Hey, we just woke from a 24-year coma right after watching The X-Files: Fight the Future. Holy Scully’s sexy lisp, that movie was amazing. The third act was a bit of a letdown, it was kinda clunky and it went too Hollywood blockbuster for its own sake, but still, that was a wonderful piece of X-Files! What a way to crown five thought-provoking, skin-crawling, mind-blowing seasons, surely the show is super respected by now, right? After that movie, surely the show went on to just dominate pop culture and everybody considers it one of the greatest pieces of media ever made, right? You know what, we’re gonna leave this here, go binge on the, erm, four more seasons, second movie, and two revival seasons? Holy Mulder’s magnificent speedo bulge, they must be soooooo good! Alright, we’re gonna watch them and get back to you immediately, stay put, don’t go anywhere…

Well, crap. That was, that was… not what we expected. That was bad. Ugh, okay, anyway, our therapist told us we should make this Pictofact. He said it would help elaborate the trauma. He said it would make us remember the good times, treasure them, and be grateful for the happiness the show brought us. Then we asked if he had seen The X-Files and he scoffed and said, “Doesn't that show suck?” Yes, doc, we see that now. We see. These Lost and Dexter and Game of Thrones things look simply fascinating, though. They’re good, right? Okay, we’re really getting our hopes high over here. For now, we’re gonna leave you with these 20 creepy and spooky facts about The X-Files. Oh, by the way, whatever happened to that slimy Donald Trump guy? Did you hear his misogynistic, unhinged latest comments? Well, the latest comments from 1998, remember we just woke up. Whatever, we’ll just Altavista it. Enjoy!

A (Non) Sidekick

CRACKED.COM The X-Files The network saw Scully as Mulder's sidekick. At first Gillian Anderson was paid much less than David Duchovny, and Scully was made to walk a few steps behind Mulder. Soon Anderson got annoyed and just stopped doing that, and nobody contradicted her.

Source: Screen Rant

'Breaking Bad'

GRACKED.COM The X-Files Breaking Bad is pretty much an X-Files spin-off. The 1998 episode Drive was written by Vince Gilligan, and featured Bryan Cranston as a Walter White-like character. Gilligan showed this episode to AMC to show them Cranston could play a scary dude.

Source: /Film

Theme Song

The X-Files The theme song's creepiness was the result of an accident. Composer Mark Snow came up with the iconic whistling sound early on, but he struggled with the rest. Exhausted, he laid his arm on a keyboard already set to the echo effect, and boom, the soundtrack to our childhood traumas was born. CRACKED.COM

Sources: Wikipedia, Ranker

Speculative Science

The X-Files Chris Carter didn't think of the show as science fiction. Carter preferred the term speculative science, with the character of Scully helping ground the show. If it weren't for Scully, I think the show could be just kind of loopy, Carter said. CRACKED.COM

Source: Wired

Skinner and “Scully.”

CRACKED.COM The X-Files Skinner married Scully (sort of). Skinner's actor Mitch Pileggi ended up marrying Arlene Warren, who was Dana Scully's stand-in. Later on, she appeared in the show as Skinner's assistant.

Source: Mental Floss

Influences

The X-Files The show was influenced by Twin Peaks and Silence of the Lambs. Chris Carter has also been upfront about his inspirations: Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Twin Peaks, Prime Suspect, Three Days of the Condor, The Parallax View, and in terms of both tone and Scully's characterization, The Silence of the Lambs. CRACKED.COM

Source: Mental Floss

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