ByMichael Elliott, writer at
Freelance Film Critic / Canada
Michael Elliott

After 13 years, the long awaited revival of The X-Files has finally come into being. Much like Special Agent Fox Mulder wanted to believe in the existence of extraterrestrial life, fans of the show wished to once again be able to follow Mulder and Scully into the greatest mysteries that this world (and the next) had to offer. Rumours had been circulating for months that Fox was planning to revive the series, especially after announcing and airing their limited series 24: Live Another Day. Skepticism ran rampant on online forums, and interviews with series' leads David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson only made those rumours that much more believable.

After what seemed like months of speculation, Fox announced today (24 March 2015) that the X-Files would return for a limited 6-episode run. With this news, fans of the series rejoiced as once again, arguably one of the most successful scifi/thrillers would appear on the small screen with the same writer (Chris Carter), and Duchovny and Anderson reprising their roles as Special Agent Fox Mulder and Special Agent Dana Scully.

To celebrate this announcement, I have taken it upon myself to make a list of the world's real life encounters with extraterrestrial or supernatural life. After all, like all of you:

5. Roswell, New Mexico

This one is a given. Arguably one of the oldest, most popular, publicized sightings of a UFO, The Roswell Incident heads the list. In 1947, reports of a mysterious metallic disk falling from the sky surfaced from the Roswell Airforce. Having civilians intrigued, many jumped on the chance to confirm their speculation of the existence of alien life; however, the Airforce quickly cleared the object as a crashed weather balloon.

This was of course not before the press was able to run stories on the crashed UFO that had found refuge on a New Mexico ranch. Though the headlines quickly changed to backup the weather balloon story, many employees of the base stepped forward to admit what they had seen that day, which included the crash site, the order to create a story to coverup the truth and even a full-fledged autopsy of a life form found at the crash site.

Though none of these accounts stuck, many skeptics believe that the remains of the object are still hidden to this day. Thus making The Roswell Incident the beginning of countless theorists confirming alien life and publicizing potentially one of the greatest government coverups to date.

Newspaper article headlining the Roswell Incident
Newspaper article headlining the Roswell Incident

4. The Ancient Astronaut Hypothesis

To avoid any big words or scientific jargon, The Ancient Astronaut Hypothesis breaks down to this. There is evidence to back up the fact that humankind may be the descendants or even the creations of extraterrestrials who landed on our Earth thousands of years ago.

Parallel to this theory is the hypothesis that humankind evolved by itself, however, was aided by aliens who visited our planet in early development. Religion, technology, human knowledge and even culture are speculated to be taught to us from these "ancient astronauts" who took it upon themselves to venture into space to search for life.

One of the main pieces of evidence often brought up when in debate is found directly in the Holy Text of the Bible.

"4 And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire.
5 Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man." (Ezekiel I)

With this piece of evidence, many have argued that alien life forms may have aided in the writing of the Bible, and may have had to do with every unexplainable phenomenon that life has to offer, such as the construction of the pyramids and Stonehenge.

Hieroglyph showing what seems to be a UFO
Hieroglyph showing what seems to be a UFO

3. Linda Napolitano

Early in the morning of November 30th, 1989, Linda Napolitano was abducted from her Manhattan apartment and was seen hovering towards the Brooklyn Bridge. The initial transportation toward the craft seemed to be erased from Napolitano's memory, however she was able to remember the kidnapping and the room where she had been examined.

In her own words:

"I see benches similar to regular benches. And they're bringing me down a hallway. Doors open like sliding doors. Inside are all these lights and buttons and a big long table."
"I don't want to get up on that table. They get me on the table anyway. They start saying things to me and I'm yelling. I can still yell. One of them says something that sounds like {Nobbyegg}. I think they were trying to tell me to be quiet because he put his hand over my mouth." (Napolitano, 1989)

This incident could easily be passed as false, however the transportation was witnessed by two bodyguards of the UN Secretary General who believed that it was just a scene being shot for a scifi movie. On top of witness testimony, Linda later suffered from frequent nosebleeds, and when X-rayed, a metallic object implanted in the tissue of her nose was revealed.

This is often looked to as one of the most credible abduction stories, as not only is their concrete evidence of the abduction, but also 30+ witness accounts saying that they saw Linda floating across the Manhattan skyline with "grey-headed beings with no hair". All of the descriptions of these beings matched up between testimonies.

Linda Napolitano's X-ray
Linda Napolitano's X-ray

2. Mothman

The headline for the November 16th, 1966 issue of the Point Pleasant Register read: "Couples See Man-Sized Bird... Creature... Something". This was the first, and far from last appearance of the notorious Mothman. He was described as a 7ft something tall man with large wings, blood-red eyes and able to fly at speeds faster than 100mph.

In the following months of the first report, hundreds of sightings surfaced alongside those of strange lights and potential UFOs. This would be the case on December 15th, 1967 as strange lights were reported to be seen above the Point Pleasant bridge. Not too long after this incident, calls began pouring in, but this time, calls about a Mothman sighting. Then, more calls. This time to announce that the bridge had collapsed, killing 46 people.

Following the collapse, the Mothman was not sighted in Point Pleasant again leading many to conclude that he was behind the deaths of those lost on the bridge. It was only in 1986 that the first report of the Mothman came into the light... This time being spotted in Chernobyl during the nuclear disaster.

Mothman sighting
Mothman sighting

1. Area 51

Probably the greatest of all unsolved mysteries can be found behind the fences of Area 51 Military Base, located in Southern Nevada. These conspiracies derive from the base's secretive nature, as access to the public is absolutely prohibited, and employees stationed there must take an oath never to speak of their experiences. Further creating skepticism, there are rumours that if caught trespassing, the subject will be dragged into the facility and have his/her memory wiped, and that is only if he/she is lucky.

With the base's connection to classified aircraft research mixed with unexplainable phenomena, this has led Area 51 to become prime suspect for UFO and alien conspiracists. Some of the theories being that Area 51 is behind:

  • The storage, hiding, and examination of crashed objects (much like the one found in Roswell mentioned above).
  • The study of alien life forms, alive or dead.
  • The construction of aircraft based on alien technology.
  • The development of time travel and teleportation.
  • The coverup of every paranormal occurrence in history.

Though the true intentions may remain unclear, Area 51 will forever be immortalized as ground zero for unexplainable, paranormal and alien occurrences.

Area 51
Area 51

Though all of these mysteries remain unsolved, speculation of their cause never wavers. Alien life, government conspiracy and unexplainable occurrences riddle this planet everyday. And though they may always remain a mystery, the truth is out there.

Welcome back, X-Files.


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