As a fan, it's nice to see Fox continue to preserve the X-Files seasons on the DVD format, though Season Six is where things started to go a bit astray and was the last season I watched the majority of when it premiered on TV. Thankfully, Season Six did manage to do what X-Files: Fight the Future did not: wrap up several dangling plot threads and provide a sense of closure to the main conspiracy (though it served up another related one to take it's place). However, I've never felt that the transition between Seasons Five and Six was smooth; part of the problem is that the film, Fight the Future comes between them, but in viewing them in order (The End, Fight the Future, The Beginning) things still don't completely click in my mind. I'm still not a fan of the Season Six finale (Biogenesis) or the general direction that Season Seven went in because of it.
While I feel that the early seasons, in particular Seasons Three and Four, were much better than what came after, Season Six does boast a few great episodes. Highlights of Season Six, which originally aired from 1998-1999, include: Triangle, Dreamland, Dreamland II, How the Ghosts Stole Christmas, Two Fathers, One Son, Monday, and Field Trip.
Season Six is comprised of twenty-two episodes that are spread across six DVDs. The first five DVDs contain four episodes apiece, with the last disc containing two episodes and the majority of the extras. Episodes for Season Six include: The Beginning, Drive, Triangle, Dreamland I, Dreamland II, How the Ghosts Stole Christmas, Terms of Endearment, The Rain King, S.R. 819, Tithonus, Two Fathers, One Son, Agua Mala, Monday, Arcadia, Alpha, Trevor, Milagro, The Unnatural, Three of a Kind, Field Trip, and Biogenesis.
Starting on Disc 6, there are:
The Truth About Season Six, a continuation of the previous featurettes included in the first five seasons. Running about twenty minutes in length, it features interviews with Chris Carter, Kim Manners, Paul Rabwin, Frank Spotnitz, John Shiban, Corey Kaplan, John Vulich, Rob Bowman, Dean Haglund, and Mimi Rogers. After some brief setup, in which Carter mentions the move of the series from Vancouver to Los Angeles, the focus turns to talking about several episodes in particular, which include: The Beginning, Triangle, Dreamland I & II, Two Fathers, One Son, and Biogenesis. While not terribly informative, there were a few interesting tidbits to be gleaned.
Season Six Featurette is much like the one included with Season Five, as it is entirely promotional in nature and runs about four minutes in length. Basically, it is an extended commercial that features lots of clips from the season.
X-Files Profiles: The Cigarette-Smoking Man is a new sort of featurette for the series; basically, in the overseas home video markets, Fox edits together particular mythology episodes into a 'mini-movie' of sorts. Contained here are the teaser and the featurette of the 'mini-movie' made from Two Fathers and One Son. The featurette, which runs about five minutes in length, contains interviews with various principals from the cast and crew, including Gillian Anderson, but unfortunately David Duchovny doesn't make an appearance.
Next up are fifteen deleted scenes, which include alternate takes and an alternate ending, all with optional commentary with Frank Spotnitz. Deleted scenes are available for: Tithonus (3), Two Fathers (2), One Son (2), Arcadia, Alpha, Milagro, Unnatural (4), and Biogenesis. While none of them were integral to the episode, most were interesting to view, especially a few of the alternate takes which included different actors in supporting roles. The deleted scenes themselves are both in widescreen and color, with the preceding footage from the episode in black and white so viewers will know where they start.
Then we have thirteen Special Effects Sequences with commentary by Paul Rabwin. These offer some insight into how they accomplished a few of the special effects in the episodes Triangle, Dreamland I & II, Terms of Endearment, Rain King, How the Ghosts Stole Christmas, Two Fathers, Trevor, and Unnatural.
Ten and twenty-second TV spots for each of the twenty-two episodes are also included.
As mentioned previously, two episodes in the collection have screen-specific audio commentaries. Chris Carter comments on Triangle and Kim Manners comments on Milagro. While both tracks are worth listening to, especially if you're a fan of that particular episode, I enjoyed Carter's track the most. Carter provides a great deal of insight into the episode, making it the more interesting track. However, I still feel that the commentary tracks should focus more on the mythology episodes, which hasn't been the case in this or previous seasons. I would also like to see the commentary tracks again host more than one participant (like in Season 3).
The DVD-ROM portion of Disc 6 also includes an interactive game much like those found in the previous season sets; this one is titled Dreamland.