Over the life of the X-Files franchise, Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) – while investigating various strange cases and uncovering intergalactic conspiracies – have been all over the United States. They’ve even been to Antarctica and space, at different points in their peculiar careers.
Now, however, with The X-Files getting a limited television revival in early 2016, the beloved characters are showing up somewhere they’ve never been before: New York Comic Con.
Fox announced (via press release) that the revitalized X-Files series will have its U.S. premiere at NyCC 2015 on Saturday, October 10. The domestic premiere comes four days after the episode (titled “My Struggle”) has its world premiere in Cannes, France, on October 4; nonetheless, that’s still two and a half months before the new series actually premieres in January 2016, after Fox’s broadcast of the next NFC Championship Game.
On the Main Stage at the Javits Convention Center at NYCC 2015, X-Files creator Chris Carter will premiere the first episode – which he wrote and directed – and then host a Q&A along with star David Duchovny. Based on the teasers we’ve seen, not a lot is known about the plot of the new, six-episode mini-series; the official longline for the X-Files revival claims it will combine “stand-alone investigative episodes and those that further the original show’s seminal mythology.” As for “My Struggle”, all that’s been revealed is that the episode follows Mulder and Scully while they go looking into “a possible alien abductee.”
The bulk of the established X-Files cast – everyone from Skinner to the Lone Gunmen to the oft-killed Cigarette Smoking Man – will appear on the revival. They will be joined on these new episodes by new additions Joel McHale, Robbie Amell, Lauren Ambrose, and X-Files podcast host (and Silicon Valley star) Kumail Nanjiani.
Putting Carter, Duchovny and the new episode in front of the NYCC audience makes a lot of sense. X-Files may have gone off the air 13 years ago, but there remains a lot of goodwill for the show among older members of the Comic-Con cohort, and also among younger audiences (who have caught up with the show via DVDs and Netflix over the years). Showing the NYCC crowd new footage – so long before the official premiere – seems primed to keep the show’s target audience excited all the more excited.
Of course, there remain areas of concern. The original X-Files series sputtered in its latter years, the second movie, 2008’s X-Files: I Want to Believe, was almost universally derided, and none of Carter’s post-X-Files projects have been particularly beloved or successful. But then again, it’s Mulder and Scully, together again. You know you want to watch them.
The X-Files revival debuts on Fox on January 24th, 2016.