Only one week into its unanticipated tenth season and The X-Files is already back on top of the charts. The first episode of its return has logged 21.4 million viewers in Live+3, which includes video-on-demand, DVR playback, and streaming. And that number should only increase after final Live+7 numbers are announced in a few days. Ratings for the second episode were also huge.
While some have speculated that reboots and spinoffs could be down the line, creator Chris Carter has already put the kibosh on a Mulder and Scully-less X-Files with him at the helm. However, that doesn’t mean that FOX won’t try to carry the show in other directions somewhere down the line. For now though, fans are eagerly anticipating future episodes of this season, including one that features two new characters who have an uncanny resemblance to our favorite FBI agents.
Not much is known so far about ‘Babylon,’ the fifth new episode of The X-Files airing on February 15. A recent synopsis reveals that the episode will follow Mulder and Scully as they try to find a way to communicate with a comatose bomber who has destroyed an art gallery. While trying to prevent another future attack, a pair of younger FBI agents on the case push Mulder and Scully to examine their beliefs, as Scully seeks answers from neuroscience and Mulder from mysticism.
EW has the first look of Robbie Amell (The Flash) and Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under) as Agents Miller and Einstein. According to the press release, William B. Davis, a.k.a. Cigarette Smoking Man will also guest star in the special episode written and directed by Chris Carter. The agents’ resemblance to Mulder and Scully doesn’t stop at looks either, since Miller is described as ‘smart’ and ‘smooth’ while Einstein is Scully-in-the-making as ‘sharp’ and ‘confident.’
Whatever part Miller and Einstein will play in ‘Babylon’ to strengthen Mulder and Scully’s beliefs, reportedly their involvement in the X-files won’t stop there. According to extras from the set of ‘My Struggle II,’ Miller is also very important to some big developments that happen later in the season finale. Clearly, there’s plenty of twists, turns and answers to questions still coming up as The X-Files winds down its next four episodes then ends on a cliffhanger.
Fans probably aren’t getting their first look at a new iteration of The X-Files with this glimpse at Amell and Ambrose, but it will be interesting to see how audiences take to these two Mulder and Scully doppelgangers. Hopefully, the episode will find an entertaining way to have these G-men and women interact with one another.
The X-Files returns next Monday with ‘Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster’ @8pm on FOX.