Posted on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Once upon a time, The X-Files was my thing.
Years before Lost and Battlestar Galactica, I had FBI Agents Mulder and Scully and their increasingly bizarre caseload full of aliens and monsters and supernatural occurrences. This is one of the the great genre shows of my life, a vital cornerstone in my taste that sits right alongside the likes of Star Trek. And I have not been shy about my excitement for the new revival season, which began its six episode run with a two-night premiere this week.
And the results were… mixed. I have complicated feelings on these first two episodes, which run the gamut of quality in a pretty extreme way. My scattered thoughts, and my attempt to bandage a few wounds, follow.
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Posted on Friday, January 22nd, 2016 by Fred Topel
Once recent shows like Arrested Development and 24 returned for limited series, networks started looking at older hit shows that could be revived for a few more episodes. Fox had a golden goose in their vaults with The X-Files, which last spawned the 2008 movie I Want To Believe. Now it’s back as a six-episode limited series crafted by Chris Carter with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson returning.
The series picks up with Dana Scully (Anderson) and Fox Mulder (Duchovny) separated again, but reconnecting over the conspiracy theory of internet talk show host Tad O’Malley (Joel McHale). We also see flashbacks to an alien crash landing that hints at the answers for which Mulder has been searching all along. We spoke with Carter about the new X-Files, which premieres Sunday, January 24 on Fox after football, at the Fox party for the Television Critics Association. Here’s what he had to say. Read More »
Posted on Friday, January 15th, 2016 by Fred Topel
Fox presented a panel on The X-Files to the Television Critics Association for the new six-episode event premiering this month. Discussing how he thought about bringing back FBI agents Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Mulder (David Duchovny), series creator Chris Carter revealed he had actually written a screenplay for a third movie before the limited series was greenlit.
Also revealed from the X-Files TCA panel was a new trailer for the upcoming revival, which you can watch below.
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Will the upcoming six episodes of The X-Files bring the series’ back to its former glory? The last time we saw Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) was in The X-Files: I Want to be Believe — a major disappointment back in 2008. After rumblings of another film, they decided to bring the characters back to the small screen, and according to the early reactions, the new mini-season gets off to a rough start.
After the jump, read reviews for the upcoming premiere.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
If any top secret government agencies plan to sabotage the upcoming limited series revival of The X-Files, now would be a good time. The return of the iconic show is less than two weeks away and Fox has stopped unleashing trailer after trailer and has moved onto the next phase of their marketing scheme: releasing actual footage from the series for your viewing pleasure.
The first minute (well, 63 seconds) of the first episode of the newly resurrected X-Files is now online and you can watch it right now. Just make sure no one is watching over your shoulder and so on. This is serious business. You have no idea where anyone’s allegiances lie.
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Posted on Monday, December 28th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
2015 was one hell of a year for revivals. Mad Max: Fury Road resurrected a long-dormant franchise with brain-melting style and grace. Creed worked against the odds to open a new and enthralling chapter in the Rocky saga. Star Wars: The Force Awakens gave fans a reason to believe in that long ago, far away galaxy once more. This year has set the bar awfully high for “new versions of things we already love.” Those movies are good enough that they transcend nostalgia – you don’t need warm, tingly childhood feelings to appreciate them.
So what about the upcoming revival of The X-Files? I’ve made my enthusiasm for the original show clear on several occasions, so I’m the exact target audience for this limited series. But will these six episodes preach to the choir and be just a tasty treat for the fans, or will it follow 2015’s lead and be something really special?
This new The X-Files featurette doesn’t answer that question, but it does take you behind the scenes and feature the show’s cast and crew talking up the new project. You can watch it below.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 by Jacob Hall
The upcoming X-Files revival most likely functions on its own, as a brief return to the popular, conspiracy-laden world of FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. However, you just know that series creator Chris Carter and Fox both hope this thing is huge, allowing them to keep the aliens and black oil and weekly supernatural threats coming for the foreseeable future. After all, resurrecting beloved shows to appease a dedicated fanbase is all the rage these days. Why not the best genre show of the ’90s?
But if The X-Files is to continue beyond this event series, it may take on a new form. With David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson not wanting for work elsewhere, it’s not beyond the realm of possibility to see a new set of (younger! hipper!) agents pick up where Mulder and Scully left off. And since the new batch of episodes introduce some fresh-faced characters, rumors of a potential spin-off have taken root.
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The revival of The X-Files coming to Fox in January just got a little more crowded with some familiar faces from the original run of the sci-fi series.
It’s a no-brainer that David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are back as Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, but otherwise the only other returning faces reported have been Mitch Pileggi as Walter Skinner and William B. Davis as Cigarette-Smoking Man. There have also been rumors of Annabeth Gish and Robert Patrick returning as agents Monica Reyes and John Doggett, but it hasn’t been confirmed.
But now we have as close to official word as we can get that the trio known as The Lone Gunmen will also back back for The X-Files revival. Find out more about The Lone Gunmen returning to The X-Files after the jump! Read More »
The new X-Files series has been shooting for a while now, aiming for the January, 2016 premiere date. The revival of Fox’s ’90s hit series, which originally ran nine seasons from 1993 to 2002, once again features David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as the lead characters, former FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Not long ago, a social media post gave us a minor look at Anderson and Duchovny in character, and now a set of new X-Files photos offers fans more to take in. Read More »