The truth about UFOs may be out there, but the man who created The X-Files doesn’t hope a new buzz report will bring us any closer to finding it.
In an opinion piece he wrote for the New York Times on Friday, X-Files executive producer Chris Carter notes that the recent US government study of unidentified aerial phenomena – including an unclassified version expected to be released to Congress today – apparently would not contain conclusive discoveries of unidentified flying objects or their origins.
“And the parts that remain classified will only fuel more conspiracy theories,” Carter writes. “It’s X-Files territory if there ever was one. But it’s also a cause of important questions.
Carter explains that while directing Fox’s sci-fi drama in the 1990s / early 2000s, he “became a magnet” for people’s stories of UFO sightings and alien encounters. And that made sense, given that “The plot of The X-Files was built on a conspiracy theory: the government is lying to you about the existence of UFOs and aliens,” he wrote. “Do I think the government is lying to us?” Absolutely. I am a Watergate child. Do I believe in conspiracies? Certainly.”
However, he continues, “will the new report, or any government report, give us clear answers? I am as skeptical as I have ever been.
The X-Files followed FBI agents Fox Mulder (played by David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (played by Gillian Anderson) as they investigated an alien and supernatural phenomenon. Mulder was the couple’s believer, a brilliant criminal profiler who had dedicated his career to solving the mystery of his sister’s apparent abduction by aliens when they were children. Scully was the skeptic, a forensic scientist whose own apparent alien abduction in Season 2 was not enough to convince her of the existence of aliens.
Read Carter’s commentary in full here, then click on the comments: do you believe?