My college roommate introduced me to Chris Carter’s X-Files series. She was a certified “X-Phile”, to the point where all her friends and family were given nicknames from the show. As I am short, stocky, and have a penchant for fingerless gloves (as well as a crush on Gillian Anderson), I was nicknamed “Frohike”.
Her influence on my television choices is evident in that I now regularly introduce people to X-Files, Fringe, Continuum, Almost Human, and other conspiracy theory/law enforcement shows. X-Files opened up a new world for me, and to this day the X-Files pilot is among my favorite openers to a show (and it also has one of the most recognizable theme songs, which can still send shivers down my spine).
When 2012 came and went without so much as a peep from the X-Files crew, I began to lose hope. I thought we’d said goodbye to Mulder and Scully, Skinner and the Cigarette Smoking Man forever. Imagine my shock (and delight) when I heard the news that X-Files was returning to television.
I’m ecstatic to be alive in a time when shows we love are able to reappear on our screens. With the return of X-Files and other much-beloved shows (Full House and Boy/Girl Meets World, for example), it’s clear once again that stories have a deep impact on our lives. We’ll never forget certain episodes from these shows and how the stories in them changed us.
My personal favorite episode, “Jose Chung’s From Outer Space” is one such episode. A unique, thoughtful, silly episode about the lengths to which we’ll go to find meaning in life (and how different that looks to everyone), it reminds me that while I am ‘alone’ in one sense, we are united in our search for answers to life’s often complicated questions.
The X-Files explored many themes we tend to struggle with at various points in our lives, such as faith, doubt, grief, loss, greed, power, trust, and love. This helped make the cold, science fiction world of The X-Files also very human, which in turn made it relatable to its fans.
The handling of such personal themes made Chris Carter’s story spring to life, and it has never really left the public consciousness. We’re still talking about Mulder and Scully’s relationship, their various views on faith, science, and the paranormal, and the episodes that chilled us to our bones and managed to pluck at our heartstrings.
With Chris Carter once again helming the project, and returning characters Fox Mulder, Dana Scully, Director Skinner and the Cigarette Smoking Man, plus some of the original writing team, this is shaping up to be a promising project. What are we going to see? What new stories will be told? And are we going to receive some answers to the questions we’ve asked for over a decade?
If there’s one thing the X-Files has taught me, it’s that there will always be questions, but the truth is out there, if we’re willing to look for it.Image Credits: Fox