****Spoilers follow for the first episode of The X-Files reboot, “My Struggle”****
Anybody who watched the X-Files reboot premiere Sunday night, whether a new fan or old, probably came away with one crucial piece of information: the truth is out there. This, of course, was a primary theme of the show’s original run and was hammered home again Sunday night. The series picked up more or less where it left off in terms of the overarching mystery of the X-Files; pitching the questions of government conspiracy, alien existence, and the impact on society. The episode was solid overall and seemed to capture the spirit of the original run which should satisfy the old fans. There were definitely some head-scratching moments (the proposed conspiracy by the government was a little wacky even by Mulder’s standards) and some definite cliffhanger moments (welcome back Smoking Man, I bet the Barenaked Ladies are happy), but all in all I was happy with the return. The only thing that I’m a little disappointed in is that the second to last scene revealed the truth, and that this conspiracy is not being conducted by aliens or the government. The conspiracy is being conducted by Fox Studios!
The conspiracy is a simple one, as is its objective. Fox has conveniently revived The X-Files for a six-episode (five week) run to help generate alien hype for the upcoming June release of Independence Day: Resurgence, which is being distributed by…20th Century Fox. Crazy right?! The conspiracy goes further than simply airing the show, however, and I will lay out the details of how Fox is subliminally preparing you for the movie.
Exhibit A: Cast Crossover
In Sunday’s episode, Mulder meets Old Man (that’s the character’s name) in a park. Old Man apparently has all the secrets to the conspiracy the government is hiding, and will only provide assistance after Mulder has solved the puzzle. Old Man looks a little familiar though, and after an exhaustive search through the Internet Movie Database, I discovered that the actor, Rance Howard, also appeared as Chaplain in Independence Day! It doesn’t stop there, though, as Howard also appeared in Mars Attacks!. One might say it’s coincidence that an actor with 271 credits to his name would appear in so many (three) alien-related titles, but the Fox conspiracy gets even deeper.
Exhibit B: Movie Crossover
In the first X-Files movie, a drunken Mulder walks out of a bar and proceeds to urinate on a movie poster for Independence Day. It was said that the reason for this was series creator Chris Carter hated the movie, so this was a not-so-subtle jab at it. In an interview with Rolling Stone Carter admitted he didn’t see what the fuss was about, and that it was the special effects which led to it performing as well as it did at the box office.
Exhibit 3: Alien Weaponry
Those effects must have left a lasting impression on Carter. Near the end of Sunday’s episode a girl is driving her car when suddenly the car stops. This is a regular occurrence throughout the series and usually portends an alien event. Sure enough, an alien craft appears over the car shining a green light down on it. Will the girl be abducted? Is the green light a tractor beam? The answer to those questions was a resounding no. The light was in fact a weapon. I can’t find a video to link, likely because Fox is shutting down a lot of non-approved sharing, but I can show you exactly what the weapon looked like in action:
That’s right, the alien weapon was simply a toned down version of the infamous laser weapon from Independence Day.
Clearly this conspiracy runs deep within the Fox organization, and this is just the tip of the iceberg. As the series unfolds I have no doubt that we will see more of this subversive attempt to hype the audience up for Independence Day: Resurgence. Perhaps these are just happy random coincidences and there is no attempt to mind control the American public. I want to believe that, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned as an X-Files fan, it’s trust no one.