Twenty years? Where does it go? Well, if you've been around in that time to see The X Files go from cult curiosity to pop cultural phenomenon to respected series that is seen as being the birth of modern, classic television as we now know, it's went by pretty quickly. So, to celebrate this anniversary of a series that has defined my and many others generation and changed the course of modern television I have compiled a list of many, many reasons why I think The X Files is just do darn good. It's a pretty random list but I wanted it come from the heart. There are perhaps many, many other reasons I've forgotten to mention but if I have done, please feel free to comment about it below.
Happy Birthday X Files, here's hoping we'll see you again before the next twenty.
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as Mulder and Scully. Enough said.
Because I spent the first several weeks I watched the show thinking it was called The Truth is Out There ever week.
For the moment Eugene Tooms crawled down the chimney.
For the moment the sanitation worker puked up a flukeworm.
Because Mulder always had a one liner.
For the creepy way Donnie Pfaster called Scully girly girl.
Mark Snow's music scores.
THAT theme tune.
The entire forty five minutes of Bad Blood.
The entire forty five minutes of Triangle.
The entire forty five minutes of Tithonus.
Because trying to figure out you favourite episode is harder work than it looks.
Walter Skinner. A man so masculine and manly he has no problem admitted when he's taking a bubble bath.
Because of the Russian roulette scene in Pusher.
Because I spent my teen years declaring that I was going to marry one of these two women.
I was ten when it started and eighteen when it finished. I grew up to this show.
No X Files? No Breaking Bad, Homeland or Fringe. How sad would television be without The X Files.
It's fandom practically invented the term shipper.
Because of those moments where a romantic moment felt like it would play out but never did.
Because of the Caddyshack scene in Je Souhaite.
The entire running time of Fight The Future.
The jolt Mark Snow gave me during the credit sequence in Fight the Future.
The entire forty five minutes of Via Negativa, an episode I made the mistake of watching on my own the first time and it scared the hell out of me. Sleepless night? You bet.
For the moment Monica Reyes does whale song.
Because of Scully's theme.
For the moment Scully threw water on Agent Doggett's face.
For the way John Doggett became an integral and wonderful part of the show.
Ditto Monica Reyes. Speaking of which...
Because of that smile...
For the entire forty five minutes of One Breath.
Because it's quite funny after watching episodes as disturbing as Irresistible, Home, Leonard Betts, Sanguinarium and Via Negativa to hear a kid proclaim, "I Made This".
Because of the moment Skinner fights X in the elevator.
Because of Closure. The most beautiful resolution you could have imagined to a seven year story arc.
Because of Alex Krycek. A character so wonderful you know it's actually the biggest sin the series committed that we never saw enough of him.
Because of the thrill in 2008 to see that left hand location legend appear again on a big screen after so many years.
Because of the crater scene in Fight the Future.
The Post Modern Prometheus. Enough said.
Actually, for this image alone....
Because of the way John Doggett stares at Krycek in Deadalive...
For the entire forty five minutes of Redux II.
Because of The Lone Gunmen.
Because of the jolt one got when the tagline at the end of the credit sequence changed.
For how magical the words, "written by Vince Gilligan" were and are.
For the moment where Deep Throat was murdered.
For the way The Well Manicured Man said "My God."
Because if there's an iced tea in that bag, it could be love.
Because of the reaction I get from people when I tell them I love 3.
X-Cops. Enough said.
Because of the way Mulder delcares he'll find out who hurt Scully in One Breath.
The relationship. Enough said.
And because after twenty years, it's still as brilliant as the day it started.