To be honest, I am a late The X-Files fan. Although I remember the show being on television, I never watched it while it aired. It was not until late in college that I sat down and started watching this ground-breaking series. I will admit that my binge-watching experience with The X-Files is quite different from those fans who faithfully watched it since the ’90s. That being said, I am still quite excited for its return to television. Without further ado, here are my expectations for the show’s return. WARNING: POTENTIAL SPOILERS FROM THE SHOW TO FOLLOW…
A Continuation of the Mythology
The X-Files has always had the overarching story of aliens and the government’s attempts to keep their presence a secret. When the show ended, the Cigarette Smoking Man confirmed to Mulder what he had feared, an invasion would occur in 2012 with the end of the Mayan calendar. After that, the series ends with the hope that Mulder and Scully would face whatever comes to pass in the future. However, 2012 has come and gone. What happened? Did they thwart an alien invasion? Or were they wrong? Series creator Chris Carter has said that these will be new stories, but this is an important thread that needs to be addressed.
We already know that David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are reprising their roles as Fox Mulder and Dana Sculley. However, what about the other characters? Robert Patrick’s John Doggett and Annabeth Gish’s Monica Reyes were surprisingly absent from The X-Files: I Want to Believe film. They should tell us what happened to these characters, who gradually took over for Mulder and Scully as the series ended its television run. Are they still with the FBI? If not, what have they been doing since then? Even more curious, what is the deal with the return of the Cigarette Smoking Man? He received a rocket to the face in The X-Files finale. That is a hard one to come back from but probably not beyond the Cigarette Smoking Man’s capabilities.
Monsters For A New Age
We will at least get new monsters for a new age. Although the alien mythology and the characters are equally as important, The X-Files has always been known for going into those dark places and seeing what is truly hidden in the shadows. The fact that the show is back in Vancouver B.C., as opposed to Las Angeles where they shot their later seasons, is certainly a step in the right direction. We can certainly expect new monsters and new scares as we await the series premiere on January 24, 2016.