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‘The X-Files’ Revival: What We Know and What We Don’t Want to Know (So Far)

'The X-Files' Revival: What We Know and What We Don't Want to Know (So Far)


Tonight, scattered across its Monday night line-up, Fox will be airing a two-part trailer for the upcoming return of our good friends Mulder and Scully in “The X-Files” — which, if you can believe it, is only 117 days away from premiering. Old school fans, that’s technically less time than the time that passed between the Season 7 finale and the Season 8 premiere! New fans watching an episode a day until the show premieres: You’re in Season 4! Almost halfway done! 

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According to a Fox rep, these trailers won’t be released online right away, so if you cannot wait for more footage from the revival, at the very least program your DVR accordingly. (The first trailer will air during “Gotham” with the second on during “Minority Report.”) In the meantime, this feels like a good time to check in with a quick round-up of what we officially know about the show’s return, and, also, what we don’t want to know at this point. 

What We Know

When the news of an “X-Files” revival was first hinted at in January, we came up with a list of things we hoped to get from a new series, and many of our initial wishes appear to have come true. It’s a limited series, and based on the fact that the premiere is called “My Struggle” and the finale is called “My Struggle II,” it’s a safe bet that there will be some connective tissue binding together the six individual episodes.


Plus, while new talent hasn’t come on board behind the scenes, series creator Chris Carter is writing and directing three of the episodes, while the other three are being directed by original “X-Files” writer/directors James Wong, Glen Morgan and Darin Morgan. 

Oh, and it’s a safe bet that the Darin Morgan episode is the one to most look forward to of the six. Not only was Darin Morgan the writer behind some of the show’s most brilliant episodes — including the Emmy-winning “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose” — but his episode, scheduled to air February 1, 2016, is entitled “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster.” That is some beautiful cheesy brilliance, right there. 

What We Don’t Want To Know

The cast for these episodes, both new and returning, is relatively public knowledge at this point — an impossible secret to keep in these social media-soaked days — but how most of them fit into the action has been kept relatively unclear. The welcome return of Mitch Pileggi doesn’t stretch the limits of the imagination at all, but (spoilers for Season 9) William B. Davis’ Cigarette-Smoking Man is theoretically very, very dead. Death, for a television character, is often a flexible state of affairs, but who knows? We could be looking at a flashback episode, to a pre-Season 9 time, and that’s a potentially exciting surprise.


Meanwhile, when it comes to the new cast, we probably know the most about “My Struggle” guest stars Joel McHale as “the anchor of a popular conservative Internet news network” and Annet Mahendru as “a victim of alien abduction.” Mahendru figured prominently in the clip screened for critics at the TCA press tour this summer (warning for spoilers at that link), which also contained what many have interpreted to be a new definition for Mulder and Scully’s relationship. 

Beyond that… Consider Indiewire, as much as humanly possible, safe from spoilers, because the excitement of what surprises await us (good and bad) have us proceeding cautiously when it comes to news about the revival. (Chris Carter, maybe next time take a cue from David Lynch, who seems to have a real passion for shutting down story-related gossip.)

We’ll update this post after the trailers tonight have aired, but no matter what they might reveal, until January we continue our search for the truth — or at the least, our search for the courage to search for it. 

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