I dream of another world. A universe where the bosses still may be jerks, but they’re funnier, like Michael Scott. A society where we’ve got guys like Gil Grissom and Robert Goren on our side to catch the bad guys with sheer brainpower. The doctors are as brilliant as House, as driven as the crew at Chicago’s County General Hospital, and as loveable as the crew of Scrubs.
In my world, if the sun doesn’t set with a happy ending, at least someone always says something wise and witty and maybe a little tragically true. And when things get a little too heavy, I can punch a button on the remote and take a calming walk around the block.
In this wonderful alternate dimension, Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully continue to investigate an endless cycle of conspiracies, hauntings, anomalies, and mind-bending nightmares. And, quite often – at least once a year here at the Virtual Season -- their paths cross with some of the greatest characters of the Video Age.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – I love a good crossover. My wife nods tolerantly when I note that Without a Trace now officially belongs to the same TV universe as the Law and Order series (both are home to the wholly fictional Hudson University). When Vegas CSI: Grissom teamed recently with Trace’s Agent Jack Malone, I was like a kid at Christmas (a pale one who spends too much time in front of the tube). Did you know the brilliant-but-cancelled Andy Barker. P.I. shares a crucial link to Buffy the Vampire Slayer? THAT you have to investigate for yourself (Hint: Google up “Dopuble Meat”).
In the whimsical world of my fevered brainpan, Mulder and Scully frequently bump into the denizens of The Tube off-camera. They’re the perfect Crossover Couple, with a federal expense account that can take them to the San Francisco turf of time-tripping reporter Dan Vassar (Journeyman) or obsessive-compulsive sleuth Adrian Monk, the Arizona haunts of psychic housewife Alison Dubois (Medium), or the Oklahoma City beat of Grace Hanadarko, the hard-drinkin’, hard-lovin’ cop who talks (rather saltily) to angels (Saving Grace). They may liaison with D.C. neighbor Temperance “Bones” Brennan, fellow agents Jack Malone or Fritz Howard (The Closer), or consult with the investigators of NCIS. Their obsession with the unknown likely has brought them into the orbit of Supernatural travelers Sam and Dave, journalist Clark Kent (Smallville), or the lost passengers of that oceanic flight that went down over the Pacific.
You get the idea. We’re inviting you once again to visit the crossed-up universe of Mulder and Scully, where you never know who they – or you – will run into.
Martin RossFor the VS Producers