So you might have heard that The X-Files is returning for a six-episode season starting this January on Fox. It seemed to come together pretty quick when the possibility was first raised back at the Television Critics Association press tour back in January and now the series is in front of the cameras in the show’s old stomping grounds in Vancouver. (The abnormally hot and sunny Vancouver, that is.) There’s been a lot rumor and speculation about the new series, and a lot of excitement too as fans watch closely for any news or updates. If that describes you, then you might want to pick up this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly.
In the latest issue of the magazine, The X-Files makes their pre-Comic Con cover story:
In a post on the EW website, they shared some of the insights you can gleam from that article. For instance, the fun starts when the a conservative talk show host (played Community‘s Joel McHale) asks Mulder to look into the case of alien abductee played by The Americans’ Annet Mahendru. Mulder, apparently, has had better days, and it’s inferred that he and Scully aren’t as tight as they were when we last saw them in 2008’s The X-Files: I Want to Believe. “He’s wearing bad jeans, so you can just extrapolate from my wardrobe. He’s in a dark, dark place,” said David Duchovny referencing his wardrobe.
X-Files creator Chris Carter pointed out that since the show ended almost a year after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the show is more culturally relevant than ever. “A lot has happened since then,” explained Carter. “A lot of rollback of rights and liberties in the name of our protection. We’re being spied on now, we’re being lied to — all things that, for me, remind me of when I grew up, which was right around Watergate. I think we’re in similar and much more dire times right now.”
As for story details, EW confirmed that the title of the episode being written by Darin Morgan (“Jose Chung’s ‘From Outer Space'”) is called “Mulder and Scully Meet The Were-Man.” But the series second episode, “Home Again,” is not a sequel to season four’s “Home” about the creepy inbred family as previously speculated. Apparently, a reprise by the extremely messed up Peacock family is not in the cards intentionally according to Carter.
“We’re not going to reboot any of the old favorites, although it was something we all thought about,” said Carter. “These are all brand new stories. We hope to scare you in brand new ways.”
We will be the judge of that when The X-Files returns in early 2016.