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on 11 April 2017
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on 19 January 2015
Season 5 of The X Files could so easily have fallen in on itself: with a story arc that was reaching its natural end; a shift in focus from the TV episodes to the show's first feature film; an evolution in recording set-up and not least a new plot thread that threatened to pull the floor out from under everything the show was built on: it should have collapsed; but it didn't.

What it ultimately was, and is, is the first of a 3 part metamorphosis (Season 5-Film-Season 6) of a show that shouldn't have been able to sustain it. Thus Season 5 is not only quite incredible, but also a very pleasant surprise.

The quality of the episodes is generally much higher than I expected or remember. Scully's primary story hangs over from Season 4 and reaches uncharted territory in the form of `Emily', and while the effects of this huge juncture in The X Files' journey reverberate throughout the duration; it is the underlying story of Mulder's alleged deception that dominates the foreground by the end of the season.

Opener `Redux' launches us into both an unexpected story development and a rejuvenating direction. `Unusual Suspects' is a somewhat understated (and brilliant) depiction of the absolute beginning of The X Files as we know it, `Detour' offers us the answer to Season 1's Darkness Falls, and the much talked about `The Post Modern Prometheus' gives us what I'm certain is not only a full-on Dana Scully smile; but also a Gillian Anderson smile (something of a rarity in The X Files).

The episodes are alarmingly consistent with the `mood' of the story's progress. It's almost a forlorn series - but it's to the crew's credit that they haven't tried to dilute the atmosphere with action or comedy. The odd light-hearted episodes still remain though...

No review of Season 5 is complete without mentioning the quite fantastic `Bad Blood'. It's easy to see why some cast members claim this as their favourite ever episode. Furthermore the mythology back-to-back episodes - particularly toward the end of the season - are superb.

However for me, Season 5 is significant just as much off-camera as it is on-camera. For the first time ever, The X Files was shot in a 16:9 ratio (widescreen), rather than a 4:3 ratio as per the first four outings. Thus the aspect and perspective of the characters are quite jarring at first. Everyone looks much thinner and the depth of field is far more apparent. The quality is much cleaner too - the atmospheric grain or `snow' of the first 4 seasons now gone.

In short, Season 5 represents the end of the first generation of The X Files (referred to now by some as the `classic era' or `the Vancouver years'), and the beginning of the new modern day procedural era. It was also the last season to be filmed in the hauntingly beautiful Vancouver before moving to Los Angeles.

And so The X Files Season 5 is not the beginning of the end that I remember it being; more the nexus of the show: shedding one skin and forming another, through a series of episodes that although different, are every bit as quality as the Season's predecessors. I personally love this season now. Perhaps I was too young at the time to understand that everything that goes up must come down and, in Season 5, rather than hide from the `come down'; The X Files embraces it, and uses it as something perhaps even more powerful in its consistency than that which came before.
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on 18 November 2003
Season 5 is definetly one of the most enjoyable and brilliant seasons of the shows 9 year run. Very like season three the 20 episode season is packed heavily with mythology episode that would lead to the X Files movie "Fight The Future" after the seasons ends.
Season 5 kicks off with the amazing two parter "Redux I and II" where Mulder despretlay tries to find a cure for Scullys worsening cancer while also trying to find out who inside the FBI is responsible for her cancer. These are two unbelievabley well written episodes and David Ducovhnys finest acting.
"Christmas Carol/Emily" are the next two mythology episodes and deal with what happened after Scullys abduction. Another brilliant two parter with a briliant performance by Gillian Anderson.
"Patient X" and "The Red and the Black" is the final two parter of the season and deals primaraly with the Black Oil/Syndicate story that will play a major part in the Movie. Strange to see Mulder as the skeptic but it actually works very well.
"The End" will leave you dying to see the movie and Season 6 to find out what will happen next.
The stand-alone episodes are fantastic bar the dreadfully awful "Travellers". In season five we see some very experimental episodes that work amazingly well. Most notabley the black and white "Post Modern Prometheus" and "Kill Switch".
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on 2 August 2014
as sculley and mulder make more discoveries in investigations spanning the usa,cigerretteman as I call him is always trying to stop them somehow,a brilliant 9 boxset of series.totally recommend
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on 20 February 2013
I can't think of a better subject matter to be basing my first ever written review on. The X Files is TV royalty and will never ever be surpassed as far as I am concerned. Running for a total of 9 Seasons and 2 Film releases, Season 5, along with Season 3 is my favourite.

