If you’re looking for a way to gear up for “X-Files: I Want to Believe,” you could watch all nine seasons of the show back to back in a veritable mind melting orgy of aliens, monsters, and conspiracies. However, if you want to prepare for the film without sacrificing so much time and sanity, you could instead watch “X-Files Revelations.” The two DVD set consists of eight episodes picked by Chris Carter to put you in just the right brain space for the film.
Speculation ran rampant as to whether or not “I Want to Believe” would concern itself with the show’s alien mythology. We know now that the movie will totally lack little green men. If you need further confirmation that the newest chapter in “The X-Files” story will be personal rather than extraterrestrial, Carter’s selections for “Revelations” leave no doubt.
The “Pilot,” “Beyond the Sea,” “The Host,” “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose,” “Memento Mori,” “Post Modern Prometheus,” “Bad Blood,” and “Milagro” are all episodes that focus on the characters, their evolutions as people, and their relationship with each other. In addition to the episodes, the set includes Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz’s appearance at the 2008 WonderCon as well as intro interviews with Carter and Spotnitz. They talk about each episode’s writing and acting triumphs in each and why they think it stands out as one of the best of the best.
My favorite revelation? Apparently, “Memento Mori,” the season 4 classic when Scully is diagnosed with cancer, was born almost by accident and on the fly. An expected script didn’t show on time and a myth episode had to be created at the last minute. Some of the writers thought giving Scully cancer would seem like cheap television melodrama. Instead, it became the emotional core that motivated much of the rest of the series.
If you’re a diehard X-phile with every episode imprinted on your brain, “Revelations” might not be for you. However, if you’re a casual fan looking to get more out of the movie or even a lover of the show who’s been away for a long time (and who has too much of a life to deep dive the whole series) I think you’ll really enjoy it.
And hey guess what! I’ve got four copies of “The X-Files: Revelations” to give away to readers. Even cooler, each one contains a pass worth $8.50 to see “I Want to Believe” when it comes out on July 25. If you’d like to get your hands on “Revelations,” leave a comment below before July 16 when I’ll use my telepathic powers to choose the winners at random. You can talk about anything, but I’m particularly interested to know: what episode or episodes of “The X-Files” would you have included on a best of the best compilation?