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The eighth series of The X-Files was a year of brave decisions. David Duchovny's increasing dissatisfaction with the role meant he only appeared in a few episodes. The solution: enter Agent John Doggett (Robert Patrick) who basically stole the show within his first two minutes of screen time (and watch out for several Terminator 2 in-jokes too). Scully switched roles to being the believer alongside Doggett's sceptic in a year that was more reliant on the background story arc than ever before. Her pregnancy remained at the foreground, while a more prominent Skinner joined in a hunt for the abducted Mulder that drew upon the black oil, cloning and bounty hunting aspects of the convoluted alien conspiracy story. A distinct lack of guest stars or writers indicated maturity beyond the need for ratings stunts: dedicated fans were pleased to see cameos from sinister Krycek, the reliable Lone Gunmen and the return of the show's very first abductee.

The real strengths of the series came from new characters, including alternative female role model Special Agent Monica Reyes (Annabeth Gish), and some terrific standalone episodes. Investigations covered a man going backwards in time, deaths aboard an oil rig, a contagion in the Boston subway tunnels and creatures resembling bats and slugs. Agent Leyla Harrison (named after an X-Files fan who died of cancer) got to ask all the petty questions regular viewers want to know themselves. This year turned out to be a remarkable achievement so late in the show's life.

On the DVD: The X-Files, Series 8 is a six-disc box set with all the episodes presented in anamorphic 16:9 format with Dolby 2.0 sound. The extras are mainly confined to the final disc, though there are selected deleted scenes and "international" clips from the dubbed German, Japanese and Italian versions of the show on the other discs. Two audio commentaries for the episodes "Alone" (from director Frank Spotnitz) and "Existence" (from director Kim Manners) are supplemented by a routine 30-minute behind-the-scenes documentary, more deleted scenes (with optional commentary), character profiles and special effects clips. --Paul Tonks
DVD Description
Disc 1:
3 international clips from Within (German, Japanese, Italian)

Disc 2:
Via Negativa
1 deleted scene from Surekill that can be branched into the episode
3 international clips from Via Negativa (German, Japanese, Italian)

Disc 3:
The Gift
1 deleted scene from Badlaa that can be branched into the episode
3 international clips from The Gift (German, Japanese, Italian)

Disc 4:
Per Manum
This Is Not Happening
Three Words
1 deleted scene from Per Manum that can be branched into the episode
3 international clips from Three Words (German, Japanese, Italian)

Disc 5:
Audio commentary for Alone by director Frank Spotnitz
1 deleted scene from Empedocles that can be branched into the episode
3 international clips from Essence (German, Japanese, Italian)

Disc 6:
Audio commentary for Existence by director Kim Manners
3 deleted scenes from Existence that can be branched into the episode
3 international clips from Existence (German, Japanese, Italian)
Documentary: The Truth About Season 8 (30 mins)
X-Files profiles on Gibson Praise, John Doggett and Alex Krycek
7 deleted scenes segments -- extended versions with optional commentary by Frank Spotnitz and John Shiban
7 special effects clips with narration by Paul Rabwin
30 promo spots
Special Features
Picture: 1.78:1 (16:9)
Sound: Dolby 2.0 Language: English
Subtitles: English Hard of Hearing, Dutch, French, French Text, Greek, Italian, Italian Text
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