I can’t believe sci-fi phenomenon The X-Files debuted 15 years ago. I was a fan of the series, but a mate of mine was absolutely obsessed. She analysed every aspect of the show; her favourite preoccupation was the unresolved sexual tension between Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson).
Unless you were around at the time, it’s difficult to appreciate just how big The X-Files was; it quickly became a worldwide hit and made household names of its two stars. The show focused on FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully as they investigated the existence of alien races. It also followed their attempts to uncover government conspiracies and unexplained phenomena. Always a sign of popularity, the show was promptly parodied and its catchphrase, ‘The truth is out there’, became as well known as the likes of ‘Ay carumba!’ and ‘This time next year we’ll be millionaires!’
With Mulder in the role of ‘believer’ and Scully as ‘sceptic’ the duo developed an ambiguous friendship and an onscreen chemistry that kept viewers guessing throughout the nine series. Now in 2008, The X-Files is back to captivate fans old and new thanks to the release of X-Files Essentials on DVD. Released by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, the DVD offers an exclusive insider’s pass to the multi award-winning show (just in time for its second trip to the big screen). Hand-picked by X-Files creator Chris Carter, the eight episodes on the DVD include special introductions by Carter and producer Frank Spotnitz, revealing why they were chosen and how they relate to the eagerly-anticipated feature film.
Offering a unique insight into the paranormal exploits of FBI agents Mulder and Scully, the DVD provides a useful introduction for those new to the cult series, as well as a nostalgic reminder for dedicated fans. Episodes include the pilot, Beyond the Sea, The Host, Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose, Memento Mori, Post-Modern Prometheus, Bad Blood and Milagro.
The X-Files’ influence can be seen in a variety of shows; Doctor Who revivalist Russell T. Davies credited the series as an inspiration for Torchwood. And CSI fans – do I even have to mention the Grissom and Sara romance? However, I can’t close without saying that David Duchovny is responsible for two of the most excruciating hours of my life; remember his dire movie Evolution with ‘comic’ sidekick Orlando Jones? Truly a cinematic experience for anyone who hasn’t evolved…
See what all the fuss is about – get The X-Files on DVD here
Today I am mostly lovin’ – I’m hooked on Five series Banged Up. It’s a real eye-opener. I never missed an episode of Bad Lads Army either.
Today I am mostly hatin’ – Who Dares Sings! Nuff said.
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