“Hiding in Plain Sight”—UFOs & Agent Mulder…I Want to Believe

“Hiding in Plain Sight”—UFOs & Agent Mulder…I Want to Believe

“Hiding in Plain Sight”—UFOs & Agent Mulder…I Want to Believe

Was Mulder. Right. All along?

Dynamic producer/director/writer Chris Carter created The X-Files the timely and almost prescient Fox drama (1993 to 2002) about paranormal investigations. Described as “one of the greatest cult shows in modern television,” by the Independent newspaper, Entertainment Weekly called it “a paean to sci-fi fans, conspiracy theorists and Area 51 pilgrims everywhere…while Agents Mulder and Scully's believer-versus-skeptic dynamic created a TV template that's still in heavy use today."

In spite of storylines that suggested extraterrestrials were already here on Earth and working with dark, secret Government/Military forces, Carter has always described himself as a skeptic, much like Agent Scully.

However, in light of the mysterious balloon-like objects that were shot down earlier this year by the U.S. military and the recent eye-opening “whistleblower” revelations, Carter told “In the Know” that these incidents reminded him of his hit TV series days. The protagonist of Carter’s series was a brilliant unconventional FBI Agent, Fox Mulder, who led the X-Files unit aided by his partner Dana Scully, and who sought to discover "the truth" behind the existence of extraterrestrial life on Earth, and of a possible Government conspiracy to conceal that truth.


Carter said: “It’s curious that the U.S. government won’t give us clear answers and they may not ever recover whatever they shot down. I’m a skeptic. I believe in science, but you (also) can’t discount these Navy pilots and what they’re seeing and what they’re reporting. It reminds me of all of (our X-Files) episodes—that the government is not fessing up what they may know about extraterrestrials or UFO phenomena.”

Here are some other insightful tidbits that Chris Carter previously shared in 2016.


With regard to the Roswell incident and its wildly speculated UFO crash in 1947, which was included in an X-Files episode (“The Unnatural”), Carter suggested: “Well, the way I understand it—and I only know what I read—is that the military had put out one account of a crashed spacecraft and then withdrew that account and said it was a weather balloon. So that sounds very suspicious to me. But if you read—I’ll call it literature, and I say that with hesitation because I am a skeptic—there were other crashes in addition to Roswell at places like Aztec, New Mexico, and they were supposed to be far better recoveries of downed craft. Now this is all what I read, and I find it fascinating. There’s that poster on Mulder’s wall: I WANT TO BELIEVE. And I want to believe this stuff….I think it’s increasingly difficult (to hide). I think that is a good thing. But I also think it’s difficult to determine—from all the various sources—what is the truth?”

On the possibility/probability of other intelligent life being out there, the series dramatically dealt with the topic in its second-season opener (“Little Green Men”) which was watched by almost 10 million households in its initial broadcast. Carter suggested: “I want to believe that we’re not alone. That we have just yet to contact, discover, or recognize signs in whatever form. It would be a game-changer to put it mildly. I think all wars would end tomorrow if we found out.”

Hello, that would be the ultimate of game-changers.

Just as the team of Collie and Zoller have been saying in our “Hiding in Plain Sight” blogs for over three years.

Also recently, Carter has said the latest UFO buzz could make more believers out of the public and members of Congress, quite pointedly saying: “I think that people are wondering why they’re not getting a straight answer.”


My “Hiding in Plain Sight” co-blogger Stephen Zoller recalls being in Hollywood at about the same time as The X-Files was being developed by Carter.

Zoller, who had already written a produced musical sci-fi movie, Metal Messiah and later worked on a sci-fi crime drama, Charlie Jade, says of his Hollywood adventure and its connection to his own UFO experience: “Back in the day, when yours truly lived in a one-room studio apartment in West Hollywood, I would sit at my desk and pound out spec movie scripts and TV series proposals, fueled by an incident that happened to me when I was a young boy—witnessing a UFO cross my field of vision in a matter of a nano second. After writing, I would spend my afternoons at the pool on the slim chance I would run into an indie producer or agent who would read my work. Believe it or not, it worked more than once. 


“One of my stories followed two agents who worked for a nebulous deep state entity charged with investigating strange and unexplained phenomena. Sound familiar?  My script was summarily rejected, not only because it wasn’t very well written, but on the grounds that audiences would not follow a series where each episode ends with a question mark?”

“A short time later, Chris Carter’s utterly brilliant creation The X-Files proved them wrong.  Unlike many shows of that era, The X-Files, with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as Mulder and Scully, seems just as fresh, maybe even fresher than most shows today. Its first run aired a staggering 202 shows and foreshadowed many of the issues that are facing us today. Call me crazy but I’ve long held the belief that Chris Carter was aided and abetted by a another real ‘deep throat’ who passed him non-classified suggestions and story ideas.

“So, here I am pretty jacked to learn that my colleague Ashley Jude Collie has reached out to Mr. Carter for some additional thoughts about the dramatic spike in UFO sightings and the rising tide of whistleblowers who are willing to risk job and reputation to join other men and women stepping out of the shadows to reveal the truth.”

Stay tuned because…The Truth is Out There.


Graphics by Stephen Zoller. And, also refer to other UFO interviews/stories posted on BBN Times by author Ashley Jude Collie and filmmaker/UFOlogist Stephen Zoller.

