I want to believe... believe that one day the iconic music during the credits of The X-Files won't freak me out. I was pretty young when The X-Files had its original run but I remember bits and pieces while secretly watching with my older brother. I recall being fascinated but also terrified most of the time. The unexplained, the monsters, the supernatural, I watched agents Mulder and Scully deal with them all. I definitely credit the show for my ongoing interest in horror, the unexplained, and urban legends. I loved the stories the show presented and each week was like a brand new book.
With nine seasons and two movies, there is no surprise the pop culture phenomenon was chosen for a revival tenth season. Reboots and remakes seem to be the trend these days and I would be lying if I said I wasn't skeptical hearing about The X-Files coming back. The moment I heard that music and saw David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson working together on the small screen again, it was like a wave of nostalgia. While watching, I started to realize how much the show must have influenced future shows alike. Turn on any network and you will probably find a crime drama but I consider Mulder and Scully some of the originals. Take the FBI and add some creepy monsters to investigate and you have yourself a trailblazer in the TV world!
The X-Files's popularity never seemed to be in question while it was on the air and I think the fandom has only grown in time due to syndication and Netflix. If anything, the show helped revive the interest in science fiction and popular unexplained mythologies. I think of shows like Supernatural which has also found success in the "monster-of-the-week" approach and The X-Files deserves credit for paving the way.
And let's not forget all the reality investigation shows trying to find answers in regards to the paranormal, aliens, and urban legends such as Bigfoot. (Fun fact -written by Vince Gilligan, the second episode in Season 6 titled 'Drive' featured none other than Bryan Cranston and many believe it led to his hiring in Breaking Bad!) Some shows take themselves more seriously than others but at least the witness reenactments are usually something that will make you laugh.
Whether you're a believer or not, the genre brings entertainment value and hasn't diminished with time. We live in a society that always wants answers and we want them now. We struggle with the unexplained and we argue with our opposing viewpoints but the show brings questions and underlying messages. The truth is still out there and we want to still find it thanks to The X-Files.
What are your thoughts on 'The X-Files' revival? Are you a believer?
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