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Twenty Years On: The X-Files Premier September 10, 1993
Self ^ | 9/10/13 | Joe 6-pack

Posted on 09/10/2013 3:02:23 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack

Twenty years ago tonight, I sat down on the couch in my little apartment in Ogden, KS, and flipped on the TV to watch the debut of a new show. The promotion blitz for the show had been dark and mysterious, and apart from some vague references to UFOs and the FBI, gave little idea as to what the show was actually going to be about. It had piqued my interest, as it was no doubt intended to do, and I figured with much of my life still ahead of me, I could spare an hour to check it out. At the end of that hour, as the eerie theme whistled the credits away, I sat there. Hooked.

The premiere of the show could not have been timed more perfectly. About a year before the show premiered, there had been a bloody standoff at Ruby Ridge, and that very spring, the siege at Waco. Institutions and organizations that had long been highly regarded by most Americans had shown a darker, seamier side, and now there was a show that pitted two young, idealistic agents working from inside the system, taking a stand against internal conspiracies and unknown forces. On the entertainment scene, the quirky “Twin Peaks,” had established a niche with most Gen Xers a few years earlier, and nothing had come to fill the vacuum left when it went off the air. The X-Files stood perfectly poised to become something of an enigma if the writers and actors could deliver, and they did.

During the next nine years, faithful followers (“X-philes”) followed the exploits of Scully and Mulder as they investigated fluke men, aliens, conspiracies dating back to the cold war, and the mysterious “Cigarette Smoking Man.” The pairing of Scully and Mulder was an act of genius. While most people at a gut level tend to regard the notions of faith and science as competing interests, Mulder and Scully demonstrated ultimately, the inseparable nature of the two, and how they complement one another. The show did not shy from objective morality and pointed out that sometimes evil just is. It cannot be understood, reasoned with or de-escalated, only dealt with head on. The show was not without humor, and the protagonists were at times all too human and vulnerable to the forces around them.

Many critics came down hard on the show in its later years. Admittedly, one of the strengths of earlier seasons was that in spite of the fantastic plot lines, they seemed all too real. In the last few years, some episodes pushed the bounds of credibility, but having said that, some of the very best episodes were in the final few seasons. Upon David Duchovny’s departure, it was a little hard to get used to Special Agent John Doggett. Nonetheless, Robert Patrick, no doubt aware of the shoes he was going to have to fill, rose to the challenge, and became an incredibly sympathetic character.

As a conservative, I often wondered why the show appealed to me so much - it seemed ideologically neutral, but in fact, it had its subtle conservative and libertarian messages. In 2008, at the release of the second X-Files feature film, I found the following article which smartly articulates the show's appeal to the right:

The Truth About "The X-Files"
Tom Piatak


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Conspiracy; TV/Movies; UFO's
KEYWORDS: anniversary; chriscarter; fbi; mulder; nightgallery; nightstalker; scully; xfiles
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1 posted on 09/10/2013 3:02:24 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack
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To: floralamiss

2 posted on 09/10/2013 3:03:25 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Joe 6-pack; Aevery_Freeman; ShadowAce; Jack Hydrazine; Altariel; nuancey; Thorliveshere; ...

ping


3 posted on 09/10/2013 3:04:44 PM PDT by Perdogg (Cruz-Paul 2016)
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To: Joe 6-pack

The last season was terrible


4 posted on 09/10/2013 3:05:14 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Perdogg

Thanks Perdogg. Any idea who has the “Sci-Fi” Ping list?


5 posted on 09/10/2013 3:05:25 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

"America is being run by an undocumented gangster for al Qaeda."

6 posted on 09/10/2013 3:05:32 PM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: Joe 6-pack

Me, do you want to help out? I am looking for someone who can do cool graphics.


7 posted on 09/10/2013 3:06:45 PM PDT by Perdogg (Cruz-Paul 2016)
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To: Joe 6-pack

My brother’s best friend in HS was Nick Peleggi (Skinner) - they graduated from George C. Marshall HS in Ankara Turkey in 1970. His mother was one of my mother’s best friends. Great family!


8 posted on 09/10/2013 3:10:15 PM PDT by BamaDi ("The definition of a racist today is anyone who is winning an argument with a liberal.")
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To: Perdogg

Shot in my sh*tty hometown of Vancouver BC. I’m not complaining as my uncle worked on every season it was there on set.


