The truth is out there.
Best. Tagline. Ever. You’ve probably heard of the X-Files. It’s a TV show that managed to have both huge commercial success (as far as I know) and a cult following. And I get why because I’m a fan, and I have been since I was a kid and it first came on.
If, for some reason, you have never seen the X-files, you will get a good idea of what it is about from this trailer:
Yeah, so it’s about two FBI agents, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, who work on the X-files. You’ll hear the story about the X-Files if you watch the 1st episode, I don’t wanna spoil it for you. There are many things that I find great about this couple. First of all, the woman is the skeptic and the man is the idealist, the dreamer, the sentimental one. It’s usually the other way around. To quote Ann Cvetkovich: “The association of femininity with affect has led to the simultaneous devalorization of both.” This is one of the things I love. That she is the scientist and he’s sentimental.
Another thing I like is that you keep wanting them to get together but they keep leaving things unsaid and for a show that says aliens are among us, their relationship is beautifully constructed.
Anyway, leaving Mulder and Scully out of equation (oh, I love that they call each other by their last names throughout the show. I think that’s awesome!), there are a bunch of other things about the show that I love.
First – the secondary characters! A.D. Walter Skinner (played by Mitch Pileggi), Mulder’s informants, Mulder’s family, Scully’s family, and, of course, the villains. Cigarette-Smoking Man (William B. Davis) and Alex Krycek (Nicholas Lea) are the most featured. Cigarette-Smoking Man actually appears in the first episode. And the last one. So he’s important.
Some very important characters that I haven’t mentioned are The Lone Gunmen.Richard “Ringo” Langly, Melvin Frohike and John Fitzgerald Byers are these geeks that run a paper where they publish all their conspiracy-theory-related news. They’re funny and awesome and apparently they had their own spin-off that I haven’t seen yet but I’m actually going to watch. Yes, that’s how much I love them.
Other small characters that add a whole of a lot of flavour are Morris Fletcher, the misogynistic asshole man in black, Gibson Praise, the mind-reading kid, Diana Fowley, Mulder’s old lover and a bit of a two-timing bitch, Jeffrey Spender, Cigarette-Smoking Man’s son, a guy without a spine, and so on.
Let’s talk a bit about what the show is actually about. Mulder and Scully investigate the paranormal. There are basically two kind of episodes: standalone ones and ones that follow the main story arc. The main story arc begins with the disappearance of Mulder’s sister (or abduction, if you wanna call it that) and goes on an on while Mulder tries to prove the existence of extra-terrestrials. The standalone ones range from werewolves to time-traveling.
If you start watching The X-files now, you will probably notice that some of the earlier episodes seem a bit dated, mostly because of the special effects and the little green men and stuff. But get over yourself and watch it because, in my opinion, it’s one of the best TV shows ever made!
Then again, I’m a huge fan. I even have the “I want to believe” poster that Mulder has on the wall in his office on my wall in my room. I know, it’s cool!
See you soon, darlings,
P.S.: I’d love to hear what you think about the X-Files so Comment, Comment, Comment!