PREVIEW: The return of The X-Files
If you’re an X-Files fan, you’ll be familiar with one of the series’ most famous episodes, 1995’s “Død Kalm”, in which the alien-bothering duo Fox Mulder and Dana Scully investigate a creepy ship off the freezing coast of Norway. They quickly discover that anyone aboard ages at a hugely accelerated rate, and we get a glimpse of the FBI agents as ancient versions of themselves, as the ship’s spooky powers take hold.
This month you’ll be able to enjoy a rebooted version of that phenomenon in real life, as The X-Files makes its returns to screens after an absence of 14 years with a new script, a new storyline, new aliens and the original, much-aged stars back in their career-defining roles. Billed as a six-episode “event series,” the storyline picks up in the current day and we find out what’s happened to our favourite FBI agents in the last decade and a half.
By the end of the original incarnation of The X-Files in 2002, fans were feeling disappointed by dwindling returns as the show’s famous “Mythology” became ever more convoluted, with Mulder and Scully (played by now global stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson respectively) being side lined and the focus shifted to upstart agents Doggett and Reyes. Series creator and writer Chris Carter has clearly been listening to the fans’ relentless feedback since then, and the comeback series has all the makings of classically creepy and gripping X-File antics.
So what do we know about the plot of these six episodes? A surprising amount, thanks to a 21-minute featurette dropped online at the end of last year. Mulder and Scully’s romantic relationship seems to be over, with Fox living alone in the countryside, driven ever wilder by conspiracy theories. Even more harrowing for the pair is that they gave up their baby for adoption, to protect it from government – or alien – retribution.