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5.0 out of 5 stars The Truth is in Here, 3 Jan 2009
This review is from: The Complete X-Files: Behind the Scenes, the Myths, and the Movies (Hardcover)
The first reviewer is spot on. This large hardback volume, whose correct subtitle is "Behind the Series, the Myths and the Movies", weighs almost 4lb (1.8kg) and has a small typeface for the main text. In its 248 pages there are a dozen photographs that span two pages and more than 700 smaller photographs. Many delightful pictures evoke memories of the series and include Mulder and Scully's kiss in I Want to Believe (IWTB). There are more than 40 pictures from IWTB and good coverage of this movie and those in front of and behind the camera.

In addition to two pages of index there are five pages of thumbnail images whose captions include details of the episode title, directors and first broadcast date for the episode. This is followed by a page listing the awards the series won during its nine years.

There are some typographical errors and a few words omitted. On page 209 the reference to Scully and Mulder kissing with baby William appears, incorrectly, in the text for season nine. This memorable scene appears in Existence, the last episode of season eight. Despite these slight blemishes this is a splendid book.

The details from behind the series reveal the many tens of thousands of hours of hard work and dedication that went into the episodes and the movies. Understanding the huge effort involved in the episodes of just one season can leave the reader feeling exhausted!

The last paragraph of the introduction by Frank Spotnitz says much about the X Files and this book: "The fact that people are still watching these episodes (and now writing about them) is a dream come true. I don't need to feel nostalgic about the past. I can simply turn on the television, just about anywhere in the world, and celebrate the achievement that The X-Files was, and is."

Highly recommended.
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