Before I start, I wanted to say how much I've been enjoying everyone's posts so far. I'm super behind on commenting, although I do plan on catching up before our month is up.
On September 10, 1993 I was 21 years old and just starting my senior year of college. I was still mourning the end of Twin Peaks
and waiting for another show to come along and captivate me as much as that one had. On that Friday night, I settled in to watch the first episode of The X-Files
. By the first commercial, I was completely hooked. 20 years later, I still am.
I could go on and on about how much the show has meant to me over the years, about my favorite episodes (including, no lie, "Alpha"), my favorite fics, that I actually like Diana Fowley as well as the second movie (warts- or hideous mustaches- and all), how astoundingly beautiful I find both Mulder and Scully, how hard I shipped them. However, I'll share two things: a story about that time I went to a fan convention and some of my favorite collectibles.
In October 1996, I went to an X-Files convention held at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, WA. To my everlasting regret, I forgot my camera (point and shoot, people- remember, this was 1996) and time has eroded a lot of my specific memories of the event. Producer Robert Goodwin and stars Mitch Pileggi (Agent Skinner) and Dean Haglund (Lone Gunman Langely) were the main draws, but there were tons of merch booths and a prop museum. Somewhere in my house is the convention schedule, complete with autographs, but for the life of me I cannot find it despite my best efforts. I went with a friend and while neither of us dressed up, there were lots of trench coats and red wigs running around. It was great fun. If only I had remembered my damn camera!
This was the convention schedule (according to this account
). My comments are in bold:
11:40 AM - "The X-Files" : a look a the series that we came here for.
11:50 AM - "The X-Files" Slide show : a look at many of the show's episodes.
12:15 PM - The Paranormal : a music video salute to the X-Files.
12:20 PM - Millennium : a brief clip from the new series.
12:30 PM - Mulderisms/Scullyisms : a special compilation of moments from the show.
12:45 PM - Intermission
1:30 PM - "Truth or Fiction?" : people can compete against other X-Philes for prizes.
1:50 PM - Robert Goodwin : meet the producer/director of the series.
2:25 PM - "Mulder and Scully" : a music video tribute to the relationship of the agents.
2:30 PM - "The X-Files" Trivia Contest : Win great prizes by showing your knowledge.
2:50 PM - "The X-Files" Auction : a auction for the benefit of the J.D.F.
3:15 PM - Dean Haglund : an X-Files based routine from the comedian/actor. This was one of the best parts of the con. From what I remember, he had people write prompts on little pieces of paper and toss them up on stage. At the end of his act, he picked up random pieces and came up with a story. What I still clearly remember is the very last piece of paper he picked up. Someone wrote "and then Mulder and Scully had sex."
4:00 PM - The Blooper Reel : the funniest goof ups from the show. HILARIOUS.
4:15 PM - Mitch Pileggi : Meet the man who is Skinner.
5:00 PM - Autographs from the three celebrities. They were all extremely nice. I was too shy to say more than 'hi' and something about how much I loved the show. I don't think pictures with them were allowed.Here
are some convention recaps
(check out that last to see how cheap the tickets were!).
While never a serious collector of XF merch, I still have most of the items I bought while the show was still on air. Calendars, books, official shooting scripts, bumper stickers, the official magazine, other magazines, tv guides and so on. Here are some of my favorites:( Under a cut to spare your feed )
The X-Files may be slightly dated- oh my god, their cell phones- but the core of the show, the relationship between Fox Mulder and Dana Scully and their quest for the truth, still rings true. I hope the rest of you have been enjoying the celebration of this amazing show as much I am.