Chris Carter never struck us as a guy who really understood what he created. I mean, yes, The X-Files was a pioneer in many respects, introduced the idea of an overreaching mythology, made horror something that was cool on TV, and was the birthplace of many a conspiracy theory. Those things Chris Carter understands. Those things he’s proud of.
But, more than twenty years after this show premiered, if you look back, what’s the one thing from The X-Files that resonated with everyone who ever watched it?
It’s not the aliens, no. It’s Mulder and Scully.
Which is why, when Chris Carter said in X-Files Redacted, a 30-minute special that premiered on Comcast, in response to a question about where our favorite twosome stood coming into the revival: “Mulder and Scully, for 9 years, had a platonic relationship,” there was a disturbance in the force.
I’m not kidding here. There really was a disturbance. X-Files fans came out from under rocks today to tweet the, ahem, evidence against this observation. Which is amusing, because it shouldn’t be the fans reminding the creator of the show of what he once wrote.
(Check out the Twitter hashtag #PlatonicActivity if you want to laugh).
So the question is, what’s up with Chris Carter now? Does he really think Mulder and Scully were platonic for nine years? Does he need a dictionary? Is he only trying to get people talking in time for the revival?
Either way, he seems to have forgotten two very important things: David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, the actors who play Mulder and Scully, have not only spoken at length about the relationship between those two characters, but they also confirmed that there was once a M/S sex scene filmed but left on the cutting room floor.
And sure, we all know Chris Carter never really wanted his two main characters to become a couple, but that doesn’t change the fact that they did. It’s a little too late to take it all back.
In the end, all that’s left to do quote the Princess Bride: I do not think that word means what you think it means, Mr. Carter. I really, really don’t.
The X-Files returns to FOX on a Two-Night Season Premiere Event, with the first episode airing Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, 10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT, following the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME; and the second episode airing Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, 8:00–9:00 PM ET/PT.