17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mythology Delves Deeper!
I actually missed out on the X-Files when it was first on TV, only getting glimpses of occasional episodes. But now since I've started to collect the Season Box Sets, I can't believe what I was missing out on.
Season Two is the X-Files nearing its peek, with the Mythology episodes that follow the recurring government/Alien conspiracy especially strong. This is...
Published on 6 Mar 2006 by thankyoukindlyray
0 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely poor service
The series was received within a week but with the wrong DVDs inside - season 1 instead of season 2. All other packaging was for season 2. When I contacted the vendor to query this, I was informed that there was no longer any season 2 discs and a refund was offered. This is peculiar, given that the rest of the packaging was correct. Unimpressed with this service. It would...
Published on 25 May 2011 by C. A. Justin
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mythology Delves Deeper!,
Season Two is the X-Files nearing its peek, with the Mythology episodes that follow the recurring government/Alien conspiracy especially strong. This is not always the case in later seasons.
Overall a brilliant season. 10/10.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars X Files Season 2,
As i started to view the episodes I instantly realised why this programme was one of the best shows on tv. The special effects, tension, drama, story lines, acting are all amazing. Considering the season was filmed 10 years ago, the special effects are even good viewing by todays standards. Compared to other seasons, the 2nd season was one of the best. Each episode is unique ranging from scullys abduction to mulders discovery of a huge government conspiracy about Aliens. Basically at the end of the day the whole series is extremely entertaining. Even people who have not seen the shows on tv should experience the best sci-fi series ever made. Buy the box set, enjoy it, then save up for season 3.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars File this under X-cellent!,
All in all a great set for fans, and an affordable series for those who would like to get into this cool TV programme.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scarier and Better,
The first season had some very amazing episodes, but thses episodes beat them hands down. Invisible rapists in an old folks home, demonic possesion with little boys, the classic aliens (the best being the three part episodes, Duane Barry, Acension and One Breath) Mulder finnaly meeting the aliens who stole his sister, and more including vampires, parasites, cannibals and freaks.
The best episodes would have to be the scary ones. Season one wasn't scary enough for me, but season two does the trick. Watch out for Die Hand Die Verletzt, Little Green Men and The Calusari.
This season is the only 18 rated season in the entire show. This is because of the exorcism scene in The Calusari, which (annoyingly) doensn't mention on the back. It's not that suitable for kids, either, unlike (in my opinion) the first season.
The best series.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great show gets going,
The show feels more confident - we have stories spread over more than one episode for the first time, and signs of a lighter, self-referential mood from writer Darin Morgan in `Humbug'. Although I don't rate this season as highly as some subsequent ones, it's still very good indeed.
Duane Barry, Ascension, One Breath, Red Museum, The Calusari, Anasazi
Episodes I remember not liking, but enjoyed this time round:
Soft Light, `3'
Little Green Men - worth seeing for the scenes between Mulder & Scully, but actually quite disappointing.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best science fiction has to offer on modern television.,
By today's cgi standards some of the episodes in Season 1 appear ugly but by the Season 2, the show had larger budgets and better production values, quality that still holds up 14 years after the first episode and 5 years after the last. Yet, it was the sheer variety of stories - the stand alone episodes of horror, the paranormal and how warped nature can be as well as the alien invasion conspiracy arc - that were fascinating and compelling. In many of the episodes you could sense the paranoia, the creeping horror and you got the feeling that little in the world was under control. None of the other modern series even come close to this and tend to be more graphic and leave little to the imagination.
Season 2 was a much bigger season with the addition of new regular characters such as 'X' who took over from Deep Throat as Mulder's reluctant informant and the duplicitous 'Alex Krycek' played by Nicholas Lea (who actually guested in a one-shot appearance on "Gender Bender" in Season 1 as a totally different character), as well as expanding the roles of 'A.D. Skinner', as Mulder's immediate boss at the F.B.I, and the 'Cigarette Smoking Man'. Season 2 had higher budgets, with stories often spanning more than one episode and the 'Mythology' arc of the government/alien conspiracy really gets going in a more cohesive fashion The season also has one of the better villains in the series, the alien bounty hunter. The stand alone episodes too were also better, such as "The Host", "Sleepless" and "Die Hand Der Verletz" and although there were fewer 'monster-of-the-week episodes, the stand alone episodes better integrated some continuing events from the 'Mythology' episodes so the whole season flows well with better continuity. However, by far it is this latter story arc that had the best episodes such as "Little Green Man", "Duane Barry", "Ascension", "Colony", "End Game", and "Anasazi". Other notable episodes were "Dod Kalm" and "Humbug".
