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The X Files: Providence [DVD] [1994]


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  • Actors: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Charles Cioffi, Cliff De Young, Sarah Koskoff
  • Directors: Robert Mandel
  • Writers: Chris Carter
  • Producers: Chris Carter, Daniel Sackheim
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Sep 2002
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006G9WL
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,215 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A two-part story from the ninth season of the paranormal investigation series. Scully is asked to look at some markings which she believes come from a spaceship discovered off the coast of Africa a number of years ago. She also thinks these markings might help clear up some of the mystery surrounding her son. Unfortunately however, a UFO cult also makes the connection between the spaceship and Scully's son and proceeds to kidnap the child.

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As with earlier releases, The X-Files: Providence splices together two episodes, "Provenance" and "Providence", into a pseudo-movie. Again, the results fall way below the series average as the long-dead alien conspiracy business is flogged, with a lot of running around and ominous rumbling still not adding up to anything like an actual story. FBI agent Neal McDonaugh (of Minority Report) inexplicably survives a flaming motorcycle crash, leaving behind brass rubbings taken from an alien spaceship, then shows up and tries to murder Scully's psychokinetic baby, who is promptly kidnapped by a UFO cult.

In Part 2, Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Reyes (Annabeth Gish) fend off enemies and friends within the bureau as they track down the cultists, who are having trouble with a spaceship they've dug up, and a typical pointless climax has things happen without the characters doing anything to contribute. Even at this late, post-Duchovny stage in the game, The X-Files has turned out some fine stand-alone episodes, but these dreary wallowings go a long way towards explaining why only diehards are still watching. After the child says "I made this" at the end of the credits, it's becoming very hard not to shout "well, clean it up then".

On the DVD: The X-Files: Providence, as with Nothing Important Happened Today, arrives in a great-looking anamorphic widescreen transfer. There are two slight promotional "featurettes"--three-minute clips/talking heads promos focusing on the episode "Providence" and actor Cary Elwes' character. --Kim Newman

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 May 2002
Format: VHS Tape
The two opening episodes of the show's ninth year set out to establish a new era in the show's life, originally aimed at prolonging the show's lifespan for at least another one or two seasons. Despite the creator's best intentions, this failed and Season 9 is the last year of the show. That's why so many aspects of this feature fall flat. It sets about re-establishing Robert Patrick as Special Agent John Doggett and Annabeth Gish as Special Agent Monica Reyes as the agents assigned to the X-Files unit, alongside new FBI AD Brad Follmer and a larger role for DD Alvin Kersch. Setting up the new, ellaborate character relationships does seem pointless and frustrating considering that theu will never be fully exploited, when the two episodes could be used to explain the myth arc further and conclude many unanswered questions.
Get past these problems, and you'll find an above average myth story. The first episode is a little dull, consisting of mysterious dialogue, plot exposition and character establishment. However, the second episode is much stronger, laying out the foundations of Seasons 9's myth arc without Mulder. The story is at times convoluted and unsatisfying, but persevere and link the plot threads with Season 8's "Deadalive" and "Existence" features, and much of it eventually makes sense.
The two new lead characters are just as strong and likeable as Mulder and Scully before them. Reyes is perhaps the least likeable of the two; she is very spiratual and not as intense or subtle as Scully. Robert Patrick as Doggett is excellent, a worthy successor to Mulder. One of the hardest things to get used to in "Nothing Important Happened Today" is the minimal appearance of Agent Scully.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 July 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I always said that if David Duchovny or Gillian Anderson ever left the series, then I wouldn't bother watching it anymore. Ironically, I gave up during the sixth series and it was only when Duchovny left that I started watching the show again; the eighth series was one of the show's best, and while this current season hasn't been as strong, it's certainly been entertaining.
In this penultimate tale, the mystery surrounding young baby William deepens when pieces of the crashed alien spaceship seen in "Biogenesis" resurface. Scully (Gillian Anderson) is sent spiralling into despair when William is abducted as Doggett (Robert Patrick) and Reyes (Annabeth Gish) join her in a race to rescue him from his captors...
"Providence" is a typical X-Files storyline - with lots of confusing plot twists and a resolution that asks more questions than it actually answers. We never really learn the truth about William, there are lots of hints but all in all it remains a mystery.
Praise must go to Robert Patrick and Annabeth Gish who are doing a fine job and it can't be easy to fill the large gap Duchovny left. Their characters aren't developed here as much as they have been in standalone episodes, as this tape reverses the focus on Scully. Gillian Anderson delivers a stronger performance here than in "Nothing Important Happened Today" and the new look X-Files seems to be running along nicely.
Hopefully for fans, the next and final release will give us all the answers we need...but as this is The X-Files, I sincerely doubt it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Jun 2002
Format: DVD
Season 9 may well be the last season of this ground breaking drama series, but judging by "Nothing Important Happened Today", it will still be something special. It doesn't really advance the story arc of the show much - the feature consists of three stories, and only one deals with last season's Super Soldier problem. The other two revolve around Reyes' battle with internal bureau politics (establishing Gish as a main character and Cary Elwes as a recurring guest star) and Scully's baby not being everything he appears to be. Its slow, not much action and Anderson appears bored; but everything holds together really well, its an interesting and fresh addition to the series' portfolio. Excellent stuff.
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By A Customer on 3 Aug 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Providence goes back in the mythology to the season 6 finale, which was one of the most amazing x-files episodes ever created. In this two-parter, Scully is faced again by the powerful rubbings taken from the surface of a spacecraft which surfaced on the shore of Ivory Coast. With more twists and turns, we get to see more of William's powers, and now dealing with his kidnapping and of course, the plot of the alien takeover. This is an amazing addition to any x-files collector.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MR GJ HUGHES on 22 Jun 2002
Format: DVD
'Nothing Important Happened Today'is strange. The show has totally changed, along with the opening sequence, theme music and leading stars. Is this a good thing?
Well yes - kind of. This feature doesn't feature aliens, and is very much based on internal FBI politics and Government experiments. The first part is entertaining, but slow. The seconf part is much, much better - if you pay attention to the story, you will find revelations about the extent of the US Government's plans to resist alien invasion.
If you hated Season 8, there's no way you'll enjoy this. But if you were a big fan of last season, then you should love this.
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