The X-Files – Essentials / Revelations

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essentials edited The X Files   Essentials / Revelations Are you looking forward to the new X-Files film? Are you an old fan of the series who hasn’t seen the iconic show since it was first aired? How about a first-timer who thinks that the trailer for the movie – The X-Files: I Want To Believe looks interesting? What about an obsessive fan that can’t get enough of Mulder and Scully?

If you are any of the above, then The X-Files – Essentials/ Revelations is for you.

First up, let me help you out over the confusing title. In the UK (where I am now writing this) the two disc over view of The X-Files is called The X-Files – Essentials, while in the US (where some of you are reading this) the disc is titled The X-Files – Revelations.


Yes, but the disc is also worth your time and hard earned cash.

Now, first up – here’s some full disclosure: this two disc set is not a complete and essential package for the show. It is however a good taste of stand alone episodes that give the viewer a feel for the The X-Files.

These eight episodes cover the first six years of the show (why not the rest?  – I have no idea) and they show a wide variety of what the show had to offer; comedy, drama, horror, science-fiction and even a bit of romance thrown in for good measure.

In my eyes, The X-Files was a wonderful television show (one of the best that the medium has to offer) and it delivered in spades over the years. I was an avid fan, and only lost touch with the show in the last few seasons following the one-two punch combination of my going off to University and the BBC moving the series all over the schedule here in the UK (shame on you).

These episodes show all that is good about the show, in particular “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose”; which stars the magnificent Peter Boyle. This tragic and yet humorous episode is one of the best in the shows epic run, and it has stayed with me since it first aired. I recommend this two disc set for this episode alone.

Another stand out episode is “Bad Blood”, another comedic episode co-starring Luke Wilson, which is told from the differing perspectives of Mulder and Scully.

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Another excellent episde is “Post-Modern Prometheus”, a black and white  episode inspired by Frankenstein (hence the title) as well as the Peter Bogdonovich directed Cher starrer The Mask (seriously). It’s a sight to behold.

Episodes “Memento Mori”, “Beyond the Sea” and “Milagro” offer plenty of character development for our two lead characters, whilst “The Host” is a cool monster of the week episode that offers chills. All of these episodes help to shape the character arcs of Mulder and Scully, whilst giving David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson some solid scenes.

Of course, one has to mention the pilot episode, the one that started it all and changed the face of television forever. That’s right folks, without The X-Files we wouldn’t have CSI or 24. In fact hot on the heels of the show came numerous Sci-Fi based shows like Dark Skies which tried to mimic the success of the show.

There are some pretty decent extras on these two discs. Each episode comes with a newly recorded introduction,  explaining some background information its reason for inclusion in the package. Also included is a strangely edited Wondercon panel session with the leads and of course the trailer for The X-Files: I Want To Believe.

Overall this is a fantastic package for lovers of the show and first timers. There’s a great selection of episodes that highlight what the show had to offer. If you love these then you might as well go out and buy the 9 series box set. That’s what I intend to do!

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  1. Niall, Dark Skies, was more about the events in Roswell and the history of Majestic 12. It was a great show the was (IMO) taken off the air because they were hitting too close to the truth.
    (Course the network says the show had low ratings, but I’ve heard differently).

    So Niall, you havnt seen the X-files season 8 & 9 ??? Wow your in for a treat. There’s a great “Cop”s episode were Mulder & Sully are on scene with the makers of Cops, its filmed in the same real-time style of Cops. It was real stand out episode.
    Season 9 was exceptional as every episode basically answered or solved part of the shows conspiracy arc, I remember a real cool episode where they re-created the Brady Bunch living room, down to the smallest detail for the story. And the series finale brought mulder back for the final 2 hour episode. Great stuff.
    Alot of ppl rag on seasons 7 thru 9 but as a hardcore fan, I say the show never let up. ;-)

    Let’s hope the film has a good plot. The trailers look very boring.

  2. I’m a fan of X-Files and just recently (couple of months ago) started to watch from the beginning. I had never the chance (too young, too late programmed hours, …) to watch the show in all it’s glory. And now had a chance to borrow them from a friend and I’m almost through season 2. What I love abou this serie is that it’s a bit old, it doesn’t use the unrealistic methods of CSI, and of course it comes very much in touch of those strange questions we have inside. I will go and see this film next week, and I hop e there will be a few more to come.


  3. I actually didn’t really get turned on to the series until about 1997 after it had been on for a few years. Then I started to watch it religiously and even rented the previous seasons so that I could get caught up. I also missed the last couple of seasons due to life events, but when I got my DVR a couple of years ago, set it to record all of the X-Files reruns and sat and watched the entire series from beginning to end. No, not in one sitting.

    It’s still an excellent show and holds up well, in my opinion one of the best TV shows ever, hands down. I think what makes it work is the solid writing and characterization. The supernatural aspects of the show almost seem incidental as a result.

    And by the way, I think it deserves mentioning that Peter Boyle won an Emmy award for his performance on the episode he appeared in.

  4. Hey Niall, make sure you stay for the end credits on X-Files, I Want to Believe!!!
    There’s a real important scene in the end credits…

    The movie was great!!!

  5. I’ve heard mixed reports, but you can bet your ass I’ll be there next weekend when the movie opens here in the UK.

    Cheers for the info!


  6. Yeah Niall, this is a dark film, in the end you understand why its called “I want to Believe”.
    (I would hope Vic let’s you write a review on the film, I don’t think he’s gonna). It would be a week late but I wouldn’t care.

    SERIOULSY NIALL,,if you want to be the HERO of your movie theater when the credits roll, and people get up, tell them to sit back down, there’s a great scene at the end , I CAN’T STRESS THIS ENOUGH !!!

    Don’t forget !!!!

    Also this film is hardcore, I wouldn’t reccomend any children see this, they wouldn’t get it anyway.