That Rattmann den with the radio playing “Exile Vilify”
The Announcer’s dialogue when he’s monitoring your tests
Literally everything Doug Rattmann
Panels. Just… panels. The way they morph in and out, the way they go absolutely berserk while GLaDOS is trying to put the facility back together… PANELS, MAN.
That part where Wheatley’s waiting for you by the ceiling when you jump on that faith plate and he yells “hey, hey, it’s me! I’m okay!” and he sounds so gosh darn happy, and ugghh, WHEATLEY, who gave you the right to be so adorable, you jerk?
That dense, slooshing liquid noise that happens when you try and shoot a portal on a surface where you can’t
EVERYTHING HAS A LEITMOTIF. Lasers have a leitmotif! Funnels have a leitmotif! Hard light bridges have a leitmotif! Rat dens have a leitmotif!
The vitrified doors that show how completely off-their-rocker Old Aperture was. Your blood will be replaced with peanut water? WHY
That one Rattmann den with thE DOOR THAT CLOSES BEHIND YOU?
1. Favorite musician/album(s) from the 50’s? Johnny Mathis, Perry Como, Doris Day, and Rosemary Clooney :)
3. Favorite musician/album(s) from the 70’s? Sparks and Yes and Steely Dan and Elton John and Electric Light Orchestra and The Alan Parsons Project and The Doobie Brothers and America and Fleetwood Mac and The Band and The Little River Band and 10cc and Queen and sooo many more
15. Favorite 70’s TV Show(s)? I’ve always liked M*A*S*H, The Waltons, Starsky & Hutch, and Columbo
18. Favorite 50’s-80’s visual
artist(s)? Andy Warhol is amazing, along with Peter Max in the 60′s. For the 70′s I like the airbrush artists of Doug Johnson and Dave Willardson. Also in the 70′s there’s a (very) obscure artist named Frederic Marvin who did this. In the 80′s I like Patrick Nagel, Richard Amsel, and Keith Haring.
Rough-around-the-edges and stolid detective Chell, who clawed her way through the ranks via her persistence, keen attention to detail, and, perhaps most valued by forensics, steel-stomach. Fits the loose-cannon trope to a T, breaking more laws than she follows when she gets her heart set on a case. The sergeant always exasperatedly pardons her because he knows her chaotic approach is always towed by an undercurrent of good intentions.
Sergeant Cave Johnson. I don’t even know how to expand on this. Can you honestly imagine JK Simmons’s voice not muffled by a half-chewed cigar as he growls about those goddamned media parasites swarming the parking lot?
Forensic technician Rattmann. More colloquially known as ‘one of the lab geeks’ around the precinct. His background in physics makes him a veritable rewind button at crime scenes–– with the barest details, he can weave a clinical reimagining of what went down, painting a gruesome picture with the deduced velocity and angles of impact, given the blood splatter patterns. Usually sits alone at lunch. Doubles up as the APD’s sketch artist.
Officer Rick. Always calls ‘shotgun!’ during patrol duties. Has obviously been socially spoon-fed the cliches of sexy, fast-paced crime dramas, and tries to emulate them by dropping corny, deadpan-delivery one-liners whenever he arrives at a crime scene. To his credit, his heart’s in the force, but his brain is practically concussing itself trying to think of a clever pun about that grocery store robbery. Um, convenience stores… convenience… ‘something something inconvenience.’ Yeah that’s good… shit, he tripped over the police tape.
Deputy Wheatley, a veteran paper-pusher. Is the third-tier back-up plan should none of the other officers be available to dispatch. He definitely has good intentions, but his track record is paved with too many instances of getting lost during emergency dispatches and ruining crime scenes after remembering that funny little thing his gag reflex did whenever he saw blood–– namely, kick in. His confinement to his desk is a favor to everyone–– colleague and civilian. Nothing deserves to openly carry a gun less than a hothead who got his rocks off to his own sense of authority.
Craig, the sullen records management officer who always looked at you as though he just caught a scent of something offensive. Surreptitiously lives for the personal tours through the evidence lockers, which usually involve a tortuous amount of detours in order for him to fully and appropriately showcase his own knowledge. He will, however, act as though he’s doing you a personal favor, one that he’s only just barely sparing time for in his all-too-busy life. A twitch of his eye. A practiced huff. Four hours of him anthologizing Aperture’s history of legal infractions. Alphabetically.
Space is the fast-talking intern-turned-emergency dispatcher, whose blindingly sunny disposition manages to place callers at relative ease. Both a comfort and an annoyance in the dour-faced world of law enforcement. More often than not shuffled out to deal with the media, as his limited knowledge of the actual goings-on and baldfaced cheeriness presents the best face to the outside world. (NOTE: Wheatley was the one formerly saddled with this chore, as he had a remarkable penchant for talking a lot without actually saying anything. He was promptly replaced after they realized a sudden role-reversal with him hounding the press. Loving the attention, he baited the journalists with “I really shouldn’t tell you this buuuut” scoops about the latest case. He was subsequently furious when they misspelled his name in the article.)
