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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just when you thought it couldnt get better!
Following on from its peak ratings and the cinematic release of the X Files Movie comes season 6. Thinking season 5 couldnt be improved on was a mistake,although its thought by many that this season was the beginning of the end, and nearing the start of David Duchovneys 'other projects' and Gillian Andersons 'contractual obligations'.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A rather mixed season of the paranormal
Hot from the success of the X-files movie, Season 6 would see the show relocated from rainy Vancouver to sunny Los Angeles, and that prevalent X-Files atmosphere would be largely lost in the shows move.

Picking up where the movie left off the X-files have been reopened, but with Jeffrey Spender calling the shots, as the season continues we see the mythology...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just when you thought it couldnt get better!, 14 Jan. 2006
This review is from: The X Files: Season 6 [DVD] [1994] (DVD)
Following on from its peak ratings and the cinematic release of the X Files Movie comes season 6. Thinking season 5 couldnt be improved on was a mistake,although its thought by many that this season was the beginning of the end, and nearing the start of David Duchovneys 'other projects' and Gillian Andersons 'contractual obligations'.
This is my personal favorite season, possibly, sorry it is hard to choose between them. It has everything and feels as fresh as season 1. It starts off continuing from the movie, this story is further expanded in later episodes, the long running conspiracies are finally put to rest and to some degree Mulder wins! The constant doubts Mulder had in season 5 are all gone though at the start of the season both Mulder and Scully have been assigned away from the X Files, but as ever its not long before theyre right back on them.
The stand alone episodes, (which I have to say is what I watch X Files for, Ive never been one for the long running deep conspiracies, too slow for my liking and to straight faced) are better than ever involving time travel, the Bermuda Triangle, Vice Versa style body shifting, ghosts, Demons having babies, sea monsters Groundog Day, honestly this season has it all! Even the episode with the Lone Gunmen is good!
As usual there are a couple of sub standard episodes but that is to be expected in a long season, The Rain King is just poor and The Unnatural is way too American for a UK audience, but worth watching for the close interaction between Mulder and Scully at the end of the episode.
What becomes more obvious throughout this season is the bond between Mulder and Scully there are several occasions when the chemistry sets the screen alight! Building on the will they wont they get it on debate!
As ever we are left with a cliff hanger ending with Mulder committed and acting like a Basket Case and Scully finding a big spaceship under some sand in Africa that could be the answer to life on earth, phew! Cant wait for season 7!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better x-files seasons., 21 Jan. 2006
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This review is from: The X Files: Season 6 [DVD] [1994] (DVD)
Being one of the late comers to the show, having started watching it around the 5th season, I decided to watch all the seasons in order, as I would understand it a lot more. Sitting through them all, I would have to say that season 6 is probably one of the finest, and most entertaining seasons of the lot. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson looks like they are really enjoying themselves in some of the most interesting episodes of the entire show.
The season kicks off with "The beginning" which is sort of a follow up to the movie. Unfortunately, the episode isn't one of my favourite openings, but it was exciting, as it showed the return of Gibson Praise, and also guest-starred one of the aliens from the movie. The next couple of episodes are some of the seasons' best. "Drive" is one of my personal favourites, as it is about a man who is forced to drive Mulder around the highways at high speed, or he will die. The opening scene to that episode is one of my favourites. "Triangle" is a very entertaining episode, in which Mulder crosses through the Bermuda triangle and gets caught up on a ship that was said to have disappeared during world war II. "Dreamland I/Dreamland II" is a very humorous episode, in which Mulder switces body with another man, after a UFO is seen flying over them. And "How the ghosts stole christmas" is an intertesting story were Mulder and Scully get locked in a house which is believed to be haunted by a married couple at Christmas eve.
Other good episodes include "Two fathers/One son" which basically closes of about 5 years of mythology in the show. The conclusion to the episode is breathtaking. "Monday" is another of my personal favourites, in which a woman has to relive the same day over and over again, until she can save Mulder and Scully from being killed by her boyfriend. "Arcadia" shows Mulder and Scully going undercover as a maried couple to try to investigate the disappearences of people in a small neighbourhood. It starts of very fun, but ends in a sort of disturbing way. "The Unnatural" is a great episode, in which a story is told about one of America's greatest baseball players being an alien. It includes a guest appearence by Brian Thompson as the alien bounty hunter. "Field trip" is a very unsettling and confusing episode.
A few episodes do let the season down: "The rain king" is a stupid episode which mostly revolves around a weather man trying to have the guts his long-time friend out. "Alpha" seemed like a good episode, about a killer dog on ther loose, but it just fell flat. "Terms of endearment" wasn't a bad episode, it was just average really, about a man who just wants to have a normal baby and he will do anything to make it happen. It does have a good guest-starring Bruce Campbell (The Evil dead films).
