The X-Files : Season 4

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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 10, 1993
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  • Summary: The X-Files is a Peabody, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning American science fiction television series created by Chris Carter, which first aired on September 10, 1993, and ended on May 19, 2002. The show was a hit for the Fox Broadcasting Company network, and its main characters andThe X-Files is a Peabody, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning American science fiction television series created by Chris Carter, which first aired on September 10, 1993, and ended on May 19, 2002. The show was a hit for the Fox Broadcasting Company network, and its main characters and slogans (e.g., "The Truth Is Out There", "Trust No One", "I Want to Believe") became pop culture touchstones. The X-Files is seen as a defining series of the 1990s, coinciding with the era's widespread mistrust of governments, interest in conspiracy theories and spirituality, and the belief in the existence of extraterrestrial life.

    TV Guide called The X-Files the Second greatest cult television show and the 37th best television show of all time. In 2007, Time magazine included it on a list of the "100 Best TV Shows of All Time." In 2008, Entertainment Weekly named it Classic Sci-fi and the fourth best TV show in the last 25 years.

    This long running FOX drama lasted nine seasons and focused on the exploits of FBI Agents Fox Mulder, Dana Scully, John Doggett and Monica Reyes and their investigations into the paranormal. From genetic mutants and killer insects to a global conspiracy concerning the colonisation of Earth by an alien species, this mind-boggling, humourous and occasionally frightening series created by Chris Carter has been one of the world's most popular sci-fi/drama shows since its humble beginnings in 1993.

    So sit back and enjoy the fascinating world of The X-Files.

    The entire nine seasons of The X-Files are now available on DVD!

    Emmy Awards
    2001 - Outstanding Makeup for a Series for episode DeadAlive
    2000 - Outstanding Makeup for a Series for episode Theef - Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Drama Series for episode First Person Shooter - Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series for episode First Person Shooter
    1999 - Outstanding Makeup for a series for episodes Two Fathers/One Son
    1998 - Outstanding Art Direction for a Series for episode The Post-Modern Prometheus - Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for a Series for episode Kill Switch
    1997 - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Gillian Anderson - Outstanding Art Direction for a Series for episode Memento Mori - Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series for episode Tempus Fugit
    1996 - Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series to Peter Boyle for episode Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing for a Drama Series to Darin Morgan for episode Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Cinematography for a series for episode Grotesque - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Editing for a Series for episode Nisei - Outstanding individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Drama Series for episode Nisei
    1994 - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Graphic Design and Title Sequences for The X-Files

    Golden Globe Awards

    1998 - Best TV Series (Drama)
    1997 - Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series (Drama) to David Duchovny
    - Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series (Drama) to Gillian Anderson - Best TV Series (Drama)
    1995 - Best TV Series (Drama)
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  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Horror, Suspense, Science Fiction

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  1. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 12, 2013
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    The X-Files' fourth season ... has been very uneven, with a few superb episodes propping up weak ones. ... Let's move the mythology along, shall we?
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  1. Dec 30, 2013
    10
    bom bagaraí, muito foda... agora, esse site foda pra fzr critica, por isso vou encher linguiça aqui so pra completar 150 ''characters''bom bagaraí, muito foda... agora, esse site foda pra fzr critica, por isso vou encher linguiça aqui so pra completar 150 ''characters'' kkkkkkkkkkkk Expand
  2. Sep 1, 2015
    9
    While it's really not much of an improvement over season three, more solid ground is covered here than ever before, thanks in part to anWhile it's really not much of an improvement over season three, more solid ground is covered here than ever before, thanks in part to an intriguing and involving focus on the show's basic premise. Expand
  3. Dec 15, 2015
    9
    While it's really not much of an improvement over season three, more solid ground is covered here than ever before, thanks in part to anWhile it's really not much of an improvement over season three, more solid ground is covered here than ever before, thanks in part to an intriguing and involving focus on the show's basic premise. Expand
  4. Jul 6, 2014
    8
    While it's a small step back from season three, more solid ground is covered here than ever before, thanks in part to an intriguing andWhile it's a small step back from season three, more solid ground is covered here than ever before, thanks in part to an intriguing and involving focus on the show's basic premise. Expand
  5. Mar 22, 2016
    8
    The fourth season of The X-Files is a work of chaotic genius.

