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The Return of The X-Files: Will it Work?

by Ethan Tussey

by Jesse-Anderson Lehman for IN MEDIA RES

The X-Files is coming back, and the circumstances surrounding its return are pretty much exactly what you’d expect. Nerdist claims, with a shoutout to Kumail Nanjiani’s “The X-Files Files,” that their #XFiles2015 hashtag movement helped demonstrate the continued popularity of the show (though apparently revival talks had already been going on for over a year). Fox is still searching for their post-American Idol identity, after showing some definite signs of life last year with the success of Gotham and Empire. Gillian Anderson is on top of her game, with strong recurring roles on The Fall and Hannibal. David Duchovny, after a long run on Californication, seems to be milking this publicity for all it’s worth, plugging his new show Aquarius, his debut rock album Hell or Highwater, and even his novel Holy Cow: A Modern-Day Dairy Tale -- all to humorous effect, considering that all anybody actually wants to talk about is The X-Files. The HD remaster of the first nine seasons is streaming on Netflix; Chris Carter has been retrieved from relative obscurity to run the show; the logistics of working around Anderson and Duchovny’s previous engagements have been finalized; and Fox, emboldened by the success of another “event miniseries” continuation, 24: Live Another Day, has ordered an extremely slim six episode run, with the pilot set to air on January 24th, 2016. That all being said, how much of the original magic can really be captured? Anderson and Duchovny have moved on from their roles as Agents Scully and Mulder, and their popularity is much less tied to the show than it was five years ago; Chris Carter has been utterly unsuccessful in his post-X-Files endeavors (The After, anybody?); and how much interweaving of mythology and “Monster of the Week” can you really manage in six episodes? (The answer, apparently, is three episodes of each.) In an interview with the New York Times, Duchovny is pretty blunt about the fact that, as tantalizing as the suggestion might be that recent shifts in pop culture make this the perfect time to resurrect the series, “The time is right because we got our [act] together to do it.” Is this one of those things that simply looks too good on paper to actually deliver?

X-Files and TV

A news segment on the return of The X-Files to TV

from Return of The X-FILES! The journey back to TV! (Nerdist News w/ Jessica Chobot) (2015)
Creator: Nerdist
Distributor: YouTube
Posted by Ethan Tussey