Unlocking The Files

the x files, the x files dvdFor fans of sci-fi TV series and mystery shows, The X-Files is perhaps one of the most recognizable in the genre. In fact, the show has become the template on which many other shows of the genre are based. The show also has a huge cult following from all over the world, a testament to its popularity.

For those not in the know, The X-Files was aired by Fox in the 90's through the early 2000's. The show follow FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, played by David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson respectively, as they investigate paranormal phenomena. The cases that they handle often start out as simple ones, which is slowly revealed to actually be something way out of the ordinary. The series often have Mulder and Scully in conflict with each other because of their differing views, Mulder is a strong believer of the paranormal while Scully is a staunch skeptic.

So what makes the show such a hit? Unlike other science fiction shows, The X-files doesn't rely on flashy gadgets or huge battle scenes to draw audiences. Instead, it attracted and still attracts audience all throughout with its engaging plot and character stories.

Perhaps the main drawing power of the series is its presentation of the paranormal. Instead of going all the way with flashy special effects, the series portrayed them in a subdued manner. Thus the mystery is slowly revealed to the audience. This way, the ultimate consequences of the revelation of “the Truth out there” hits the viewer more.

Each series also feature a unique story that is in itself very interesting. The stories are often related to familiar phenomena such as UFOs, vampires or even ghosts. All of this while still maintaining the integrity of the underlying story in the series.

What adds more to the shows success is the development of the many characters in the series. Mulder and Scully's relationship with each other is at the heart of the shows. Fans followed closely as Mulder's and Scully's relation slowly grows from bickering, to understanding and ultimately, support of each other. The sexual tensions between them has also been a center of debate not only between hard core fans but also academics as well.

The series also provide a very good supporting story which revolves around the government's attempt at stopping the duo from finding more about the real deal about paranormal activities. And since this is a sci-fi TV series, the producers decided to throw in as very good set of visual and special effects to add depth to the story.

So for fans and non-fans alike, it would be a good idea to grab The X-Files DVD. It is definitely one classic that you shouldn't miss for your collection.

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