X is for X-Files

Remembered by Kerry E.B. Black


Chris Carter’s “The X-Files” introduced the world to “The FBI’s Most Unwanted” agents, Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dr. Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson). This cult classic grew to become a pop culture icon. Even the distinctive music by Marc Snow demands a reaction from its audience.

The partners investigated unsolved, unusual cases. Scully’s original assignment was to debunk Mulder’s work. Her scientific approach acted as a foil to Mulders desire to “believe.” However, as the series continued, the pair grew to appreciate and respect each other’s perspective and input. With intriguing backstories and personal involvement, the cases took on an intimacy that transformed a largely plot-driven show to become more character-centric.

The Fox series premiered in September, 1993 and ran until May 2002. Dark filming, a dead-pan approach, and great supporting characters fleshed out the world. Conspiracy theories, alien DNA, and unusual monsters, as well as recurring bad guys like the Cigarette Smoking Man (William Davis) and Alex Krycek (Nicolas Lea), provided interesting plot points.

Many episodes were stand-alone monster investigations, while others investigated a vast, over-reaching storyline. The last two seasons introduced new leads, John Doggett (Robert Patrick) and Monica Reyes (Amanda Gish) while Fox Mulder appeared less frequently. In early 2016, a six episode mini-season reunited Scully and Mulder.

The series won many awards and inspired two films, a spin off series called “The Lone Gunmen,” comic books, and novelizations, proving to many that “The Truth is Out There.”