The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 14, 1995 · Page 45
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CYBERTALK • WM there be an X-FBts movie? Maybe, says creator Chris Carter. "There has been some talk about that, but It is stffl in the excitement stages." on the show?The ftashHghts, which contain the chemical element xenon, cost about $4*000 apiece. Duchovny says they're so heavy that his right arm is stranger from carrying ft. "Because Chris Carter doesnt like me," Duchovny says.'^eftously-ifMukterdWn'toccasionaUyget hurt, hb quest for the trath would seem too easy." ••• UBL^f. J— ••—•-•-- • f*l lll%l ff • fran 0M mO HWMtf MM 9CMQT CMljff ScuUy:aSig-SauefP228;MuWerSigS3uerP226. > toM roe UuA Whoopi GoMben tto appear on X-FItes. This is true. She once sent flowers to Chris Carter, and the two have taked about having her on the show. • b tt tone that David Ducbowy has a da*? Yes, a yearord border coffie, terrier mix named Blue. NYPD Blue for a Golden Globe as best TV drama; Entertainment Weekly called it 1994's best show. The season finale is Friday, after which latecomers can catch when the show goes immediately into reruns. THE SCARE IS UP THERE It is 3 a.m. A cold rain is coming down. We're on location in Vancouver, British Columbia, where The X-Files is based. Tonight the show is filming in an abandoned wing of a giant mental institution. A crew member casually points out the area where a patient killed a nurse. Talk about atmosphere. "I don't like it here; it's scary," says the nanny holding Gillian Anderson's sleepy 6- month-old daughter, Piper. Vancouver's dank weather, which sets the tone for the show, has cut into this week's tight shooting schedule — the show is so hot, Fox ordered 25 episodes instead of the usual 22 — so the cast and crew stagger about in various stages of caffcination. An actor with an unsightly wound appears to sleep on a gurney. They've worked 16-hour days all week. Down the hall, Mulder and Scully have just burst into the room of a boy named Charlie — this is supposed to be St. Matthews Medical Center in Arlington, Va. The agents find a nurse on the floor with a gash in her forehead. Charlie is writhing in pain, as if possessed by the devil (he is). The mental institution is just one of The X-Files' choice locations. They've also filmed at a sewage plant — the crew wore gas masks — where they chased a half-man, half-fluke who emerged from the waste of Chernobyl; and in an active slaughterhouse (a crew member got sick). Viewers have seen Mulder crush mutant embryos underfoot, and a circus freak whose midget twin was attached to his abdomen. Chris Carter, creator and executive producer, says The X-Files appeals to the '90s fascination with what he calls "weird science." "When a 60- year-old woman gives birth to a baby, or when a woman's crystallized blood makes her doctors sick, it's the lead story in every news medium. We're dealing in the same The simple goal playing bumper cars with two of the crew. All three are rolling around in wheelchairs with adolescent abandon. Unlike his character, Duchovny doesn't have much faith in the supernatural. "I don't believe in alien landings, or 6-foot intestinal worms, or clones. I just don't." Anderson's Scully graduated from area." Which makes finding stories a 0f 'The X-FlleS,' medical school, then joined the FBI virtual feast. "Scientific journals, newspapers, magazines — there's no end to the sources." Indeed, the show goes to great lengths to make its science accurate. The writers must prove to Carter that their ideas have some factual basis, and scientists are consulted frequently. "Everything [on the show] has to take place within the realm of extreme possibility," says Carter, 38, a former surfing-magazine writer whose favorite childhood show was Kolchak: The Night Stalker, "because the scariest episodes are the ones that make you feel like they could happen in your neighborhood. It's scary to think about getting a hamburger when there's a chance that the burger might be laced with bovine growth hormones, which could have been tampered with by a secret federal agency [one episode's plot line]. That's the land of scare we're going for." For Duchovny, the show also taps into a '90s- style search for spirituality. "People are hungry for transcendence, they're looking for that feeling of mystery, that tingle you get when you feel God. I'm not making those kinds of claims for X-Files, but we're dealing with the same kinds of issues. We're dealing with the unexplainable." Duchovny's Mulder is a serious, Oxford-trained psychologist fascinated by the unknown. He's the believer. The key to his quest is that as a child he saw aliens abduct his sister. His motto: "The truth is out there." In person, he's more relaxed, and funny, in the way you might expect of a guy who has a master's degree in English from Yale (which he does). At the moment, he's taking a break in the lobby of the mental institution. Actually, he's according to its creator: 'to scare the pants off you' She's rational, grounded in science, and often serves as a foil to Mulder's out- there theories. In person, Anderson, who's almost as serene as her character, is more of a believer. "I've known people who've had telepathic situations, and I think we can heal ourselves and others through the power of the mind. So we must be able to harm other people through the power of the mind as well." <X' MARKS THE HOT In the early '80s, friends congregated in front of the TV to dissect Dallas. More recently, crowds have gathered to check out who's jilting whom on Me/rose Place. Today people in the know — and we're talking about a less social, cyber-type crowd — hole up alone to watch The X-Files, tapping into the Internet afterward to discuss the details. In fact, with hordes of fans logging onto the Internet or online services after each episode, the show's cyber following has taken on phcnom status. Delphi Internet Services, owned by Fox, (notice a marketing trend here?), gives subscribers access to information about the show and lets them download photos, video, sound and text (though not scripts), as well as interact with the show's staff. America Online invites subscribers to role-play in a game based on the series. "It's opened up a whole new thing in television, an immediate link to your audience," Carter says of the online connection. On the Internet, much of the chatter centers on whether Mulder and Scully ever will get together. Despite the fact that the characters are single, Continued on Page 6 • The TwOgU ZOM (19S945) This CBS show's opening monologue about a "fifth dimension" that "lies between man's fears and the summit of his knowtedge" set the mysterious tone. But it was the detached narration of host Rod Selling (above), about people getting their due, that upped the eerie ante for TV shows to come. CLASSICS OF PRIME-TIME TERROR • The (Mar 1Mb (196345) This ABC show hoodwinked viewers into thinking the "vertical" and "horizontal" were out of their control. L/mfts distinguished itself from The Twifgtt Zone by featuring more aliens. The show now has a new life on Showtime. Its first episode starred Beau, Dylan and Uoyd Bridges (below). • Twin Ptaks (199041) On te simplest level, director DavkJ Lynch's first foray into television was a classic whodunit But add Kyle Madachlan as a quirky FBI agent (above, with Sherflyn Fenn), a dancing dwarf and a Log Lady and you have by far the most bizarre show to ever air on prime time. ' -By Richard Vega USA WEEKEND • Mm' 12-14, 1WS 5

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