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EXERPT FROM Conception and Evolution

by Brian Lowry
(research assistance by Sarah Stegall)

...Although the interplay between Mulder and Scully is sharply written, there has also been a conscious effort not to fall prey to the romantic attraction trap that has tripped up many a series. Rather, the characters' relationship has grown extremely close but remained professional, characterized by Mulder's wholehearted belief in the paranormal--driven by his sister's abduction by aliens when he was a youth--and the faith of Scully, a medical doctor, in more rational and scientific means of explaining the unknown. In fact, the characters' mandate from her superiors in the pilot episode was to report on and where possible debunk Mulder's work, providing a basis for tension that gradually faded--but didn't deminish entirely, instead taking on a different cast--as the bond between them grew.

...Another point of contention invloved the nature of the relationship between the two leads. Carter insisted that they stay clearly platonic despite those urging him to establish more sexual chemistry. "Chris from the very beginning always said, 'It's not going to be Moonlighting,' " notes [Bob] Greenblatt [vice president of FOX's dramatic series development in 1992].

"A big part of my job during the August to May scope of that pilot creation was protecting against that," Carter contends. "I was really the lone voice saying we cannot have these people romantically involved. There cannot be real TV sexual tension here or else the show won't work. As soon as you have them looking googly-eyed at each other, they're not going to want to go out and chase these aliens. The relationship will supplant or subvert what's going to make the show great, which is the pursuit of these cases."

Carter felt he'd made clear in the pilot that he didn't plan to allow Mulder and Scully to engage in the FBI version of Cheers when Anderson's character bursts into Mulder's room in a moment of panic wearing just a robe. The agent's cool response set a tone that the producer felt would carry over into subsequent episodes. (Even with that battle seemingly won, a synopsis issued by Fox's press department just prior to the show's premiere describes the connection between Mulder and Scully as growing "more complex with each case, slowly emerging as a heady mix of professional competitiveness, witty repartee and a mutual attraction that is heightened by the intensity of their tasks and the close proximity in which they work.")

Taken from "The Truth Is Out There: The Official Guide to The X-Files", by Brian Lowry, published 1995 by HarperCollins (in Australia at least). Thanks dude. The book only covers S#1 and #2, BTW.

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