FOX is gearing up for season 11 of The X-Files, and it’s bringing the show’s stars and creator along to give audiences a glimpse of what’s to come. The newest promo packs in plenty of new footage from the 10-episode season, but it also features David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, and Chris Carter discussing the big cliffhanger the series ended on in 2016, with ‘My Struggle II’. That episode found Mulder in pretty bad shape and had Scully looking to the skies like she wanted to believe. Meanwhile, the question of their son’s whereabouts loomed large over the finale and this new season will attempt to provide answers.
Season 10 was a ratings success for FOX, but the six-episode revival was met with a lukewarm response from critics. With the exception of Darin Morgan’s ‘Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster‘, the season turned in some basic one-off episodes and two middling mythology installments, the latter of which left the series with plenty to deal with when it eventually returned. That is essentially the basis for the new promo, which directly addresses the season 10 cliffhanger and what’s at stake for everyone’s favorite truth-hunting FBI agents.
As far as promos go, you can’t do much better than having your two stars recapping the events of the previous season. Anderson is even game enough to make it seem as though she’s trying to recall what happened on the spot. It’s a nice touch, as she and Duchovny guide the viewer through the final few moments of season 10 and the precarious position Mulder and Scully were in, dealing with not only the question of William’s whereabouts but also the pandemic that brought about “what looked like the end of the world.”
But FOX isn’t bringing out the show’s heavy hitters to do a mere recap; it’s also included some new footage from the season that kicks off after Carter explains how the events of the previous season’s finale were “quite unlike antying we’d ever done before,” and promising that the show has a “dramatic solution” to the cliffhanger. What follows looks like some classic X-Files paranoia that’s accompanied by men in power holding the whereabouts of Mulder’s family over his head, only to have the erstwhile agent push back.
Maybe the biggest surprise is the final shot that shows a bearded Skinner in the car with the Cigarette Smoking Man, who tells him, “I’m asking you to betray the whole human race,” before asking, “Do you mind if I smoke?” It’s an ideal line to end the promo on, and William B. Davis is particularly charming in his delivery, making it all the more impressive the lengths to which the character has recuperated after being blown to smithereens in the original series finale.
The X-Files season 11 premieres on Wednesday, January 3 on FOX.
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