“X-Files: Revelations” Giveaway!

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?

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17 comments on ““X-Files: Revelations” Giveaway!
  1. gina64 says:

    It’s hard to argue with the episodes they’ve included on “Revelations”.
    If I could add to the list, so that the collection reflected the “best of the best”, I would also include:
    E.B.E – This is when the show found its groove, I think
    One Breath – This is when Mulder and Scully found their groove
    Anasazi – The mythology at its best
    Jose Chung’s From Outer Space – Because it’s good
    Home – One of the best horror stories written for television
    The Unnatural – Pure, sweet storytelling
    Requiem – Because it felt like old times again, and then it all went to hell (for the most part)
    This really was one of the best shows ever. I can’t wait for July 25!

  2. Stephen says:

    I’d have to have added Jose Chung, Conduit and the Unnatural. Those three episodes are some of the best in TV history.

  3. Bob Walters says:

    Great contest for x-files revelations………I would love it.

  4. Mrs Rodgers says:

    I have so many favorite “Best Of” episodes.
    Much of the first season – to watch Mulder and Scully learn to trust each other (especially Beyond the Sea and Ice).
    Paper Hearts, and Sein und Zeit/Closure — for the development of Mulder’s quest for his sister.
    Christmas Carol/Emily/All Souls and Requiem/Per Manum/Existence/William — developing Scully’s quest for motherhood, which I find fascinating and touching and heartbreaking due to my own struggle with infertility.
    Quagmire and Detour — more personal character development while marooned in the wilderness
    Triangle — for its incredible cinematography, and for some character development.
    Small Potatoes — for the quirky humor of it.

  5. Sarit says:

    I’m in Israel and we don’t have ANY X-Files boxsets, let alone the Revelations boxset. I would love to have it.
    I would definitely include Irresistible and Small Potatoes BTW. They’re my go-to episodes when I need a laugh or when I need some real drama.

  6. Debbie Cullen says:

    I’m probably one of the biggest X-Files fans out there, but I’d still like to have this Revelations set. It’s sort of a synopsis of the series. As I read other people’s comments, I realize that I could never list ALL of my favorites, because that would include the majority of the series. Perhaps they should have included ‘Requiem.’ That would have ended the set where it began as they returned to Bellefleur, Oregon where the Pilot took place. Other favorites of mine were Unnatural, Irresistible, Redux I & II, and many many others. I am absolutely dying to see the new movie. I’m counting days, hours, minutes, seconds, etc. (I think you get it)

  7. Reynard Muldrake says:

    I would probably leave off myth eps (I love them but it gets too hard to choose). I like the inclusion of the Pilot. I also thought “Jose Chung” was the best hour the show ever did so I’d keep that on in lieu of “Bad Blood.”
    I’d also like to see “Revelations” on the list. It just seems to fit and focused on major themes that would be mixed throughout later on. Along the same lines, “All Souls” “Tithonus” and “Orison” were excellent but we can’t include them all. Then I picked some because I really like them… my list:
    Beyond the Sea
    Darkness Falls
    Jose Chung
    Post Modern Prometheus
    all things
    The only reason I leave off “The Unnatural” is because it has very little of Mulder & Scully. “all things” is barely an x-file but is loaded with character development. I also realize I have left off the emmy winners Clyde Bruckman and Memento Mori. But like other posters said, I can’t list ALL my favorites.

  8. Holly Jocoy says:

    Great contest.
    At least Chris Carter didn’t pick “Tooms” to be in this movie-prep box set. To me, a slimy canibalistic guy crawling at rapid pace vehind you in a sewer is scaier than aliens.

  9. Chris Bryan says:

    Definitely E.B.E! I loved that episode. I’m really pumped to see the new movie. I hope that it reignites interest in the X-Files, especially with similarly themed shows like the Fringe premiering this fall.

  10. Wally says:

    The one where they all sing like it is a musical because of some demon.

  11. Sophy says:

    Yes I am a shipper, but I also must love to laugh with this show because my faves are Arcadia, X-Cops, Chinga and Triangle. I love that they included Bad Blood and Milagro.
    But I think Triangle lump together the X-Files stories about the inexplicable things they chase, (not the alien part) and the relationship that Scully and Mulder have, beside been funny, clever and very romantic. But I guess Cris Carter didn’t want to exhibit any of the 4 kisses they have on the show because of the expectation about it in this new movie, again.

  12. Diana Barry says:

    I will keep my fingers crossed for the giveaway! Some of my fave episodes:
    The Host*
    Die Hand Die Verletzt
    Never Again
    Kill Switch
    Terms of Endearment

  13. Kristi says:

    I have to pick Tooms. Although my husband would disagree with me and say Pilot.

  14. tesa says:

    For me, there’s a tie for best XF episode between Beyond the Sea and Jose Chung’s ‘From Outer Space.’ Jose Chung, with its self-deprecating humor, is brilliantly written.
    Beyond the Sea features the best performance by a guest star (actor Brad Dourif as serial killer Luther Boggs), as well as giving a nice exploration of Scully’s relationship with her father and her skepticism.
    Both of these episodes prove why XF was the best-written television series of its time (and probably of all time).

  15. Jake says:

    Either Miracle Man or Darkness Falls, haven’t watched the show for almost a decade now, would definitely like to get back into it.

  16. Tracie says:

    I would have definitely included “The Truth”, that way people who didn’t watch that finale episode would be able to have an idea of where we left off with Mulder & Scully in the final episode.

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