Television shows had long captivated audiences and provided a temporary escape from reality for viewers who could vicariously live another life. Some devoted viewers would often discuss their favourite dramas and begin to play out "what-if" scenarios: What if Agent Mulder never returned to The X-Files and Agent Scully began having an affair with Assistant Director Walter Skinner? What if Captain Kirk of Star Trek had never met Spock? What if the title character of Buffy the Vampire Slayer found true love in a demon
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