Ever since FOX announced it was committed to a six-episode X-Files revival series, fans of conspiracies, aliens, dudes named Fox, and things that go bump in the night were finally proven right: The truth is still out there. After some speculation as to what the series would focus on, and some fun with social media accounts, the network briefly teased the reunion between FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully a few months back. And while the too-short teaser confirmed David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson would in fact reprise their famous roles, it offered little more than a hint of what was to come.
Now, in the all new two-part trailer – released by FOX during episodes of Gotham and Minority Report – audiences have been given a better idea of what this X-Files revival series will be about. The first part of the trailer is packed with chatter meant to pull fans back into a series that hasn’t been on the air since 2002 – a 2008 film that felt like a feature-length monster-of-the-week episode notwithstanding – much like Mulder apparently does to Scully with a well-timed phone call (or that could just be the editing that’s well timed).
While most major plot details have been on lockdown, the two agents are clearly embroiled in another mystery that requires the old gang to reunite. It seems that Mulder’s patented paranoia about far-reaching conspiracies may have ended in an official capacity more than a decade ago, but his personal obsession lives on. As the second trailer demonstrates, that fixation now includes the government’s use of drones and other surveillance technology, which Mulder points out, supposedly “makes us safer,” but he knows only puts people (like him?) in greater danger.
Whatever that danger may be, it’s enough to get Scully and Assistant Director Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) back on the case. It’s also enough for the series to bring back some heavy hitters, like the Lone Gunmen (i.e., Bruce Harwood, Tom Braidwood, and Dean Haglund), Annabeth Gish, and, of course, William B. Davis. While it was announced earlier that Davis would return to the series in the role of the Cigarette Smoking Man, his inclusion in the trailer (at least his voice and trademark cancer stick) may be the biggest question mark these early teases have to offer – aside from the question of: Will Chris Carter, Glen Morgan, James Wong, and Frank Spotniz be able to recapture the magic of the series’ first few seasons?
To help answer that question, the revival will also get a dose of fresh blood. The series will welcome newcomers Joel McHale, in the role of a conservative newsman, and The Americans‘ Annet Mahendru, as a potential abduction victim and focal point of Mulder and Scully’s investigation. Rounding out the new cast will be Kumail Nanjiani (host of The X-Files Files podcast and co-star of HBO’s Silicon Valley) in a minor role, as well as Lauren Ambrose and Robbie Amell, as a pair of FBI agents who seem to know it takes smarts, good looks, and at least one redhead to get the job done.
The X-Files revival will premiere on Sunday, January 24, 2016 on FOX.