The season-finale didn't really seem exciting to me, as it didn't really have a good cliffhnager (the best ones would be Season 2's "Anasazi" and Season 4's "Gethsamane").
Still, this is probably one of the more experimental seasons of the show. Mixed with episodes of comedy, and some just straight-ahead horror stories.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Season of One of the Greatest TV Series', 2 Feb. 2003
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The X-Files' Sixth Season marked a turning point for the show in that it was the first to have moved away from Vancouver to be entirely produced in Los Angeles, and it does show in the overall feel and look. Although many fans would describe Season Six as their favourite, my view is that Seasons Three and Five represented the highest points that the series ever achieved creatively.
Still, there is plenty of merit to this set of 22 episodes that kicks off with the aptly titled "The Beginning" that picks up some of the threads from the 1998 theatrical movie "Fight the Future" while focussing more broadly on the story of last season's finale that the film bridges. Mimi Rogers returns in her role as Agent Diana Fowley (appearing in a total of four episodes), as does the thorn in Mulder's side turned ally - his half brother Agent Jeffrey Spender. This leads to the biggest change in direction of all as Mulder and Scully are denied reassignment to the X-Files unit and must instead report to Assistant Director Alvin Kersh (who features more prominently in Seasons Eight and Nine right up to the series finale).
This half-season long diversion doesn't affect the focus of the stories too much however, as we are dealt a whole load of comedy episodes. This leaves the second half of the season stocked with monster-of-the-week shows, all of which are fine (except maybe the dull "Alpha") but you can't help but think a little spacing out and mixing would have improved the finished article no end. As it is the balance is not quite right.
In one of the classics, "Triangle", Mulder gets caught up in the Bermuda Triangle and even more laughs come when he swaps bodies with your average man-in-black in the two-part tale "Dreamland". If that wasn't enough, the FBI duo get caught up in a haunted house on Christmas Eve in "How the Ghosts Stole Christmas" with comedy and satire a plenty.
This takes us into the quintessential mythology double "Two Fathers" and "One Son", one of the high points of the entire series. While it spells the unfortunate end for the old conspiracy arc, if it had to go then this was the way to do it. Further highlights include the beginning of an under-used Krycek/Skinner arc in "S.R. 819", the old time-loop plot of "Monday", the Lone Gunmen show "Three of a Kind", and "The Unnatural" written and directed by David Duchovny. All of these culminate in the season cliffhanger "Biogenesis" that leaves Scully standing over a buried spacecraft on the shores of the Ivory Coast.
Overall, Season Six is a good one yet not the very best. The indivudual stories are great for the most part, but the character development and ongoing themes are somewhat lacking. The attractive DVD box set includes every episode across 6 discs in anamorphic wide screen format, with plenty of special features including a brand new summary documentary, a character profile on the Cigarette-Smoking Man (taken directly from the "One Son" feature video), episode commentaries on "Triangle" by Chris Carter and "Milagro" by director Kim Manners, and plenty more of the usual format - TV spots, interview clips, a whole host of deleted scenes, et cetera.
A must buy for any fan of The X-Files, and enough stand-alones that make excellent viewing for others too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A class act continues in a new "light"., 17 Nov. 2003
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Say goodbye to the famously brilliant dark and dreay settings of Vancouver as the X files has moved to bright and sunny L.A. You would think then that the show would have lost some of it's scare factor but with contineuley brilliant writing, directing and acting it only continues to get better.
What really makes season six work for me is the perfect balance between the mythology episodes, the comdey episodes and the down right brilliant stand alone episodes.
The season opens with the aptly titled "The Beginning" which is a continuasion of the Movie and answers a couple of questions the movie aroused.
Two Fathers\One Son wraps up the "Black oil/Syndicate" story(or thats what you think) that had ran since season 3 and these are amoung the best mythology episodes of the shows history, also nice to Krycheck back with a big role.
The seasons ends on a brilliant cliffhanger "Biogenisis" which would become the new mythology for the next season.
As far as the stand-alone episodes go they are among the best and most inventive The X Files have ever made. There are plenty of dark and scary episodes "Tithonus", "Agua Mala", "Alpha" and the strange "Milagro".
Theres also no lack of suspense, "Drive" with Bryan(Hal
from Malcolm from the middle)Cranston, "Terms of Endearment", "SR 819" and "Trevor" are fantastic.
