Alien conspiracies, monsters, cryptids, mutants, paranormal phenomena — just a typical day for the fictional FBI agents of “The X-Files.”
But how close to fiction was it?
Creator, writer and director Chris Carter tells a real-life tale about the show in its early days that’s worthy of the show’s catchphrase, “The truth is out there.”
“I had someone come up to me during the original run of the series, who said they worked in some high place in a secret government agency, [and] said that we were very close to the truth,” Carter told.
“I didn’t know whether to take that person at their word or not. I can tell you this: When I wrote the  pilot, I called the FBI to do some research, and they were nice enough, but didn’t really give me the time of day.
“Then, all of a sudden, as we got close to airing, the FBI called and said, ‘Who are you and what are you doing?’ And for a second, I thought it was going to be the long arm of the law coming in to shut me down.”
“They became unofficial fans [of the ‘X-Files’]. And as a member of the FBI Citizens Academy, I’ve had a chance to shoot many a firearm with the FBI. I got to shoot a few rounds at the firing range at FBI headquarters in Washington.”
The X-Files aired between 1993 and 2002 more than 200 episodes in total, spread over nine seasons. The series was a great success worldwide and won 16 Emmy Awards, five Golden Globes and numerous other awards.
“Last year I met a scientist from Asia who invented this. Free energy from waves coming from space. A metal stick (antenna) is enough to generate energy for an entire apartment complex.
“The Dutch company Philips from Eindhoven is known buying inventions in order to hush these inventions down. If the inventor does not want to sell it they will go over to plan b. Although this claims the scientist. The scientist is currently hiding.”
“The world has become even stranger during the long break of 14 years, so it is the perfect time to tell these stories”, Carter said.
While the series has featured many bizarre, dangerous and mind-bending adversaries — human and otherwise — what about Carter, the creator and life force behind it all. Has he ever seen anything he couldn’t explain?
“Not a UFO and I’ve never had a visitation. I’ve certainly had experiences that seemed somewhat paranormal, but I’m still in the ‘I want to believe’ camp.”