Overall, Season 2 was, in my opinion, darker, scarier and more pessimistic than Season 1, and better for it. The relationship between Mulder and Scully matured with the latter's scepticism from Season 1 diminishing as events unfold lending credence to Mulder's obsessive beliefs and both become closer to each other. Season 2's bigger standing can also be seen with the presence of more notable guest stars such as C.C.H Pounder, John Savage, Tony Shalhoub, Bruce Weitz, Daniel Benzali and Charles Martin Smith among others.
Take my word for it. Buy all the seasons while they are on sale. You can buy the entire series for just under £115. Avoid the "Complete Collection" box as it is just a cheap carton housing the seasons 1 - 9 series and there have been many reports of cheap discs and cases that have been damaged. Instead buy the separate season sets housed in the "M-Lock" cases. They are the same as the initial digipack sets including all the special features and while they are not as pretty they are more durable.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything suddenly makes sense...,
Like season 1, this season has a wonderful collection of stand alone episodes, but the best thing about this season is that it serves as the perfect introduction to the conspiracy. Colony and End Game are the best two episodes here. Arguably this season is essential to the mythology.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite possibly the best.,
The first episode picks up after the last episode 'The erlenmyer flask' and it shows Mulder and Scully still off the x-files. It brings us back to a more alien story. This sort of sets us up for a bigger story arc which would come later: 'Duane Barry' is probably the first proper mythology episode. It sets us up for a huge story-arc. It continues on in 'Ascention' with Scully's abduction and concludes in 'One breath' with Scully's resurrection. These three episodes are three of the most stunning episodes, and have to be viewed. Another mythology two-parter is 'Colony/End game' which introduces one of my favourite villains: the alien bounty hunter. It deals with the Earth's colonization and the bounty hunter is after the clones. It also gives us more information of Mulder's sister's abduction. 'Anasazi' is the season finale which is fantastic, as it gives more insight to the governments involvement with aliens.
The stand-alone episodes are also great in the season. A popular episode is 'The host' which deals with a large fluke-worm which is roaming the New Mexico sewers. In 'Sleepless' Mulder investigates the deaths of green beret soldiers who participated in a sleep expermient. This episode also introduces one of the most popular chracters: Alex Krycek. 'Red museam' concludes the story of Deep Throat's death. 'Die hand die verletzt' is one of the scariest x-files and 'Humbug' introduces the show to a comedic route. Though, a few episodes are weak: 'Firewalker', 'Aubrey' and 'Fresh bones' but most of the episodes are great. 'The calusari' is apparently the episode which makes this season an '18' rating, but frankly the episode isn't so bad. It could easily be a '15'.
This season is probably superior to season 1, as most of the stand-alones have interesting ideas. There is a larger amount of aliens in this season, many chracters are more involved more such as Skinner and Cigarette smoking man. If you liked season 1, you will love this also.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars X marks the spot...,
The stories are much more well worked and sometimes ever poke fun at the XFiles itself like in "Humbug".
This has to be one of the stand out points in the whole XFiles saga, showing a much more powerful and dark side to the stories and with more impressive writing and fluidity than most of the seasons.
Sit back and be ready for one of the best shows to leave America....
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great collection of X files,
The following is a summary breakdown of each of the 25 episodes (all of about 43 minutes duration):
*2.1 Little Green Men (Theme: alien contact) The X-Files have been shut down by the beaks at the FBI and Mulder and Scully are assigned to other (mundane) tasks. Things change when a US senator arranges to meet Mulder and advises him to travel to NASA's space listening facility at Arecibo in Puerto Rico as alien contact has been made there. Mulder breaks ranks and travels without permission. There he encounters alien activity.
