A Noteworthy Binge: The X-Files

New year, new show – at least that’s what our motto is. And, if you’re anything like us you should be adding “The X-Files” to your queue.

“The X-Files” follows characters Dana Scully, doctor and skeptic, and Fox Mulder, conspiracy theorist. Both Scully and Mulder work for the FBI in a division where only the weirdest of the weird cases are sent to be investigated. Due to Mulder’s crazy antics and inability to close cases, Scully is sent to “watch over.”

Throughout the series, cases often bring to light the idea that extra terrestrials exist. Mulder is always first to assume that the unknown is the cause of the crime, but Scully often finds a logical reason for the strange occurrences.

Early on Mulder presents the idea that the “truth is out there,” and Scully responds to the idea with “so are lies.”

The idea that both are present and motivating is shown through the progression of the show. Later on in the seasons, it becomes harder for Scully to combat the idea that UFOs and extra terrestrial influences exist, but she always fights for the truth.

Another reoccurring slogan within the show is “I want to believe,” which both characters often embody.

Due to the loss of his sister at a young age, Mulder believes that aliens are the cause of her disappearance. This comes to light as Scully further tries to understand his fascination and obsession with the idea of life beyond Earth.

Most of the story arc is formed from the idea of expansive government conspiracy and based around almost every folktale viewers can think of. There are other themes such as intense social justice and even the black sheep (The X-Files) can find its way.

From creator Chris Carter, this show creates a lasting story arc that shaped an entire decade of television. A 2008 film called “The X-Files: I Want to Believe” bridges the gap between the unsettling series finale and an upcoming series reprisal.

The new series is set to premiere 13 years after the original ended and will run on FOX for a limited series of six episodes on Jan. 24.

Chris Carter stated on FOX, “I think of it as a 13 year commercial break. The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.”

If you want to believe in extra terrestrial life, “The X-Files” might be for you. There are plenty of creepy cases and existential arguments waiting for you in this series.

You’ll enjoy “The X-Files” if you enjoy: “Fringe,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Supernatural.”

Starring: Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Mitch Pileggi and Robert Patrick.


14 Primetime Emmy Awards

5 Golden Globe Awards

1 Peabody Award

2 Screen Actors Guild Awards