In the fall of 1993 I was introduced to 2 of my all time favourite TV characters, Mulder and Scully. I was at my friend Karen’s house to watch a movie on a Friday night and she asked if it would be OK if she put on this new show she had started watching instead. Karen was a year older than me and I thought she was THE coolest, so I of course let her put it on. The X-Files was definitely spooky for a 12 yr old, but my fascination with all things paranormal made it quite easy for me to become super obsessed with everything about this show. The episode Karen put on was called “Eve” and is still one of my favourite episodes of the show. It’s not a coincidence that I am now obsessed with a show called Orphan Black. Also about clones.
With this wave of television reboots going on the last few years, it has been a bit tortuous waiting for this one to come on. I have so many great memories attached to this show, in particular finding a kindred spirit in my best friend who is far more obsessed than I could ever hope to be. When it started again a few weeks ago, it was so bittersweet because while I was ecstatic to hear the theme song (in it’s original form!!!!!!), I knew it was only 6 episodes and that seemed like such a tease. For the legion of fans that begged for this to happen, they couldn’t do a few more? Even 24 got 12 episodes! (I don’t even want to talk about the new reboot 24: Legacy. It’s not 24 without Jack Bauer.) After a disappointing “Babylon”, I am hoping the finale will be a bit more satisfying and perhaps leave it open for some more? WITH Mulder and Scully of course.
It’s funny how a little television show could mean so much to so many people, but it really does represent several significant times in my life. Those last few years of elementary school feeling a little weird and out of place but alright with it, becoming friends with one of the most important people in my life and many a night in high school dissecting Mulder and Scully’s relationship, whether or not aliens really exist, whether or not someone like the Cigarette Smoking Man existed (and if he was watching us right now….), and if anything on TV would ever be as good. It was a great time in my life.
With the finale of this new season airing tomorrow night, I am hopeful that the response will bring about some more episodes. You can’t deny the chemistry Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny have; it’s still so apparent after all these years. And pretty hot. It would be unfair to not continue to share that with us crazy fangirls. We want more!!