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5.0 out of 5 stars Spacecrafts, sisters and strange sightings in season seven...., 18 May 2006
This review is from: X Files: Season 7 [DVD] (DVD)
This is one of my favourite seasons of 'The X-Files' and it was my first purchase of all the DVD sets because it balances the intellectual and dense extra-terrestrial stories with the quirky tales that the show has always done equally well. With the exception of the first double episode 'The Sixth Extinction' (and no, I don't know what that means either) and perhaps episode 15- 'En Ami' (where the Smoking Man rears his ugly head once more) season seven may not contain as many of the brilliant, all-questions and no-answer stories that made this show such a great success in previous years, but it is a season that possesses in spades some of the strangest, most original, emotional, frightening and funny episodes in the history of the programme. In fact, this season more than any other in my opinion (with perhaps the dubious exception of the show's finale episode 'The Truth') goes a long way to answer some of the many questions it has posed in the past in relation to our FBI abnormality-investigating duo and their government's continual attempts of the cover-up of alien activities. Something that also factored into my decision to purchase this season above all others (I'm somewhat ashamed to say) is the fact that by this point in the mythology of the X-Files the makers were able to bring to life the stories with far superior special-effects, make-up designs and locations than they were capable of utilising in earlier seasons. As a result this season has a great look and shows no signs of age, which I'm sure was aided more than a little by the lovely quality of the DVD picture here.

I don't think there's a single episode in this season that's anything less than absolutely thrilling, each is so distinctive in style and plot that I never felt stories were being repeated or the writers were running short of new ideas seven years into this ground-breaking show. As a fan of 'The X-Files' spin-off series 'Millennium' I was a little disappointed that the producers didn't see fit to award the Frank Black character a double episode to conclude his story, but I couldn't fault the plot or the tone of episode 5- 'Millennium' and it's one of my favourite episodes in season seven. Episode 17- 'All things' (Gillian Anderson's effort as writer and director) is also one of my favourites- the critics hated it and the fans hated it, so I guess I'm in the minority, but I don't care! The pacing and the camera work and the refreshing story make it a highlight of this season for me. And the other big selling point of season seven that must be mentioned is episode 11- 'Closure', which finally (at very long last) offers loyal viewers some explanation of the most important event in the life of Agent Mulder- the abduction of his sister Samantha. It's a solid episode and very touching, and it's the second part of a two-part story that begins with the episode before- 'Sein Und Zeit', both of which are extremely poignant and unpredictable, and share a superb performance by David Duchovny running through them. That only leaves the finale episode 'Requiem', which explores the mystery surrounding Scully's earlier alien abduction, as the other main highlight of the seventh season for me, but that's all I'm going to say about that episode, because I don't want to give too much away- but rest assured- it's an excellent episode.

You might imagine that seven seasons into 'The X-Files' and also since this is David Duchovny's last full season as Agent Fox Mulder that he and Gillian Anderson might be showing signs of being a little jaded with the same old routine, but there're absolutely no signs of any tiredness on their part. Mulder is his usual enthusiastic self for all things paranormal and Scully is still the same cynical and sceptical FBI agent as always (although definitely a little more open-minded to other-worldly possibilities than she was in the very beginning) and the rapport between the two actors is, as always, electric and after six seasons and one feature-length movie it's indisputably the main reason for the show's success. I cannot rate this season highly enough, but 5 stars will have to suffice.

(Moby is used to great effect in this season. 'Play' is a superb album and consequently the episodes that utilise tracks from this record are all the more moving as a result.)
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