By now we know about Fox Mulder and his crusade to find his sister. We also know about the aliens and that they are taking people, and we know about the Black Oil and how it works - somewhat. The "alien virus" notion is out there as well, and Skully has shown us what all it can do on the scientific front. This leaves us open to the fact that there are aliens and that the aliens are quite possibly setting up shop on Earth, something that might be quite bad. Enter the Syndicate, the conspiracy rooted in the lore of yesteryear, and the fact that there are some big egos waiting to unleash something quite bad on the whole of humankind.
Beofre starting, I feel like I need to mention the one inster that proves to be important in all these sets. It is a timeline/ people list AND it is connective when placed with all the other sets. That means you would want to have it and that means you would want to get them all. That also means you have the one feature you might want to get out of all of these sets. The other special feature, basically an interview with Kim Manners or Chris Carter every 3 or 4 episodes, is not that big. You also get some deleted things here and there, but you really do not get that many. The insert, however, is nice and beautiful and is something you might want to check on - missing it is bad considering I want mine to frame because they look so nice.
In this set, you have a few major players coming in. The First Elder, Well-Manicured Man, C.G.B Spender (Smoking Man), Jeffrey Spender, Diana Fowley, Gibson Praise, and the Alien Rebels are all listed here. Some are part of the syndicate and you would not know their names if they were not mentioned. Others play odd roles when it comes out, like Praise, and others are names coming out of our character's past (Fowley). The Rebels also play an interesting role and ne I would not have seen coming, and all of them come together to complete a huge arch that was three sets long. Even if you do not like the last set and what it stands for, the three sets that start everything are impoortant when it comes to the X-Files. In fact, the story in the story in connective and essential here.
When it comes to this set, it does have some overlap with Black Oil and Abduction. You see the Black Oil more and have the things starting to play out. This means you have a nice piece of media and it points out something you might want ot look at. I personally enjoy the fact that everything hits here, and that some really odd stuff happens in this. In fact, some of the things change a lot of what happens and show exactly what the aliens and what the clones can do. It is good stuff.
I guess the real question here is whether or not you need this and the answer is - maybe. I cannot envision skipping this myself, but I like having the inner story plucked out and shown to everyone around me. You are talking aobut 3 seasons of inner workings and, immediately, it is hard to pull into the limelight. True, it is something you can get to and the seasons contain it. Still, it is not on the surface and it is not so easy to handle.
I think a person who wants this knows it and, honestly, fans and casual watchers alike may enjoy it. There are some episodes that could be debated on their merit here, but that is one of the many things that could be thrown out and discussed. What cannot be argued is that this is the backbone of the show and it is important in painting an overall picture. Accordingly, I give it a 5/5 and say that like is enough meri to obtain. Just make certain the timeline is there.
Thanks and I hope this helps.