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Is ‘The X-Files’ Just a Dream? The Elliot Carlin Theory

We’ve all heard of the Tommy Westphall Theory of television — where many of the shows across TV history take place in the mind of St. Elsewhere’s autistic Tommy Westphall. But what if that’s too simple — what if these shows fell into not one, but TWO realities: One the “real” world, and the other a “dream” world forming that reality’s collective unconscious? I call it the Elliot Carlin Theory, and I swear it even makes sense.

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