GLaDOS–– the title of the faceless criminal organization that’s been plaguing the city of Aperture. No one knows who’s in charge, or where they’re based. Those who carry out most operations tend to be transient employees–– namely because they simply don’t live past the missions. One of the most renown instances was a sloppy bank robbery. The perp was visibly anxious as they held up the teller, taking hostages and spitting threats, only to be easily negotiated into custody. Chell couldn’t help but be unsettled at how easily they had given up and, glaring them down across an interview table, brought this up. Why did they surrender themselves so quickly? Why go through all the trouble if they weren’t committed in the first place? They’re still shaken. These aren’t the usual nerves of a guilty conscience–– they look physically ill. “The bank… wasn’t the MO.” Then what was? “Showing you what She’s capable of.” Cue person-to-android reveal. The personality construct’s identity is wiped as it’s assimilated into Caroline’s digital hive mind. Whatever semblance of a humanoid shape it retained contorts as weaponry begins sprouting from its flanks. After a chase that tears apart the interrogation wing, Chell manages to put it out of commission with a frequency jammer. A cat-and-mouse relationship between Chell and Caroline (the mastermind behind GLaDOS) ensues. Gradually revealed to be an organization composed of those radically against the moral/social boundaries placed on scientific pursuit.
ALTERNATIVE STORYLINE FOR DOUG (courtesy of @ask-the-mistakeorb!): somehow managed to get himself entangled in GLaDOS. He wants out, but to explicitly do so would be suicide. He takes on a guise as an anonymous informant to the APD, tipping off Chell with the hopes that she could free him as he couldn’t free himself.
Via IMDB, let’s just see how well you actually do know…
In the early years of the series, Mulder is a firm believer in extraterrestrials and Scully is skeptical. In real life this is the opposite, being Duchovny the skeptical and Anderson the believer.
The famous echoing chord from the theme music was a fluke. Composer Mark Snow accidentally rested his elbow on his keyboard with the echo function on, and he liked the resulting sound so much, he wrote the theme around it.
When Gillian Anderson got pregnant at the start of the 2nd season, some network executives wanted her role recast. Executive Producer Chris Carter adamantly denied their request.
During the opening titles, in the Mulder and Scully’s FBI ID badges can be read “Federal Bureau of Justice, United States Department of Investigation.” This alteration was necessary as making a fake FBI badge, even for fictional purposes, is illegal. The real-life quote is: “Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Department of Justice.”
When casting the role of the Cigarette Smoking Man, the producers had no idea the character would turn into a major role in the series. When the character became more prominent, they worried that William B. Davis, who had only been cast as an extra, would not be able to carry the part. As it turned out, Davis, who is one of the most respected acting teachers in Canada, impressed series creator Chris Carter so much that he made the Cigarette Smoking Man the main villain of the series.
Chris Carter wanted the show to end after the fifth season, when his original contract, as well as those of Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny expired.
Carter wanted to continue the story in a series of feature films, starting with The X Files (1998). The Fox Network, however, found demand for the show too high to cancel the series, so they instead mandated the film to fit in between series five and six of the show. Carter found writing seasons five and six as well as the film very difficult, as he had to craft a screenplay that would not require the audience to have seen the show to understand it, and episodes of the series that would tie in to the film, but not rely directly on the film’s plot to make sense.
Gillian Anderson has stated that she based her approach to the role of Dana Scully on Jodie Foster’s performance as Clarice Starling in “The Silence Of The Lambs”. Ironically, a contractual obligation to “The X-files” prohibiting her from playing an FBI agent in any other role would prevent her from being offered the part of Clarice Starling in “Hannibal”.
William B. Davis, who plays the Cigarette Smoking Man, was actually the acting teacher of Lucy Lawless who plays Shannon McMahon.
Despite their chemistry and deliberately slow-burning sexual tension of their characters, both David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have admitted that they were not close and bickered with each other due to the long hours of shooting in Vancouver during the show’s initial run. It was only after the show ended in 2002 that they developed a natural rapport, and now consider themselves great friends and closer to each other than their spouses.
Props from Mulder’s X-Files office are currently preserved and on display at the Hollywood Entertainment Museum in Los Angeles. According to the museum, the famous I Want to Believe UFO poster from the office continually had to be replaced as copies kept disappearing from the set. The poster on display at the museum is reportedly one of the last available copies of the original set-used posters.
The series’ science consultant, Anne Simon, a virologist at the University of Massachusetts, wrote a non-fiction book in 1999 titled “The Real Science Behind the X-Files: Microbes, Meteorites and Mutants”.
Dana Scully was named after the famous sports journalist Vin Scully. Mulder is the maiden name of Chris Carter’s mother.
Mitch Pileggi (Skinner) met his wife Arlene Warren on the set of The X-Files (1993), while she was Gillian Anderson’s (Scully) stand-in. Later in the series, she gets some screen time, as Skinner’s secretary, Arlene.
The line “The truth is out there”, at the end of the opening credits, was ranked #9 in TV Guide’s list of “TV’s 20 Top Catchphrases” (21-27 August 2005 issue).