With a mix of mythology, comedic and stand alone creepy episodes, this Season is unmissable. It also happens to include my all time favourite X Files episode of 'Bad Blood' (Gillian Anderson's favourite episode).

'The Post-modern Prometheus' is also one not to be missed, filmed in black and white as a nod to the original Frankenstein film, it really shows off the chemistry between David & Gillian and Gillian's underused comedic abilities, and excellent timing. Many people think the show's central hub is Mulder, but for me, if Scully is not there then the heart of the show isn't there and Season 5 shows this off very well.

Enjoy, over and over again.
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on 25 August 2002
There are so many great episodes in this season - 'The Post-Modern Prometheus', 'Bad Blood', 'Kill Switch', 'Chinga', 'The Pine Bluff Variant'.....
This is the last season before the movie (as well as the last season to be filmed in Vancouver), and these 20 episodes really showcase the series at its peaks.
There are episodes written by legendary novelists Stephen King and William Gibson, as well as the return of movie director Rob Bowman (The X-Files Movie, Reign Of Fire). Not to mention an appearence by Jerry Springer!
This was also the year when the writers began to experiment and as a result we ended up with some wonderfully different hours of television including an episode filmed entirely in black and white (to a Cher soundtrack) and possibly the funniest epsiode ever in which Mulder and Scully each tell the tale of a vampire wannabe from their own unique perspectives.
The season starts out great with 'Redux' and 'Redux II' as we find out about the circumstances surrounding Mulder's apparent suicide. The themes of the season are heavy on the parent-child relationship with at least three examples of this being Mulder-CSM, Scully-Emily, and Jeffrey and Cassandra Spender. After the 'Redux' two-parter the mythology gets a bit bland and annoying, but the sheer greatness of the standalone episodes more than make up for it.
Of course there are a few dud episodes; 'Minds Eye', 'All Souls', 'Travellers', but most people would consider this the last of the great seasons of the show.
For fans still watching the show now, rewatching these old episode certainly bring a refreshing relief to what Scully used to be like when dealing with her emotions (such as her cancer).
In essense, buy this now!
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on 23 March 2003
Season 5 for me is tha best season of the show. The stand alone episodes are in the whole very good, and the mythology ones are amazing, particuall Redux/Redux2.
In this season Mulder and Scullys relationship really evolves and the chemistry between them is buzzing. I found lots of the episodes funny.
For me this is the peak of the show, and even though the following series are good, they can't match the fun and brilliant story lines of series five.
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on 29 November 2005
By the time Season 5 came out XFiles was at its peak, this season was followed by the Cinematic release of The XFiles movie. It only features 20 episodes, the movie is meant to count as part of this season.
It could be argued that this was the best season ever. The conspiricy theorys are continued throughout this season, but with Mulder in a more sceptical frame of mind, which does get very complicated, is it all a hoax for Mulders benefit?
But where this season comes into its own is the stand alone episodes, In 'Detour' the agents are hunted by a Predator like creature and the episode 'Lost Souls' is a classic chiller. 'Bad Blood' is probably my favourite episode ever, it is comedy gold, the chemistry between Mulder and Scully is fantastic.
Its not all great though there are a few slow episodes revolving around Scullys daughter, but dont let that put you off, this is classic stuff thats well worth the money.
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on 18 April 2003
In this season the whole conspiracy plot blows out of proportion. The episode's of Redux and Patient X made my head spin of the charts. The idea of having Mulder as a skeptic with Scully having to revert his belief was a good emotional plotting technique used by Carter. The conclusion to Redux is the best in any x-files episode. Patient X was a complete shocker and was the programs first move towards a hollywood look which arguably is a positive or negative step. The season finale - the end - has a cliffhanger that will drop first time viewers jaws.
The season also has many comical moments such as the post modern prometheus which also contains social significance of alienation and has an hilariously cheesy must see conclusion. Duchovny provides laughter in the bad blood episode also.
The lone gunmen also attain an episode focusing on their gathering as Mulder's little helpers giving their characters a much more stronger representation in future episodes.
Schizogeny creates connotations of the 'Predator' scenario when the agents are stalked by an invisible predator in the woods containing a tense atmosphere.
The only let down of the series is firstly the return of the Pusher in Kitsunegari, which should not have focused on a new pusher and recreated the amazing staredown between the pusher and mulder in the original.
Secondly is the Emily storyline. A Christmas Carol seemed like a total waste of time where the only memorable moment is Mulder dresses in a hip bandana. This story could have been carried out in a more intense, fast paced manner much like the other conspiracy orientated episodes in the series.
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