The new revisiting of The X-Files could get no greater promotion than the recent duet Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny performed at The Cutting Room on May 12. The former (and future) X-Files co-stars performed Neil Young’s “Helpless,” following their song with a kiss for the frenzied fan. There were clearly more than a few X-Files fans at The Cutting Room, Tuesday night.
Ms. Anderson and Mr. Duchovny are reuniting for the revival of The X-Files in January, but the purpose of the concert was to promote David’s new album, Hell or Highwater, released the same day that the concert was performed. As Gillian joined Duchovny on the stage, the X-Files co-stars joked around with one another in true Mulder and Scully fashion. Finally, Ms. Anderson asked “Can we play some real music please?”
“Is there anything you’re in the mood for,” Duchovny retorted.
“Helpless” was the response that prompted the two to perform the duet, covering Neil Young’s song.
The crooning was followed up by a moment that some X-Files fans feel had been too rare in the nine year run of The X-Files. The embrace and kiss earned David and Gillian cheers and screams of approval from the crowd.
For years, fans had hoped that The X-Files would explore more fully the adoration between Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson), but the series was not without its tender moments. Tuesday night’s performance seemed particularly reminiscent of one episode of The X-Files: “The Post-Modern Prometheus.”
The IMDb summary for the episode reveals an episode that deviates from the usual alien conspiracy plot.
“Mulder and Scully travel to a small town after Mulder receives a letter asking for his help in solving a mystery. The townsfolk believe there is a Frankenstein-type monster living in the woods and many claim to have seen him. One of the locals has even created a comic book on the creature, which he’s called the Great Mutato. Scully of course thinks it’s all nonsense but soon changes her mind when they see what appears to be a hideously deformed man in the woods. The episode is filmed in black and white.”
The episode leaves the viewer with a heartwarming message by the end of the episode, but it also gives a rare glimpse at the developing friendship and love between Mulder and Scully, as the duo dances to Cher’s version of “Walking In Memphis.”
There’s no denying that the moment shared on stage between Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny Tuesday night stirred in fans the same emotions brought to the surface in “The Post-Modern Prometheus.” Even the music and dancing seemed to transport Anderson and Duchovny back to that moment in the final sequence of “The Post-Modern Prometheus.”
The first episode of The X-Files revival, starring Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, is scheduled to air on January 24, 2016 on Fox.
[Featured image: Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny courtesy of Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images]