In one episode, Scully tells Mulder that she thinks Téa Leoni has a crush on him, to which Mulder responds “How could Téa Leoni have a crush on me?” Téa Leoni was David Duchovny’s wife in real-life at the time.
Chris Carter lists All the President’s Men (1976) as one of his inspirations for the series. There are numerous references to the film, including the shadowy informer Deep Throat, meetings in underground car lots, and hints at conspiracies which stretch all the way to the F.B.I.
During the last season of the show, the opening credits included a shot of a list of “FBI Contacts, Witnesses, and Contributors.” The names on the list were actually the screen names of posters on the official “X-Files” message board and changed with each new episode that season. Other names on the list were anagrams of characters on the show.
The character Leyla Harrison was named after a writer of The X-Files Internet fan-fiction who died of cancer in February 2001. The fictional Leyla Harrison was a fan of Mulder’s and Scully’s, having spent her time in the F.B.I poring over their expense reports (in much the same way that Internet fans of the show examined the minute nuances of every episode), so the tribute was very appropriate.
The series does not show episode titles on-screen. While this was not unusual even in 1993 (though it is more commonplace in 2004 when virtually no American dramatic TV series display episode titles), what is unusual is that many fans learned episode titles as well as advance plot information via the Internet. The X-Files (1993) was one of the first TV series to be so promoted.
Ranked #2 in TV Guide’s list of the “25 Top Cult Shows Ever!” (30 May 2004 issue).
The recurring character Cigarette Smoking Man was never given a name until late in the series. He is referred to as Cancerman in some early episodes. The show’s fans took to referring to him as simply CSM.
The ‘previously on The X Files’ segments are missing from the DVD Season boxset releases.
Gillian Anderson has declared several times that her favorite epidode is Bad Blood and David Duchovny that his favorite end in an episode is Postmodern Prometheus’s in which Mulder and Scully dance together.
The first five seasons of the show were filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The show often cast local Canadian actors in guest and secondary roles, often reusing the same actors in different parts in multiple episodes. The most prominent example of this was actor Nicholas Lea, who appeared in a guest role in season one before being cast in the unconnected, more prominent role of Alex Krycek starting in season two, but there are many other examples of local actors who reoccurred in multiple roles over the course of several different episodes. These actors include: J.B. Bivens, Lorena Gale, Gillian Barber, Forbes Angus, Larry Musser, Harrison Coe, Hrothgar Mathews, P. Lynn Johnson, and Doug Abrahams (among many others). Each of these actors appeared on three or more X-Files episodes, each time as a different character (Barber played three characters in four episodes).
Chris Carter has cited Moonlighting (1985) as an influence on this show, specifically the relationship between Mulder and Scully. Carter also has said that the show is an example of how not to further the story, as the sexual tension between the two leads should never be resolved.
Lucy Lawless’ character Shannon McMahon was meant to become a major recurring character in the show’s final season. A high-risk pregnancy, however, forced Lawless to leave the show after only two appearances.
David Duchovny originally suggested Jennifer Beals, his former classmate at Yale, for the lead female role.
The character Senator Richard Matheson is named after Richard Matheson, whose writing inspired Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974), the show that inspired Chris Carter to create The X-Files.
Chris Carter based the character of the Cigarette Smoking Man on E. Howard Hunt, while William B. Davis has cited Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein as inspiration for his performance.
The series has never been out of syndication since it ended in 2002.
Fox Mulder’s sister Samantha was abducted while she and Fox were watching an episode of The Magician (1973). When Patty Hearst (Patricia Hearst) was kidnapped by the SLA, she was watching “The Magician” with her boyfriend Steven Weed.
Both Scully’s and Mulder’s fathers are named William. William is also the name of Scully’s brother and of her son. William is also Mulder’s middle name.
Scully’s family has a thing for Moby Dick: Scully is called Starbuck by her father, her dog’s name is Queequeg, and she calls her father Captain Ahab. (In 2010, Gillian Anderson, who played Scully, appeared in a version of Moby Dick (2011) that also starred Ethan Hawke, Donald Sutherland, and William Hurt.)
Rebecca Toolan, who plays Fox Mulder’s mother, is in reality only one year older than David Duchovny.
Nicholas Lea, who plays the traitorous agent Alex Krycek, does all his own stunt work.
Several news sources reported that Gillian Anderson was originally offered only half of David Duchovny’s salary to return as Dana Scully for season 10. The Daily Beast interviewed Anderson about this: “'I’m surprised that more [interviewers] haven’t brought that up because it’s the truth,’ Anderson says of the pay disparity, first disclosed in the Hollywood Reporter. ‘Especially in this climate of women talking about the reality of [unequal pay] in this business, I think it’s important that it gets heard and voiced. It was shocking to me, given all the work that I had done in the past to get us to be paid fairly. I worked really hard toward that and finally got somewhere with it. Even in interviews in the last few years, people have said to me, “I can’t believe that happened, how did you feel about it, that is insane.” And my response always was, “That was then, this is now.” And then it happened again! I don’t even know what to say about it.’ She stammers for a moment, at a loss for words. 'It is… sad,’ she finally says. 'It is sad.’ (Anderson and Duchovny ultimately took home equal pay for the event series.)“
Callum Keith Rennie turned down the role of Alex Krycek, not wanting to commit to a television series at the time. He later accepted a role in The X Files: I Want to Believe (2008).
