? 16 Jan 2003
This box set is amazing, with Mulder not appearing in many of the episodes due to various reasons, agent John Dogget is introduced...You know the guy who played the bad guy in terminator 2 (I thought I realised him from somewhere). Anyway Scully and Dogget spend most of the box set searching for Mulder, including some outstanding stand alone episodes, such as "without" and "roadrunners", and when the fourth video (of five) begins you will find it hard to stop watching, episodes such as "this is not happening", "deadalive" and "three words". The way in which you start to find out information about alien life and about Mulder and other abductees is fantastic. To be honest I have no bad points about this box set...
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Beginning of the END...
Despite the success of The X-Files after 7 years, Chris Carter blew all his chances of a movie franchise away by not ending at season 7. Read more
Published on 12 Jan 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars How low can you go....
In my opinion, this is the worst season to be issued as a Box Set to date. The character-assasination of Scully has become a blatant fact in this season: Scully is no longer the... Read more
Published on 18 July 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple - The Best Season of the Show
Ignore any negative comments on this box set. This is simply the best season the show has ever produced. Read more
Published on 3 May 2002 by "emotional_boy"
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a very good season
This season is definately the worst out all of them. The best episodes are the ones with David Duchovny in at the beginning, other than that, they're all too unbelievable, with... Read more
Published on 22 April 2002 by AmyV
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the best season so far...
Having followed the X Files since it started almost a decade ago, I have watched my favourite tv show wobble slightly in the previous season. Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2002 by bfackrell@hotmail.com
5.0 out of 5 stars Its back from the dead!!!
After Seasons Six and Seven were a complete departure from the traditional horror/thriller eps from Seasons 1-5, Season Eight came as a real surprise. Read more
Published on 15 Jan 2002 by MR GJ HUGHES
3.0 out of 5 stars Season eight - is the truth still out there?
Would anyone have truly believed that the X-Files would make it to an eighth season? From cult following to international success story. Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2002 by "starbuck28"
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