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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A class act
Season 5 is definetly one of the most enjoyable and brilliant seasons of the shows 9 year run. Very like season three the 20 episode season is packed heavily with mythology episode that would lead to the X Files movie "Fight The Future" after the seasons ends.
Season 5 kicks off with the amazing two parter "Redux I and II" where Mulder despretlay tries to find a cure...
Published on 18 Nov 2003 by Philip Hyland

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3.0 out of 5 stars One of the weakest seasons.
Others have described the episodes in full here, so let's keep this brief. Those who love the mythology side of the X-Files will find this a treat. But for those who crave the original stand alone magic of the X-Files, you will only find disappointment here. 'Emily', 'Christmas Carol' and 'Travellers'....oh dear!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A class act, 18 Nov 2003
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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 5 [DVD] [1994] (DVD)
Season 5 is definetly one of the most enjoyable and brilliant seasons of the shows 9 year run. Very like season three the 20 episode season is packed heavily with mythology episode that would lead to the X Files movie "Fight The Future" after the seasons ends.
Season 5 kicks off with the amazing two parter "Redux I and II" where Mulder despretlay tries to find a cure for Scullys worsening cancer while also trying to find out who inside the FBI is responsible for her cancer. These are two unbelievabley well written episodes and David Ducovhnys finest acting.
"Christmas Carol/Emily" are the next two mythology episodes and deal with what happened after Scullys abduction. Another brilliant two parter with a briliant performance by Gillian Anderson.
"Patient X" and "The Red and the Black" is the final two parter of the season and deals primaraly with the Black Oil/Syndicate story that will play a major part in the Movie. Strange to see Mulder as the skeptic but it actually works very well.
"The End" will leave you dying to see the movie and Season 6 to find out what will happen next.
The stand-alone episodes are fantastic bar the dreadfully awful "Travellers". In season five we see some very experimental episodes that work amazingly well. Most notabley the black and white "Post Modern Prometheus" and "Kill Switch".
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great season with classic episodes and big stars!, 25 Aug 2002
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This review is from: The X Files: Season 5 [DVD] [1994] (DVD)
There are so many great episodes in this season - 'The Post-Modern Prometheus', 'Bad Blood', 'Kill Switch', 'Chinga', 'The Pine Bluff Variant'.....
This is the last season before the movie (as well as the last season to be filmed in Vancouver), and these 20 episodes really showcase the series at its peaks.
There are episodes written by legendary novelists Stephen King and William Gibson, as well as the return of movie director Rob Bowman (The X-Files Movie, Reign Of Fire). Not to mention an appearence by Jerry Springer!
This was also the year when the writers began to experiment and as a result we ended up with some wonderfully different hours of television including an episode filmed entirely in black and white (to a Cher soundtrack) and possibly the funniest epsiode ever in which Mulder and Scully each tell the tale of a vampire wannabe from their own unique perspectives.
The season starts out great with 'Redux' and 'Redux II' as we find out about the circumstances surrounding Mulder's apparent suicide. The themes of the season are heavy on the parent-child relationship with at least three examples of this being Mulder-CSM, Scully-Emily, and Jeffrey and Cassandra Spender. After the 'Redux' two-parter the mythology gets a bit bland and annoying, but the sheer greatness of the standalone episodes more than make up for it.
Of course there are a few dud episodes; 'Minds Eye', 'All Souls', 'Travellers', but most people would consider this the last of the great seasons of the show.
For fans still watching the show now, rewatching these old episode certainly bring a refreshing relief to what Scully used to be like when dealing with her emotions (such as her cancer).
In essense, buy this now!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Season Five, 23 Mar 2003
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Rachel (Somerset, England) - See all my reviews
Season 5 for me is tha best season of the show. The stand alone episodes are in the whole very good, and the mythology ones are amazing, particuall Redux/Redux2.
In this season Mulder and Scullys relationship really evolves and the chemistry between them is buzzing. I found lots of the episodes funny.
For me this is the peak of the show, and even though the following series are good, they can't match the fun and brilliant story lines of series five.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the pinnacle of 9 years, 18 April 2003
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In this season the whole conspiracy plot blows out of proportion. The episode's of Redux and Patient X made my head spin of the charts. The idea of having Mulder as a skeptic with Scully having to revert his belief was a good emotional plotting technique used by Carter. The conclusion to Redux is the best in any x-files episode. Patient X was a complete shocker and was the programs first move towards a hollywood look which arguably is a positive or negative step. The season finale - the end - has a cliffhanger that will drop first time viewers jaws.
The season also has many comical moments such as the post modern prometheus which also contains social significance of alienation and has an hilariously cheesy must see conclusion. Duchovny provides laughter in the bad blood episode also.
The lone gunmen also attain an episode focusing on their gathering as Mulder's little helpers giving their characters a much more stronger representation in future episodes.
Schizogeny creates connotations of the 'Predator' scenario when the agents are stalked by an invisible predator in the woods containing a tense atmosphere.
The only let down of the series is firstly the return of the Pusher in Kitsunegari, which should not have focused on a new pusher and recreated the amazing staredown between the pusher and mulder in the original.
Secondly is the Emily storyline. A Christmas Carol seemed like a total waste of time where the only memorable moment is Mulder dresses in a hip bandana. This story could have been carried out in a more intense, fast paced manner much like the other conspiracy orientated episodes in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 20 enjoyable X-Files episodes, 16 Aug 2011
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This review is from: The X Files: Season 5 [DVD] [1994] (DVD)
1997/1998's Season 5 of the X-Files continued the show's high quality output and balance of one-off episodes along with 'X-Files mythology' episodes. Topics this time around include mind reading, vampires, artificial intelligence, xeno-transplantation, bioweapons, mythological religious creatures and, of course, alien activity and sinister government cover-ups. This middle season was the most watched and probably marked the peak of the franchise.

