Fans are still hunting for the truth
Thirteen years after its final episode aired, Fox officially gave the green light to a six episode miniseries revival of the 1990s cult sci-fi phenomenon “The X-Files.” This news has left avid truth-seekers and fanfic writers feverishly predicting, hoping, and praying to some sort of alien god that it won’t be as bad as the 2008 movie “The X-Files: I Want To Believe.” With two feature films and over 200 episodes under its belt, X-Files more than overstayed its welcome by season nine, but with a recent surge in popularity (thanks, Netflix!) viewers are sure that the goddamn truth is still out there.
What can we expect from the new episodes?
Of course Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny are set to return as FBI Agents Dana Scully and Fox Mulder. While monsters are cool, the two’s relationship is X-Files’ heart and soul. Creator Chris Carter also confirmed that FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) and the series’ shadowy antagonist the Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis) will be back. No word yet on agents Monica Reyes and John Doggett, the irrelevant replacements brought in for the hard-to-watch ninth season.
Carter also confirmed that the miniseries will be a mix of both “monster-of-the-week” episodes (i.e. Flukeman and Tooms) as well as mythology episodes, exploring the government conspiracy behind the existence of extraterrestrials. Many of the original writers are coming back, but “Breaking Bad’s” Vince Gilligan, who got his start writing some of X-Files’ best episodes, has been quiet so far.
What truths do writers still need to explain?
As the revival will take place in what is likely 2015 or 2016, there’s a lot of ground to cover here: Did the aliens actually colonize the earth in 2012? Will Scully and Mulder carry iPhones or Androids? Where is their weird alien child William now? Will the original title sequence be kept? Will the lovable Lone Gunmen rise from the dead? How has Cancer Man not died from chain-smoking yet? Will Edward Snowden be mentioned? ISIS? And, you know, what ARE Scully and Mulder? Like, romantically?
Writers will also have to explain the discrepancy between its two stars’ hotness. While Anderson looks perhaps even better than she did in the ’90s, old man Duchovny has become a saggy shadow of his former, youthful self. This will probably be attributed to Mulder’s constant worrying about aliens while on his everlasting search for “the truth.”