1993 was a good year for young, impressionable nerds: it gave us the high-octane hijinks of the Animaniacs, taught us how to judge a person by the content of their character with Bonkers and gave us a solid founding to pursue our dreams of one day getting abducted by actual space aliens with X-Files. The latter taught us some of the most important things about nerddom: how to pursue our dreams even when evidence points to the opposite, how to temper our expectations through scientific reasoning and lastly, how to plot out our very first, ultra-creepy slashfics.
Now, after decades of speculation, gigabytes’ worth of fanfiction, a meh kinda feature length film and the occasional bit of speculation, X-Files finally comes back to Television in a miniseries, starring nerd-favorite Fox Mulder (reprised by David Duchovny) and perpetual cynic Dana Scully (played by Gillian Anderson). But the good news doesn’t stop there, because Jimmy Kimmel added a little extra touch to the series promo, which aired on his Live Show.
The sketch opens with Dana Scully and Fox Mulder stepping into an ultra secret abandoned government lab, where a fermented Grey Alien corpse has been left behind, as soon as the Smoking Man’s ultra-secret conspiracy cabal called it quits. Or a small black-ops group stuck it in there because they just didn’t have the time to stuff it over the fireplace. Personally, we blame the Illuminati. Whatever the cause, Fox Mulder retorts with the utterly awesome koan of wisdom:
“I knew we’d find it. We just had to keep looking.”
The sketch devolves into Jimmy Kimmel meta-joke territory 30 seconds after that, where the comedian goes on great length coaxing the Agents to just get it on already. Forced by peer pressure (and the echoes of a sex scene that was never aired), they finally give in to their baser instincts. Jimmy of course, sticks around to watch.
So what’s our verdict? We think that the sketch’s strongest suit doesn’t lie in the actual dirty deed, but instead in the way it makes light of the Agents’ outdated grasp with long-since obsolete technology. Apparently, Mulder doesn’t know what a smartphone is and Scully can’t come to terms with any Internet connections beyond dial-up. Let’s face it, fellow nerds and nerdettes: for all its hype, X-Files was a born and raised 90’s show and we just have to wonder whether its character and its mystery will hold up, when the hype has died down and the miniseries has to stand on its own two feet.
Whether you are cynical about the brand new series or just happy that you’re not alone in your nostalgia, the event series promises to bring you both stand-alone investigative episodes, as well as an expansion into the show’s (already) extensive mythology. If you live in the US, you can catch the show’s premiere on FOX on Sunday, Jan. 24 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT) and its follow-up on Monday, Jan. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). You can watch the video unfold in all its awkward glory here:
The rest of us, just. Need. To. Wait.