Mulder saw Edward D. Wood Jr.’s Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) 42 times. He also lives in apartment number 42. 42 is the answer to life, the universe, and everything from Douglas Adams’s "The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, another cult sci-fi story.
The Lone Gunmen characters became so popular that they were briefly given their own short-lived series, The Lone Gunmen (2001).
Recurring use of the numbers: 1013 - Ten Thirteen is the name of Chris Carter’s production company; his birthday is 13 October 1956. 1013 is also the silo number that Alex Krycek is locked into in season 3, and 10:13 is the time where start some episodes (or a scene that’s dated at this time). The number 1121 also appears often; it is creator Chris Carter’s wife, Dori’s, birthday.
The production of the show took place in Vancouver, Canada up until season 5. From season 6 the show moved to Los Angeles.
Adam Baldwin, Lou Diamond Phillips, Bruce Campbell and Dean Cain all auditioned for the role of John Doggett.
The character Fox Mulder was ranked #7 in TV Guide’s list of the “25 Greatest Sci-Fi Legends” (1 August 2004 issue).
Robert Patrick, who plays Special Agent John Doggett, is the brother of Richard Patrick, the lead singer of Filter. Filter’s music has appeared on the TV soundtrack, “Songs in the Key of X”, and the The X Files (1998) movie soundtrack.
Ranked #9 on Empire magazine’s 50 Greatest TV Shows Of All Time (2008).
The comedian Kumail Nanjiani (known for shows such as “Silicon Valley” and “The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail”), who has a role on this reboot of The X-Files,“ is also a devoted X-Phile who hosts "The X-Files Files,” a podcast on which he discusses and analyzes in detail each episode of the original series. During filming, he was chatting with Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny in a production tent in the middle of the night when Anderson and Duchovny asked why he wasn’t recording the conversation for his podcast–so he did. At their urging, he asked them about which episodes of the show they thought were the worst. Anderson listed “Space,” “Fire,” the episode she first called “The Cat One–Los Lobos Tostitos” before Duchovny “corrected” her and said “Tesos Tostados” and Nanjiani provided the actual name of that episode, “Teso dos Bichos.” Duchovny identified “the chupacabra episode” (“El Mundo Gira”) as one of his worst.
Network executives originally wanted a “taller, leggier, blonder and breastier” actress for the role of Dana Scully. At a point of the pre-production before the release of the series, Pamela Anderson was attached to the role, but it caused a total rejection of Chris Carter, who wanted a more cerebral character instead more physical. Eventually it caused a casting to find an actress for the character, being Gillian Anderson one of the candidates in it. Although she was initially rejected, Carter lobbied for this second Anderson, talking with her in secret to give instructions about how get the part. Then she tried again, winning the role.
When David Duchovny went to the casting for Fox Mulder, he wore a tie with little pink pigs in it. More later, Duchovny declared that the tie was the key to get the part.
“I made this.”, the words spoken over the Ten Thirteen company name, are spoken by Nathan Couturier, son of the supervising sound editor, Thierry Couturier.
The Lone Gunmen (Bruce Harwood, Tom Braidwood and Dean Haglund) from the original series were contacted about the possibility to appear in the revival for the 10th season. Finally, they make a silent cameo dressed like cowboys as part of a hallucination after Mulder ate special mushrooms in order to induce himself a trance to connect mentally with a patient in coma (season 10, episode 5).
In the UK Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment released new “Mytharc” multi-part episodes as edited together TV movies on VHS in the mid 1990s. However, these tapes (which usually took the title of just one of the episodes comprising them but were sometimes completely re-named) were extremely expensive and released as numbered “Files” in the wrong order. For example “File 3: Abduction” (“Duane Barry”/“Ascension”/“One Beath”) confusingly came after “File 1: The Unopened File” (“Anasazi”/“The Blessing Way”/“Paper Clip”). Although by the third season most mythology episodes were multi- part stories, important plot information relating to the conspiracy could still sometimes only be found in the unavailable standalone episodes to further confuse viewers of these releases. Also, “Colony”/“Endgame” and “Piper Maru”/“Apocrypha” were seemingly forgotten to be included in the series until long after many later episodes.
Mitch Pileggi, who had a semi-regular role as Skinner, would later get a recurring role on Supernatural (2005) as Sam and Deans grandfather, Samuel Winchester. Supernatural (2005) is often referred to as an The X-Files (1993) clone.
Former X-Files writers Vince Gilligan and Frank Spotnitz were asked to return for the revival, but had to turn down the offer due to scheduling conflicts with other projects.
Full names of the two main characters are Fox William Mulder and Dana Katherine Scully.
