For nine seasons, The X-Files thrilled TV viewers with its monster-of-the-week cases and mythology-driven storylines. Mulder and Scully became household names as they investigated everything from aliens and mutants to government conspiracies. And now, 22 years later, the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning series is coming back to the small screen.
Not much is known yet about the show’s upcoming revival on FOX. Filming began June 8th in Vancouver, where David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reunited with creator Chris Carter and writers Glen Morgan, James Wong and Darin Morgan for six new episodes. Mitch Pileggi (as Assistant Director Walter Skinner) and William B. Davis (as The Smoking Man) are also set to appear on the series, along with new guest stars Joel McHale (Community), Annet Mahendru (The Americans) and more. But the biggest question that remains is – will the The X-Files be able to pick up where it left off?
Seven years have passed since the last time Mulder and Scully were together onscreen in 2008’s The X-Files: I Want to Believe, so their lives may be very different now. New set images recently teased that while Scully is still hard at work and looking very professional, Mulder seems to be laying low and looking quite scruffy. But could the two partners have changed that much in the last decade?
Anderson recently spoke to TVLine about the revival, and she explained that the time away has definitely taken its toll on both her playing Scully and the character itself:
“It feels like it’s been a long time since I’ve played her. I can’t remember what year the movie was, but it felt like [Scully] was further away from me than I’d thought she would be. But I’ve also worked really hard at putting her entirely to sleep, so that was successful; she’s just taken longer to wake up.”
Stepping back into Scully’s heeled shoes has apparently been hard enough, but Anderson also admits that its been difficult getting back into the swing of things on set:
It’s strange to be back here. This is a lot of flashbacks, a lot of deja vu, a lot of remembering dynamics — and it’s… a thicker substance to wade through than I’d thought.”
As for Agent Scully herself, Anderson isn’t quite sure how to explain the ways in which her iconic character has changed since the last movie without spoiling the new season:
“She’s older! She aged! Anything I say is going to sound like something you’re not going to want to watch. But that’s not the case. It’s just… I don’t even know. That’s a hard one. I appreciate the question, but I can’t answer it.”
One thing Anderson can tease, however, is the series’ first episode back. She confirms that she’s already read the first two scripts of season 10, and that the third one is waiting in her inbox. When asked to describe the premiere in just three words, Anderson says:
“Slow… Intense… And it’s setting groundwork, so it’s got a particular role to play. It does exactly what it needs to do. What’s a single word for fulfilling that requirement? Functional? Appropriate? Functional works. Slow, intense and functional!”
Sounds exactly like The X-Files of old. While it will no doubt be difficult for everyone, actors, writers and viewers alike, to return to Mulder and Scully’s world, given enough time it’ll be like we never left. For as much as some things change, others stay the same. Regardless of whether the revival meets expectations, many fans will still be glad they were able to take another trip with their favorite FBI agents.
But what do you think, Screen Rant readers? Are you still excited for The X-Files revival? What do you think of these new details? Let us know in the comments.
The X-Files revival premieres January 24th, 2016 on FOX.