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The X-Files was a cultural phenomenon of the 90s, with long running storylines, long lasting catchphrases and infinite conspiracy theories. The show gathered millions of fans, many of whom remain passionate to this day about old casefiles and debates that raged almost a decade ago. So, when they hear the news that the newest addition to the X-Files catalogue, the currently unnamed X-Files 2, will not feature any mythology or conspiracy theories, and won’t answer any questions remaining from the before-time, how do you think they’ll react?
Well, while it may be soul crushing for X-Files fans to hear, the creator of the show and director of the new movie, Chris Carter, who also claimed that he wanted to make this movie since the series ended in 2002 but couldn’t due to contractual issues with 20th Century Fox, says that he would rather have it this way.
“We spent a lot of time on (the mythology) and wrapped up a lot of threads” (when the show went off the air in 2002) “We want a stand-alone movie, not a mythology conspiracy one.”
Of course, even whilst he upsets countless people around the world, Carter goes on to soothe the wounds of some, the large community of (mostly) female fans who spent much of their time attempting to nudge the characters of Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) together using only the power of their minds. Yup, the self proclaimed “shippers” will be ecstatic to know that Carter still believes in the romance between his two main characters, after all these years.
“For me, The X-Files has always been a romance,” he says. “They had an intellectual romance that’s very rare and restrained compared to so many relationships on TV. I think that’s what appealed most to the fans. And they’re back.”
Of course, this means that the relationship will more than likely not be advanced, but will remain hinted at obliquely, but for many a shipper, that’s enough to stoke the passion back to a blaze in their eyes.