The younger son of Gillian Anderson is named Felix, which contains exactly the same letters than “X File”. She got pregnant during the shot of the second movie.
Christine Willes, who played FBI agent/therapist Karen Kosseff (aka Scully’s counselor in seasons 2 and 4), plays hospital head Sister Mary in the revival.
The 9th season ended in May 2002, meanwhile the 10th season began in January 2016. This marks one of the longest gaps between two consecutive seasons of a same series.
The name of the female lead in the series, Dana Scully, is also found in Anne Tyler’s bestselling 1985 novel “The Accidental Tourist”.
Brad Follmer, the character played by Cary Elwes, is named after creator Chris Carter’s writing assistant, Brad Follmer.
When Agents Miller and Einstein are first introduced in the 10th season, there are several jokes and references that indicate that they are meant to be analogues of Mulder and Scully’s younger selves, including Miller’s credulity in contrast with Einstein’s skepticism and Einstein’s red hair and science-related name. The name “Miller” is also a clue to this; the last name “Mulder” originally comes from a Dutch word that means “miller” (that is, a person who runs a grain-processing mill).
Re-uses the same opening credits from the series with the addition of Mitch Pileggi.
Just as Dana Scully was named after Dodger broadcaster, Vin Scully, so was John Doggett named after Vin’s broadcasting partner, Jerry Doggett. David Duchovny also played a government agent in another cult series with paranormal overtones, Twin Peaks (1990). Don S. Davis, who plays Scully’s father on the series, also played a military figure on David Lynch’s series.
Although the Cigarette Smoking Man is obviously famous for chain smoking cigarettes, he only utters the word “cigarette” one time during the show’s run. Strangely, actor William B. Davis was an former smoker that he was not smoking since 1973, twenty years before he was cast for the series. At first of the series, the cigarettes he smoked in this role were real, until he became aware that he was having cravings for tobacco when not filming. At his request, the cigarettes used from then on were herbal.
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson parodied their roles as Mulder and Scully reprising both in animated versions for two cartoon series, The Simpsons (1989) and Eek! the Cat (1992). In can be seen in The Simpsons: The Springfield Files (1997) (season 8, episode 10) and Eek! the Cat: Eek Space 9 (1995) (season 4, episode 9).
In diverse interviews William B. Davis revealed that the viewpoint that people have about his character, Cigarrette Smoking Man, is totally wrong, being really the hero of the series and that feels himself as the hero, not the villain.
The fame of Mulder and Scully inspired an eponymous song, performed by the band Catatonia for its album “International Velvet” (1998). It was one of the big hits of this year.
Robert Patrick said he would not be reprising the role of John Doggett for the 10th season of the series, due to his work in the TV series Scorpion (2014).
“Michael row the boat ashore” is sung by Maggie Wheeler when William is adopted.
In a 2015 interview with National Public Radio, composer Mark Snow said that when he was originally trying to compose the theme song, after he sent Chris Carter a few ideas that Carter rejected, Carter sent Snow the 1985 song “How Soon Is Now?” by The Smiths, saying, “I just love these guitars. Listen to this song, and see if it inspires something.” Snow also said that he got the idea for the whistling element of the theme from old Proteus sample called “Whistling Joe,” but the whistle actually heard in the recording of the theme is bolstered by Snow’s wife, who was a particularly strong whistler.
Rebecca Toolan who plays Teena Mulder is only one year older than David Duchovny, who plays her son.
When Mulder awakes in the cemetery towards the end of season 10, episode 3, The X-Files: Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster (2016), he is laying on the grave of someone named Kim Manners. It’s a tribute for Kim Manners, one of the many directors of the show, who passed away of lung cancer in 2009.
Cigarette Smoking Man smokes a fictional cigarette called Morley. It’s inspired in the real-life company Phillip Morris.
In response of multiple voices asking him to invite Gillian Anderson to guest staring in Californication as a Hank’s lover, Duchovny always affirmed that he’d never do it because he wanted to preserve their special relationship as Mulder and Scully.
In keeping with the original series run’s practice of reusing Canadian character actors in multiple unrelated parts, Hiro Kanagawa, Christine Willes, and Alex Diakun each appeared in one of the three first episodes of the long-delayed “reboot” (aka season ten) aired in 2016. Kanagawa played two different characters in the second and fourth seasons; Wiles had the small but recurring role of FBI Agent Karen E. Kosseff (Scully’s therapist) in three different episodes; and Diakun played four different characters in the second and third seasons and the second movie.
The two main characters of the TV series The 4400 (2004), Tom Baldwin (Joel Gretsch) and Diana Skouris (Jacqueline McKenzie), are inspired in Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson). It’s more evident in the names of the feminine roles.
In The X-Files: Shapes (1994) (season 1, episode 19), Mulder and Scully travels to Montana to investigate about a crimes possibly caused by a were-wolf. At the end of the episode an old Native American called Ish (played by Jimmy Herman) prevents Mulder and Scully with the quote “See you in about…eight years”, in the belief that the were-wolf’s curse repeats each this time. Since then “Shapes” was aired in 1994, these eight years would match with the second half of the season 7 and the first half of the season 8. Nevertheless, Mulder and Scully back to Montana in any episode of both seasons, implying that perhaps the were-wolf’s curse not happened again.