*2.2 The Host (Theme: mutants) A sailor on a Russian ship off the coast of New Jersey is sucked into the vessel's waste tanks and disappears. When his body turns up in the Newark sewage system Assistant Director Walter Skinner assigns Mulder to the case. An operative at the plant is then bitten by some kind of sea creature while carrying out routine maintenance - an attack which ultimately kills him; Scully meanwhile establishes that the bodies are carrying some kind of worm host. The main culprit is a mutant combination of human and worm. Research shows that the original Russian ship was involved in the Chernobyl nuclear disaster clean up. The backdrop to the episode includes the fact that the X-Files are still shut down but a new Deep Throat character emerges - called 'X', who begins to communicate with Mulder by telephone only.
*2.3 Blood (Themes: illegal crop spraying and subliminal programming) An outbreak of killings take places in the quiet town of Franklin, Pennsylvania. Mulder and Scully are eventually called in after 22 murders across 7 separate incidents. By deduction, Mulder establishes that illegal crop spraying has been taking place locally to get rid of insect pests - with the effect of a surge in adrenalin by residents based on exposure to their fears and any electrical equipment that can transmits messages. The plot also follows one resident on his descent to a nervous breakdown.
*2.4 Sleepless (Theme: sleep deprivation experiments) An eminent doctor dies in his New York apartment after calling 911 for a fire rescue. However, no evidence of a blaze is found. Another New Yorker is killed by gunshots; however no bullets are found. Mulder, assigned a new sidekick FBI operative called Krycek, finds out that they were part of a shadowy Vietnam War experiment involving sleep deprivation in order to create better warriors. The final remaining members of the team are tracked down; however having not slept for 24 years, Augustus Cole has signed himself out of a psychiatric institution and is on the loose exacting revenge on the group by using his thoughts to create hallucination effects in others. Mulder also meets X for the first time.
*2.5 Duane Barry (Theme: alien abduction) The first 2-parter in the X-Files. Ex-FBI man Duane Barry believes himself to be a regular victim of alien experiments and is incarcerated. He escapes from prison and takes 4 hostages in a travel agency. Mulder is called in due to his expertise in alien abduction phenomena and begins negotiations with the crazed escapee. Posing as a medical orderly he then swaps places with a wounded hostage and begins to earn Barry's trust and respect. Although debunked as a lunatic, after eventually being shot and captured Scully ascertains that he was in fact implanted with 3 devices - one of which contains a kind of serial number.
*2.6 Ascension (Themes: alien abduction and government cover-ups) Part 2 of the Duane Barry episode sees Scully kidnapped by the re-escapee. Bundled into the boot of a car, she is driven to a mountain top in Virginia where Barry believes that aliens will try to experiment on him again. Mulder works out their likely destination and strives to get there first - including a cable car ride (James Bond style at one point). Skinner also re-establishes the X-Files section. Note that the first 6 episodes in this series were X-Files even though, technically, there was no X-Files section.
*2.7 3 (Theme: vampires) A very unusual kind of episode with a different feel to it from all the other episodes to date. Scully has been kidnapped (by aliens?) and Mulder re-opens his X files basement office on his own. The calendar on his office wall jumps from May to November, signalling the end of a 6 month hiatus. His first new case is to investigate a series of murders, the latest being near Los Angeles in the Hollywood hills. All the victims are drained of blood. He quickly uncovers a vampire (working - surprise, surprise - in a local blood bank) and even becomes amorously involved with one (or is she a vampire?). The plot then becomes complex as he unravels and gets tangled up with the vampire gang. A strange kind of episode, which, for long spells, doesn't feel like the other X-Files to date.
*2.8 One Breath (Theme: government cover ups) Scully is dumped at a Washington DC hospital and is comatose with no real prospect of recovery. Mulder's new internal contact, X, shoots dead another government operative in the hospital's basement car park in a battle over a vial of her blood. Meanwhile, Mulder raids the Cancer Man's apartment and eventually tenders his resignation in disgust - which is not accepted by Assistant Director Skinner. Scully eventually wakes up - a course of action which she was talked into by her the spirit of her late father and a nurse who apparently doesn't exist.
*2.9 Firewalker (Theme: ancient life forms) A group of volcanologists encounter an ancient life form deep inside a volcano. The large worm-like creature uses humans as hosts before bursting through their neck and killing them. Mulder and Scully (who is surprisingly back on her feet and back to work) are sent to investigate after a dead scientist is caught on camera by `firewalker' a new device which can stand the heat inside volcanic mountains. This is a rather poor episode and a kind of filler which is derivative of 2 episodes from series 1 (1.7 - Ice and 1.19 - Darkness falls).
