The X-Files is one of those shows that defined a generation. And years after going after the air, rebooting, and then going off the air once more the show still lingers and remains more timely than ever. This week brought some surprising developments in the world of The X-Files. News of a new book The X-Files: The Official Archive arrived. Cast members also virtually gathered to sing some newly written lyrics to the show’s famous theme song. For charity of course. All of this X-Files news has us feeling like we are back in the 90’s. So let’s take a look at what is happening in the world of The X-Files.
A New X-Files Archive Book Will Document Some Famous Monsters From The Show
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A new X-Files book is coming to prove that the truth is still out there. Although how it could ever replace The Nitpicker’s Guide For X-Philes as the foremost encyclopedia of episodes I don’t know. (That book was like my bible as a young fan of the show).
The new book by Paul Terry promises to be an official archive. It will delve deep into some of the famous Monster of the Week episodes. An official synopsis from Abrams Books tells us the following about the new book, that has a mouthful of a title: The X-Files: The Official Archives – Cryptids, Biological Anomalies, and Parapsychic Phenomena.
A page from The X-Files Official Archive Book | Image via Abrams Books
“When an X-Files fan opens up The Official Archives, they are gaining access to Agents Mulder and Scully’s notes, records, and visual evidence from actual X-File reports. Designed to mimic a collection of FBI case ﬁles. And packed with such items as autopsy reports; mug shots, lab results, handwritten notes, newspaper clippings, pages ripped from antique books on the occult, and security camera printouts. This fully authorized book is the only one of its kind.
Detailing the agents’ investigations into 50 cases of cryptids, biological anomalies, and parapsychic phenomena—from the Flukeman to The Great Mutato to Pusher—The X-Files: The Official Archives showcases some of the show’s greatest villains (some dastardly, some just misunderstood). And instructs future agents on how to successfully investigate the paranormal.”
The X-Files Official Archives Is Designed To Be An In-World Text
The website io9 has an exclusive interview with author Paul Terry, along with previews of the book. In the interview, Terry talks about his approach to this ‘in-world’ text that he has written.
“I take the whole ‘in-world book’ concept very seriously because you have to do right by the show, and the fans.” Terry says. “When it came to choosing which cases should be in this volume, that process began with figuring out some crucial fundamentals: Why does this book exist? Who made it? What exactly would each X-file look like? And if a case file was destroyed in the show—in the end-of-season five office fire—how could it be in this book?”
A page from the The X-Files Official Archives | Image via Abrams Books
In doing research for the book, Terry embarked on a rewatch of the entire series (no small feat). He combed through every episode in order to narrow down what monsters he wanted to include. The book focuses on 50 of the most famous monsters. And each section is designed to mimic what an actual X-File would look like. Terry received access to a vast collection of props and documents from the history of The X-Files to include in the book.
Terry also explains that one of the reboot episodes gave him the inspiration for why this in-world text would physically exist. A 2018 episode provided exposition from Skinner about “a Russian-run private company that digitized the X-files. So they could be accessed online by anyone at the Bureau. The narrative explanation behind this book’s existence was solidified. Skinner feared that any digitized intelligence documents can be manipulated to suit an agenda. But not physical evidence.”
X-Files Creator Chris Carter also contributed to the book. And he was joined by some former showrunners like Frank Spotnitz and Vince Gilligan. It will be interesting to see what the authors of so many famous X-Files episodes have to say about their creations. We will find out the truth when The X-Files: The Official Archives comes out on September 15, 2020.
X-Files Cast & Crew Virtually Teamed Up To Sing New Lyrics To The Famous Theme Song
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In addition to the new X-Files book reveal, this week also saw cast & crew from all across the years of X-Files team up virtually. They came together for a project called Song In The Key Of X. Executive producer and showrunner Frank Spotnitz challenged X-Files fans online to write lyrics for the show’s famous theme song. The winners were fans Jennifer Large and Rebecca MacDonald. They came up with some very clever and catchy lyrics for Mark Snow’s instrumental theme.
Cast members like David Duchovny, and Mitch Pileggi (that baritone!) joined forces with Chris Carter and and 30 others to sing the acapella lyrics in a truly endearing video that you can watch below.
The singalong was all for a good cause, as the cast and crew of The X-Files were raising money from this endeavor for charity. Specifically they were supporting World Central Kitchen. This organization was founded by Chef José Andrés in order to feed communities in distress or affected by natural disasters. This is even more vital right now during the ongoing global pandemic where hunger and food scarcity is prevalent worldwide.
Don’t Expect New X-Files Anytime Soon
It is nice to see The X-Files cast reunited virtually for a good cause. But given that Gillian Anderson does not appear in the video (until the very end) it is clear that there is still some bad blood between her and creator Chris Carter. So while we have a couple of new X-Files related things to enjoy right now, it seems highly unlikely that the show will be returning to screen anytime soon. Until then, we can all delve into The X-Files: Official Archive in September, and start singing along to the theme song whenever we rewatch old episodes.
Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.