According to Scully, Mulder’s nickname during his training in the FBI’s Academy was “Spooky Mulder”, by his excessive passion about supernatural phenomenons.
Former Director/Producer, Rob Bowman won’t return to direct the series. In a round table discussion whether to do another X-Files feature film, it was decided that a six episode mini-series would be able to go more in depth with previous story arcs and continuity from the original series and first film.
Its main theme song was often used as a background music in ’“Muñeca brava’ (1998)’ Argentinian television series.
The 10th season mixes its own mythology with "Monster of the Week” episodes, being just the first and last episode of the season dedicated to the mythology, and the other four to the Monster of the Week.
Although they don’t share scenes along the series, it reunites two actors from Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color: Earth Star Voyager: Part 1 (1988): Peter Donat and Bruce Harwood. Donat and Harwood played Admiral Beasley and Dr. Eugene Leland respectively, meanwhile in the series they played Mulder’s father and J.F. Byers (one of the Lone Gunmen).
Mulder was born in October 13th of 1961, while David Duchovny is a little bit older, August 7th of 1960. However, even Scully is younger (23rd February of 1964), Gillian Anderson lied in her audition in order to seem older; she was only 24 years (9th August of 1968).
Mulder was born in Chillmark, MA. We learn that Scully family lived in different places like San Diego or Japan when her sister Melissa was three, but we never figure out where Scully was born.
Due to the height difference between David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, she used to be on an apple box, aka 'gilly box’. According to Gillian Anderson, most of the times, she forgot it and then she fell off.
Mulder is a Cum Laude graduated in Psicolgy by Oxford University and was the first of his promotion in Quantico, becoming in the great big promise of the FBI. Scully studied Phisics in Berkeley and Medicine in Maryland University.
Laurie Holden, who played the recurring character Marita Covarrubias from seasons 4 to 9 (from 1996 to 2002), not reprises this character in the 10th season.
Scully’s abduction during the second season was originally planned as a way of explaining Gillian Anderson’s absence due to pregnancy. Later, creator of the series Chris Carter turned it into a vital plot point to the ongoing series mythology for the original run of the series until 2002 as well as in the revival of 2015-2016.
At the conclusion of season seven, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson had yet to be signed for additional seasons, and most of the cast and crew assumed the show would end. Chris Carter wrote the episode “Requiem” to function as a series finale, but in the eleventh hour Fox decided to renew the show. Only Anderson agreed to return to the show full time, and as such, Carter created the characters of John Doggett (Robert Patrick) and Monica Reyes (Annabeth Gish) to compensate for Duchovny’s absence. Carter also retooled the series mythology to focus on government Super Soldiers, and to eliminate plot threads regarding the alien invasion conspiracy with the hopes that it would revive interest in the show.
The father of Scully’s baby, William, is Mulder, even we don’t listen it until after his born.
According to Chris Carter, the exact moment when Mulder first fell for Scully was the moment she walked in his door in the Pilot and the first time she did it was when she phoned him from her bed in this first episode. It was such an intimate moment.
Piper Anderson-Klotz, Gillian Anderson’s daughter, was working in the Art Department during the production of season 10. Piper was born during the second season of The X-Files and her unexpected birth was the reason the show writers devised Scully’s abduction, which went on to become one of the most important mythological arcs in the original series. The third season episode The X-Files: Piper Maru (1996) was also named after her.
In a beautiful piece of self-referential Production Design, the opening title designs for the season 10 semi-reboot revert back to the original legacy (pre-Doggett and Reyes) wide-screen cropped version of the original Mulder and Scully title design.
In The X-Files: Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster (2016) (season 10, episode 3), Scully jokes with Mulder saying him that she’s immortal.
Nevertheless, it isn’t a joke. In The X-Files: Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose (1995) (season 3, episode 4), Mulder and Scully meet Clyde Buckman (Peter Boyle), a life insurance salesman who after to know Buddy Holly’s airplane fatal accident in his youth became so obsessed with the death that he acquires the ability to see when everybody going to die. At a point Scully questions Bruckman about her death, and he simply answers “You don’t”. Eventually, in The X-Files: Tithonus (1999) (season 6, episode 10), Scully meets Alfred Fellig (Geoffrey Lewis), an freelance crime photographer who is 149 years old after to turned in an immortal when decades ago he was dying in a hospital. Felling saw Death directly go for him, but Fellig rejected her turning around his head asking that another one would die instead him. Death killed a nurse who assisted him, and Fellig lived looking for Death in order to die, being capable to anticipate when a person will die and photographing the corpse trying to capture Death in a photo. At the end of the episode Scully and Fellig are shot by a assassin wanted by Mulder and Scully. She see Death go for herself, and Fellig asks her turn around her head to avoid dying. As well as Fellig dies, Scully recovers completely in the hospital, making effective the Fellig’s immortality in her. Scully’s immortality too appears in The X-Files: My Struggle II (2016) (season 10, episode 6), after she is immune to a lethal plague which is isolating the world.