9 posted on 09/10/2013 3:11:10 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: BamaDi

Cool...Excellent character. It takes a long time in the series to find out if he’s a good guy and which side he’s really on.


10 posted on 09/10/2013 3:12:52 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

I was not a fan of “X Files” but would watch it when nothing else was on.

There were some good episodes but normally I thought it was just so-so. I sort of understood it’s popularity as those type shows seem to always appeal to a certain audience.


11 posted on 09/10/2013 3:13:50 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Time and channel?

I’m sure it will be more entertaining and truthful than Obama’s speech.


12 posted on 09/10/2013 3:14:32 PM PDT by Rushmore Rocks
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To: Rushmore Rocks

Oops, never mind. I just say the date of the premier and that this is the anniversary.

Sorry.


13 posted on 09/10/2013 3:15:30 PM PDT by Rushmore Rocks
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To: Perdogg

That long, huh?

1993 was such a blur — my singlehood days in DC were in full swing.....


14 posted on 09/10/2013 3:16:06 PM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD (A Realistically Really Real Housewife)
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To: Rushmore Rocks

Oops agan.

say=saw


15 posted on 09/10/2013 3:16:23 PM PDT by Rushmore Rocks
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To: Joe 6-pack

Clyde Bruckmann’s Final Repose — one of my very favorites of this series.


16 posted on 09/10/2013 3:18:32 PM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

LOL...I graduated from college in ‘91 and was stationed at Ft. Riley. Quality programming was a God send.


17 posted on 09/10/2013 3:19:27 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: LibertarianLiz
I believe Peter Boyle won an emmy for that episode...


18 posted on 09/10/2013 3:21:00 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: All

Mr. Mulder, “THEY” have been here for a long, long time. I absolutely love this show, still today!


19 posted on 09/10/2013 3:30:43 PM PDT by Klemper
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To: Perdogg

I was familiar with all the conspiracy and secret government stuff from being a follower of the HPAV underground bulletin board scene in the bay area when I got out here and I was hooked right off the bat.

About season 2 or 3 I had been pestering my parents to watch the show for quite a while, and they finally tuned in and their first episode was the one with the inbred family with mom on the rollout cart under the bed. I remember watching that and thinking “this might be a bit over the top for mom and dad”, and the next day they called and were all “WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT???, OMG, IS IT ALWAYS LIKE THAT!?!?!”

That was truly one of the gnarliest episodes of prime time ever... :-)


20 posted on 09/10/2013 3:35:23 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: Joe 6-pack

It makes me sad as to how much time has gone by.

This show was such a huge part of my teen years. It was also the official start to the weekend. After X-files, where I lived, Deep Space 9 came on right after. Then if it was a clear night, I went right outside with my telescope until the early morning. So much fun!

It may be time to fire up the first episode this Friday to live that time again.


21 posted on 09/10/2013 3:35:36 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Joe 6-pack
I believe Peter Boyle won an emmy for that episode...

I believe you are correct.

22 posted on 09/10/2013 3:39:10 PM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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To: VanDeKoik

Yep. 20 years have gone by quickly...


23 posted on 09/10/2013 3:40:17 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Sure, rub it in. We’re getting old.


24 posted on 09/10/2013 3:40:28 PM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: Joe 6-pack
"Yep. 20 years have gone by quickly...


25 posted on 09/10/2013 4:01:21 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: bgill

Ooops. My #25 was meant to be a reply to you...


26 posted on 09/10/2013 4:02:58 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Klemper
"I absolutely love this show, still today!"

I own all 9 seasons on dvd. It's my favorite show ever...which I know doesn't make it the "best show ever," but I think a good case can be made for putting it in the tope five or ten.

27 posted on 09/10/2013 4:08:40 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Should have known this was you;-)


28 posted on 09/10/2013 4:20:12 PM PDT by MPJackal ("From my cold dead hands.")
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To: Joe 6-pack

Dana sure made it easy to watch....meow ;)


29 posted on 09/10/2013 4:30:27 PM PDT by chasio649
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To: Joe 6-pack
Hasn't been a show equal to the X-Files yet, imho.

Running out of plot lines caught up with it however, kind of what happened to "24" also.

30 posted on 09/10/2013 4:35:39 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz......Nuff said.)
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To: chasio649

31 posted on 09/10/2013 4:37:26 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: The Cajun
"Running out of plot lines caught up with it however..."

