Television Happy 20th Anniversary To THE X-FILES written by John Bierly September 10, 2013 It was literally a dark and stormy night 20 years ago when I got home from my job at a mom-and-pop video store just in time to catch the pilot episode of THE X-FILES. Having spent much of my childhood devouring library books about ghosts and Bigfoots and Loch Ness Monsters and flying saucers, it was as if Chris Carter had created it just for me. And despite a painful final season that ended as the series began, with FBI Agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) left with nothing but each other in their fight against the future, its 202 episodes and two theatrical films of horror, humor, heart, science fiction, adventure, and romance have firmly earned its place in our Modern Mythology. I got to interview Duchovny a few days before Christmas in 2003, when the DVDs were released in the United Kingdom. (Despite being severely ill, he was as hilarious and as generous an interview as anyone could ever ask for.) Almost exactly a year later, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment called out of the blue to ask for my permission to use portions of that interview in promotional materials for the DVD release in France. (My answer was an enthusiastically honored “yes.”) My X-FILES episode guides were among my favorite things I wrote for Impact (and are something I’d love to revive here at MMM), and I’m forever grateful to my editor John Mosby for making sure the Duchovny job went to me. Then, just a little over a month ago, I attended Fandom Fest in Louisville, Kentucky to help Adrian Paul (HIGHLANDER) promote his children’s charity, the Peace Fund, which he founded to “Protect, Educate, Aid Children Everywhere.” (I’m a weekly correspondent on his Peace Fund Radio show.) Knowing of my outrageous celebrity crush on Gillian Anderson, he asked me to go with him to talk to her about how we could assist her own numerous charitable endeavors. (She browsed the Peace Fund site on my iPhone!) And so, in a moment that my 1993-self could never remotely begin to fathom, the Highlander had introduced me to Agent Scully, and my life was complete. (She was very kind and impossibly beautiful.) Amazon Prime members can watch the entire series for free; it’s also on NetFlix. A second volume of Mark Snow’s music became available today, and IDW Publishing is three issues into its “Season 10” comic book series (which I’ve so far found to be frustratingly inconsistent). The Digital Bits remains at the forefront of reporting on a Blu-ray release that’s in the works, and everyone involved with the show would obviously love to do another movie, even though nothing’s currently happening (that we know about). As for me, I still watch episodes on a regular basis, and you’re all welcome to come over any time so I can introduce you to the Season Four episode “Home.” You won’t sleep for months. Which is fine, because that’ll give you time to watch the rest of the episodes and two movies. What does THE X-FILES mean to you? What are some of your favorite episodes? Happy 20th Anniversary To THE X-FILES was last modified: February 21st, 2016 by John Bierly Related The X-Files 3 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest John Bierly previous post It’s A JURASSIC WORLD On June 12, 2015 next post Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Poster Materializes Out of Thin Air You may also like Weekly Ratings Roundup: November 22 to 28,... November 28, 2015 REVOLUTION: Season Two Review- “Patriot Games” October 17, 2013 Weekly Ratings Roundup: December 6 to 12,... December 13, 2015 Review: HANNIBAL Season 3, Episode 10 “…... August 12, 2015 Weekly Ratings Roundup: April 10 to 16,... 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Of course, it’s been slow going since my girlfriend finds the show scary… so be careful with that invitation John! Central Illinois isn’t that far from Indiana! 😛 John Bierly Head on over! I cook a mean jambalaya. I’ll never forget the second time I saw FIGHT THE FUTURE. I drove up to Bloomington, Indiana, to see it with my buddy Gabe at this really small theater with really small seats in rows that were brutally close together. I have long legs, so it was already uncomfortable enough. An elderly gentleman sat in front of me. Every time the alien screeched, this gentleman would let out a loud, startled scream and slam back really hard in his seat, smashing my knees. Since I’d already seen the movie and knew when the scares were coming, I’d try to squirm back into my own seat as far as I could to avoid the knee smashing, but it didn’t matter. He got me every time. I had bruises on my knees! I’m working on a top ten list of my favorite episodes. Look for it soon! And thanks for sharing. As much as it went off the rails in later seasons, I revisit my favorite episodes often and love introducing them to friends who’ve never seen them. Especially “Home,” which always gets interesting reactions! Michael Lalaian I’ve been meaning to visit Indiana for a while since it’s just next door, I’ll let you know 🙂 That sounds like a terrible experience, but at least it makes for a good story! I’m not up to “Home” again yet in my current watch through, but your tempting me to skip ahead. A top ten list would be great.