Open Channel: What Are Your Favorite X-Files Memories?

Image: Fox
Image: Fox

Last night’s outstanding episode of The X-Files has us all nostalgic for the show’s prime era (assuming our memories can be trusted, that is). So we want to know, what are your favorite—and least favorite—moments from the 11 seasons, two movies, books, and the rest?

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I quite literally grew up watching The X-Files. It started airing in 1993 when I was 11 years old. I vividly remember thinking, “I shouldn’t be allowed to watch this.” But watch I did! And sometimes... I watched it on VHS. I even dressed up as Scully for Halloween.

I did a rewatch of the entire series a few years ago, the first time since the initially aired, and was happily reminded of how much joy the show brought me. And, oddly enough, the things that irked me the first time around (like the arrival of Doggett and Reyes) didn’t bother me so much anymore. Regardless, here are some standouts for me:

  • Saying “Krycek!” like Jerry Seinfeld would say “Newman!” every time he showed up and messed with Mulder.
  • Queequeg. Oh, Queequeg. I was so very excited for Scully to have adopted a little pooch and then... RIP, sweet fluffy boy.
  • When “Home” aired I thought I’d never sleep again, but the memory that sticks with me the most about the controversial episode was talking with my mom about it afterward. I told her they used that song, “Wonderful! Wonderful!” by her favorite artist, Johnny Mathis, and remarked that it was “creepy.” I’ll never forget her shocked face repeating the word back to me incredulously. Sorry, mom.
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I could go on and on, so I’ll just say, well, every Darin Morgan episode was also memorable (though I know I’m not alone there). What are your strongest memories from The X-Files past?

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I were not allowed to watch X-Files when I were younger. Mostly because it aired really late here in Sweden. But I had my own TV in my room. (One of those large square wooden boxes with no remote) So during the nights when X-Files aired. I used to sneak out of bed and set the volume knob on 1 and sit unhealthy close to the TV so I could hear what they were saying. And if I heard any kind of sound outside I would turn the volume down to zero and hurry back to my bed. So my mother would not find out.

This made me be on edge during every episode. Which now in retrospect must have added a lot to my immersion. Just playing the theme song was at times scary. Nowadays don’t really feel that immersive when I watch things.

So just watching it back then is my favorite memory. And after each X-Files episode they aired a episode of Prisoner. Which I normally also watched until I fell asleep, woke up seeing the TV show static, turn it off and went back to bed.