In honour of Gillian Anderson appearing at Fan Expo this weekend (and meeting her yesterday!! – more on that in tomorrow’s Fan Expo recap), I thought I would feature the first on-screen duo that was probably the first TV pairing that I “shipped”. Like many other fans, everyone wanted this believer and this skeptic to get together already!
The X-Files started in 1993 and continued for 9 seasons before calling it quits; 1 year after David Duchovny left the series. In spite of all the chemistry they appeared to have onscreen, I remember being shocked to hear that they actually weren’t too fond of each other during the show. Whether that was a rumour in itself, or exaggerated for the purposes of good entertainment gossip is quite possible as well.
I remember not even knowing much about the show when it first aired, but looking back in hindsight, I completely attribute it to my love and fascination for the paranormal now. My mom was the one that introduced me to it, when I walked into her room one evening as she was watching an episode. I distinctly recall it having to do with zoos and animals (which turned out to be the season 2 episode Fearful Symmetry) and I was completely hooked. I would then watch it religiously every week, taping it on the VCR (!!) so I could watch it again. There was one summer where I spent a good few weeks having a marathon of rewatching the series from the beginning. (oh, weren’t those the days when we didn’t have to work!)
Whether it was intentional on the show or not, the fans and the media certainly picked up on it and teased their “will they/won’t they” relationship for quite a while, possibly paving the way for many other tension-filled couples on more current shows now.
Now, all these years later and as recently as earlier this month, there have been rumours sprouting up that the two actors are actually dating. This leaves all the X-Philes crying out the show’s tagline together: I want to believe!
A few discussion questions:
- Did you ever watch The X-Files? Either the TV show or the 2 movies?
- Which “will they/won’t they” TV pairings do you root for?
- Have you seen the other shows/movies these two have been in? (ie Californication, House of Mirth, etc.)?