Every 80s and 90s kid remembers the mythical TV series The X-Files. Spanning an impressive 9 seasons and 202 episodes, this TV series aired on Fox TV from 1993 to 2002. The X-Files not only created a huge cult-following, but also directly inspired a large number of other series which are on our screens today, such as Lost, The Twilight Zone, Fringe and even Supernatural.
The X-Files, an investigative paranormal series following the adventures of two F.B.I agents, Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) – or as they are mostly known to X-Files aficionados, ‘the believer’ and ‘the skeptic’, was a hit. It followed both a long story-arch, having to do with the abduction of Mulder’s sister when they were children, and a day-to-day monster-of-the-week approach, which focused on the duo’s investigations of supernatural, mysterious or unexplained phenomena.
Exploring issues like friendship, ethics, truthfulness, as well as possible alien life, hauntings, mutant life forms and government conspiracies, the series also created a spate of interest in such phenomena, as well as spurning a number of theories on current social situations. The audience usually divided itself into those who, like Mulder, believed that there are supernatural forces ‘out there’ which humans at large know nothing about, and those who, like Scully (a clinical doctor), take a more pragmatic approach to life, needing proof and analysis before arriving at an actual conclusion.
The show took ideas for its ‘monster-of-the-week’ episodes from urban legends, local beliefs, mythology, paranormal theories, and real-life stories. As the show progressed, the relationship between the two protagonists also developed. From mere colleagues, they became friends and started trusting each other. Then later on, an ambiguous more-than-friends relationship developed, reaching its turning point many seasons after it had started. During the first seven seasons of the series, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson were both equally important in the series, however during the seventh season and after, Duchovny appeared only sporadically. Later, Anderson too became a secondary character, leaving the way open for two newer investigators, John Doggett (Robert Patrick) and Monica Reyes (Annabeth Gish). It is at this time that the series started to lose momentum, as for many fans, Mulder and Scully had been the soul of The X-Files, which without them, fizzled out.
The series produced a spin-off entitled The Lone Gunmen, which aired for only two seasons and never really achieved popularity. A feature film entitled The X-Files: Fight the Future was released in 1998, and a second movie The X-Files: I want to Believe in 2008.
Now, in January 2016, The X-Files is finally back with the tenth season! X-Files fans have been going on and on about it on social media for months. Twelve years later, their beloved David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are back… with a few more wrinkles and maybe some more body fat, but still (they hope) willing to provide new thrills and more drama. Unfortunately, unlike the previous seasons which contained around 25 episodes each, season 10 will only air 6 episodes. Whether this is because of financial reasons, or because for now, bringing the series back is experimental, we do not know.
Here’s a juicy tit-bit for the fans. The Smoking Man, Mulder and Scully’s arch-nemesis, will also apparently be coming back! Yes, even though he was (apparently) killed off during the ninth season!
What is for sure is that the season premier, which will take place on the 24th January, will see thousands of X-Files lovers all over the globe jumping out of their seats in excitement, and I will surely be one of them!
Because remember – the Truth is out there!