[This article contains details of The X-Files revival episode 1, which premiered at New York Comic-Con 2015. Some elements may be considered SPOILERS.]
X-Files fans have wanted to believe, and now they can. There's proof that even Scully can't deny! Just check out The X-Files animated teaser for the series, promoting its return to FOX in January 2016 for a six-episode miniseries.
FOX released the animated teaser during tonight's episode of Gotham. It's no secret that FBI agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) are back, but the teaser reveals that the Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis) will return to the series, too. In the teaser, he ominously announces "they have reopened The X-Files."
FOX's release of the animated trailer comes on the heels of their panel discussion for the series at this year's New York Comic-Con. During the panel, X-Files creator Chris Carter premiered the first episode from the all-new season to a packed crowd of passionate fans.
In the premiere episode, Scully and Mulder, who no longer work or live together, reunite to investigate a potential alien abductee. As for the distance between Mulder and Scully, Carter said it was a "conscious thing and we wanted to be true to the passage of time... life has many bumps in the road and I think that Mulder and Scully hit one of those [bumps]."
Joel McHale from Community also guest stars in the episode as Tad O'Malley, a Bill O’Reilly type of newsman with his own Internet show. O'Malley might be the one person who is more paranoid than Mulder, as he introduces the former partners to the potential alien abductee.
The premiere episode starts out slow; the tone almost seems more like a parody or spoof of the original series -- a fact that even Duchovny acknowledged. He said, "obviously, I hadn't been Mulder in years... so I was searching for that Mulder flow." Eventually, the episode regains its the sort of energy and fans of the series would expect, and it even manages to build on the show's complex mythology.
Carter described how the miniseries was going to work in terms of it following a serialized narrative or more of an episodic one. "We start with the mythology episode then we are going to do stand-alone episodes." Elaborating further, Carter explained that episodes 1 and 6 will focus on the show's mythology, while the remaining episodes will be stand-alones storylines. He dished that veteran series writers Glen Morgan, Darin Morgan, and James Wong are also back to write episodes.
So why bring back the 22-year old show now? Carter said, "It is the perfect time to tell The X-Files story." But is the timing really that great for The X-Files, a show that went off the air in 2002, long before current hot-topic issues like the NSA and Edward Snowden were relevant? As Carter explained, it was the modern era and its issues of government surveillance and invasion of privacy that inspired the show's revival. "That was one of the reasons we decided to [bring back the show]. It gave us a lot of stuff to write about," Carter said, before wrapping up the discussion by confirming that "The Lone Gunman are back!"
FOX reopens The X-Files on Sunday, January 24th at 10:00PM ET/ 7:00PM PT for a special two-night event before continuing to air on Mondays. So, will you be watching?