X-Files: The Complete Eighth Season

X-Files: Season Eight
Cast: David Duchovny
Studio: Fox
Rating: 6.5/10

Corporate Line: After Mulder’s disappearance, Scully returns to FBI headquarters to find Special Agent John Doggett heading up an FBI manhunt for her partner. Knowing that type of search will prove futile, Scully and Skinner turn to the Lone Gunmen in hopes of uncovering information about additional UFO activity around the time of Mulder’s disappearance. Although such information leads them to Gibson Praise, the man with Gibson, a man who appears to be Mulder, is in fact an alien bounty hunter. Finally realizing that Mulder will not be found so easily, Agent Doggett is officially assigned to the X-Files. Now, after all she has been through with Mulder, it is Scully who is “the believer” and who must find a way to work with “the skeptic,” John Doggett.

All episodes from The X-Files eighth season are compiled on six discs and are available in anamorphic widescreen (aspect ratio 1.78:1). Each episode is presented with English, French and Spanish Dolby Surround sound and English and Spanish subtitles. A host of other languages are featured on various episode clips.

The Show: After a rough seventh season the eighth seemed doomed – you’d be wrong. We get introduced to Robert Patrick as John Dogget and all the Terminator 2 jokes.

Watch Anderson’s Scully you wonder what the show might have been if we had focused on her more as she seems to have a real chance to shine without Mulder. It takes a few episodes but Scully and Dogget really meshed well. The episodes that shine are “Patience” about a human bat that attacks humans and “Roadrunners”. It gives you the creeps like the original X-Files episodes that so absorbed us.

The problem is that as we work our way towards the end the show starts to loose its energy and sense of urgency. It’s extremely hard to watch.

The Extras: Disc Six is where you find all your extras:
International clips from “Existence”

Three deleted scenes from “Existence”

Commentary on “Existence” by Kim Manners.

All-new documentary: “The Truth About Season Eight.”

Deleted scenes from “Surekill,” “Badlaa,” “Per Manum,” “Empedocles” and “Existence” with optional commentary by Frank Spotnitz and John Shiban.

Special effects sequences from “Without,” “Salvage,” “This Is Not Happening,” “Vienen,” “Empedocles,” “Alone” and “Existence” by Mat Beck with commentary by Paul Rabwin.

Character profiles on Alex Krycek, Gibson Praise and John Doggett.

42 promotional television spots.

All-new DVD-ROM game* “Existence.”

Frankly: X-Files: Season Eight starts with a bang and goes out with a whimper.

+ Charlie Craine






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