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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well, what can you say?, 21 Jan. 2002
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Definately the best season of any TV show in existence. And you want to talk conspiracy theory. There are a load of two parters to bring the idea of extra-terrestrial life right home. "The Blessing Way" and "Paper Clip" are absolutely brilliant as they conclude the three parter that was started with Season 2's finale "Anasazi". Skinner gets more involved in this season and we see other conspiracy episodes such as "Nisei", "731", "Piper Maru", "Apocrypha" and "Talitha Cumi". But also it has several brilliant stand alone episodes such as "Jose Chung's From Outer Space", "Quagmire", "War of the Coprophages" and "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose" (which has a brilliant performance by the actor who plays Clyde Bruckman). This season is one for people who have seen Seasons 1 and 2 but you really don't have to have as everything is pretty much explained to you (if you know at least about Scully's abduction in season 2). Buy this box set and you won't be able to wait for Season 4!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TV doesn't get much better, 9 Mar. 2003
This review is from: The X Files: Season 2 [DVD] [1994] (DVD)
The X-Files really found its footing with the onset of its second season & saw an almost doubling in viewing figures between the end of season 1 and the start of seaosn 2.
Despite now being 8 years old these episodes are as impressive now as they were watching them on tv, first time round. Every episode is clever, slick, imagenative and slightly creepy (or very creepy in the cases of: 'Die Hand Die Verletz' and 'The Calusari').
Highlights from season 2 include:
Duane Barry (for which Chris Carter was emmy nominated for outstanding writing)
One Breath (which sees Scully's return after her abduction)
Red Museum,
Fresh Bones,
Humbug (in my opinion 1 of the few comedic episodes that actually works),
F. Emasculata (gross but brilliant),
Our Town (it'll put you off chicken for sure),
& the best season finalé of the entire 9 seasons - Anasazi.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The X-Files at its peak, 23 Feb. 2003
This review is from: The X Files: Season 2 [DVD] [1994] (DVD)
The second season of the X-files marks the perfect combination of the continued mythology episodes and the individual investigations, by consistently delivering original, intriguing and exciting plot twists. Building on the success of the first season, Chris Carter and his team were able to begin to expand and explore Mulder and Scully's relationship, but it is in the variety of the subject matter of each episode and the film-like production quality on display which really impresses in this season.
The first highlight is that of the two part episode - 'Duane Barry' and 'Ascension' which use the traditional UFO abduction formula but throws Scully into the action (the start of major plot advancements in later seasons).
Gillian Anderson's pregnancy in real life resulted in her presence being restricted in some episodes but this does not detract from the overall flow of the season.
Another stand out is that of 'Humbug' involving a circus mutant which uses scare tactics and humour for one of the first times in the X-Files, indicating a new direction for later seasons where irony and sarcasm are played upon to less success.
The DVD format of course provides instant access to each episode but it is the picture quality which is particularly impressive. Although the sound is only in stereo this does not detract from the tense atmosphere created by the stunning and eerie locales. When I bought this package I knew it was expensive but it is a long term investment to savour and enjoy and well worth the expense.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Season 2 - The year the X-Files became X-cellent., 26 May 2001
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This review is from: The X Files: Season 2 [DVD] [1994] (DVD)
This DVD box set is an excellent way to enjoy Season 2 of the X-Files in the correct episode order and with many extras such as deleted scenes. To me, this is the series when the format really began to work. The characters of Mulder and Scully were fully developed and the supporting cast were firmly in place.
It does take nearly 19 hours to watch all 25 episodes on these 7 discs in one sitting and so I guess it will only be true X-philes who will have the staying power to watch in this way. I recommend watching one or two episodes at once and take time to view the special features and play the DVD-ROM game on disc 7.
I look forward to the release of season 3 which is equally as good in the near future.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest Season of the greatest show!, 25 Feb. 2003
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P. Boer ('s-Gravendeel, Holland) - See all my reviews
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Never was there a show better developed than the X-files and when it came to season three it was a major hit.
And the fact that FOX started to give X-Files more money is definatly noticeable when compared to prior seasons these sets and this quality mixed with still original writing of original ideas probably made this one of the best things out there in the magical world of tv.
The better sets and quality reflects on the speciality of the episodes and obviously made it easier for the actors to get into their roles.
Duchovny and Anderson get into their roles much better than the prior seasons.
It's better than the earlier ones simply visual.
And better than the latter because most the writing and ideas were a lot more original.
The myth apisodes are in one word grand and not boring even though the later ones would definatily become just that.
Questions are raised but not forgotten. A definate must for every lover of good t.v.
The package is beautifuland even though the price would seem high to some people the 1080 minutes of spedtacluar tv are definatly worth it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Best, 10 Dec. 2003
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Philip Hyland "hylo21" (Dublin, Ireland) - See all my reviews
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Season three is The X Files at it's best. After the brilliant season one and two seasons under it's belt and now recognised by fans and critics as the greatest show on television Chris Carter and co. were garaunteed a long future. With extra money and resources they were able to put together the puzzel of all the loose ends of the mythology of the previous two seasons while also introducing the famous "Black oil" story arc. This is one of the reasons this season was so amazing, they were able to come up with a new story arc that was completly origional and brilliant and also tell it in such a way that gripped the audience while at the same time you were left not really knowing what exactly was going on or where it was going.
