If the names Mulder and Scully mean nothing to you, then your whole life has been a lie . . . But don’t worry, “the truth is out there,” and The X-Files are still open for anyone who wants to believe.
In 1993, Fox was a fledgling network and actors, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson got their start playing FBI agents, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully investigating paranormal activity for The X-Files every week. In a post Cold War, pre-NSA world, fans of this television show imagined that the United States government was more concerned with home-planet security than homeland security.
One such fan was a young boy in Karachi, Pakistan, who “started to see the world as a much bigger and weirder place,” thanks to Mulder and Scully. He would later move to the United States and share his unique perspectives on media as a comedian.
Today, Kumail Nanjiani is known for his role on HBO’s Silicon Valley and for producing the video game podcast, The Indoor Kids, with his wife, Emily V. Gordon. But he returns to the roots of his geekdom as the host of Kumail Nanjiani’s The X-Files Files, a podcast that examines The X-Files episode by episode.
These MP3s serve as a bridge between original X-Files fans who caught the first broadcast and new fans discovering the show through Netflix streaming. Nanjiani has released over 20 episodes of the podcast since June of this year, covering the first and second seasons of The X-Files. Some Millennials, however, have already complained that Nanjiani has not produced enough commentary to keep up with their binge-watching habits.