The following is a brief synopsis of each individual episode:

*5.1 Redux Part 1 (Theme: government conspiracy) Series 5 kicks off where Series 4 left off. Mulder and Scully go their separate ways as they try to thread together the state machine's elaborate conspiracy against them.

*5.2 Redux Part 2 (Theme: government conspiracy) This is really the final part of a trilogy that began at the end of Series 4. There's high stakes as Mulder and Scully battle the apparatus of the sinister state machine that they also work for. As Scully lies close to death, Mulder is befriended by the Smoking Man and, in a conflict over whom to trust, is forced to testify at a key hearing with major consequences.

*5.3 Unusual Suspects (Theme: The Lone Gunmen) A different kind of episode in that it is about the backstory of how Mulder originally met The Lone Gunmen. The tale goes back 8 years and explains how the 3 geeks tried to help a woman at a computing and electronics convention in Baltimore to find her daughter, and instead became entangled in a dangerous government plot and cover up. This episode features a reprise role for `X'. Scully does not appear in this episode.

*5.4 Detour (Theme: Forest creatures) While en route to an FBI team-building conference, Mulder and Scully stop to help the local police investigate the disappearance of several people in a North Florida forest. This episode combines some elements of previous outings - such as mutant creatures and the dangers of man imposing too much upon nature.

*5.5 The Post-Modern Prometheus (Theme: Frankenstein-type creations) Mulder and Scully are called out to a small rural town in Indiana to investigate a woman who claims to have been impregnated by a monster. Investigations uncover a local modern day Dr. Frankenstein, with a penchant for dabbling with human genes. This is one of those offbeat X Files that has a radically different feel to it. It's all in black and white and its production values are more in line with the old horror flicks of the 50s, or TV shows like The Outer Limits. Jerry Springer makes a guest appearance and the soundtrack is largely made up of Cher records.

*5.6 Christmas Carol (Theme: government cover up) The first of a 2-parter. Scully and her mother travel to San Diego to spend Christmas with her brother and his pregnant wife. A vacation then turns into a busman's holiday as Scully is tipped off by mysterious phone calls that an apparent suicide may not be quite what it seems. The adopted daughter of the victim then turns out to have strong genetic links to Scully's deceased sister, Melissa. Mulder does not appear in this episode.

*5.7 Emily (Theme: government cover up) Mulder and Scully continue to investigate the terminally ill 4 year old, Emily, and the trail leads back to their previous shapeshifting enemies and potential links with Scully's previous abduction.

*5.8 Kitsunegari (Theme: power of suggestion) This is a follow up to episode 3.17 - `Pusher.' Robert Patrick Modell, the serial killer with a mastery of the power of suggestion and an old foe of Mulder, escapes from prison in Virginia and goes on the run. Once again, he involves Mulder in a cat and mouse chase - the word kitsunegari meaning `fox hunt.' Another key figure is thrown into the mix - Linda Bowman, the wife of the prosecutor who convicted Modell at his trial.

*5.9 Schizogeny (Theme: paranormal abilities) A 16 year old on a Michigan hazelnut orchard is under suspicion of murdering his step father. Another bizarre death then takes place in the community when someone is sucked out of a high window. Mulder and Scully investigate possible revenge motives on abusive parents, but also take an interest in the implicated children's therapist.

*5.10 Chinga (Theme: supernatural objects) This episode is a co-write between Stephen King and Chris Carter. It also has strong similarities to the movie `Chucky'. Scully heads off alone to a small town in Maine for a weekend break, but soon finds herself helping the local police to investigate a widowed young mother whom the locals accuse of witchcraft - a view backed up by the fact that there's usually violent and self-inflicted trouble wherever she goes with her young daughter, who is always carrying a doll.

*5.11 Kill Switch (Theme: artificial intelligence) What starts as something more akin to a Steven Seagal film then becomes a tale that is probably more similar to the Terminator movies. In fact, this episode could have easily been extended into a full movie. A computing genius is shot dead at a late night diner and Mulder links this to the deceased's experiments with artificial intelligence life forms. With the help of a pretty, blonde, computing expert who was also an accomplice of the errant genius and The Lone Gunmen, the team gradually close in on the pioneering wayward technology.

