There’s No ‘X’ in #NZMETEOR — Meteor Lights up New Zealand Night Sky

I just finished watching The XFiles: Fight The Future (1998) on TV, when I came online to discover people around Auckland and parts of the Waikato were talking about seeing a brilliant flash of light in the night sky. There were speculations, but no one knew for sure what they had seen. I was bummed-out that I didn’t see it for myself, but not bummed-out for being glued to the televisions screen (The X-Files movie is surprisingly great and not at all how I remembered it). All the online chatter about the incident reminded me of this quote from the movie; “If we fail to anticipate the unforeseen or expect the unexpected in a universe of infinite possibilities, we may find ourselves at the mercy of anyone or anything that cannot be programmed, categorized or easily referenced.” ~ Special Agent Fox Mulder FTW

the truth is out there

The flash, as it turns out, was a meteor and a surprisingly epic one at that; as captured by Josh Sherborne on his high-definition Dashcam:

Here’s the flash seen from Auckland City:

And here’s a look at what it really was — a very well made publicity stunt conspiracy:

All in all, what a magnificent thing to have shared with many other people across the country. Touché, Universe. But because I missed it watching a movie, I feel I have to share something with other X-Files fans who also missed the light show — Fox has confirmed that they are in the logistical phase of rebooting the series. It’s easy to be adamant in this post-Arrested Development/24/Veronica Mars/Twin Peaks reboot world, but Fox has promised, they’re not doing The X-Files without David “Mulder” Duchovny and Gillian “Scully” Anderson. X-Files is coming back! It’s hard to get excited over reboots, but considering there hasn’t been anything remotely as sophisticated, suspenseful and entertaining as it since; I want to believe.

I WANT TO BELIEVE

As for the film, I understand why I didn’t enjoy it as a kid, scenes kept jumping back-and-fourth and returning to familiar locations which must have put me off, but really, for a movie tie-in between seasons 5 and 6, this is a great story about an alien bloodline that has been dormant on Earth since before the evolution of mankind itself. Mulder unravels the biggest conspiracy of his career (and the series) and there is a decent amount of alien in this than I remembered. No meteors though.

The X-Files movie delves deeply into the series’ mythology, further exploring the intrinsic relationship between Mulder and Scully, and ultimately exposes the truth behind a project that threatens to irrevocably alter the future of mankind:

How do I not own this movie?!

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~ by Fionnlagh on February 12, 2015.

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