Over 22 years after The X-Files first debuted on TV, there are still many questions from the TV series that have yet to be answered. With Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny set to return to the small screen as paranormal-investigating FBI agents Scully and Mulder next month (January of 2016), one of those questions will be how well series creator Chris Carter and company can recapture what made the original series so popular.

While it’s not entirely known which storylines the new series revival will follow, there at least have been plenty of looks at Anderson and Duchovny returning to their career-defining roles. For fans who want a bit more than just stylish pictures of The X-Files characters holding flashlights, though, a new featurette has been released which offers a more in-depth look at the show’s production.

Posted to the official YouTube channel for The X-Files, the 20-minute long featurette has behind-the-scenes footage from the show’s production as well as thoughts on the show from its stars and production staff. One insight into a major theme of the new episodes comes from writer/producer/director Darin Morgan:

“We’ve always tried to have kind of a human element. It was always tied to how it affected Mulder and Scully as human beings. And the same here: they’re going through all these weird stories but the through-line is them confronting their age and confronting their life choices.”

x files 2016 preview scully mulder The X Files Featurette Offers 20 Minute Preview of Upcoming Revival

There is also some previously-unseen footage from the X-Files revival itself, with Mulder and Scully confronting not only their age but the usual assortment of supernatural and extraterrestrial mysteries as well. After all, it would not be The X-Files if it did not include a liberal amount of the odd and unexplained. For the uninitiated, the featurette also gives some background on the duo and their past history from the first nine seasons of the show.

While Anderson and Duchovny certainly don’t look the same as they did 20 years ago, the featurette shows that they still have the on-screen chemistry that made them such a memorable pair the first time around. The show lost much of its appeal (and fans) when Duchovny left for season eight and was replaced by Robert Patrick, and while Duchovny returned for season nine it never really recovered after that. The new revival gives everyone involved a chance to reclaim the show’s original greatness for a new generation of TV viewers – and if this featurette is any indication, it may do just that.

NEXT: The X-Files Revival Premiere Reviews

The X-Files revival will debut Sunday, January 24th, 2016 on FOX.

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