June 24, 2005
The Truth Is Out There."I'll show you my theory if you show me yours."
- Agent Fox "Spooky" Mulder, The X-Files
Conspiracy theories and dry humour aside, the Unresolved Sexual Tension [UST] made the first seven seasons of The X-Files irresistible. Mulder and Scully were likely the two most attractive characters on nighttime television who never actually became a couple. Bruce and Sybil fell into bed with each other in Moonlighting. Ross and Rachel did it in a planetarium under the "stars," while Heather Locklear got busy with every male on Melrose Place in the office that apparently doubled as her second bedroom. Ross and Rachel took a break, but then they did it again. Daphne and Niles fornicated, but their producers were kind enough not to show us a gratuitous act between two very skinny people. [Whew.] Then Rachel found chemistry with Joey, only to disappoint us by ultimately choosing Ross, an incredible whiner with whom she had no chemistry or anything in common with. Mulder and Scully, however, apparently never got into each other's pants during the entire decade of the cult favorite series. OR did they?
What strikes me as slightly odd is that there now stands an exoskeleton of X-Files webrings, all listing URLs that have since gone to the cyberspace recycle bin or since been revamped as
Angel or Buffy Fansites CSI derivative worship sites. Some of the X-Files sites were strictly dedicated to paranormalism or conspiracy theories. But I would say that at least half of the sites were strictly organized around the chronic UST Theme: "Will they fuck? Have they fucked? Why won't they fuck? If they did fuck, why did they stop fucking? Is Skinner really fucking them both?" Not only are there these burning questions, but there was an entire counterculture and set of terminology that X-Philes [fans of the show] used to discuss this issue. These weren't hybrid forums by any means - one had to make a choice. Join one side or the other. Like the freaking West Side Story, but much cooler. And just like Morcheeba sang "Rome wasn't built in a day," neither was the saga of a relationship between the paranomalist Fox Mulder and the skeptical Dana Scully. To these X-Philers, it was as if the truth to life and love lingered somewhere within.
Posted by witnit at June 24, 2005 3:00 AM
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