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How a ‘X-Files’ Spinoff TV Show Ended up Predicting the 9/11 Attacks

September 14, 2019 5 comments

I considered publishing this post about three days ago, but decided to do it later for a number of reasons. In the later half of 1990s, a TV show known as ‘X-Files‘ was quite popular and I used to watch it quite regularly. In late 2000, after one of its two main leads (David Duchovny) left the show, producers tried to capitalize on the show’s brand by developing a spinoff. This new show, known as ‘The Lone Gunmen‘ was centered around a small group of recurring characters on ‘X-Files’. It was supposedly not that successful and only 13 episodes of the first season ran between March 4, 2001 to June 1, 2001. Under any other circumstances, this would be unremarkable.

So why are we still talking about it after 18 years? Well.. as it turns out, the storyline of pilot episode aired on March 4, 2001 would become relevant a bit over six months after it was aired. The episode in question was about a plot by a small clique of powerful government officials to remotely fly a airliner filled with passengers into the world trade center (in NYC) to simulate a terrorist attack. The rationale behind this plot was that such an incident would create enough public outrage to allow USA to invade a couple of middle-eastern countries, boost profits by weapon manufacturers and create a new bogeyman after USSR ceased to exist in 1991.

And now you know, why this show (especially that episode) was never re-aired on a major TV network after September 11, 2001. Here is a YT clip containing the entire episode. Enjoy.. and download it by a method of your choice, if you found it interesting. Did I mention that the flight path of fictional plane meant to fly into the WTC involves Boston Airport.

The important parts start at (29:44) link 1 and (39:37) link 2.

What do you think? Comments?