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Feature: Xposé Years

The Xposé Years

Join us on a journey through 10 years of the magazine, including special looks at the legacies of The X-Files and Buffy The Vampire Slayer

With a year-by-year look at the Films of the Year and Episodes of the Year from 1996 to 2006

Whatever Happened to Mulder and Scully?
by Keith Topping

It was TV‘s first left-field hit since Twin Peaks. It would be the last until Buffy The Vampire Slayer. One of those shows which gets a proper, crossover audience of, you know, ordinary people.It was hip, smart, occasionally amusing and – for a couple years in the mid-1990s – as fashionable a name to drop as anything, TV-related or not. Other shows, comedians and advertisers lined-up to sample its iconography into their aesthetic. Music, car and hi-fi magazines, tabloid newspapers obsessed with the male lead’s spooky resemblance to a Romanian full-back, turgid Welsh indie-rockers desperate for a hit... We were all into The X-Files back in the day. Let’s remember how the words ‘Mulder and Scully’ became synonymous with a particular form of expression. The show became utterly associated with the imagery that it, whilst not creating, most recognizably presented. It is, for instance, impossible to see a ubiquitous ‘grey’ alien and not think of or, as a consequence, reference The X-Files. Which makes it all the more surprising that it ended not with a bang but a whimper. It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly when The X-Files ceased to be flavor of the month.

Perhaps it was the move from Vancouver to Los Angeles in the summer of 1998, although the first season afterward (the show’s sixth) was – in terms of ratings – its best ever. Yet suddenly, almost overnight, The X-Files went from a show that was influential right across the spectrum to being yesterday’s news.

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