—“Hiding in Plain Sight—While Vegas Wins Stanley Cup, Men in Black & Aliens reported in Sin City Backyard” —“Hiding in Plain Sight—Air Force Whistleblower Suggests that U.S. has UFO Retrieval Program” — “UFOlogist Zoller Reports that Israel’s Professor Eshed says Alien Contact has been Made” — “UFOs Watching as the Earth Stands Still” — “UFOs & Close Encounters of the Real Kind” — “Filmmaker says Truth about UFOs is not about Little Green Men but is Hiding in Plain Sight

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  • Adam W

    The X-Files was ahead of its time, exploring the possibility of extraterrestrial life and government conspiracies. It's intriguing to see Chris Carter, the show's creator, acknowledging the recent UFO incidents and questioning the government's lack of clear answers.

  • ashley collie

    In reply to: Adam W

    Adam, are you a believer in the truth being out there, or even here? Thanks for commenting.

  • Adam W

    In reply to: ashley collie

    I am indeed a believer in the possibility of extraterrestrial life.

  • Jenny Reilly

    Very interesting.....

  • ashley collie

    In reply to: Jenny Reilly

    Or, as Spock might say, "Fascinating!" Thanks for commenting.

  • Matthew Caston

    Carter's skepticism as a believer in science adds an interesting dynamic to his fascination with UFO phenomena. It makes you wonder if he sees parallels between his fictional world and the real-life events happening today.

  • ashley collie

    In reply to: Matthew Caston

    Matthew, so many of his episodes of The X-Files have resonance in what the whistleblowers and Navy pilots and "abductees" have noted. Do you want to believe?

  • Matthew Caston

    In reply to: ashley collie

    It's a captivating mix of imagination and genuine curiosity that keeps us questioning and searching for answers.

  • Dan Shaw

    The Roswell incident continues to captivate people's imaginations, and Carter's comments about the military's changing accounts raise valid suspicions. It's a subject that remains shrouded in mystery, leaving us to question what the truth really is.

  • ashley collie

    In reply to: Dan Shaw

    Apparently, there was a British Roswell-incident, and what have other countries experienced? Why are they only in the US? Because they're probably not. Cheers

  • Ian R

    Intriguing read. The idea of intelligent life beyond Earth has always been a compelling topic, and Carter's desire to believe that we're not alone resonates with many. The prospect of contact or recognition would indeed be a game-changer for humanity.

  • ashley collie

    In reply to: Ian R

    Ian, in what way a game-changer, in terms of god? Religion? Science? Human technology? Of course, what if they're like the Kanamits in the Twilight Zone's episode, To Serve Man? Yikes!

  • Oliver Ricardo

    It's fascinating to see how The X-Files, even after all these years, remains relevant and influential. The show's impact on popular culture and its ability to address contemporary issues, including UFO sightings and government transparency, is a testament to its enduring legacy.

  • ashley collie

    In reply to: Oliver Ricardo

    Very well said, Oliver. What were your fave episodes?

  • Fiona Lowrey

    Chris Carter's observation that the recent UFO buzz could make more believers out of the public and members of Congress highlights the growing demand for transparency and a genuine search for answers. It's clear that people are hungry for the truth.

  • ashley collie

    In reply to: Fiona Lowrey

    And, what might that "truth" be Fiona?

  • Paul Williams

    The X-Files resonated with audiences because it embraced the unknown and left each episode with unanswered questions. It's interesting to think that some producers initially doubted the show's success, underestimating the audience's willingness to engage with open-ended narratives.

  • ashley collie

    In reply to: Paul Williams

    Also well-said, Paul. Even the humourous episodes had some relevance. Which were your faves?

  • Joanne Green

    Well the fact that Chris Carter may have had real-life inspiration and assistance from a 'deep throat' figure adds an intriguing layer to the creation of The X-Files. It's fascinating to consider how reality and fiction can intersect in unexpected ways.

  • ashley collie

    In reply to: Joanne Green

    Is Truth stranger than fiction? And, yeah, what if he did have deep-throat contacts like Mulder did in the show, that were revealing truths about Roswell and the like?

  • Lee McCormick

    As UFO sightings and whistleblowers continue to emerge, it's clear that the conversation around extraterrestrial life is gaining momentum. The X-Files may have been just the beginning, sparking curiosity and encouraging more individuals to come forward with their own experiences and perspectives.

  • ashley collie

    In reply to: Lee McCormick

    What might that ultimate truth be, Lee, if you had to speculate?

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Ashley Jude Collie

Entertainment Expert

Ashley is an award-winning journalist/author/blogger who has written for Playboy, Toronto Star, Movie Entertainment, Sports Illustrated, Maclean's and others. He's interviewed various "leaders" in their fields, including: Oscar winners (Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Lawrence, Alicia Vikander, Jane Fonda, Mira Sorvino, Geena Davis, Anthony Hopkins); Grammy winners (Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Ice Cube, Pete Townshend); MVPs in sports (Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Wayne Gretzky, Kobe Bryant); and, business leaders (Amazon's Jeff Bezos). He has an upcoming novel, REJEX, coming out on Pulp Hero Press. And he has written several episodic TV shows, appeared on CNN, and blogged for Mademan, Medium, GritDaily and HuffPost.

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