The Woolsey wildfire burning in Southern California has destroyed at least one of The X-Files' filming locations and caused damage near several others. The Paramount Ranch in Malibu Creek State Park was the location used as Democrat Hot Springs, William's birthplace, in Season 8's "Existence." In the photo above, compare how the set looked then to the smoldering ruins left after the fire hit on Friday, November 9th.
It was an epic weekend at Spooky Empire in Orlando, Florida. Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Annabeth Gish, Mitch Pileggi, Robert Patrick, and William B. Davis reunited for a weekend of panels, autographs, and photos. Fans from all over the world came to take part and the cast did not disappoint.
Robert Patrick was first up on the panel schedule Friday night, where he answered the question of what Agent John Doggett might actually be up to now, since he was sadly absent from the revival. He quipped that Doggett "left, he gave up, he moved off up into the mountains..." He also confirmed that Doggett did indeed "have a thing" for Monica Reyes. A Phile, Crystal, caught the moment and shared it here.
If you couldn't make it to Spooky Empire in Orlando, we've got you covered. David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Annabeth Gish, Robert Patrick, Mitch Pileggi, and William B. Davis were all in attendance for a weekend of Phile fun. David and Gillian participated in a Q&A panel on Saturday and XFN was on hand to live tweet the best moments. We're got more photos and video to come soon, but read through the tweets to see what you missed here.
If your X-Files collection could use a little more filling out, Abrams Books has just what you’ll need. On October 16th, the publishing company is set to release “Monsters of the Week: The Complete Critical Companion to The X-Files.” Here’s what you can expect:
"In 1993, FOX debuted a strange new television show called The X-Files. Little did anyone suspect that the series would become one of the network’s biggest hits—and change the landscape of television in the process. Now, on the occasion of the show’s 25th anniversary, TV critics Zack Handlen and Todd VanDerWerff unpack exactly what made this haunting show so groundbreaking. Witty and insightful reviews of every episode of the series, revised and updated from the authors’ popular A.V. Club recaps, leave no mystery unsolved and no monster unexplained. This crucial collection even includes exclusive interviews with some of the stars and screenwriters, as well as an original foreword by X-Files creator and showrunner Chris Carter. This complete critical companion is the book about The X-Files, the definitive guide whether you’re a lifelong viewer wanting to relive memories of watching the show when it first aired or a new fan uncovering the conspiracy for the first time."
XFN will be bringing you a full review of the book, but in the meantime, you can pre-order the book on Amazon. And for those who pre-order before the October 16th release, you can sign up to receive a free bookplate in the mail. Signed by Chris Carter and authors Zack Handlen and Todd VanDerWerff, the bookplate sticker can be placed in the front of your book. Simply fill out this form and upload a copy of your pre-order receipt to receive the bookplate.
Happy Anniversary, Philes! Can you believe it's been 25 years since The X-Files debuted on FOX? Who knew on a Friday night in 1993, something was happening that would change so many lives for the better. Back in July when we asked you, the fans, to tell us what the show means to you, we knew you would have a lot to say. But we were truly overwhelmed by the moving, thoughtful responses we got. One thing became very clear while watching your stories. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been a Phile since Day One or you found the series recently, The X-Files is not just something you watch. It’s a story that becomes a part of you.
It’s a show that inspires us to make new friends and experience new adventures. It’s a show that brings out the most creative and artistic parts of us. It’s a show that inspires women and girls around the world and gives them a new role model. For some of us, the hope we found in The X-Files was life-saving.
Fandom can be a tricky thing. Many of us may have nothing in common besides our shared love of these characters. And that’s part of what makes this bond so beautiful. We can come together over shared appreciation and put aside our differences to share a laugh or even a tear or two. There’s nothing like time spent with another fan, to know that person understands when you sing a chorus of “Jeremiah was a bullfrog” or mention that cerulean blue is a gentle breeze. That knowing look you exchange if somebody gets light cream cheese on their bagel. From Lake Okobogee, to Skyland Mountain. To the depths of the Oregon forests and the deserts of New Mexico, to Russian gulags and even the reaches of space. We've explored so many places together, had our hearts broken together, and picked up the pieces together.
We’re a community that knows no one gets there alone, and we rally in support. We know that when things seem impossible, we don’t give up. And that the Truth, whatever that truth may be to you, is always worth fighting for.
Now it’s time for me to let the fandom do the talking. XFN is proud to present “25 Years of X-Philes: A Tribute to the Cast, Crew, and Fans of The X-Files.” We’ve got four parts to share throughout the day. Thank you to everyone who contributed! We hope you enjoy watching as much as we’ve enjoyed creating this.