The other reason this season was so good was the shere brilliance of the stand-alone episodes. From the horrofiing Grotesque, 2Shy, The Walk, Teso dos Bichos and Hell Money to thethrilling Oubliette, Pusher and Wetwired and the most enjoyable of the season Quagmire about Mulder and Scullys search for a Loch Ness like monster.
Theres also a terrific episode called "Avatar" which gives a good insight into the character of A.D. Skinner.
The comedy is also among the best the show has ever seen, the award-winning "Clyde Bruckmans final Repose" to killer Cockroaches in War of the Coprophages to alien abuction in "Jose Chungs "From Outer Space" and the hillarious and scary "Syzygy" where Mulder and Scully are constantly at each others throats, brilliant.
This is the season where The X Files went from a hit television show to a global phenomenon and it's not surprising at all, it is just out of this worldly good. There is not one bad bad episode in the season from the disturbing and scary to the thrilling and exciting to the shere comedy brilliance season three has it all. It is als a perfect place to start your X Files collection from. 10/10.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm in MY element..., 17 July 2001
This review is from: The X Files: Season 2 [DVD] [1994] (DVD)
Best thing I've ever bought! One of my fav seasons of The X-Files, as I think after the movie it goes downhill a bit. But to a non-xf fan it's better if you see all the eps in order - rather than seeing s2 first... so buy season 1 box set as well!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars X marks the spot ... again !, 14 Aug. 2004
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J. K. Buckley "jadadulo" (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The X Files: Season 2 [DVD] [1994] (DVD)
Your thought's of "where do we go next ?" after the closing-down of the X-files in series 1 is instantly re-ignited with the quite excellent opening show entitled 'Little Green Men' ! Mulder pointing out that they , the aliens , are generaly refered to as 'Grey's' not at all green . Soon enough the Skinner 'does what they fear most' and re-opens the X-files .
Before this , however , an excellent one-off episode in the form of 'The Host' is a top ranking episode in itself , beaten only , possibly , by the brilliant epidode 'Humbug'.
If , like me , you own series 1 I strongly recomend you continue the story and purchase series 2 , excellent one-off episodes and the ball definately starts gaining speed on the whole abduction story here - a story which will span the next 7 series !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where it really began, 14 Feb. 2004
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Philip Hyland "hylo21" (Dublin, Ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The X Files: Season 2 [DVD] [1994] (DVD)
Season 2 is where The X Files really began. As good as season 1 was, and it was very, very good, Season 2 marked the true begging of The X Files as we know it.
The mythology started to expand and develop into longer running story arcs. The fantastic three-pater "Duane Barry", "Ascension" and "One Breath" was the begging of the pivotal and long running story arc of Scully's abduction, we learned a little bit more about Mulder's sisters dissaperance and we were introduced to the Alien Bounty Hunter in the weak two-pater "Colony" and "End Game" and in the fantastic final episode of the season "Anazasi" the main story arc of the show was introduced. We began to learn of the mysterious "Syndicate" and their conspiracy to hide the existence of extra-tarestrials from the public.
The stand-alones became deeper and more intellegent in this season and not to metion alot more creepy and disturbing. Most note worthy are "The Host", a story set primarily in an underground sewer, "Irresisteble", a story about a death feteshist, satanic possesion in "Die Hand Die Verletz", human canablisim in "Our Town", a deadly outbreak in "F. Emasculata" and genetic memory in "Aubery". The X Files also proved this season that they weren't afraid to take risks as the shows produced its first ever comedy episode, the marvellous "Humbug" written by Darin Morgan who went on to write three of the shows finest comedy episodes in season three and also star in an episode in season 4.
Unsurprsingly there were a couple of sub-standard episodes this season as would be expected this early in the shows life. "Fearful Symettry" and "Fresh Bones" are example of this but Season 2 easily ranks as one of the finest seasons of The X Files with practically every episode reaching absolute perfection. A definet must own for everybody.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Iconic, 9 Aug. 2004
By the time season 3 came along the X Files was a smash hit, it had really found its creative stride and this season was, in my opinion, the best. Certainly the most visually iconic with the trademark lighting, dark shadows and rainy sets. Chris Carter and his team really began to explore the X Files mythology, the "black oil" was introduced and elements of Samantha's abduction and the Alien colonisation of Earth were exposed. There was also a lot more variety of episodes in this season, some comic ("CLYDE BRUCKMAN'S FINAL REPOSE"), some comedy ("JOSE CHUNG'S FROM OUTER SPACE" and the brilliant "WAR OF THE COPROHAGES") and some very, very dark episodes ("THE LIST" and "GROTESQUE"). There is no weak link in this season, the worst episodes are still above average. The Black oil two parter ("PIPER MARU"/"APOCRYPHA") are not as good as I was expecting, although the "PIPER MARU" is much better than "APCOCRYPHA".
Even one of the most despised (by X Files fans) episodes of the show "TESO DOS BICHOS" is entertaining enough. For me, the highlights of the season were the comedy episodes (see above), "PUSHER", "THE WALK", "D.P.O" (featuring Giovanni Ribissi and Jack Black), and the much underrated "QUAGMIRE".
Overall, you cant consider yourself a true X Files fan and not own Season 3. Basically you need to own them all, but this is absolutely essential if you are to grasp the various myth arcs that are introduced in this season. This is the X Files at its best.
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