The X-Files will be resurrected by FOX in January 2016. Many of the details surrounding the reboot series have been kept under wraps. However, it has been revealed that it will serve as a continuation series based on the original cult phenomenon series, which ran from 1993 to 2002. The X-Files was one of the FOX network’s first bonafide hits and helped launch the network as well as sci-fi procedural drama into the mainstream. According to Entertainment Weekly, it is a limited series event with six episodes scheduled. The resurrected series will debut on FOX starting on Jan. 24, 2016. Check out an official trailer for the reboot series at the end of the article.
The series’ stars, along with many familiar faces, are returning for the limited series run. Actress Gillian Anderson, who won an Emmy for her portrayal of FBI Special Agent Dana Scully, the medical doctor and skeptic of the iconic dynamic duo, and actor David Duchovny, who played FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder, the mystic and more conspiracy-minded of the two, will both be returning to their X-Files roles, along with a few other key players including Mitch Pileggi, who portrayed FBI Director Walter Skinner, as well as The X-Files creator and frequent writer-director Chris Carter.
In addition to the key players, fans should also expect well-known figures from The X-Files series to return for cameos (e.g. The Smoking Man, played by William B. Davis). This event series, which will be resurrected by FOX in January 2016, will be a continuation of the original hit show and the two featured films it spawned, The X-Files: Fight the Future (1998) and The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008). Despite the fact that there has been a movie released since The X-Files went off the air in 2002, the film could not take the place of the FOX series. Moreover, many of the loose ends left by the show and the subsequent film have not been addressed. In the video below, an official trailer for the event series can be viewed.
While many of the plot details surrounding the continuation series have been kept secret, one major issue that will be further addressed is that of Mulder and Scully’s son, William, who was an infant when Scully gave him up for adoption during the final season. As a recap for fans and newbies alike, with Mulder in hiding and William endangered, Scully made a huge sacrifice when she opted to give their son up for adoption in order to safeguard him. Additionally, another leaked plot point appears to involve Mulder in a prison jumpsuit talking to the FBI director. Moreover, initial reports have indicated that Mulder and Scully will be on the outs at the beginning of the event series.
In addition to the few plot points that have been leaked, the recently released posters and short video clips have proved quite exciting for old-school X-Philes. However, sources in the know have stressed that the reboot series is not only intended for existing X-Files fans but also will be geared toward new audiences. This is especially true with the complete series available on DVD and streaming media such as Netflix. Many new viewers are being introduced to the show via these outlets. As a result, more people will be seeking answers to the many questions that the show left unanswered.
Some viewers might wonder why they should care about this event series. Fans of The X-Files series will be thankful that the cast and crew cared enough to bring the show back in order to tie up loose ends, even if only for a limited run. It is a rare opportunity to come back and tell their story again. Many showrunners, as well as writers, cast, and crew, of well-known and popular TV series are not given the opportunity to revisit and wrap up a series as intended.
The X-Files reboot series, which will be resurrected in January 2016, is a chance for the fans to re-experience, or experience for the first time, the unique paranormal and procedural drama that captivated viewers and launched the sci-fi TV genre into the mainstream. For those viewers who have not witnessed the show or films up to this point, their opportunity is fast approaching. For those naive to The X-Files universe, the viewers are in for a treat. From the conspiracy-ridden enigmas that landed in their laps to their tireless search for the truth to the palatable chemistry the actors shared, the show set the bar for the genre and made it a cult classic. The series had its own style, rhythm, and rarely lost sight of its direction. Moreover, watching the dynamic duo of Mulder and Scully solve bizarre crimes while falling in love was always vastly entertaining and Must-See TV.
Sci-fi lovers and conspiracy theorists alike should brace themselves for the return of Mulder and Scully to their TV screens. FOX will be resurrecting the iconic show for a reboot in January 2016. Fans can expect a thrilling six-episode run when Mulder and Scully, as well as their search for the truth, are resurrected by FOX in January 2016 to prove “The Truth Is Still Out There.” The limited event series will premiere on Jan. 24, 2016, on FOX as well as other viewing platforms. As promised, view an official trailer for the continuation series below.
Written and Edited by Leigh Haugh
Entertainment Weekly–Official: X-Files Returning to Fox for 6 Episodes
New York Daily News–‘The X-Files’ Return Gets Premiere Date From Fox
CBC News–X-Files Set for a Ratings Touchdown With 2016 Premiere