You know when your’e starting to feel old when a show you watched every episode as it went live to air is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary. That’s right, Sci-fi cult classic series The X-Files first went to air, in the USA, this very day 20 years ago!
I actually remember not knowing much about the show when it first started. I was 13 years old and happened to catch a few previews for a new show about FBI agents who hunted aliens and investigated cases of the paranormal. At first, I honestly believed it was based on actual real life cases (possibly because I was a big fan of Unsolved Mysteries which often featured stories of the paranormal).
I was (and still sort of am) a big X-Files nerd. While I couldn’t roll out episode titles or even remember scenes of dialogue, I can remember having Gillian Anderson plastered over a wall in my bedroom and bought the X-Files trading cards, poster books and soundtrack. I stood by the show when Duchovny left and made way for Robert Patrick and even when Annabeth Gish became a regular and the show took a turn into more political than paranormal areas, I was still there.
Trying to think of favorite episodes…I know I was more into Scully story lines than Mulder ones. As a fan, your’e either team Mulder or team Scully and I was always, right from the go, team Scully!
As far as single episodes go, I will always have a soft spot for Hollywood A.D (Season 7 episode 19) which saw a movie made about a case Mulder and Scully were investigating and seeing Gary Shandling and Tea’ Leoni play the big screen versions of our favorite paranormal sleuths. I still remember a scene in which Scully says to Mulder something to the effect of “I think she likes you” in reference to Tea’ Leoni (playing herself who is married to David Duchovny).
The show ran for nine seasons, made stars out of leads David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson and won numerous awards and a legion of fans that still to this day (the show finished up in 2002) still adore the show and the on-screen chemistry between Duchovny and Anderson and like many shows, this on-screen chemistry created a lot of will-they-won’t-they discussions.
It wasn’t until the first X-Files movie (Fight the Future) that we finally got to see Mulder and Scully show their true feeling towards each other – that was until that damned bee stung Scully rendering her unconscious. I’m pretty sure you could hear a collective “UGGGGHHHH” when that scene played out in cinemas.
So the 20th anniversary of the show has seen both David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson team up for appearances at both the San Diego Comic Con and recently (this past weekend) at the Paley Center for Television in New York where both stars were happy to put their hands up for more X-Files movies. Asked if they could recall how the relationship between Mulder and Scully had left off, both had the following to say:
“Well they (Mulder and Scully) were married the last movie,” Duchovny said, referring to 2008’s The X-Files: I Want to Believe.
“Were we actually married?” Anderson asked.
“I believe so. That was my impression,” he responded.
According to creator Chris Carter, all that they are waiting on is Twentieth Century Fox to show interest in creating a third movie.
The X-Files complete series 1-9 plus both movies are all now available on DVD at all good retailers.