The comedic episodes are excellent too, certainly up to par with the likes of BAD BLOOD, SMALL PATATOES, HOLLYWOOD AD and JOSE CHUNG FROM OUTER SPACE to name a few, the stand outs from this season for me are "Arcadia" where Mulder and Scully pose as a married couple and "Dreamland I and II" with Michael Mckean which will have you falling out of your chair laughing. Check out his and David's dance routine. BRILLIANT!!!!
Triangle is without question one of the most innovateive episodes in TV history. Set in 1939 with Mulder stuck in the Bermuda triangle and Nazi soldiers in control of the boat he now occupies, it's up to Scully to save the world from Nazi rule.
The camera work is what makes it really stand out though. It's shot in such a way that the camera is continuesly moving unlike anything that has been seen in Television for a very long time.
Classic television that nothing else can compare too, except maybe the other Eight Seasons of The X Files.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative genius, 23 Oct. 2003
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The X-Files, its characters and its conspiracies had become a part of modern popular culture during the 90s, and after the success of the entertaining (but playing-it-safe) feature film, Season Six was something different. First off, Mulder and Scully had been reassigned to different units of the FBI; the X Files were re-opened, but this time headed up by Jeffrey Spender and Mulder's ex-lover (the fantastic) Diana Fowley. Secondly, the writing team took a few risks this season and came up with episodes that pushed the boundaries in terms of creative storytelling.
Episodes like Triangle, How the Ghosts Stole Christmas, Milagro, Dreamland I & II, Drive, Arcadia, Field Trip, Tithonus, Monday and The Unnatural were episodes that re-defined what the writers could do within a 45-minute episode, and the results are remarkable. The Unnatural deserves special mention. Writen and directed by David Duchovny, it tells the story of an alien, disguised as a human, who loves baseball but can't break into the big time for fear of being found by the Alien Bounty Hunter....sounds a little strange, but it is without doubt one of my favourite episodes.
The mythology in this season continues to get more complex, and for casual viewers, far too inpenetrable. The Beginning nicely ties up any loose strands from the film (but not all; this is The X-Files!) and sets out what will be the seasons main mythology focus; the origins of mankind and the coming alien invasion. This is explored more fully in the superb season finale, Biogenesis.
Two of The X-Files most important episodes are in this boxset; Two Fathers and One Son. This two-part story reveals the true identity of the Cigarette Smoking Man, reveals the full extent of the Syndicates plan....and provides closure to the first five seasons of mythology. Yep, we get answers, and the myth arc started in Season One largely comes to a close, leaving subsequent seasons to focus on the coming invasion. Personally, I think these episodes were very successful and highly entertaining.
Overall Season Six is a fantastic piece of televison. After a so-so fifth season and relocation to LA, the cast and crew proved that after six years The X-Files was still at the creative pinnacle of televsion making, not forgetting to be entertaining along the way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best season of the best show ever., 10 May 2004
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Season 6 is the x files at the peak of its popularity. I think different seasons have different strengths and weaknesses but this is overall the best of the 9. There is a perfect blend of mythology and stand alone episodes. Drive, aqua mala, SR819. arcadia, how the ghosts stole christmas are all very well done but the real higlight of the season are the 2 double parters, "Two fathers/One son" is just amazing, a great example of the cinematic quality and production values of TXF. 'Dreamland 1+2' isnt a very original idea but is very well done and hilarious (the dancing in the mirror scene). Season 6 is TXF at is best after this the show became a bit stagnent (but still great). highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best seasons, 13 Feb. 2003
Apart from season two, four and eight, this has to be the best season of the show. There is a perfect combination of horror stand alone stories and comedy episodes that have never been so common in a single season of the show (until S7, when they were completely over the top).
This season introduces us to some of the best episodes of the entire show. Such as Drive, the first stand alone of the season. Triangle, where Mulder boards a ghost ship drifting from a timewarp. Tithonus is one of my all time favourite episodes, with Scully investigating a case where a photographer snaps pictures of the deceased, with an explosive finale!! Field Trip is another exceptional stand alone. Mulder and Scully case investigating a skeletonised couple at a mountain is not all it appears to be. I'll not ruin it, but its a farout idea but also very plausable in perfect x files style!!
The mytharc draws to a close here, wrapping up the first five years. The beginning looks at the effects of the movie taking place previous, Two Fathers and One Son is simply a conclusion and explanation to 80% of the questions asked in previous mytharc episodes. Then Biogenisis looks at a religious theme tied in with the mytharc about an alien space craft resurfacing in Africa.
This is the first of two seasons which wraps up the mytharc to give way to the next step of the story. Really worth checking out, as the following season (7) is a disappointment considering its the last featuring Mulder and Scully together on the x files.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great and also diverse season, 20 Sept. 2008
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This season was a lot more varied than previous seasons, but most of the episodes were very good or excellent. The season starts directly after the first X files movie which results in Mulder and Scully being (temporarily) taken off the X files and reassigned to AD Kirsch.

