If you're a fan of 90s sci-fi The X-Files needs no introduction, with a 9 year run on the FOX network and a feature film between seasons 5 and 6 featuring the exploits of two FBI agents, scientist Dana Scully and her partner Fox Mulder, a man driven by the abduction of his sister as a child to chase the paranormal. The show was an enormous hit during its original run, although it did peter out in its final seasons, and a subsequent feature film in 2008 made very little impact at the box office. But, now, 23 years after it went on the air, nostalgia is high and FOX has brought back The X-Files as a 6 episode "event." The results, unfortunately, are hit-or-miss.
The middle 3 episodes (2-4) are quite good, with 2 and 4 being classic "MOTWs" (monster of the week) and 3 a funny one involving a creature who is turned into a man and finds out being a human isn't all that great. Episode 5 is just a mess, mixing a terrorist plot with tinges of Islamophobia with a bizarre mushroom trip by Mulder. None of it works. And episodes 1 and 6, dealing with a twist on the classic "mythology" about a conspiracy within the government to cover up and facilitate an alien invasion, are quite flat. Show creator Chris Carter feels rusty in his writing, and in his haste to cram so much material into just two episodes, does the viewer no favors.
The extras on the Blu-ray are quite excellent, however, with several commentaries featuring Chris Carter, several show writers, and stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. There are also several thorough documentaries on the making of the new series. It's clear this was a labor of love for the cast and crew, it's just a pity the results are so uneven. However, if you're a die hard X-Files fan, 3 good episodes and some great extras make this well worth a purchase.