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X-Files First Season [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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In the first season of The X Files, creator Chris Carter was uncertain of the series' future, so each of the episodes is a self-contained suspense story; they do not delve deep into the ongoing X Files mythology or turn to self-parody and humour as do episodes in later seasons. Yet, these episodes display the elements for which the show would become famous: the cinematic production values and top-notch special effects, the stark lighting of the Vancouver sets, the atmospheric halo of Mark Snow's score, and the clever plots dealing with subjects ranging from the occult, religion, and monsters to urban legends, conspiracy theories and science fiction. Most importantly, Season 1 introduces FBI agents Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Fox "Spooky" Mulder (David Duchovny), two of the most attractive government officials around. Scully is the serious-minded medical scientist assigned to join Mulder on the X Files, a division of the FBI dealing with the paranormal. Mulder is the intuitive thinker with a dry wit, a passionate believer in the existence of paranormal phenomena and one of the few characters on television smart enough to figure out who the bad guy is before the audience does. Their muddled relationship, a deep friendship laced with sexual tension, provides the human heart in a world where the bizarre and horrible lurk in everyday society.
The materials on the bonus disc provide some interesting trivia and background, but it is the 24 episodes themselves that make this seven-disc boxed set a true find. Those unfamiliar with The X Files often view all the fuss with the same scepticism with which Scully first regards her new partner's ideas. But just as she comes to realise the uncanny accuracy of Mulder's outlandish theories, newcomers to The X Files who sample a few episodes in this boxed set will likely find themselves riveted to their television late into the night. And undoubtedly, the shadows and creaking noises in the house that evening will seem more menacing than usual. --Eugene Wei --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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There's something so good about this first season that was sadly lacking in subsequent seasons. I think it was the initial enthusiasm from the cast and crew, their belief that they were making something special. But as time went on this enthusiasm waned. The quality of the episodes deteriorated as did the performances - especially David Duchovny who started to look incredibly bored with his role, eventually leaving the series toward the end (apart from a few guest appearances).
Some of the best episodes of the series are contained in this first season: Squeeze, Tooms, Darkness Falls, The Jersey Devil, Ice, Eve, Shapes.
Usually, the best of The X Files were the stand alone "monster of the week" episodes as the alien conspiracy storyline, which ran through every season, was becoming increasingly convoluted and eventually tedious!
The picture quality is not the best (fuzzy) and it's full screen (4:3). The surround sound is pretty good.
There is an extras disc which is excellent.
I've taken a star away for the poor episodes - avoid Space it's terrible. Even the creator of the show agrees on that!
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