The X-Files is back (at least for a while) and everyone’s all pumped. But there was actually a tiny chance way back when that it wouldn’t come to glorious fruition, due to the FBI finding it knocking just a little too close to reality. Chris Carter recently recalled a spooky story from when things all started up.
“I had someone come up to me during the original run of the series, who said they worked in some high place in a secret government agency, [and] said that we were very close to the truth.”
Man, I don’t want to know that. There were so many weird, creepy things in The X-Files. I in no way want to believe that any of them even remotely resembled the truth (except for maybe the soul eater from the episode “The Gift,” because he was dope). But, honestly, even without the whole larger alien narrative, the show brought up so many unsettling ideas. Hell, I avoided people’s shadows one summer as a kid after seeing the episode “Soft Light.”
The FBI also uneasy about the show (for a totally different reason that wimpy ol’ kid me), Carter explained.
“I didn’t know whether to take that person at their word or not. I can tell you this: When I wrote the  pilot, I called the FBI to do some research, and they were nice enough, but didn’t really give me the time of day. Then, all of a sudden, as we got close to airing, the FBI called and said, ‘Who are you and what are you doing?’ And for a second, I thought it was going to be the long arm of the law coming in to shut me down.”
That obviously didn’t happen and the show evolved into a prominent pop culture staple of our '90s love for aliens (ranging from Independence Day to posters of aliens in baggy clothes featuring pot leaves and eight balls). In fact, the FBI later became really cool with it.
“They became unofficial fans [of the 'X-Files’]. And as a member of the FBI Citizens Academy, I’ve had a chance to shoot many a firearm with the FBI. I got to shoot a few rounds at the firing range at FBI headquarters in Washington.”
Why couldn’t Stargate be too close to the truth instead? Ugh.