Recently we brought you the review for The X-Files FAQ, and this week we sat down with the author, John Kenneth Muir, for a couple FAQs of our own.
Hit the jump to read our write up or listen to the uncut conversation.
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In case you missed it, Gillian Anderson will be attending the FanExpo Canada in Toronto this weekend. She will be signing autographs on Satuday September 5th and holding a panel on Sunday the 6th. You don't want to miss out; the lady will be auctioning off coveted #XFilesRevival hats like the ones worn by her and many others of the cast and crew. If you're in attendance, you'll have the opportunity to bid on one of them, autographed by Chris Carter, David Duchovny and Gillian herself.
The second one will be auctioned during a separate auction later this year. All proceeds will go to charity.
This is a continuation of our exclusive interview with Anne Simon, The X-Files science advisor. The first part was posted on Friday, Aug. 21st and can be found Here.
Telling a story is not always a documentary event. To play with the dramatic moments of a fictional narrative and evoke the emotions needed to effectively communicate that drama, you can’t always stick strictly to the black and white facts. So, is it okay to manipulate the facts to the point where the science won't be as accurate for the sake of telling a story?
“As a scientist watching any show, watching The X-Files, does that bother you?” I ask.
“That happens a lot. You know, I can come up with all of the science and Chris will say, ‘Well, you know it’s not visual enough. We need something more visual.’ So you come up with something that's more visual but maybe now not completely accurate.” And then Anne takes on a subject that has been the center of so many discussions in the fandom over the years.
“There was the episode where Scully did that whole Southern blot.” You can tell that Simon has received her fair share of criticism over this scientific scene in the show. “You know, she wanted to see if she was infected by this alien virus and she had to do the entire experiment. So Chris had me come up with how can she figure out she’s been infected by the alien organism. And I said, “Well can we make it a virus, because I’m a virologist?”
Talking to Anne Simon is really easy, even though I’m always aware of how amazingly intelligent and wise she is, and how… I’m not really the scientific kind, but I try. The resident Science Advisor for The X-Files and current professor at the University of Maryland, is also a virologist and the author of the book The Real Science Behind The X-Files. She has been recently reaching out to fans via Twitter, bridging the gap and bringing answers to so many questions that have plagued us over the years.
Perhaps one of the things I really appreciated the most about our conversation was just how very excited she is to share the knowledge, her constant curiosity and just how personable she is. Her involvement with the show goes back to the very first years of The X-Files, and she shared the story amidst a few candid laughs.
To read the first part of our conversation, click after the jump.