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‘The X-Files’ is probably the most famous science fiction series in the history of television. It definitely is the longest running sci-fi show in the US. The original run was on Fox from September 10, 1993, to May 19, 2002. it was then revived by the network and first premiered on January 24, 2016. The show has led to two movies and has laid the foundation of an entire franchise including spin-off shows and merchandise.
The show bears similarities to ‘The Twilight Zone‘ and ‘Twin Peaks‘ in that it dabble with the possibility of the paranormal. It has received acclaim throughout its run, with its actors receiving praise for their performances. It started off as any other regular series but soon became a pop culture sensation that tapped into the people’s mistrust of the government and large institutions, while combining it with conspiracy theories and spirituality.
So what do we have on our hands in ‘The X-Files’? What we do have is the tendency of wanting to believe, which is personified by special agent Fox Mulder, and to contrast this we have the skepticism and scientific rationale of Dana Scully. They both work for the FBI and Chris Carter, the show’s creator, decided to swing another way than the normal trend by making the man the believer and the woman the skeptic. However, over the seasons as Mulder and Scully work together, they uncover secret conspiracies and their relation also evolves. ‘The X-Files’ mostly focuses on that except for my favorite part, which is the monster of the week episodes. Notably, critics have praised the show calling it one of the most culturally significant shows of the 1990s.
The X- Files Cast: Who is in it?
David Duchovny plays Fox Mulder, an FBI special agent allocated to the newly reopened X-Files division. He is a firm believer in the paranormal and the existence of extra-terrestrial life, however, as the series goes on, his faith diminishes. Gillian Anderson plays Dana Scully. She is a medical doctor and FBI special agent assigned to the X-Files. She does not believe in extra-terrestrial life. However, Mulder’s abduction convinces her of the possibilities. Mitch Pileggi as Walter Skinner, plays an assistant director at the FBI and a friend of Mulder and Scully’s.
The X- Files Plot: What is it about?
‘The X-Files’ follows the stories of two FBI agents Mulder and Scully. In a world where we all want to believe, the bureau apparently has a section of cases categorized as X-files because they are unsolved and have the marks of a supernatural or extraterrestrial presence. These cases fall to our duo. While Mulder is a believer and always looks for signs of the supernatural, Scully is the skeptic and the grounding force who brings Mulder back to the earth if his head is too up there in the clouds.