IT’S BACK! IT’S BACK! IT’S BACK! First, Star Wars, and now The X-Files! This is turning out to be a winter of reunions. A fanboy fantasy. We’ve got everything you need to know about the new X-Files series right here, including this: To stoke the fan frenzy, Fox has released the following 21-minute featurette titled “The X-Files Reopened,” to get everyone caught up and ready to watch the 6-episode run.
Chris Carter’s conspiracy thriller returns January 24 to Fox, and not a moment too soon. In a culture rife with conspiracies, drones, Edward Snowden, Wikileaks, cable news pundits and more government distrust than ever before, The X-Files is a welcome magnifying glass on all the chaos, and in our opinion, the Best monster-of-the-week TV series of all time!
In “The X-Files Reopened,” Chris Carter has this to say: “One of the reasons I was excited about coming back is we’re dealing with a world that has changed completely from the time the series ended in 2002, which was not long after the World Trade Center bombing….So much has changed in the world, and the X-Files now gets to tell stories from that perspective.”
He adds, “The series isn’t going to be good if it’s only a victory lap. It has to be new and fresh, and as good as it’s ever been.”
Gillian Anderson says, “I think that where we find Mulder and Scully perfectly delivers us into a similar dynamic as what we had before. Which is huge intimacy and appreciation, yet frustration. But yet true love and care and…potential.”
And David Duchovny, playing everyone’s favorite alien-hunter, says, “Character doesn’t change. Mulder and Scully aren’t going to change profoundly, but they’re going to age and that is it’s own profound change.”
Chris Carter and the gang made a stop at New York Comic Con. Check out the video here.
During “The X-Files Reopened” we hear Mulder saying, “I’m a middle-aged man, Scully. Maybe it’s time to put away childish things.” But later, he doesn’t sound as if he’s laying down his badge just yet, as he says, “In 1973, the Syndicate was convened to assist in the project of colonizing the world by creating alien-human hybrids. The project was ultimately unsuccessful. I doubt they ever stopped trying.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter: “Mulder and Scully split up at some point between the second film and the revival’s first hour. ‘We’re not bickering while we’re running with our guns out,’ Duchovny says. ‘The relationship was never played [before this]. It was never … the predominant aspect of the show as written. It was something that was unspoken. I think it remains that way. I personally don’t want to see Mulder and Scully sitting in couples’ therapy; that’s not what the show is. You can find that on other shows.’”
[SPOILER WARNING] THE RETURN OF THOSE WE THOUGHT WE LOST
Of particular interest is the apparent return of The Cigarette Smoking Man—or Cancer Man, as he’s sometimes called—and the loveable Lone Gunmen. All four of these characters were seen “meeting their fate” during the final season of the show. We actually saw Cancer Man being melted away by a missile explosion. Perhaps that’s why we’re not actually seeing his face in any of the advertisements. The Lone Gunmen? Didn’t we see them die by poisonous gas??? If they’re back, I’M VERY HAPPY. Their deaths seemed totally uncalled for –and frankly—a smear on their otherwise awesome storylines.
Can you tell we’re excited? Oooooh yeah! We’re binge-watching all our favorite episodes now to get ready. For all you fans—and future fans!—here’s a reading list to catch up on your X-Files 2016 news.
READING LIST — ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW — THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE!
The Hollywood Reporter, The X-Files Revival
BleedingCool.com, Cast and Crew in new features
The Mary Sure, The “Platonic” relationship of Mulder and Scully
Oregon Live, 6 things to know (is Cancer Man back?
Movieweb.com, Who’s back?
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