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With: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Brad Dourif, Peter Boyle, Luke Wilson, John Hawkes, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis
Written by: Chris Carter, Glen Morgan, James Wong, Darin Morgan, Vince Gilligan, John Shiban, Frank Spotnitz
Directed by: Robert Mandel, David Nutter, Daniel Sackheim, Rob Bowman, Chris Carter, Cliff Bole, Kim Manners
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 182
Date: 03/18/2013

The X-Files: Revelations (2008)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Psychic Sidekicks

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

This 2-disc DVD set is advertised as a kind of primer for the upcoming movie The X-Files: I Want to Believe. Series creator Chris Carter and executive producer Frank Spotnitz chose these eight as representative of the show's entire run, though they obviously couldn't choose the multi-part "mythology" episodes (some of which are available in their own DVD sets). And though they insist in their introductions that these are their favorites, they have left out fan choices like Jose Chung's From Outer Space, Humbug and Home. Regardless, the eight episodes here are all highly entertaining and the disc makes a nice, fairly cheap alternative to the giant brick-sized "complete season" box sets. In each, FBI agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) investigate paranormal activity; Mulder wants to believe in the supernatural, while Scully generally tries to prove things with science. We start, obviously with the pilot episode (1993), and move into Beyond the Sea (1994), starring the amazing Brad Dourif as a so-called psychic. The Host (1994) is a pretty good scary episode with a giant sewer-dwelling monster. Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose (1995) is one of my favorites, with a great performance by Peter Boyle. Memento Mori (1997) is one of the set's few serious episodes, depicting Scully's harrowing battle with cancer. Shot in black-and-white, Post-Modern Prometheus (1997) is another comedy episode about a horrible, mutated monster on the loose. Bad Blood (1998) is one of the funniest, with Luke Wilson playing a small town redneck sheriff suffering from vampire attacks; the show is divided up into Scully's account of events and then Mulder's account, each with hilarious depictions of the other. Finally, there is Milagro (1999), starring John Hawkes as a writer who sees a little too deeply into Scully's soul. Mitch Pileggi appears in a few of the episodes as Skinner, and the "Smoking Man" (William B. Davis) graces one episode. Extras include a teaser trailer for the new movie, and footage from the WonderCon panel.

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