It’s finally here!!! After years of waiting and hoping feverishly and holding our collective breaths, X-Files fans are finally being treated to a new movie, starring our favorite intrepid FBI Agents, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully!!!
And, in honor of the sure to be kick-ass film that hits theaters this Friday, we have decided to have yet another long weekend special. **On a side note, how frakking awesome has this summer been to us??? Iron Man, Indy, Wall-E, Hellboy II, The Dark Knight and now The X-Files?!?!? It’s a wonder Ana and I haven’t had our heads explode.**
For this weekend, we shall share our X-Files love, discuss our favorite episodes and moments, have a joint episode review, and heck even review an X-Files book or two.
And so, we bring you a collection of posters and clips available for I Want to Believe, and kick off our X-Files Weekend!
Trailers and Clips
And, just because it’s fun to share…
How did you become an X-Files fan?
Thea: I was 11 years old when I got my first introduction to The X-Files. We were at a Mexican restaurant on my summer vacation, and hanging out with my very cool uncle (who, for perspective’s sake is a huge comic book and Star Trek nut–in fact, it’s pretty much a cardinal sin in my family if you don’t like Star Trek, as dear boyfriend discovered…but I digress, that’s a story for a different day). My Uncle asks me if my family or I have ever seen this really AWESOME new show called The X-Files, to which I shake my head (we were living in Indonesia at the time, and didn’t get much in the way of American television). My Uncle then told me that I simply HAD to watch the show, and for my summer birthday present, I received the first season of the show on VHS.
That evening, I ran upstairs to the video room, popped in the Pilot/Deep Throat tape…and my life would never, ever be the same again. From the Pilot episode, with the crazy nosebleeds, “missing time” and the terrifying possibility of Alien Abductions, I was completely and hopelessly hooked. I rushed through the remaining episodes–with conspiracy theory stunners like “Deep Throat” and “The Erlenmeyer Flask” to the most EXCELLENT monster of the week episodes, like “Squeeze”, “Ice”, and “Darkness Falls”. These used to terrify me, in a wonderful tingly way, and I could not get enough of them. Each year when we would return to the USA for summer vacation, I would eagerly buy the next season on video–which came with collectible cards, posters, and yes I even bought the magazine. By the time I was in high school, the episodes were available for rent at our local video store, and I wore those suckers out as well. Over and over again, I would watch my favorite episodes, forcing my poor younger sister and family to bear with me. This year, when the ultimate collectors edition DVD box set was released (including every episode and the first movie, Fight The Future), I bought it immediately.
The X-Files were an important, major part of my formative years–for the longest time I wanted to be a forensic pathologist like Scully. I learned many important things from the show (what exactly digitalis is and that it is derived from Foxglove, for instance; or cool vocabulary words like “corroborate”), and it’s one that will always be very close to my heart.
And this is why I am damn happy that I get a little bit more of Mulder and Scully, especially now that I am an adult.
I am a newbie when it comes to the X-Files. I had never watched the series when it was on telly for two reasons. The main one being that I was living in Brazil back then which means that the episodes were dubbed and you will never believe the ATROCITIES that dubbing things in Portuguese will do to a movie or a TV show. But even if it was on the original English, I had always had the impression that the X Files was a horror show and being the ninny that I am , I was scared of watching it. Seriously. Even with my best girl friend being fan numero uno and having David Duchovny’s posters spread all over her bedroom , and telling me how awesome it was.
Alhough I never watched an episode, I was still very attuned to what was going on: I remember the uproar when Scully showed up pregnant or when Mulder left the show. I even went to the movies to watch The X-Files the Movie and I commiserated with my friend when The Kiss did not happen – Damn you Killer Bee!
It all changed in January 2008. First there was Thea talking about it with our mutual Greek friend. Then the Greek Who Shall Not Be Named came over to spend some days and she was on a mission. First, she MADE me rent the first DVD of season 1. We watched it together and I liked it but it wasn’t enough to convince me. But she was not done with her campaign. She just wanted me to watch the first few episodes to get a feel of who Scully and Mulder were and what they were about. Her main weapon was the one episode she had brought with her – called Bad Blood. The episode that had not only a cool monster of the week (Vampires!) but also was a comedy episode in the style of he said/she said that was truly a delight to watch. The nail in the coffin was that as soon as we were done with the episode , we went online and watched a myriad of chosen clips on Youtube and that was it. I HAD to carry on.
Next thing I knew, I bought the Box with all nine seasons + the movie from Amazon and Dear Partner and I started a marathon that ended only a few weeks ago. I laughed, I cried, I rooted for them, I fell in love with Mulder and developed a serious girl crush for Scully – most of all, I loved the story arcs, the plotlines, all how it was all intertwined with the amazing relationship these two characters had from the get go.
The end result: I am convinced this is the Best TV Show to have ever graced my TV. It replaced The West Wing on the top 1 spot.
So if you are a fan, you know what we are talking about. If not, I am living proof that it is never too late!
And to the ones out there that love the X-files, a question – how did YOU become a believer?