- The truth will finally be out there.
- Fans of Fox's The X-Files will be happy
to know -- if they can truly believe -- that six years of alien conspiracy
theories are about to be wrapped up.
- No, The X-Files isn't being canceled.
That really would be suspicious and demand some sort of an investigation.
- But, yes, it appears that agents Scully
and Mulder (Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny) are going to, at long
last, close their big alien conspiracy case.
- In a two-part episode to be broadcast
Sunday night at 9 and Sunday Feb. 14, both on Channel 2, the following
questions (more or less) will be answered (more or less):
- * What's the deal with extraterrestrial
life on Earth? Is there or isn't there?
- * What happened to Mulder's sister anyway?
- * What's agent Fowley (Mimi Rogers) hiding
- * What's the Syndicate hiding from the
- * And who is Cassandra Spender (Victoria
Cartwright), and what's her connection to the Syndicate?
- To be honest, a lot of us forgot what
a lot of the questions were a long time ago.
- In any case, Chris Carter, X-Files creator/executive
producer/writer, says: "There's going to be a lot of stuff explained.
You're going to understand this conspiracy after the end of the two-parter."
- Kinda, sorta, probably, almost definitely,
- "That doesn't necessarily mean that
everything's wrapped up and finished," Carter teased during a recent
interview session with TV critics at the 1999 Winter Press Tour in Pasadena,
Calif. "In fact," he says, "there's a lot to do."
- Such as?
- "We're making some choices, knowing
that the show is moving toward a kind of completion," says Carter,
"and so we are planning ahead for that. This is part of that move
to get to the ultimate answer, if you will, possibly, about what happened
to Mulder's sister."
- If that sounds like the end of the road
for the show, well, maybe it's the beginning of the end and an end with
a new beginning.
- "Right now everyone is prepped for
the seventh year to be the end of X-Files," says Carter. (The show
is in its sixth season.) "You know, with a show, anything can happen.
But right now, that's what we're shooting for."
- His ultimate plan (and, no, it's not
world domination)? More X-Files movies. But more movies will mean fewer
- "I hope that the television series
becomes a movie series so I'm not looking to spend all my capital,"
says Carter. "I want to make sure that we continue to have good stories
to tell and that The X-Files continues to have avenues to explore."
- And guess what that means.
- More questions.
- You were expecting, what, nothing but
- "Watching The X-Files now for some
130-odd episodes," says Carter, "every time we give you an answer,
we also ask a question."
- Cute. And also smart.
- Sunday's hour, called Two Fathers, will
find Spender threatening to tell all about the extraterrestrial conspiracy.
But it's the One Son episode Feb. 14 in which Mulder gets the answer he's
been searching for, only to be faced with a bigger problem: what to do
- "There are going to be a lot of
answers," Carter promises. "A lot is going to be explained. You'll
actually understand a lot about how Mulder didn't necessarily choose the
X-Files. They were kind of chosen for him. So you will learn, historically,
how the X-Files came about and what Mulder's father's part was in them."
- And what a long, strange, otherworldly
trip it has been.
- "It's amazing to me, now, having
the ability to look back over 5 1/2 years of work, how many questions we
asked in that pilot, not ever knowing how completely we'd be able to explore
everything. ... The whole theme is, now, in a weird way -- and this is
kind of beautiful -- the stories almost dictate themselves. There's so
much that has come and been told that you are, in a way, a slave to the
facts that you've created."
- Television Preview 'The X-Files' Two-part
episode 9 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 14 on Fox