*2.10 Red Museum (Theme: alien DNA) Mulder and Scully visit rural Wisconsin to investigate a series of youth abductions. All the victims are found wandering deliriously and with ink handwriting on their backs. A number of threads unravel including an unpopular vegetarian cult in red turbans (called Red Museum), a corrupt dead doctor, hormone injections and even a peeping tom. Eventually, the case is linked back to episode 1.23 - Erlenmeyer Flask. This is an episode that could have covered several episodes due to the number of different threads.
*2.11 Excelsius Dei (Theme: entity rape and shamanism) Mulder and Scully investigate an alleged case of entity rape at a geriatric convalescent home in Worcester, Massachusetts. While there, several orderlies are also killed in suspicious circumstances. The investigation leads to the use of hallucinogens covertly supplied by an employee who has a mushroom factory in the basement, and shamanistic interaction with the spirit world. Notable as it is Scully (not Mulder) who perceives the case to be a X File.
*2.12 Aubrey (Themes: clairvoyance, genetic DNA) A policewoman in Aubrey, Missouri, is drawn to a remote field and discovers the body of dead FBI operative who was murdered in 1942. The policewoman - called BJ - continues to have disturbing dreams and premonitions. Mulder and Scully investigate and discover an unusual linkage between knife attacks from 1942 and repeat crimes in the present day. An old ex-convict, now living in Nebraska, is tracked down and a bizarre psychopathic and genetic linkage is put together.
*2.13 Irresistible (Theme: death fetish) Quite possibly the most disturbing X File to date - so much so that Scully wishes to get off the case and return to Washington. A psychopath in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with a fetish for women's hair and nails is sacked at an undertakers for mutilating some corpses. He then resorts to digging up fresh graves and doing the same. As Mulder correctly predicts, his urges eventually drive him to murder. Those who see him also see quick images of a monster, but it's made clear that he is not something beyond human, and that, more likely, our imaginations simply create monsters from those whom we fear or find depraved beyond human understanding.
*2.14 Die Hand Die Verletzt (Theme: Satanic cults) A school in New Hampshire is controlled by a satanic quartet who run the Parent-Teacher Committee. Mulder and Scully are called in when one of the students is murdered in a forest while trying to enact a ritual - his body is also mutilated. One young student squeals and tells all about the extent of occultism in the local community. In a school that makes Hogwarts look like a Sunday school, all roads seem to lead back to the unassuming Mrs Paddock who is probably a demonic doppelganger.
*2.15 Fresh Bones (Theme: Voodoo) Soldiers at an immigration detention centre in North Carolina are being driven to suicide by a series of horrific mirages. Mulder and Scully investigate and uncover maltreatment of the Haitian prisoners - resulting in voodoo-inspired revenge. The plot thickens when the commander in charge, Colonel Wharton, is revealed as having a previous history with the lead occultist, Bauvais. A strong episode with several intriguing twists and turns.
*2.16 Colony (Theme: alien infiltration in society) The first episode in a 2 part sequence and the first with a non-linear narrative (it starts at the end, then traces how they got there). A group of identical looking doctors are being eliminated one-by-one at abortion clinics in New York State by a shape shifting Terminator-type assassin. Each doctor leaks green blood before evaporating as they lie on the floor. Mulder is sent newspaper clippings of the events and embarks on investigations that lead to the murder of a local FBI agent, the unusual involvement of a CIA operative and more importantly - to the sudden apparent return of his sister at his parental home in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. Scully meanwhile uncovers the surviving doctors from the weird cabal, but has to go on the run to escape the hit `man'.
*2.17 End Game (Theme: alien infiltration in society) In the concluding part of `Colony', Scully is kidnapped by the assassin and Mulder is forced to trade his sister for her on a bridge in Bethseda. Things go awry and Mulder embarks on a personal quest to find her again - in a trail that leads to the Arctic and an eerie, abandoned US military submarine.
