Review: Jack Foley
SEASON 1 DVD SPECIAL FEATURES: 'The Truth Behind Season One'
Featurette, Chris Carter Interviews About His 12 Favourite Episodes,
'Behind the Truth' Making Of The Featurette, Two Deleted Scenes
From 'Pilot', Special Effects Clips From 'Fallen Angel', TV Trailers
For Each Episode, DVD-ROM Features: 'Root of Conspiracy' Game,
Episode Guide, Case Files From Jane Goodman's 'Book of the Unexplained,
Episode titles: 1. Pilot 2. Deep Throat 3. Squeeze 4. Conduit
5. The Jersey Devil 6. Shadows 7. Ghost in the Machine 8. Ice
9. Space 10. Fallen Angel 11. Eve 12. Fire 13. Beyond the Sea
14. Genderbender 15. Lazarus 16. Young at Heart 17. E.B.E. 18.
Miracle Man 19. Shapes 20. Darkness Falls 21. Tooms 22. Born Again
23. Roland 24. The Erlenmeyer Flask
SEASON 2 DVD SPECIAL FEATURES: 'The Truth Behind Season Two'
featurette. Chris Carter interviews about 12 episodes from Season
Two. Behind the scenes clips. 9 'Behind the Truth' spots from
F/X. 49 promotional television spots. Deleted scenes. DVD-Rom
content: 'Unholy Alliances' game.
Episode guide: Little Green Men;
The Host; Blood; Sleepless; Duane Barry; Ascension; 3; One Breath;
Firewalker; Red Museum; Excelsis Dei; Aubrey; Irresistible; Die
Hand Die Verletzt; Fresh Bones; Colony; End Game; Fearful Symmetry;
Dod Kalm; Humbug; The Calusari; F. Emasculata; Soft Light; Our
SEASON 3 DVD SPECIAL FEATURES: Documentary 'The Truth About
Season Three'. Chris Carter talks about 12 of his favourite episodes
from Season Three. Seven special effects clips with commentary
from Mat Beck. Five deleted scenes with optional commentary by
Chris Carter. Episode commentary for 'Jose Chung's From Outer
Space' by director Rob Bowman and writer Darin Morgan. Episode
commentary for 'Apochrypha' by director Kim Manners and writer
Chris Carter. 17 'Behind-the-Truth' spots from F/X. 46 promotional
television spots. DVD-ROM game 'Mere Words'.
Episode guide: The Blessing Way;
Paper Clip; DPO; The Walk; 2 Shy; The List; Clyde Bruckman's Final
Repose; Oubliette; Nisei; 731; Revelations; War of the Coprophages;
Piper Maru; Apocrycha; Syzygy; Grotesque; Pusher; Teso Dos Bichoes;
Hell Money; Jose Chung's "From Outer Space"; Avatar;
Quagmire; Wetwired; Talitha Cumi
Season 1 review:
IT SEEMS like ages ago since Dana Scully first pitched up into
the office of FBI Agent, Fox Mulder, with orders to debunk his
Yet, it was 1993 when Chris Carter's ground-breaking series first
hit our TV screens, making household names of Mulder and Scully,
and bringing the horrors of alien abduction and the paranormal
into our living rooms for the first time.
Season one paved the way for the enduring success of the show
and was a strong introduction to many of the characters we have
come to know and love.
The pilot hooked us from its opening moments, delivering 45 minutes
of spine-tingling brilliance, and the first tentative steps in
the relationship of its two central protagonists.
As Scully, Gillian Anderson displayed just the right amount of
interest/cynicism as she attempted to follow the orders of her
superiors, while increasingly finding herself drawn into the whole
conspiracy theory surrounding much of her work.
While David Duchovny was nothing short of brilliant as Mulder,
an agent whose ceaseless quest for the truth was born out of the
responsibility he felt for the disappearance of his sister years
The actor managed to convey the dogged determination of his character,
with a nice line in black humour, frequently coming up with memorable
quips to prevent things from becoming too heavy-handed or outlandish.
Season one highlights included the two-parter Squeeze and Tooms
(which found Mulder pitted against a returning nemesis); Darkness
Falls (which found the duo trapped in a forest); and the season
finale, The Erlenmeyer Flask, which introduced the show's knack
for delivering jaw-dropping, suspense-filled, cliffhanger finales
- not to mention its propensity for killing off key characters.
Season two was when the series really began to find its stride.
As viewing figures increased, so did the production values, although
Anderson's real-life pregnancy meant that Muder and Scully had
to spend time apart.
Hence, the memorable story arc involving Scully's abduction -
which was to run throughout the remainder of the series - was
introduced for the first time, as Scully disappeared for a few
episodes, presumably kidnapped by aliens.
That left Mulder running around frantically trying to find her,
refusing to believe she was dead, and running into a few vampires
along the way (for the episode, Three).
Season two really fired up the alien conspiracy part of the story,
giving it added impetus at several points of the series, and finishing
it off with another humdinger of a cliffhanger - this time involving
Mulder and an old box car containing alien bodies.
But it also contained some of the creepiest stand-alone episodes
in the show's history, including the prison break drama, F. Emasculata;
the devil-worship frightener, Die Hand Die Verletzt, which featured
ritual child sacrifices; the freak-show populated Humbug (about
a killer Siamese twin); and The Host, about a sewer-dwelling creature.
Season 3 review
Needless to say, season three kicked off with a two-parter rounding
up the events of season two's finale, during which Mulder was
able to escape from his boxcar and those behind the conspiracy
sought to silence the FBI partnership for good.
Yet, as the popularity surrounding the show intensified still
further, it was also able to attract a growing number of familiar
Giovanni Ribisi memorably contributed to an episode called DPO,
about a boy who was able to control lightning strikes; while Peter
Boyle cropped up in one of the season highlights, Clyde Bruckman's
Final Repose, appearing as a man who can see his future as a killer
starts killing fortune tellers.
It capably demonstrated the show's ability to marry plenty of
dark, morbid humour around some fairly disturbing material, and
rightly was rewarded with an Emmy for Boyle's performance.
The series also featured another memorable alien conspiracy theory
two parter, in the form of Nisei and 731, which placed Mulder
in yet more danger, aboard a train.
And it finished equally strongly, with the cliffhanger that was
Talitha Cumi, which introduced X-Philes to the healing man, Jeremiah
Smith, and featured many fun and games with the alien bounty hunter.
Increasingly, episodes took on the production values of a mini-movie,
with the thrills and chills ever more deftly balanced.
Seasons one to three, though, probably still rate among the show's