Ford joins Mulder, Scully in X-Files update

Explorer nets starring role alongside David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson

Published: January 23, 2016, 6:30 PM
Updated: November 23, 2021, 2:50 PM

David Duchovny (left) and Gillian Anderson as FBI agents Mulder and Scully, respectively, in the X-Files.

One of the forgotten connections in the X-Files was the relationship between the particulars and Ford vehicles. Now the series is getting a reboot and all the particulars are on board, including Ford.

Ford vehicles featured prominently in the original series, with characters often at the wheel or pulling up in Tauruses, Crown Victorias, Mercury Sables or Lincoln Town Cars. As the series returns to television (premiering January 24 on Fox, following the NFC championship football game between the Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers), prominence is given to the Explorer sport utility vehicle, in the capable hands of Dana Scully (played by Gillian Anderson).

However, if you’re tuning in just to see the acting prowess of the battleship grey Explorer Platinum, you’ll have to wait until the second episode (Monday, Jan 25 at 8 pm EST, also on Fox).

“Pairing the vehicle that set the bar for SUVs with the show that set the standard for sci-fi television is a great relationship,” said Ginger Kasanic, Ford marketing manager, SUVs and technology. “To be a part of an iconic television show that is so technology-centric is a perfect fit for Explorer – a vehicle loaded with driver-assist technology.”

Other Ford products such as Escapes, Mustangs and Tauruses will also have cameo and recurring roles.

The X-Files return with former agent and current medical wonder woman Scully being asked by her former boss Skinner (again played by Mitch Pileggi) to tell her former partner and current recluse Fox Mulder (again played by David Duchovny) about a case that’s right up his alley — which if you’re familiar with the franchise, means alien abductions, government coverups, shady characters, that sort of stuff.

Fox sets out to find the truth, Scully is skeptical because there’s bound to be some sort of logical scientific solution, the smoking man is informed of the happenings and gets involved, and yadda yadda yadda you have an X-Files episode.

It’s not yet knows what prominence is given the Explorer in the reboot, but it can probably be speculated that at some point it’s going to be chased on a country road and forced off the trail into ditch or tree, aptly protecting its star occupants due to its advance safety features.

What is known is that this will be the television debut of the Explorer Platinum, which was introduced in the fall of 2015 with a slew of features, including leather interior, premium Sony Audio System and driving aids such as lane-keeping assist and active parking assist.