I agree with the overall story arc, and yet some of the very best singular episodes were in the final seasons. The episode with Burt Reynolds as God was a near perfect X-Files episode, and the show where Doggett gets closure on his son's death was especially powerful.

32 posted on 09/10/2013 4:40:11 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

She’s something else...man oh man.


33 posted on 09/10/2013 4:42:56 PM PDT by chasio649
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To: Joe 6-pack
Liked the *Lone Gunmen* bunch, they gave it some weird comic relief, didn't like the way they ended up though.

Cigarette Smoking Man, classic villain at his best, the grand manipulator.

34 posted on 09/10/2013 4:46:02 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz......Nuff said.)
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To: Perdogg

Thanks for the ping. I recently checked out “The Lone Gunmen” series from the library. It was good even better than most Xfiles episodes.

I also checked out the entire Xfiles series and only watched the x-files ‘mythology’ episodes. That made it watchable, whereas the stupid monster-of-the-week episodes were what made me NOT watch it originally...


35 posted on 09/10/2013 4:49:42 PM PDT by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: The Cajun

Yes...the cigarette smoking man was one of the best TV Villains ever.


36 posted on 09/10/2013 4:54:39 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

I might have to watch the series. It will be a lot given that I’ve never watched a single episode.


37 posted on 09/10/2013 5:05:31 PM PDT by definitelynotaliberal (Go, Cruz! Go!)
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To: definitelynotaliberal

Start at the beginning and don’t jump around. It’s that tightly written, and the characters grow and develop so it will seem disjointed if you watch episodes out of sequence.


38 posted on 09/10/2013 5:08:41 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Axenolith

Haha, That’s ‘Home, Pa” or something like that.

I know someone who got a job delivering phonebooks while they were in a nearby college, one of placed they had to go was ‘Home’ Pa. They said it was pretty rough.

Freegards


39 posted on 09/10/2013 5:12:17 PM PDT by Ransomed
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To: Ransomed

I grew up 8 miles south of Home, PA. Loved Sheriff Andy Griffith in that episode :-)


40 posted on 09/10/2013 5:15:39 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

“Frbble smmf geagle, Scully. Bramuffle zizllepah.”


41 posted on 09/10/2013 5:25:54 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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42 posted on 09/10/2013 5:30:23 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Yowza!


43 posted on 09/10/2013 5:33:00 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

They had to deliver the phonebooks soon after that episode came out. I can’t believe they used a real little town like that. Wiki says they actually shot it in B.C.

Freegards


44 posted on 09/10/2013 5:34:16 PM PDT by Ransomed
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To: Ransomed

Yep. Home PA is located on US Route 119. In the episode somebody mentions, “the 119,” which is a very west coast way of identifying a roadway. Nobody in PA would say, “The 119.”


45 posted on 09/10/2013 5:36:21 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

My fave episode was the one about the black baseball player.

I think I watch some shows more for the emotional impact they have on me and not for the sci-fi angle itself.

My fave Star Trek is Voyager and I loved Janeway. Somebody here was bashing that character the other day but I loved her. Socialism aside, I do like to see good in all people even though it is not always present in all. I also have a sense of fairness and ST encompasses that for me.

But, when the SHTF, I am also not averse to kicking butt if need be. So those are my two fave shows...Voyager (and any other version except DS9) and the X-Files...the best TV shows ever!!

Thanks for posting, Joe.


46 posted on 09/10/2013 5:38:12 PM PDT by jodyel
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To: Perdogg

Thanks for the ping.


47 posted on 09/10/2013 5:38:28 PM PDT by GOPJ (Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts - Churchill)
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To: Axenolith

“That was truly one of the gnarliest episodes of prime time ever... :-)”

So agree!!

And the one about the elephant boy who loved Cher was too.

Anyone watch The Lone Gunmen? Loved these guys too!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lone_Gunmen


48 posted on 09/10/2013 5:41:15 PM PDT by jodyel
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To: Joe 6-pack

I recently checked out Ehrenfeld Pa because I was in the area and wanted to see where Charles Bronson was born. It was pretty rough, at least from what I saw.

It’s been a while since I saw the Home episode, years. Now I want to watch it!

Freegards


49 posted on 09/10/2013 5:42:06 PM PDT by Ransomed
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To: Joe 6-pack

I’m with you...one of the best shows ever!


50 posted on 09/10/2013 5:42:24 PM PDT by jodyel
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