I Want to Believe!
The search for the truth about extraterrestrials and other things that go bump in the night resumes Sunday when one of television’s greatest series ever, The X-Files, returns for a limited run of six episodes on Fox. Mulder and Scully are back to investigate alien abductions, government conspiracies and strange creatures in the show that masterfully blended horror, science fiction, drama, romance and even comedy to entertain audiences for nine seasons and two theatrical films. The last we saw of The X-Files was in the lukewarm received movie, I Want to Believe in 2008. Since then, there has been talk and rumors that maybe one day the Files might be re-opened, and now that day is finally upon us. For “X-Philes”, as fans of the show are called, this couldn’t be any better. Well, it could be if there were more than six episodes. But if you consider that six episodes is the equivalent of close to three movies, we are getting a pretty good deal.
Returning as Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as the FBI agents who investigated all sorts of weird and unexplained phenomena. Also returning are fan favorites Mitch Pileggi as assistant FBI director Walter Skinner, and the enigmatic (and thought to be dead) Cigarette-Smoking Man, played by William B. Davis. Joining them are new characters played by Joel McHale (Community) as a conservative conspiracy-minded talk show host, and Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under) and Robbie Amell (The Tomorrow People, The Flash) as fellow FBI agents, plus an assortment of other guest stars. Might we see any signs of the immensely popular Lone Gunmen, who abruptly met their demise at the end of their own short-lived series just weeks before 9/11? In the paranormal world of The X-Files, anything is possible. And in the world of television and the ever-present devise of flashbacks, there is always hope. Also on board are series creator Chris Carter, and the original series’ producers, directors and writers, Glen Morgan, Darin Morgan and James Wong. Even composer Mark Snow has returned to create the proper mood with his eerie and emotional music. So, all the ingredients that made the show so popular for almost a decade are back in place.
To whet your appetite and get a taste of what else to expect in this anxiously awaited revival, check out this preview put together by Fox. But be warned, amidst the cast and crew interviews and behind the scenes material, there are a few of what one might consider spoilers. Tune in Sunday (and Monday) night, and let’s hope this revival is successful enough to warrant more investigations into the unknown down the road.