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on 31 July 2007
The X-Files is a series created in the mid-nineties by Chris Carter which became a phenomenal success over the following nine seasons and even a big screen movie.
The X-Files stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovy as FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Season 1 commences with Mulder investigating a series of unexplained cases otherwise known as 'X-Files.' Despite being an extremely gifted FBI agent in the violent crimes unit of the FBI with notable talents in the profiling and capture of notorious serial killers, Mulder has an obsession with anything paranormal and his status as a brilliant FBI agent has afforded him the luxary of being allowed by his superiors to pursue the X-Files albeit it from the comforts of a basement office. His obsession with unexplained phenomenon stems from his witnessing the apparent alien abduction when he was 12 years old of his younger sister Samantha Mulder. Mulder believes that there is a band of conspiritors working within the government to cover-up the visitation of extra-terrestrials to our planet and to discover and expose these conspiritors would enable Mulder to find his sister.
Due to Mulder's significant accusations of high ranking members of government, he has succeeded in becoming a thorn in the side of the hierarchy of the FBI. Due to this, Agent Dana Scully is assigned as his partner on the X-Files. Aside from being an FBI agent, Scully is also a medical doctor and a scientist. Her assignnment on the X-Files is to debunk Mulder's theories with scientific explanations hopefully leading to the closure of the X-Files. Little do her superiors know that Scully ends up seeing things herself which have no scientific explanation and therefore ends up becoming a valid part of the X-Files and an invaluable partner to Mulder's efforts.
The X-Files consists of stand-alone episodes i.e those that have nothing to do with aliens as such but still involve unexplained phenomenon which warrant as an X-File and also the mythology episodes which are those telling the story of the cover-up which run as an underlying story throughout the nine seasons and the movie. Some of the standalone episodes include a man who is capable of starting fires with his mind, a man who can change from man to woman and kill through sex and also a liver-eating monster/man who can squeeze into small spaces only to appear when his victim least expects it and eats their liver!
The X-Files is an incredibly imaginative show that broke boundaries of TV when it was first shown. It gained such a following that it sparked websites and even conventions and eventually became must-see TV and one of the most talked about shows ever seen on TV. Granted, Season 1 is pretty amateurish in regards to special effects compared to latter seasons but the budget certainly was not there for such a new show being filmed in Canada so we can forgive them for that.
Season 1 consistes of 7 discs incorporating 24 episodes plus some featurettes and TV promo spots. Certainly good value for the money for the price you can pick this up for. The only problem is once you but one season you've got to buy the rest!! This series is still one of the best made so don't miss it.
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