Celebrating 20 Years of The X-Files (Part 3): The XF3 Wish List

ONE WAY OR ANOTHER – WILLIAM MUST BE ADDRESSED

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Baby William in Existence (Season 8)

Who is William you say?  Well William is Mulder and Scully’s child.  He was given up to adoptive parents for protection from the alien colonists who view William as their potential leader to bring forth the invasion in 2012.  This revelation coincided with Mulder disappearing in Season 9 (David Duchovny left the show during that time only for him to return in the finale) where if he stayed with Scully and their newborn child, the colonists would kill him in fear that he would raise his son to fight against the colonists.  Are you still reading?  Good because The X-Files went all Terminator mode in Season 9!

Whatever your opinion is on Mulder and Scully’s child, William needs to be addressed.  To ignore him would be a disaster. While we all may have this idea that William (with his Clark Kent Superman like powers) being the saviour (or destructor) of Earth, it doesn’t have to be as simple as that and I don’t think the writers will use that typical stereotype.  I think they would go down a different route.  What if his half-human/half alien DNA contained the natural antibodies to stop any viral outbreak?  The alien colonist’s interest in William could be out of curiosity because the nature of how he was conceived is still a mystery – and that’s how you address one of the matters.  Did Mulder and Scully do it the old fashion way?  Did exposure to the black oil virus change Mulder and Scully’s DNA?  After her abduction in Season 2 which left her barren, did Scully’s contact with an alien artefact heal her?  Or did a certain chain-smoking b*stard had a hand in it (watch the episode En Ami from Season 7).

Another thing with William is the potential reunion with his birth parents.  If there was one disappointment with the series finale is that when Mulder came back out of hiding and Scully was about to break the news to him about their son, Mulder already knew – because Skinner told him!  It’s unclear whether Skinner may have unintentionally let it slip out or what kind of mental state Mulder was in when he was told, but somehow we missed a golden opportunity to see our heroes’ true reaction.  The Season 10 comics are naturally addressing this but if there was a scene in the film where they explain to their son who he is, the sacrifices they made for him and the impact that his adoption had on their relationship, the scenario would be perfect.  It doesn’t have to be melodramatic but it would give Mulder and Scully a clear sense of redemption.

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  1. X-files was my first geek love too. I still watch the show to this day. Every week I looked forward to turning out all the lights and watching my fave show. I still do that. Thank goodness it is on Netflix.
    I recently discovered the comic books and have been enjoying them immensely! How did I not know these existed?! Happy day.

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    1. Thanks for the comment Jennifer 🙂

      The X-Files will always continue to be a fantastic show. In many ways I still miss it. But it’s great to see how people are discovering it and becoming fans themselves and that’s the real legacy of the show. The new comics are amazing and I’m glad you’ve discovered it. Can’t wait for issue #5. Just need the the entire series on blu-ray – it would be great to see this show get the high definition treatment.

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      1. Yeah. It was easier back in the day to watch The X-Files – no twitter, no facebook, no smartphones, no on-demand/catch-up services. Just a dial up internet connection that took 5 mins to load a page and a VHS player just to record an episode of the show. Because once it aired, you never saw it again. Harder to spoil anything back then! Now…spoilers are everywhere because the whole world assumes you’ve seen it. Any new episode of any show that I haven’t seen, I’m off twitter for 24hrs.

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      2. Exactly. Plus it’s better to discover something by watching it yourself. If you constantly relied on someone’s opinion, you yourself never get to judge it. Everyone’s TV experience is different.

        When are you going to start watching XF S2? For me that’s when my love affair with the show started to grow on me. Had it’s fair share of creepy, scary stuff that gave me nightmares as a kid 😐

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    1. Glad to hear it. Season 2 has some brilliant gems. One of my favourite episode from that season was Duane Barry. It’s a good thing Gillian Anderson became pregnant during the early seasons because the mythology went to a game changing level.

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      1. Wow! You’re really binge-watching your way through this series lol. S2 = the season that made me a believer. I think my favourite seasons are S4 and S5 and you’ll see why when you eventually reach there.

        Heads up, don’t forget the two movies as part of the watch. First movie – watch after you’ve finished S5. Second movie – watch after S9 and before S10.

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