It’s hard to believe that it’s been over 20 years since we first met Mulder and Scully. Where on earth did the time go?
Thankfully, show creator Chris Carter and the Fox network have both confirmed that the X-Files will return next year in a six-episode mini-series. Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny will be back in their old roles–Anderson was actually the one who led the demand for the reunion, urging fans to tweet #xfiles2015. The response was overwhelming.
But are the x-files real? Was the series based on true events?
Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, we now know that the FBI did get involved in UFO investigations during the Cold War. They did so at the request of the Air Force, but Hoover pulled out when the Bureau discovered a letter from Col. R. H. Smith of the Air Defense Command. The letter stated in part that, “The services of the FBI were enlisted in order to relieve the numbered Air Force of the task of tracking down all the many instances which turned out to be ash can covers, toilet seats and what not.” In other words, the military would go after the good cases and the Bureau was stuck with the garbage.
Many of these cases were labeled X, but this did not refer to paranormal or alien activity. Instead, it indicated a classified, sensitive report.
Why was the FBI interested in UFOs? Were they worried little green men wanted to take over the planet?
The Bureau was investigating any possibility of communist threat. Hoover and his boys definitely suspected that UFOs were of human origin. Remember, it was the Cold War, and fear of terrorist attacks on American soil ran high.
While a lot of the cases were disappointing hoaxes and false alarms, including the famous Roswell crash, which was dismissed as a weather balloon (damn those pesky weather balloons!), there were some reports both the Air Force and FBI viewed as credible.
So is the truth really out there? The jury’s still out on that question, but I’m going to enjoy every minute of the new X-Files reunion, and thank the universe (or whatever powers that be) that Fox didn’t get their wish to cast a buxom blonde bimbo as Scully in the original series. Imagine the X-Files without Anderson’s cerebral, elegant beauty–now that would be scary.
What is your favourite X-Files episode? Are you excited about the mini-series? Which character would you love to see return?