It’s time to engage in wild, unfounded speculation! How cool would it be to have an X-Files event in TSTO? Come on, let’s dream about it together!
On January 12, 1997, during Season 8 (Episode 10), The Simpsons delivered an homage to the X-Files. The great Leonard Nimoy narrated the episode, which featured FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully as Simpsons characters. For fans of both the cartoon and the science fiction drama, it is great TV. The episode features Homer Simpson getting drunk (shocking!) and reporting a story about seeing a green creature that glows. People do not believe Homer, so he “borrows” Ned Flanders’ camcorder and records what he saw to prove he’s not crazy. When he captures video of the creature, a media circus ensues, which is followed by a sighting of the creature and a gathering of Springfielders who begin to turn into (what else?) an angry mob.
Lisa ends up saving the day, or I should say, Mr. Burns, because that’s who the creature actually is. Trying to “cheat death,” Mr. Burns goes through a weekly regimen that involves him turning into a glowing green creature who says, “I bring you peace.” Quite a Burns Monster (if you know what I mean)! Thanks to Lisa’s good judgment and activism, all ends well in Springfield and everything resets back to where they started by the credits.
How could this classic episode be turned into an event in TSTO in 2014?
Instead of releasing ghosts in town or zombies, those two effects are sort of combined into glowing green creatures that roam around your town and can transform your Springfield characters into aliens by touch. Players have to tap on the glowing green creatures, which are released from Frink’s lab every few hours, to earn Goo. How is that different from what we’ve already seen in TSTO? Well, this time it’s “alien” Goo! “Big difference,” I can foresee the game’s joke writers stressing in the dialogue boxes during the rollout of the event.
The storyline could include a callback to the 1997 X-Files episode by bringing both Scully and Mulder into the game as permanent characters. They could come with an FBI building and do tasks with Springfield’s police force. Imagine Wiggum giving Mulder a piggyback ride like the Blue Haired Lawyer does for Mr. Burns! A classic alien figure could be an NPC available, of course, for donuts, and Mitch Pileggi who played Walter Skinner in the X-Files (he was the Assistant Director of the FBI) could be a premium character (imagine the tomfoolery he and Principal Skinner could get into due to confusion over their names). Homer and Bart could get alien masks as costumes, while Lisa gets a Sherlock Holmes costume (because she becomes a detective who figures out that the aliens are just clones of Mr. Burns from an experiment gone wrong in Frink’s lab). An Alien Burns costume would also be available.
What do you think? Would you be interested in playing this imaginary event for real and getting Scully and Mulder as permanent characters in TSTO? Let us know if you want to see the X-Files in TSTO!