Chris Carter stated that the X-Files weren’t closed since the FBI had discovered the hybrid race invasion would happen in 2012. Allegedly, the timeline takes place after the invasion had already begun. This creates a “backwards” envisioned storyline told present tense and watching what may have happened during the time lapse.
When she returned to playing Scully for season 10, Gillian Anderson opted to wear a wig instead of dying her hair red, because it would most likely cause her hair to fall out due to having it dye back to blonde immediately (for her role on The Fall (2013)) after the shooting of the revival wrapped.
In the season 4, episode 7, The X-Files: Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man (1996), Cigarette Smoking Man’s real name is revealed to be C.G.B. Spender, with no explanation about the meaning of the acronym of the first three letters. Curiously, C.G.B. match with the initial of the last names of Chris Carter, R.W. Goodwin and Rob Bowman, creator and two of the most recurrent directors of the series. It should reveal Cigarrette Smoking Man as Carter Spender, full name Carter Goodwin Bowman Spender.
Often times Mulder ask help to three conspiracy theorists named Byers, Langley and Frohike, who called themselves Lone Gunmen. It’s a nod for the JFK’s assassination in 1963, since then Lee Harvey Oswald was called “lone gunman”.
Chris Owens, who played the recurring character in the seasons 5 to 9 Agent Jeffrey Spender, son of Cigarrette Smoking Man and Cassandra Spender (Veronica Cartwright), previously played a young version of his fictional father in The X-Files: Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man (1996) (season 4, episode 7) and The X-Files: Demons (1997) (season 4, episode 23).
In the episode The X-Files: Unusual Suspects (1997) (season 5, episode 3) Detective John Munch (Richard Belzer) interrogates the Lone Gunmen about the events happened in it. It sets the series in the same universe that Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999). Due to the some appearances of Belzer as Munch in other series, The X-Files (1993) too would be in the same universe of The Wire (2002) and Arrested Development (2003), as well the rest of the Law & Order franchise since then some of their characters appeared in some episode crossovers.
Even though Mulder and Scully clearly have a crush on each other since the first episode, become best friends in a few episodes and very likely fall in love with each other in the first season, for different reasons they only become lovers between the end of season 6 and the middle of season 7, and in addition, they keep it in secret after their child was born.
In The X-Files: Re-Opened (2015), the documentary before the 10th season, Chris Carter describes Mulder and Scully’s relationship as “platonical” for nine years, even we saw large love exhibition between them during that years, including how they had a child together.
In the The X-Files: Pilot (1993), when Scully is interviewed by Division Chief Scott Blevins (Charles Cioffi) about if she knows Fox Mulder, she replies know him not directly, but by his reputation as FBI’s analyst and his work in the capture in 1988 of a killer named Monty Props. It’s the only one reference about Props made in all series. Props was created after Garret Jacob Hobbs, a serial killer only mentioned in the Thomas Harris’ novel “Red Dragon” (who was shot to death by Will Graham). Harris’ universe was a strong influence in the creation of the series.
Mulder and Scully rarely call each other by their names. Mulder hates his name, and asked Scully not to call him Fox in TCotC, in Tooms. She never did It again until Home Again, 23 years later. She doesn’t have the same problem, but obviously Mulder rather to call her Scully than Dana.
@chinese-bakery and @overworkedunderwhelmed did this really smart thing SO IM HOPPING ON THE BANDWAGON (***= my personal favorites) (I’m also not gonna tag all the Doug fics individually because THERE’S A LOT OF THEM)
***Shockwaves- Lincoln doesn’t really know Fitz, nor Simmons. But what he does know,
however, is that Simmons has been limping and clutching her side when
she thinks no one’s looking. So he takes a medical kit, a deep breath,
and heads to her door.
***Seismic Waves- Daisy knows Jemma, and Fitz. She knows Fitz so well that when he’s
running past her and stumbling down the hallway, she can immediately see
that he’s upset. So she decides that talking to Coulson can wait, but
Fitz cannot: she unhesitatingly turns around, and heads to his door.
Never let you go- When they finally let her see him, she forgets how to breathe. kiss prompt: comforting kisses pressed to tear-stained cheeks between whispered words of reassurance and concern.
After ‘starting over’- Okay, Jemma was the one to mention starting over. Doesn’t mean she won’t change her mind. Prompt: heated kisses with gasps in between, hands tugging at clothes and exploring skin, bodies pressed close. giving in.
***Do us part- I will attempt to explain. Whenever I meet a human,
they are destined to meet me. Some humans claim a time where they almost
die, that for some unknown reason they are able to survive. This is not true. I
never make mistakes. I arrive for my human precisely when it is fated. I
had never once, in all my millennia of being, met a human who could
warp destiny and defy me. Until that moment. (Or the many close encounters of Leopold Fitz and Jemma Simmons with Death)
Explosions- Jemma finds out that Fitz almost imploded (literally).And she explodes (figuratively).
