For me, the highlight of day one at Comic-Con took place in Ballroom 20 on Thursday afternoon as TV Guide presented The X-Files 20th Anniversary panel. I can’t believe it has been 20 years since the show debuted, proving that a one-hour genre show could not only succeed, but also be a huge hit for network TV.
Also on the panel were series stars Gillian Anderson and, in a rare convention appearance, David Duchovny. When asked to look back on the series, Anderson joked that at the time, she didn’t realize Mulder was “so cool. I should have gone there sooner.” Later, when asked what the characters of Scully and Mulder might do on a real date, Anderson said, “Have sex.” Duchovny stuttered, “And then, uh, have dinner?” Their minds remained in the gutter as, when in response to the comment that women got into physics because of Scully, Duchovny added, “Men come up to me and say they got into Scully because of Mulder.”