The ENTIRE collection of The X Files to date (including the old movie and excluding the current movie, but that's ok, it's shit. Billy Connolly as a psychic paedophile priest. I've said enough). So far I have had it for two days and have somehow managed to fit in 7 and a half hours of episodes, and few hours of special features and the movie. This is whilst maintaining some kind of life outside of the house. Small bits of paranoia have started to slip into my attempts at normality, such as having a slight panic at the doctors when I had to check in using a computer rather than talking to a person. I am also currently blogging about the X Files whilst watching the series 1 bonus disc. It's ok though, I have a boyfriend and a job.
As an early pubescent girl I was what is known as an 'X Phile'. I had a slightly obsessive crush on David Duchovny and was able to give a precise running commentary on all the episodes in the first 2 series, and most of series 3. I gave up on series 4. I think this was about the time I started going to school discos.
The Urban Dictionary (I feel ashamed to be using this as a cultural reference point) defines an X Phile as:
A person who is a huge fan of the hit tv show "The X Files". Normally they will apply ever aspect of the show to everyday life. Can often be found making music videos to the show, writing fan fiction or creating digital art or manipulations with the shows main characters, Mulder and Scully. A true x phile should be able to quote every significant event throughout the 9 year run of the show. Possibly the only people to ever understand the complex conspiracy that just got more confusing as time went on.
Can be found anxiously anticipating the next x files movie.
"It will happen, I know it will!"
A typical x phile would be able to say any of these at least once every day and incorporate them into otherwise unrelated conversation.
"That was like that time in that episode in Season 3 when Mulder asked Scully to..."
"That's why they put the 'i' in FBI!"
"This must be conspiracy"
"Oo! I feel like I'm stuck in an X File"
Endlessly singing the Catatonia hit: "Things are getting strange I'm starting to worry. This could be a case for Mulder and Scully!"
Whilst watching TV: "That guy was once on the x files in an episode where Scully and Mulder...."
"Trust no one"
And of course: "The truth is out there!"
That quote was in my top ten, but one of my favourites was:
Mulder: Why is it when every time I think I know the answers, someone goes and changes the questions?
I myself was dead against that Catatonia song but fellow 'X Phile', Elizabeth, was really into it. She thought it was nice to make people aware of the implicit impact The X Files can have on everyday enjoyment. I thought it was best to keep The X Files cult. Not quite sure what I thought 'cult' was when I was 13 but I did know that having a pop song refer to it all was close to blasphemy.
However, I have grown a decade since all then. It feels nice being able to look back at something that consumed my life for a couple of years and be thankful that the time of unrequited crushes and early teenage obsessions is not about to repeat itself.
I do like The X Files in German though. I can't speak German, but it just seems to work. You Tube is a bit thin on the ground when it comes to straight up Akte X, but I did find:
That is all