What do you get when you have sexual tension between colleagues, a huge government cover up and a liver-eating extra-terrestrial freak?
“Agent Mulder believes we are not alone.”
And with these words, we were introduced to one of the most compelling TV series of the nineties, not to mention one of the most intense cases of on-screen chemistry ever between Fox Mulder and Dana Scully of The X Files.
The X Files entered our lives on 10 September, 1993 and continued until May 2002 and quickly became one of the most compelling, most-watched TV shows of the nineties.
The show also became the longest running science fiction series in US history.
For nine seasons and 202 episodes, the show explored every possibility of alien life, figured out new and interesting ways to express flirtation between a TV duo (leaning closely together to share a microscope, a bit of hand touching and fierce loyalty) and also introduced us to a range of evil characters, some of whom weren't even from this earth.
And the extra-terrestrials Mulder and Scully were dealing with were much worse than little green men.
Case-in-point...the man who channels lightening strikes...
The man who seemingly glows in the dark, and we mean glows...
And this rather deranged-looking character we can only hope was an alien.
Series creator Chris Carter says the show always told two stories - the cases that were concluded in one episode and the wider story of alien existence, a huge conspiracy and a government cover up.
Go get em Mulder and Scully!
Agent Fox Mulder is a bit of an embarrassment to the FBI, hidden away in a inconspicuous office where he hunts down alien life and deals with any case the FBI-proper deems a little strange. They secretly call him "Spooky Mulder", although he is well aware of this label.
Agent Dana Scully is sent in to work with him and keep an eye on him. She has a medical background and is a natural skeptic. She never stops looking for the logical explanation, even when she sees things that seemingly can't be explained.