It’s been 20 years!
Tonight, 20 years ago, The X-Files debuted. I really liked that show. Reminded me of The Night Stalker which is not a coincidence, since Carter used it for inspiration. After Twin Peaks it was the first really creepy show on television, IIRC. I’m surprised it’s not been getting more attention.
At any rate, if it “influenced” me at all, it was that A) the Pacific northwest with all its gloomy skies and rain could actually be cool (it was filmed up in Vancouver, BC), and B) that maybe it wasn’t so bad to be totally dedicated to, if not a cause, at least something that fascinated you.