Before we had Buffy, we had Agent Scully. When we think about a strong heroine that brought on more strong female characters, we think of Buffy, but even before Buffy, there was Scully.
“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” has lived on through the years through Netflix. It didn’t matter if you weren’t old enough to watch Buffy when it first aired on the WB, most likely you’ve binge-watched it since.
How old were you when “The X-Files” premiered in 1993? How old were you when Buffy premiered in 1997? Now which one of those shows have you actually watched?
“The X-Files” hasn’t necessarily had that cult following through the years as Buffy has, unless you were an original fan. You can watch the original series on Netflix, if you are willing to power watch all nine seasons.
On Sunday, “The X-Files” is coming back for a six episode mini-series. The show may actually be better suited now than it was in the 90s. The series was ahead of its time. Fans were shipping Mulder and Scully even before shipping was a thing. Scully was a strong female character fighting crime in a time when there weren’t too many female characters for young women to look up to.
Scully led the way for characters like Dr. Melinda Warner on “Law and Order: SVU” and Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan on “Bones.” Not to mention paving the way for characters like Buffy.
According to Chris Carter, “The X-Files” creator, the underlying premise of the show was conspiracies. He believes that the show is even more relevant now. As he told The New York Times, “People seem concerned, more than ever, about whether the government is really looking out for their best interest. It’s always been there. But lately it’s ratcheted up.”
Since “The X-Files” ended, we’ve had the war on terror and the rise of “truthers.” The reboot plans to embrace the developments in our society. According to the New York Times, Agent Mulder and Scully will work with a 9/11 “truther” named Ted O’Malley to investigate nuclear bombs and alien-human hybridization. The Patriot Act, military and police actions will also come into play.
It will be interesting to see how “The X-Files” will tie in the current times with the old show premise, but why should you really check out this show? You should check this show out because it has a strong female character. We don’t really need an excuse to bring back a strong female character, especially when she was one of the first.
We talk about Buffy being the origin of strong heroines, but Scully was around before the vampire slayer was. Maybe “The X-Files” is made for millennials after all. It was just airing in the wrong decade.
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Mandy is the managing editor of Bold.global. She’s obsessed with TV and with that passion she created Primetime Addiction that she grew to reach 25,000+ people a month. Mandy holds a master’s degree in magazine journalism from England. She’s contributed to publications in New York, Florida and the United Kingdom.