*5.12 Bad Blood (Theme: vampires) This is one of those rather offbeat, but very entertaining, X Files. The story starts with Mulder chasing a youngster through woods in Texas before catching him and driving a stake through his heart. Scully then removes false fangs from the corpse. The narrative is then two versions of the back story of the sequence of prior events - first from Scully's perspective, then from Mulder's. Both tales recall how they got caught up in investigating alleged vampire activity at a rural town near Dallas.

*5.13 Patient X (Theme: alien abduction) The first of a 2 parter. A large group of people are charred to death on a remote hill in Kazakhstan and a young boy who witnessed this is taken away by the old X Files nemesis, Krycek. A similar incident then occurs at Skyland Mountain in Virginia - the site of Scully's abduction in series 2. All of the victims are apparently ex-abductees with neck implants. Mulder, now in his denial phase of alien abduction theories, is asked by Scully to rethink this.

*5.14 The Red and the Black (Theme: alien activity) Following on from `Patient X', Scully undergoes hypnosis to try to recall the events of the previous night. Meanwhile, Mulder finds an unlikely ally in Krycek and the fear of an alien colonisation programme occupies the minds of the sinister and shadowy government agencies.

*5.15 Travellers (Theme: Xeno-transplantation) In 1990 an elderly man is gunned down by a sheriff trying to evict him from a remote house in Wisconsin. Mulder tracks down the FBI agent who was searching for this individual way back in 1952. A tale then unfolds with a back story narrative that involves the McCarthy investigations into alleged communists and uncovers other sinister motives and forces at work. Mulder's father, a young FBI agent, is also part of the plot line. This episode explains how the X Files originally started.

*5.16 Mind's Eye (Theme: visions) A young blind woman in Delaware with a long criminal record is plagued by visions of what someone else is seeing in real time. These psychological episodes lead her to a motel room, where a drug dealer has just been murdered. Police arrive and arrest her as the main suspect. The local police want to charge her, but Mulder is convinced that she is innocent. Another killing then takes place, as well as a sharp twist in the plot.

*5.17 All Souls (Theme: seraphim and nephalim) Through her local church in Virginia, Scully becomes personally involved in the case of 16 year old disabled girl who is believed to have managed to wander out into the street only to be killed by lightning while kneeling in prayer. The narrative follows Scully reciting her involvement to a priest in a confession box and is based on the ancient tales of seraphim and nephalim. This is quite a psychologically powerful X file and with different production values that are more reminiscent of a horror film.

*5.18 The Pine Bluff Variant (Theme: bioweapons) Mulder goes undercover in order to infiltrate a right wing militia group who are experimenting with bioweapons in a campaign of terrorism. An unusual kind of X File with slightly different production values, but the similarly recurring theme of intergovernmental skulduggery.

*5.19 Folie a Deux (Theme: Monsters in disguise) A call centre worker in Illinois is convinced that his boss is a monster so he goes berserk and holds a group of workers hostage at gunpoint while demanding a TV camera to make his point to the world. Bizarrely, Mulder then briefly glimpses the boss as a monster too and, despite being considered delusional and too affected by the case, he continues to personally investigate further.

*5.20 The End (Theme: genius) A genius kid escapes assassination during a high profile chess match in Canada. Mulder, Scully, and Mulder's old flame - fellow agent Diane Fowley, become aware of his superhuman mental capacities - including the ability to read minds. However, the Smoking Man and his shadowy accomplices are also after him, leading to a high stakes tussle that threatens the existence of the X-Files section.
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5.0 out of 5 stars X Files series 5, 6 July 2010
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Denise M. Bennett (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The X Files: Season 5 [DVD] [1994] (DVD)
The quality of the series continues, and each episode is so different. Thoroughly enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars X Files series 5, 19 Mar 2010
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Mr. D. J. Hulse "DavidJohnHulse" (Stoke-On-Trent, Staffs, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The X Files: Season 5 [DVD] [1994] (DVD)
Excellent series, would recommend to anyone, start at series one and work your way through
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5.0 out of 5 stars A 'must buy', 28 July 2006
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zztopbanana (Lancashire, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The X Files: Season 5 [DVD] [1994] (DVD)
For any X Files fans, this is a must buy - all the platitudes in the world could not adequately describe how good this series is. And for the price it is well worth it.

You will either buy none, or buy them all, and at this price, it is an absolute bargain.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect set-up for the Movie, 18 Nov 2001
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Season 5 is one of my favorite seasons. The reason? Its probably the most varied.
It contains outstanding mythology episodes (and rather a lot of them), some great touches of comedy ("The Post-Modern Prometheus") and some classic x-files cases ("Detour"). This boxset contains examples of what makes The X-Files a great show. Season Five is like the best of Seasons Three and Six mixed together, with moving emotional episodes like "Emily".
Oh, and "Bunghoney", written by Stephen King, has to be the freakiest episode ever....I WANT TO PLAY!!!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One of the weakest seasons., 12 July 2008
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Mr Nostalgia (Manchester, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The X Files: Season 5 [DVD] [1994] (DVD)
Others have described the episodes in full here, so let's keep this brief. Those who love the mythology side of the X-Files will find this a treat. But for those who crave the original stand alone magic of the X-Files, you will only find disappointment here. 'Emily', 'Christmas Carol' and 'Travellers'....oh dear!
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