Ways That Supernatural Stole From The X-Files

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The main “Supernatural” intro is just a title card that changes each season, which is very different from the “The X-Files” opener, with its bizarre (and slightly dated-looking) imagery and famous theme song. What we’re talking about is specific to one episode. 

In the Season 6 episode “Clap Your Hands If You Believe,” which is a clear homage to “The X-Files” from the get-go, Sam and Dean take a UFO abduction case, but it turns out that there aren’t any aliens involved. Instead, they discover that fairies are actually the ones behind the international UFO phenomena, taking people to their alternate dimension rather than some extraterrestrial plane. The episode, one of the season’s best, features Dean getting abducted only to be forced to microwave a real-life Tinkerbell.

Unlike most episodes of the show, “Clap Your Hands If You Believe” opens with a traditional TV intro very reminiscent of “The X-Files” opening credits, just without the eerie whistling music. Replacing the familiar “The Truth Is Out There” slogan with “The Truth Is In There,” the episode quickly sheds its “X-Files” references once the fairy theory is introduced. Still, the episode is a fun homage to the series that helped inspire “Supernatural” in the first place. If anyone has the right to succeed Mulder and Scully, it’s Sam and Dean.

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