There are a lot of highlights in this season. The episode "Triangle" is filmed as if it is one continuous scene, which is quite an achievement. The two parter "Dreamland" is very funny, as it shows how Mulder copes with having an unintentional "body swap" with a "Man In Black" after being exposed to a malfunctioning spacecraft.

The highly confusing alien "syndicate" conspiracy was finally tied up in the episodes "Two Fathers" and "One Son". This resulted in Mulder and Scully regaining their roles on the X files.

My favourite episode of the season was "Monday", even though it was a "Groundhog Day" rip off. However, it was still very cleverly written, showing how Mulder lived through the same day, which always ended up with him and Scully dying, unless he could somehow learn the lessons from the "previous" day.

David Duchovny also writes and directs "The Unnatural", an episode which looks back at Roswell in the 1940s with an interesting viewpoint.

In conclusion, this season is well worth watching and each episode is very different to the others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better seasons of an excellent TV series, 13 Feb. 2003
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The X-Files’ Sixth Season marked a turning point for the show in that it was the first to have moved away from Vancouver to be entirely produced in Los Angeles, and it does show in the overall feel and look. Although many fans would describe Season Six as their favourite, my view is that Seasons Three and Five represented the highest points that the series ever achieved creatively.
Still, there is plenty of merit to this set of 22 episodes that kicks off with the aptly titled “The Beginning” that picks up some of the threads from the 1998 theatrical movie “Fight the Future” while focussing more broadly on the story of last season’s finale that the film bridges. Mimi Rogers returns in her role as Agent Diana Fowley (appearing in a total of four episodes), as does the thorn in Mulder’s side turned ally – his half brother Agent Jeffrey Spender. This leads to the biggest change in direction of all as Mulder and Scully are denied reassignment to the X-Files unit and must instead report to Assistant Director Alvin Kersh (who features more prominently in Seasons Eight and Nine right up to the series finale).
This half-season long diversion doesn’t affect the focus of the stories too much however, as we are dealt a whole load of comedy episodes. This leaves the second half of the season stocked with monster-of-the-week shows, all of which are fine (except maybe the dull “Alpha”) but you can’t help but think a little spacing out and mixing would have improved the finished article no end. As it is the balance is not quite right.
In one of the classics, “Triangle”, Mulder gets caught up in the Bermuda Triangle and even more laughs come when he swaps bodies with your average man in black in the two-part tale “Dreamland”. If that wasn’t enough, the FBI duo get caught up in a haunted house on Christmas Eve in “How the Ghosts Stole Christmas” with comedy and satire a plenty.
This takes us into the quintessential mythology double “Two Fathers” and “One Son”, one of the high points of the entire series. While it spells the unfortunate end for the old conspiracy arc, if it had to go then this was the way to do it. Further highlights include the beginning of an under-used Krycek/Skinner arc in “S.R. 819”, the old time-loop plot of “Monday”, the Lone Gunmen show “Three of a Kind”, and “The Unnatural” written and directed by David Duchovny. All of these culminate in the season cliffhanger “Biogenesis” that leaves Scully standing over a buried spacecraft on the shores of the Ivory Coast.
Overall, Season Six is a good one yet not the very best. The indivudual stories are great for the most part, but the character development and ongoing themes are somewhat lacking. The attractive DVD box set includes every episode across 6 discs in anamorphic wide screen format, with plenty of special features including a brand new summary documentary, a character profile on the Cigarette-Smoking Man (taken directly from the “One Son” feature video), episode commentaries on “Triangle” by Chris Carter and “Milagro” by director Kim Manners, and plenty more of the usual format – TV spots, interview clips, a whole host of deleted scenes, et cetera.
A must buy for any fan of The X-Files, and enough stand-alones that make excellent viewing for others too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The finest season of X Files (but the rest are great too!), 3 Dec. 2004
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This is such a good season! Everything about it is memorable and colourful; the style of writing (check out the episode 'Triangle'...) the vibrance which shone throughout the series due to the fact that filming was now being done in Los Angeles (as well as Vegas) as opposed to drizzly Vancouver, the sexiness (yes, sexiness! Check out 'Milagro' to see Scully portrayed in a way which we previously had not seen her!) and the surreal, dreamlike quality of episodes such as 'Field Trip' and 'Monday'. The still shot on the DVD menu for 'Arcadia' will have you scratching your head in disbelief too.
You have to complete your X Files 9-season DVD box set collection (as it's arguably the best sci-fi series ever made!)and season 6 is, without doubt, one of the strongest links in the chain! Put this in your shopping basket NOW!
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