Oh, the power of podcasting. A mere nine days after Gillian Anderson appeared on the Nerdist Podcast, and she, Chris and Matt created the #XFiles2015 hashtag, it seems the wheels of paranormal investigation are in motion already. Over the weekend, at the seemingly endless TCAs, Fox confirmed that they’re in talks with X-Files creator Chris Carter for a mini-series continuation of the landmark sci-fi/horror series. We all knew Ms. Anderson is on board, but now it turns out Agent Mulder himself, David Duchovny, is also raring to put on the ol’ designer suit and fire up the oversized flashlight once again.
Duchovny told USA Today that not only would he be willing to do more X-Files, he’s “more than happy and excited to bring it back and do it again with [co-star] Gillian [Anderson] and [series creator] Chris [Carter].”
Those of you hoping for a lengthy season, though, should temper that excitement just a little, Duchovny adds. “I’m assuming that it will happen sooner rather than later now. We’ll see what form, how many (episodes). Certainly I can’t nor would I be interested in doing a full season. It will be in some kind of limited form. We’re all old, we don’t have the energy for a full season.” Both he and Anderson have other series commitments, and Anderson even spends most of her time in the United Kingdom.
Now, the real question here becomes if it is a limited series, not unlike the recent 24: Live Another Day, should it be about the alien conspiracy or should it be the famous Monster-of-the-Week episodes that became the most interesting part of the show as it went on? Some fans (read: just about all of them) were disappointed by the 2008 film continuation, The X-Files: I Want to Believe, specifically because it was just a MOTW-style story in feature film form, and not a particularly good one either.
I propose, if I have any say at all in the matter, that they do 7 episodes. The first one can re-establish the characters and where they are now and we can start up a new thread of the alien conspiracy which would continue in the second episode. Then, four episodes of MOTW that might have some greater conspiracy elements happening in the wraparound segments before finally finishing with a conclusion to the myth arc. That’d be the best of all worlds, I think. Mostly, we just want to see Mulder and Scully back together, doing what they do best, and throw in Walter Skinner for good measure
Are you excited about all this newly-refreshed X-Files talk? How would you like it to come back when it does? Let us hear about it in the comments below, and don’t forget to perpetuate #XFiles2015!