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The X Files : Providence [VHS]

Robert Patrick , Gillian Anderson , Chris Carter , Kim Manners    Suitable for 12 years and over   VHS Tape
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Robert Patrick, Gillian Anderson, Annabeth Gish, James Pickens Jr, Cary Elwes
  • Directors: Chris Carter, Kim Manners
  • Format: TV Tie-In
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Fox
  • VHS 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: B00006G9WK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 383,554 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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It has become traditional for The X-Files to kick off each new season with a humourless conspiracy two-parter, and Season 9 is no exception: in The X Files: Nothing Important Happened Today David Duchovny’s Mulder is gone, along with everything in his apartment, and Gillian Anderson’s Scully is mostly at home with her perhaps-telekinetic baby, which leaves the bulk of the investigation to promising new characters Doggett (Robert Patrick) and Reyes (Annabeth Gish).

The A-plot features Lucy Lawless as a water-breathing terminatrix who could be an alien, a government experiment or a mermaid without it making any difference, but too much time is spent on impossible-to-follow subplots about internal FBI politics and everyone’s intricate backstory (if ever a release needed a "previously..." prologue, this is it). Usually, the series gets over these heart-sinking openers and livens up a bit, but this time there’s a feeling that this is the end of the line for a thoroughly battered premise.

Chris Carter joins Gene Roddenberry in the exclusive category of producer-creators who turn in the worst scripts for their own shows, and all the strengths of The X-Files (shivers, wit, provocative ideas) are missing in action here as the engine grinds on empty.

On the DVD: The X-Files: Nothing Important Happened Today on disc arrives with two three-minute filler featurettes, focusing on Gish’s character and the making of this show. The good news is that this anamorphic widescreen release is the best The X-Files has ever looked in a television format, showing that however dramatically exhausted it might be, the show remains technically impressive. --Kim Newman

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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The X-Files like you've never seen it before... 11 May 2002
By A Customer
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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4.0 out of 5 stars The end is near... 28 July 2002
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A fresh start 7 Jun 2002
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 3 Aug 2002
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Very different. 22 Jun 2002
'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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4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best but OK
This has been slated by some reviewers and each is entitled to their opinion. Mine is that this is a worthwhile addition to the X Files, no better than the best and no... Read more
Published on 9 Sep 2005 by zztopbanana
2.0 out of 5 stars Not The X-Files You Expect
This is a very weak two-parter, especially for a season opener. The mythology basis is vert uncertain, not to mention the plotless storyline. Read more
Published on 31 Oct 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars A weak addition to The X Files' mythology arc
The X Files is still the best television show ever produced, in my view, but it lets itself down with these episodes. Read more
Published on 5 Oct 2002 by Fraser Dallachy
5.0 out of 5 stars What is William???
The above question features heavily in the latest Season 9 adventure, 'The X-Files: Providence'. Is it answered? Well, this is The X-Files, so what do you think? Read more
Published on 3 Sep 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the better X-Files adventures
This is one of my favourite two part myth stories that the show has produced. I thought that after "Nothing Important Happened today", the myth episodes had lost some of... Read more
Published on 11 Aug 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Return to form for the myth arc
This is one of my favourite myth stories that the show has produced. I thought that after "Biogenesis", the myth episodes had lost some of their magic - "Biogenesis" was, for me,... Read more
Published on 10 Aug 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Best myth story since Season Six
I was fascinated by the science vs. religion aspect of some earlier X-Files, particularly the "Biogenesis" story. Read more
Published on 9 Aug 2002 by MR GJ HUGHES
3.0 out of 5 stars The penultimate instalment of X-Files mythology - finally!!!
For those long-time fans of the wonderful show that is The X-Files this double-episode package is by no means a reward for watching the last 9 years. Read more
Published on 4 Aug 2002 by Dead Duck Soup
3.0 out of 5 stars Final Season for the X-Files?
This two-parter opens up what is probably the final season of the X-Files. On the whole, it is a little disappointing, rather slow and confusing at times. Read more
Published on 23 July 2002 by E. A. Redfearn
2.0 out of 5 stars The Truth Is Far Far Out There!!
Well here it is! Season 9 of a legendary show. The first two episodes of the full 19 from the final year of The X-Files. Read more
Published on 13 Jun 2002 by "chuckler4u"
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