For those of you who are new to my blog, I am a huge X-Files fan. I was there when the pilot was initially announced and then aired. I remember reading about the show in the local newspaper. Back then Fox was positioning the show as a based-on-reality series, like they got all of the episodes straight out of real FBI X-files.
The review of the pilot that I read in the newspaper grabbed my attention and did not let go. I dutifully waited for the night the pilot was to air and watched it with open-mouthed awe. For those of you who don't know, the pilot sets up the whole relationship between Scully and Mulder, giving viewers a greater appreciation for where the two characters come from. The pilot opens like no other episode: there is no musical intro that we all know. In a way the silent opening is kinda creepy, which was a great way to introduce the series to the world.
I can remember staying home many a Friday night to watch X-Files alone in the dark (just like that Barenaked Ladies song). Some episodes are so incredibly memorable that I can remember all sorts of things from the past just by watching them. The whole conflict between Mulder the believer and Scully the skeptic was something so unique at the time, which I think drew in a lot of viewers.
Sadly, it was never meant to last. With the departure of David Duchovny from the series, things just were not the same. It was like watching a dear friend on life support during the final two seasons of the show. At least there were seven solid seasons before that ugly, ugly demise.
I would be lying if I said that the X-Files has not influenced my writing. It has been one of my bigger influences when it comes to my paranormal stories, and I don't think I can ever erase its impact -- not that I would want to.
And by the way, the X-Files theme song is my phone's main ringtone.
Are you a fan of the X-Files? What are some of your favorite episodes? I keep working on a list of my top 20 episodes, which one day I will publish on this blog.
Oh, and check out this old TV spot advertising the X-Files pilot.