Whether you’re a new recruit or a longtime Mulder and Scully shipper, there’s no denying that the return of The X-Files is going to be a big event when the new season premieres on January 24th. Following the adventures of two FBI investigators getting their hands dirty in the spooky and strange, the show always featured strange cases throughout history as a jumping off point for storylines. So if you’re an X-Files-phile, a true crime connoisseur, a gullible ghost hunter, or conspiracy theory nut, be more like the titular duo with the following activities that’ll surely get you believing that the truth really is out there!
Dream Wildly with Ancient Aliens
Were the dinosaurs exterminated by aliens because they were a failed experiment? Did the ancient pyramids in Giza act as a launch pad to the stars? Did the Nazis have one of the fabled extraterrestrial crystal skulls? If you want to get your Mulder on (while Scully skeptically sighs in the background) grab a bag of popcorn and get cozy with episodes of Ancient Aliens. The History Channel show (also currently available on Netflix) follows the meme-worthy Giorgio A. Tsoukalos and dozens of ancient astronaut theorists as they speculate wildly about how extraterrestrials have shaped human history and our origins in the universe. You’ll become so obsessed you’ll be making the leaps alongside them.
Go Deep with the SCP Foundation
Described by screenwriter Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra) as The X-Files in Wikipedia form, the SCP Foundation is a collection of sci-fi shorts divided into items about various topics like a humanoid creature in containment (SCP-096), a play that drives the performers and audience crazy (SCP-701), red ice (SCP-009), and so much more. Through the use of quotes from scientists, document-like presentation, heavy use of scientific jargon, the verisimilitude of SCP Foundation will confound and intrigue you to connect all the dots and pour over the pages to find out the truth.
Hold Your Breath and Listen to Limetown
“Ten years ago, over three hundred men, women and children disappeared from a small town in Tennessee, never to be heard from again.” In six episodes, the folks at Two-Up Productions will take you on a nail-biting operatic odyssey with journalist Lia Haddock as she investigates the mystery of Limetown and what happened there. It’s a radio drama that will leave you shaking in your boots and hitting the download button for one episode after the next, desperate to figure out the answers behind everything as if your life depended on it.
Dare to Adventure in a Real-Life Escape Room
Escape Rooms are living, breathing games for you and your friends to play. This growing phenomenon goes like this: you and a small group of individuals are locked in a space and have to work together to find the clues and make your way out in time. In Los Angeles alone there are a variety of themes including being a 1940s private investigator, going on a cave expedition in search of lost civilizations, or even being trapped in a lab with a zombie! Nothing gets your heart-beating like a ticking clock and a fully immersive experience to get lost inside. Will you make it out with your sanity intact?
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