Calling all hardcore fans of special agents Mulder and Scully! Get out your lotion and a box of tissues, hit the blinds, cover up the front of your X-box Kinnect, and make sure that you’re home alone. FOX has just release the first on-set image of our favorite non-dynamic duo, together again, after 13 blue-balled years (Ok, 7 years, if you count that 2008, big screen monster-of-the-week whatever, that happened) of rumors, maybes, we’ll-sees.
The image features a first-person look through a film camera’s viewfinder, revealing David Duchovny (Mulder) and Gillian Anderson (Scully) in the back seat of a car or limousine. Off-camera, to the right, we see the back of the head of series creator and uber multi-tasker Chris Carter.
— The X-Files (@thexfilesfox) June 10, 2015
Though, Carter and FOX (The network, not the special agent, meep!) have been pretty stingy on the reveals for the upcoming 6-episode miniseries, set to air Sunday, January 24th, 2016, various sources and interviews have squeezed a few drops of info from the Carter/Fox camp’s canteen.
On March 31st, 2015, while making an appearance on the, “Late Show” with David Letterman, Duchovny revealed that Mitch Pileggi (FBI Assistant Director, Walter Skinner) and William B. Davis (The Cigarette Smoking Man) will both be returning for the mini-series. Joining the original cast members, will be some new blood, such as Joel McHale (Talk Soup, Community). According to the Hollywood Reporter, McHale is the first new cast member, and he will play Tad O’Malley, the anchor of a popular conservative Internet news network who becomes an unlikely ally for Fox Mulder.
The smash-hit series, which spanned 9 seasons, won 16 Emmy awards, 5 Golden Globes, and a Peabody award, is one of the longest running sci-fi series, and one of the most successful network dramas of all time. The show even spawned, what I thought was a pretty damned good major-studio movie, true to the series mythology, and a second, monster-of-the-week “sequel”, which left a lot to be desired.
With the old band back together, and 7 years of planning under Carter’s belt, the new X-Files series has a lot to live up to. Carter has been quoted as saying that he has serious interest in returning to the original series mythology, continuing the storyline of the coming alien invasion.
One can only hope that he stays true to his word, true to the beloved original series, and true to all of us maniac fans who are frothing at the mouth, waiting to see Mulder and Scully, back in action again, fighting the future. I want to believe!
“Whatever happened to playing a hunch, Scully? The element of surprise, random acts of unpredictability? If we fail to anticipate the unforeseen or expect the unexpected in a universe of infinite possibilities, we may find ourselves at the mercy of anyone or anything that cannot be programmed, categorized or easily referenced.”