Names- Jemma hesitates a bit before she speaks. “When we get married… will I be Mrs. Fitz?” He opens his eyes with a start. (For
the Prompt: “fitzsimmons decide whether Jemma will take fitz last name
or fitz will take Jemma’s last name and they end up deciding that
they’ll both change their last names to fitzsimmons since everyone calls
them that’s anyways”)
***Change- He had said to her once that the last thing he wanted is for things to change. She told him it was too late for that. Jemma thinks about change and Fitz and the past- and what it means for the future.
Not the same- For one of the few times in her life, Jemma Simmons knows that she was wrong. And she was wrong when she wanted for them to start over.
Cookies- Jemma Simmons excels at preparation. So when they start a meeting, one that’s definitely is going to be long, she packs herself a snack. But she forgot to factor Fitz into that equation.
Hesitate- He hesitates when she leans her head against his shoulder. He
hesitates because before everything he wouldn’t have hesitated to tilt
his head against hers, reassuring her with his words and with his touch
when things happened to go wrong. He wouldn’t have his heart thudding in his chest, his palms sweating and a feeling deep within his gut when she sits so close- And he wouldn’t be thinking about her in this way. So, Fitz hesitates. But then he gives in.
About time- Daisy will always remember and never forgive herself and never forget what she did under Hive’s control.B ut maybe now, she can remember something else. (Daisy finds out about Fitz and Simmons getting together)
Salty- Fitz decides to pull a little prank on Jemma. It doesn’t necessarily go the way he planned.
***Giving up the world- “I see that, yet again, Gideon Malick was wrong.” The
voice menacingly slithers out of her dead foe’s mouth, and it takes
every ounce of her strength to remain standing tall. She will not be little, poor, helpless Agent Simmons any longer– and she’s going to save Fitz.
Good Morning- Fitz wakes before Jemma, and he wonders how could it be that his heart stops every time he looks at her.
A mother knows- Meredith Fitz receives unexpected visitors, but the news they bring isn’t unexpected at all (or Fitz’s mom learns about Fitz and Jemma)
The truth- Daisy’s in quarantine, which Fitz and Simmons seem to forget when they sneak into the lab late at night.
Bet on it- Jemma’s in the lab just admiring Fitz’s perfectly symmetrical backside when she notices something interesting. Very interesting indeed. (from the prompt ‘are you wearing lace underwear?“)
***Running- She never stops, never rests, and she always runs.(metaphorically,
of course. She runs and she runs and she runs but Daisy’s not really a
ghost and the real ones haunt her instead) or Daisy’s on her own until suddenly, for a second, she isn’t.
Scars- prompt: Fitz tells Jemma that he shot Giyera
Splash- Prompt: "shut up and kiss me"Jemma’s just trying to relax and read her book on the beach, but Fitz has other plans.
***Blue- She dreams, and all she can see is the blue. Blue has been haunting Jemma ever since the pod, but it has since changed to this shade of blue ever since the monolith. or (Jemma
wakes up from a nightmare and Fitz talks to here about anything and
everything until it’s easier to breathe and her hands stop trembling)
***Waiting- She’s so focused on running from Coulson and Mack and herself that Daisy forgets to run away from Fitz and Jemma. or(Daisy’s on her own until suddenly she isn’t)
We won’t let it- She’s frozen in place, and staring at the white-washed wall of an unfamiliar lab as her thoughts races and heart pounds. She’s
frozen in place, trying to process Holden Radcliffe and his gun and his
henchmen who laugh at his humorless words from behind her. She’s frozen in place, but she tightens her grip on Fitz’s hand. (and he tightens his grip on hers)
***Missed- It took them months to find the perfect baby name, and although they
missed a crucial detail it’s still perfect and individual and all their
***Sunrise to Sunset (written with @grapehyasynth)- The clock ticks down as SHIELD and the Secret Warriors prepare for their most important mission yet… Location: Latitude: 56.396844 | Longitude: -3.444252 Mission: Perthshire Wedding. Interplanetary crises be damned- they’ll do anything until they succeed.
***Cupid’s Arrow (written with @chinese-bakery)- After jeopardizing the reputation of his company, billionaire
engineer Leo Fitz knows he needs to redeem himself in the public’s eye.
So, against his better judgment, Fitz accepts the offer to become this
season’s suitor on the popular reality dating show Cupid’s Arrow. Cupid’s Arrow promises Fitz that he’ll find true love, but Fitz is skeptical- and he’s certainly not looking for love. (Neither is assistant producer Jemma Simmons.)
***Different-Daisy’s trying to fight it she’s trying to fight the
way Hive makes her feel she’s trying to stop herself she’s trying she’s
trying she’s trying- But she’s just not strong enough. (The three times Daisy encounters three best friends under Hive’s influence, and the three times when she not)
Too tight- Fitz is just waiting outside Daisy’s empty dressing room, waiting for
his best friend to come back when he has an interesting encounter with
the woman in another dressing room.