We’re now in a golden age of TV, but the 1990s were a very different time. For many of us who grew up then, “The X-Files” was the first television series we fell in love with. At a time when the small screen was essentially, small, Chris Carter‘s show, following David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as FBI agents Mulder & Scully as they investigated conspiracies and the paranormal, brought movie-level ambition and a dense mythology that prefigured the likes of “Lost.” It helped to launch the careers of not just its stars, but of creative talent like “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan, who wrote for the show for seven years.
“The X Files” went off the boil in large part towards the end, its complex mythology becoming impenetrable (and the less said about the second movie “I Want To Believe,” the better). Regardless, it’s still a beloved show, and the news, fourteen years after its conclusion that six new episodes will air in 2016 was greeted with hallelujahs by fans. With Carter returning to man the ship, and Duchovny and Anderson returning along with fan-favorites like Skinner and the Cigarette-Smoking Man, it’s like it never left at all, and now the first teaser with footage from the revival has arrived.
It’s a brief fifteen seconds, but all the ingredients are here: sinister military figures, torchlight, the iconic poster, and of course, our heroic agents, who haven’t aged a day. We’re sure there’s much more to come, but from everything Chris Carter says in a recent Nerdist Writers Panel interview, we’ve got high hopes. “The X-Files” returns to Fox on January 24th. [Hitfix]