X-Files Mythology: Black Oil

DVD Reviews | Aug 25th, 2005

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Starring Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny
Written By: Chris Carter
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Studio: 2oth Century Fox
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I hate bees. I don’t know if I’m afraid of them or what, but they just bother the hell out of me. For those of you who have seen these episodes of the X-Files, you can understand why I decided to use that little bit of information as an introduction.

The second installment of the Mythology box-sets (Seasons 3, 4, and 5; 1995-1997) introduces the infamous “black oil” from a sunken World War II fighter plane in the Pacific to Siberia, where in 1908 an unidentified object crashed into Earth. Including more of Krycek, it shows the fields in Canada where bees are used to cross-pollinate flowers of unknown origin, thereby making them carries of the small pox virus and a deadly, secret weapon. Covering the entire span of Scully’s bout with cancer, it shows how our government has been abducting its citizens (and covering them up as alien abductions) for their own personal gain. And it brings about the theory that the Cigarette-Smoking Man is the father of Mulder’s sister, and with it, the reappearance of what Mulder has sought after his whole life, his sister Samantha.

Once again, this is a box-set that seems to be for the fans as opposed to just casual viewers, though usually, if you’re not a fan, you wouldn’t go out and buy the box-set anyway. Yet even for those who were only causally into the X-Files would find this series a good addition. The DVD contains some audio commentary on selected episodes but I wanted to watch the episodes again, so I didn’t bother listening to them. Other extras include some exclusive mythology timeline, and a documentary on black oil. I watched the documentary on black oil but didn’t have anything new to add. Although the DVD name suggests it’s of only the “black oil” subject matter, but seems to be a continuation of the first box-set, basically because these episodes are the meat of the X-Files, and I truly am eagerly awaiting the next one.

Audio Commentary on Selected Episodes
Chris Carter’s All-New “Thread of Mythology” Documentary: Black Oil
Exclusive Collectible Mythology Timeline

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround CC
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Surround
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround

Standard 1.33:1 Color

English, Spanish

Favorite Scenes: Once again, these are the favorite episodes, only continued
Rating: NR
Running Time: 669 minutes
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