ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: If The X-Files could crossover with any show, which one would you choose & why?

For our next roundtable chat based on a key X-Files question…

If The X-Files could crossover with any show, which one would you choose & why?

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CARL: “I’m not really eager for any crossovers on the TV, but I hope IDW continue to experiment with the comics. I always thought a crossover with 24 could work, something in the vein of ‘F. Emasculata’ or ‘The Pine Bluff Variant’. Maybe that ship has sailed though. Failing that, how about Fringe?”

TONY: “It’s a difficult one isn’t it? There was talk that Fox wanted Martin Sheen to appear in ‘The Truth’ as The West Wing‘s President Bartlet, and of course we had Detective John Munch from Homicide: Life on the Streets appear in ‘Unusual Suspects’ (plus ‘Red Museum’ was supposed to be a crossover with Picket Fences), but you have to be careful not to simply be giving in to fan service or fan fiction. 24 would be interesting certainly, like you say Carl, it wouldn’t perhaps be too great a leap. Hannibal would be amazing to see Will Graham & Mulder going head to head – but of course how would Scully react when she found out Bedelia was her alien clone? ;)”

BAZ: “A crossover with Supernatural could be fun. It feels like the natural successor in many ways with Sam and Dean investigate cases of monsters and demons across the US, with occasional episodes linking to a wider mythology (often similarly apocalyptic). I think there would be some great chemistry there between Dean and Mulder – and I am sure Dean would be quite a fan of Scully too! I think given the influence The X-Files had on other shows – what about something like Criminal Minds? Mulder was a behavioral profiler before he started work on the X-Files? What about an episode where he is called in as a consultant on a case he worked on, a Donnie Pfaster style serial killer?”

CARL: “I could see the Supernatural team coming across a monster from The X-Files. Perhaps that would work better than a full-on crossover with Mulder & Scully?”

BAZ: “Possibly. Perhaps they encounter the Flukeman? Actually, there is one crossover that could be ingenious – The X-Files and Twin Peaks. What if transvestite FBI agent Dennis / Denise was Mulder pre-X-Files? I’d love to see how they manage that one!”

TONY: “Dean & Sam vs the Flukeman would be brilliant. You could put a fair few TXF monsters up against them I reckon.”

SARAH: “I’d be interested to see Mulder & Scully work a case with Castle & Beckett! Mulder and Castle would go off on their tangents and Scully and Beckett would go out to a nice dinner and discuss the case like grown-ups. And Lanie would be a little jealous of Scully. Esposito would flirt with her. Ryan would be the third wheel to Mulder and Castle. Then Castle would turn the whole thing into a novel and Skinner’s friend Wayne Federman would produce the movie.”

TONY: “Along sort of semi-similar lines, why not Mulder & Scully rocking up in Stars Hollow and encountering the Gilmore Girls & folk? I’d be like ‘The Rain King’ but even more sentimental – Scully befriending Lorelai while Mulder ends up eating endless pieces of potato pie as Luke bemoans to him in the diner. Oh and there’d be some comedic weirdness – maybe Kirk claims he’s been abducted by aliens or something.”

CARL: “This sounds like fanfic you’re destined to write Tony.”

TONY: “Haha you think? I have friends who would probably shoot me for even attempting to write like Amy Sherman-Palladino! :D”

PAIGE: “I’m gonna go Torchwood. It would be a hot mess to be sure, but an irresistible mixture with Mulder and Scully and Captain Jack and Gwen. And Ianto, please, somehow. I’ve always called Torchwood my stop-gap show whilst XF was away. Would truly love to see this fit together somehow.”

TONY: “Given Russell T. Davies has often said he modelled Torchwood at the beginning as ‘X-Files meets This Life‘, that makes it even more apt as a crossover. Good one. In a similar vein – Mulder. Scully. Holmes. Watson.”

PAIGE: “That was going to be my second pick. Love Sherlock!”

CARL: “That could get very meta. If Mulder met Sherlock would he still be able to remember his passionate encounter with Phoebe Green atop Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s grave?”

SARAH: “I just choked on my tea.”

What do you think? Do you agree? Disagree? Let us know your choices in the comments below or on social media!

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