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The Truth is Out There: “The X-Files” Ended 10 Years Ago & Predicts the End of the World

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

It’s been 10 years since the small screen bid adieu to Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, the FBI agents who investigated paranormal activity on the FOX hit, The X-Files. The sci-fi show premiered on September 10, 1983 and aired its final episode on May 19, 2002. When the series ended, it was the longest-running sci-fi series in American television history, an honor that Smallville now holds.

In the series finale, “The Truth,” Mulder accesses classified documents about the final colonization of the planet (the end of the world), which will occur on December 22, 2012. Mulder kills the man who discovers he’s seen the information and is then held in a military prison. Scully and others break him out and the star-crossed lovers escape to New Mexico, where The Smoking Man helps sheds some light on the coming invasion. Mulder and Scully settle in for the night in a motel room in Roswell, New Mexico, where the episode concludes with the couple locked in embrace.

X-Files creator Chris Carter wrote the final episode, which he discusses in his 2010 Archive interview:

X-Files writer/Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan on The X-Files series finale:

There have been rumors of a third X-Files movie (the first two were in 1998 and 2008), perhaps to be released in December 2012? I want to believe.

For more info, check out our X-Files show page.

John Bartley Interview Now Online— “X-Files” and “Lost” Director of Photography

Monday, July 12th, 2010

“I like the camera to be moving. I’ve gone to work on a couple of shows part time, and they   get a little surprised when you say, ‘let’s lay down some track’… ‘Well, we don’t usually do  that.’ ‘Well, let’s lay some track today.’”

Click here to access John Bartley’s newly posted Archive of American Television Interview.

Interview Description:
On his approach to The X-Files, John Bartley says: “They thought it was crazy to go that dark, to get things down that far. Sometimes it’s a little nail-biting and you’ve got to make sure that it’s actually there— or something’s there. Directors would look at me and say, you okay with that? They still do that today too.” John Bartley won an Emmy Award for his influential cinematography of The X-Files and also served as the DP on such series as Roswell and Lost. In his Archive interview, Bartley talks about breaking into TV in Australia and his move to Canada and the US, where he became a gaffer in TV and films. He discusses his transition from gaffer to Director of Photography, initially with the feature film Beyond the Stars, a film that he later says was among his hardest projects to light. He then speaks about his work in series television, starting with the police drama The Commish, and then The X-Files. For The X-Files, he recalls how he came to be hired, discusses the dark look to the series and his efforts to add color as it continued, and recalls working with the series leads. He recounts being hired on Lost and describes the challenges posed by the series’ location work in Hawaii; he also notes the significant use of camera movement on Lost, and speaks about the show’s production team. Other TV projects Bartley touches on include: fantasy/adventure series Early Edition, sci-fi series Roswell, and the television movie Odd Girl Out. Throughout the interview, he comments on being concerned with matching the lighting throughout a project, shooting in the 16 x 9 format but being aware of “TV safe,” and how the introduction of HD effects his work. John Bartley was interviewed in North Hollywood, CA on May 8, 2009; Stephen J. Abramson conducted the two-and-a-half hour interview.