When XFN came to exist, back in 2007, no one really seriously considered when it would be our own “finale.” No one really understood the word “cancellation” when it came to this website and everything that we do. We just had a goalpost that we kept moving further and further away.
Mostly because in so many ways, XFN outgrew its initial purpose. We wanted to promote the show and bring it back for a third movie - or what became additional seasons - but that soon changed. We responded to the needs of many voices that came out of the fandom, and stayed because… we just love what we do. No one takes on a mission like this one for eleven years if you only have lukewarm feelings about it.
It's no secret that The X-Files has a passionate fan base. We've followed our favorite characters for 25 years through all sorts of highs and lows. A lot has been written about The Scully Effect and XFN's Keva Andersen wrote about how Scully influenced her life. But now we want to hear from you! Were you inspired by Mulder's beliefs and his search for the truth? Did Scully's science and rationalism speak to you? Was Skinner's loyalty something you try to emulate in your own life? Whoever the character, we'd love for you to share you story with us.
"I'm alllll a tingle."
The first time I met Dana Scully, she sarcastically intoned this to Fox Mulder as they were driving towards Area 51. That was quickly followed by challenging an authority figure that was blocking her investigation. While guns were pointed at her, no less.
It was Sunday, November 29th, 1998. I was 17 years old that night, a senior in high school. The episode was Season 6's “Dreamland.” I'd never seen The X-Files before, though I'd seen the promos while watching Packers football on FOX, good Wisconsinite that I was. A friend had asked me to proofread a fanfic she'd written, to check for grammar and spelling. I did so and thought if the characters were as interesting on screen as they were in her story I'd probably like the show. That Sunday gave me the first opportunity to test that theory. I sat down to watch, and by the time the end credits ran, I was hooked. The FOX affiliate in my city ran two more episodes after that, and you know what the next one was? “Triangle.”
I watched Dana Scully move from one office to the next, challenging anyone who would stand in her way. She told a fellow agent, "I want you to do me a favor. It's not negotiable, either you do it, or I kill you, you understand?" She told her boss to "save your own ass, sir. You'll save your head along with it."
And I was enthralled.
Looking for the perfect gift for the Phile in your life? Need some inspiration for what to include in your own letter to Santa? Don't fear, XFN is here to help! Here's our list of the best X-Files merchandise available this holiday season.
Quick! Name the first fanvid you ever saw. Can you? If you're lucky, like me, the first fanvid you ever saw was a good one and it got you started down a rabbit hole you've yet to emerge from. For me, it was "Injection" by Fox Estacado and it wasn't just good, it was amazing. I stumbled across it on MySpace and from that moment on, I was obsessed. So much so, that after I had replayed the vid 500 or so times, it sent me on an X-Files rewatch that to this day, hasn't really ended.