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The midpoint of what would be a nine-season show, the fifth season of The X-Files (the first to be put on DVD in anamorphic widescreen format) gives fans a heavy heaping of what they love. For the mythology buffs, riveting episodes from the season bookends "Redux" and "The End" to several episodes in between tease with new revelations about the vast government conspiracies and alien invasion plot lines sketched in earlier seasons. But enough questions are left unanswered for the theatrical X-Files movie, which was released the subsequent summer, and the seasons that followed. Supporting characters like the Lone Gunmen, Agent Krycek, the Pusher Robert Modell, and Fox's father and sister Bill and Samantha Mulder are flushed out in more detail in several episodes that occasionally jump back in time to cover the prehistory of the X-files. New chess pieces are introduced, each raising new questions: the clairvoyant child Gibson Praise, Agent Spender, faceless alien resistance fighters with pyromaniacal tendencies, a child who may be Scully's, and Mulder's old flame, agent Diana Fowley (Mimi Rogers). All the time, no one knows who will be assassinated next, who is or isn't dead, just who isn't potentially a child of the Cigarette Smoking Man, and why the base of the neck is everyone's vulnerable spot. The creature feature stand-alone episodes vary in quality, but all are redeemed by the outrageously funny self-parody episode "Bad Blood," a fan favorite that guest stars Luke Wilson as a small-town sheriff who catches Scully's eye.

Finally, "shippers" (fans who would love nothing better than to see Mulder and Scully act upon their feelings for each other) get a heavy dose of the usual sexual innuendo and lingering, tender glances between the attractive costars. Mimi Rogers and Luke Wilson incite palpable jealousy between the leads; the appearance of a wedding band on Mulder's hand in a back story hints at stories not told; and the usual extreme and dimly lit crises illustrate just how far Mulder and Scully will go for each other. In the end, the complexities of their relationship may be the most tense and intriguing of all the mysteries explored by this epic television series. --Eugene Wei

DVD Features

  • Available Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • 20 episodes on six discs: Redux I, Redux II, Unusual Suspects, Detour, The Post-Modern Prometheus, Christmas Carol, Emily, Kitsunegari, Schizogeny, Chinga, Kill Switch, Bad Blood, Patient X, The Red and the Black, Travelers, Mind's Eye, All Souls, The Pine Bluff Variant, Folie a Deux, The End
  • All-new documentary: "The Truth About Season Five"
  • 46-minute F/X special: "Inside The X-files"
  • 6 deleted scenes with optional commentary by Chris Carter
  • 8 special effects sequences with commentary by Paul Rabwin
  • Episode commentary from "The Post-Modern Prometheus" by Chris Carter
  • Episode commentary from "The Pine Bluff Variant" by John Shiban
  • 11 "Behind the Truth" F/X spots
  • 40 promotional TV spots
  • DVD ROM: Game "Earthbound"

Cast

David DuchovnyFox Mulder
Gillian AndersonDana Scully
Mitch PileggiWalter Skinner
William B. DavisCigarette Smoking Man
Tom BraidwoodMelvin Frohike
Dean HaglundRichard 'Ringo' Langly
Bruce HarwoodJohn Fitzgerald Byers
Steven WilliamsMr. X
Anthony RappJeff Glaser
Chris OwensFBI Special Agent Jeffrey Spender
Jerry SpringerHimself
Melinda McGrawMelissa Scully
Pat SkipperBill Scully Jr.
Karri TurnerTara Scully
Gerard PlunkettDr. Calderon
Chad LindbergBobby Rich
Luke WilsonSheriff Hartwell
Nicholas LeaAlex Krycek
Veronica CartwrightCassandra Spender
Laurie HoldenMarita Covarrubias
Brian ThompsonAlien Bounty Hunter
John NevilleThe Well-Manicured Man
George MurdockElder #2
Garret DillahuntEdward Skur
Fredric LehneYoung Arthur Dales
Blu MankumaDet. Pennock
Glenn MorshowerAaron Starkey
Daniel von BargenJacob Steven Haley
Sam AndersonLeamus
Mimi RogersAgent Diana Fowley
Richard BelzerDet. John Munch

  • Genre: TV
  • Director: Cliff Bole
  • Producer: Fox
  • Length: 999 mins.
  • Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaNov 2, 1997
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMay 14, 2002
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