The X Files: Existence [DVD] 
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Feature-length sci-fi adventure put together from two Season Eight episodes ('Essence' and 'Existence') of the popular television show. Whilst Scully is preparing for the birth of her child, others are also making their own preparations behind the scenes, including Krycek and the nurse hired by Scully's mother. Meanwhile, Mulder has to contend with Billy Miles, who has been transformed into a new kind of alien and is probably after Scully's baby. When Scully and Agent Reyes (Annabeth Gish) disappear to a secret location, they are visited by aliens who claim that Scully's baby is rightfully theirs.
The pretentiously titled Existence is another two-part X-Files yarn glued together to make a feature-length episode. Here the story concerns the birth of Scully's perhaps-alien-tinged child and proves the old maxim that you should stop watching any series when the characters start having babies. By now, newbie Robert Patrick is settled into the role of Agent Doggett, Scully's new partner on the X-Files, but David Duchovny's contract negotiations have enabled Fox Mulder, no longer in the FBI, to come back and hang about the delivery, clashing and then bonding with his replacement. The action content comes from a mild-mannered alien abductee transformed into an unstoppable killing machine, ripping through everything as he tries to prevent the upcoming nativity for reasons that (as ever) don't quite become clear. Also in the support cast are semi-regular Nicholas Lea as lurking plot-explaining conspirator Alex Krycek, and the more welcome Annabeth Gish, whose interestingly spiritual Agent Monica Reyes is being worked up as a replacement for Scully when Gillian Anderson gets out of her contract. Weirdly, The X-Files is in pretty good shape for a show that's been running this long--the performances and the direction are still strong, and outside the "continuing story" shows individual episodes hold up well. But this dreary muddle of running about (plus the odd decapitation) and agonised rumination (blathery philosophical musings about the miracle of life and childbirth) does not represent the series' strengths, suggesting that the best thing that could happen would be to get shot of the long-time stars and their played-out characters to make room for a revitalised show starring Patrick and Gish.
On the DVD: The full-screen print, with the extra detail of the DVD image and Dolby Digital, allow you to pick up a lot more than from the murky telecasts. "Alex Krycek Revealed" Parts 1 and 2, a couple of character profiles, turn out to be very snippet-like Fox TV promo pieces, with some interview footage and behind-the-scenes stuff amid the usual teaser clips.--Kim Newman
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Of course it isn't and Chris Carter has insisted on making another series but this video is a must for all true X-Philes and indeed anyone who recognises its true excellence. This is the ultimate X-File and for many fans will be the last true X-File. Buy it.
Keeping in line with the 'look' of Season 8, its very dark, moody, violent and quite gory too. Its also very action-packed, and manages to fit in great performances from Gillian Anderson, Robert Patrick, Annabeth Gish, Mitch Pillegi and David Duchovny. There are moments of tension, of shock, of suprise and of satisfaction.
Despite some complaints I've heard about the ending, this is The X-Files at it's best. In fact, it cements Season 8 as a groundbreaking addition to the show, and a real return to form. In many ways, it is the last 'true' X-file - with the departure of Duchovny, things'll never be the same again, but I'm already looking forward to the 'new' X-Files of Season Nine.....
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I enjoyed this story as much as "Deadalive"...hugely! Oh, there were parts of the story that you could pick holes in but in general terms, I enjoyed every minute of it. Read morePublished on 6 Mar. 2002
Can't stand mulder, think he is (not printable). The series has gotten so much better since he became a semi-regular - can only get better with doggett not acting like the know... Read morePublished on 5 Jan. 2002 by Miss A J Wyman
I honestly thought that X-Files had lost it's impact when Season 8 hit our screens - OK, the stories where fresh, but no Mulder, and no shippiness? Read morePublished on 9 Dec. 2001 by Tom
Existence is a must for all X-Files collectors. It has all the regular trimmings and when Mulder, Scully, Skinner, Krycek and Reyes all come together, you know you're in for one... Read morePublished on 10 Nov. 2001 by Tim Gregory