*2.18 Fearful Symmetry (Themes: alien abduction and the animal kingdom) An unusual powerful force rips through Fairfield, Idaho and a roadside worker is fatally crushed by an invisible entity. An escaped elephant is then found dying on a highway. While investigating the internal politics of the local zoo, a tiger also escapes and an invisible force kills an animal rights activist on a nocturnal liberation mission. Meanwhile, a captive gorilla from Malawi, Sophie, is at the centre of a battle over its future. Mulder gradually deduces alien involvement in a case that has a morale message about mistreatment of the animal kingdom and the accelerating extinction rate caused by man.
*2.19 Død Kalm (Theme: time distortion experiments) A US warship encounters an unusual time distortion field and the crew are rapidly aged within days, leading to a speedy death. Mulder and Scully set off to Norway for their first X File in Europe. There, they hire a fishing vessel to investigate the fog-wrapped rusting hulk near the 65th parallel. The plot thickens when there's a murder on board and a fugitive whaler is found. Furthermore, the FBI operatives also start becoming geriatrics and hope gradually ebbs away as the safe rations run down. A bit of a plodding lacklustre episode with limited unconvincing effects and some overacting.
*2.20 Humbug (Theme: circus freaks) I'm surprised it took 44 episodes before Mulder and Scully had an adventure among the circus community, but here it is. `Alligator Man' is killed while relaxing in his pool at home in Florida and Mulder links the circumstances to trail of other similar murders going back decades. They head down to Florida and live in a trailer among a small freak show community where even the sheriff is a former `hairy boy' performer. More killings among the tight-knit group take place and Scully gains the plaudits for unravelling this one. A quirky, offbeat episode with some comedic moments, a few moral undertones and a series of amusing one liners.
*2.21 The Calusari (Theme: possession) This episode couldn't be any further removed the preceding, rather flippant, episode. A 2 year old boy is killed by some kind of electromagnetic force which led him onto a train track. His high ranking father is then fatally caught up in a faulty garage door mechanism. Meanwhile, Mulder and Scully have their suspicions about the wife's Romanian mother who is obsessed with protecting the remaining 10 year old son. These fears are reinforced when a strange group of Romanian men called The Calusari start engaging in unusual rituals in one of the rooms. All roads point to a case of possession. A powerful, sinister episode.
*2.22 F. Emasculata (Theme: a contagion cover up) A lone scientist is killed in the Costa Rican jungle while researching the properties of rare insects. Later, a mysterious package is sent to a prisoner in Virginia who then fatally falls victim to a strange virus - followed by a group of other cons in his cell block. Soldiers and men in white coats take over the prison and set about systematically destroying any evidence and quarantining all ill prisoners. Scully investigates the science behind the outbreak while Mulder helps to snare two missing prisoners who broke out in the confusion.
*2.23 Soft Light (Theme: dark matter) A scientist experiments with dark matter and finds that his shadow will then instantly vaporise anyone who crosses its path. A former pupil of Scully, now a rookie cop in Virginia, calls her in to help investigate several disappearances. The only evidence to go on is black lumps of carbon and potassium burned into carpets. Mulder has a working theory of spontaneous human combustion. Meanwhile, the scientist (who went on to become the TV cop - "Monk") lingers for weeks around a train station due to its soft lighting. This episode includes a guest appearance by Mulder's new Deep Throat ... and suggests secretive government involvement in the dark matter experiments.
*2.24 Our Town (Theme: cannibalism) A chicken factory inspector goes missing in Dudley, Arkansas and the FBI duo are despatched to investigate. The town is home to Chaco Chicken and everyone seems to have a connection with their processing factory. While there, a young woman goes delirious and is shot dead by the local sheriff. Scully's autopsy indicates the presence of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease - a brain disorder passed on from contaminated meat. She is also apparently 47 years old, but looks about half her age. A series of boiled human skeletal remains are then found in the river. The trail eventually leads back to Mr. Chaco ... who spent a number of years living in New Guinea amongst tribes people.
*2.25 Anasazi (Theme: government cover up) A computer hacker manages to gain access to the US Defense Department's full set of UFO files and passes the tapes on to Mulder. All the information, though, is encrypted in Navajo language - leading to Scully tracking down a native speaker in New Mexico to translate them. The government machine swings into action to get the tapes back - leading to the Cancer Man visiting Mulder's father in Martha's Vineyard and the involvement of a shadowy hitman. Mulder, meanwhile, is also led to a well-hidden secret in the New Mexico desert, leading to a cliffhanger ending to the second series.
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