    While the third season of The X-Files is one of the most consistently
    The fourth season of The X-Files is a work of chaotic genius.

    While the third season of The X-Files is one of the most consistently well-made seasons of television ever produced, the fourth season is a lot more uneven. There are a lot of reasons for this. Chris Carter was busy launching Millennium. Fox had decided to press ahead with The X-Files: Fight the Future. Behind the scenes, it was chaotic. Glen Morgan and James Wong hung around for half the season before leaving to work on their own pilot, a planned script from Darin Morgan fell through, Chris Carter’s attention was divided.

    However, the fourth season represents something of a changing of the guard on the writing staff, a transition between two generations. The fourth season sees the permanent departure of writers Glen Morgan, James Wong and Howard Gordon. These were all writers who worked hard to give The X-Files its unique flavour and identity in the show’s earliest years. The X-Files would not be the same show without the input of those three writers. It is a shame to see them depart, although four years is a long time in the industry.

    In contrast, the fourth season also sees younger talent rising up. It sees the first collaboration of Vince Gilligan, John Shiban and Frank Spotnitz. The trio would become one of the most consistent (and productive) writing ensembles on the series. The fourth season also saw the rapid ascent of Vince Gilligan, who had only contributed one script to the third season; Gilligan’s three solo scripts for the third season are iconic and influential in their own right. These are the voices that will steer The X-Files through to the end of its nine-year run.

    As such, the fourth season feels transitional. It is a season that lacks the finely-honed efficiency that defined the third season, in favour of a more ambitious and even experimental style. The result is a season that feels wildly creative, a joyous cacophony rather than a harmonious symphony. The fourth season may not always hit the notes, but it is doing something very fresh and exciting. There is an energy and enthusiasm to the season that carries even some of the weaker episodes.

    The fourth season is not consistently brilliant, but it is more than occasionally transcendental.

    With all this going on, it seems fair to suggest that the fourth season lacks the same clear thematic through line that defined the third. The third season of The X-Files was fascinated with the legacy of the Second World War, with a surprisingly consistent arc spanning the bulk of the mythology episodes and even spilling over thematically into some of the stand-alone stories. The fourth season has no such golden thread, nothing that will help identify the bulk of the season as crafted from the same material.

    Given the popularity and prevalence of conspiracy theories in contemporary American life, it was perhaps time for The X-Files to engage with these ideas on a level that did not simply use them for story fodder. After all, these beliefs had caused real and substantial harm; at a casual glance, the nineties audience might see Fox Mulder as another Unibomber or Oklahoma City waiting to happen. Of course, Mulder lives in a world where conspiracy theory is reality; where everything seems to be true. That could become problematic.

    The fourth season seems to work hard to delineate and differentiate Mulder’s philosophy from those more extreme proponents of conspiracy theory. Even within the context of The X-Files, even in a world where their views are accurate, these groups are still dangerous and misguided. The cult in The Field Where I Died tragically lose their lives at the behest of a charismatic child-abusing sociopath. The militia group in Tunguska are manipulated by the same shadowy forces they claim to resist. Only Unrequited seems to be marginally sympathetic towards its subjects.

    So the fourth season is quite disjointed. There has always been a sense that the show was slightly different depending on who was writing that week; the awkward execution of the cancer storyline made that all the more evident. In fact, the awkward scheduling of the fourth season caused all sorts of conflicts and differences of opinion. Airing Never Again out of order radically changed the meaning and intent of the episode – much to the frustration of Glen Morgan. If continuity did not really exist in the writers’ room, how could it possibly make sense to the audience?

    The fourth season might not be the same unqualified triumph that the third season was, but it is a hugely ambitious and frequently successful piece of television in its own right.
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  6. Aug 17, 2014
    8
    While it's not much of an improvement over season three, more solid ground is covered here than ever before, thanks in part to an intriguingWhile it's not much of an improvement over season three, more solid ground is covered here than ever before, thanks in part to an intriguing and involving focus on the show's basic premise. Expand
  7. Sep 20, 2014
    6
    Season 4 was really solid, with a lot of strong episodes and some intricate metaplot lines to go with good individual episodes. I thought thatSeason 4 was really solid, with a lot of strong episodes and some intricate metaplot lines to go with good individual episodes. I thought that the episode about Cancer Man was particularly amazing and added a lot to the show in just a single episode. Expand

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