Alien-based conspiracies were to 90s audiences what zombie outbreaks are to post-millennium ones, and the show that most successfully tackled this obsession was FOX's The X Files. The current trend of revisiting past TV successes has spawned a renewed interest in show creator Chris Carter's biggest project, resulting in the show's upcoming revival - welcome news for those that still believe the truth is out there.
The fate of Carter's new X-Files series will depend on its ratings once the show debuts at the end of the month (at the time of writing this), but both Fox and Carter have been optimistic enough about the predicted fan support to leave the door wide open for future possibility. According to a new report, the creator has just revealed his finale episode will end with a “huge cliffhanger.”
News of the intended cliffhanger has just been dropped on Twitter by The Wrap reporter Linda Ge, who states that Carter himself has exclusively revealed this.
Uh oh we better hope Fox brings back more #TheXFiles - Chris Carter just told me this season ends on a huge cliffhanger.
— Linda Ge (@lindazge) January 15, 2016
Entertainment Weekly has also quoted Carter discussing his new X-Files enterprise at the TCA press tour, saying, “If we do well in the ratings, I can’t imagine we wouldn’t be asked to do more." Addressing the failure of 2008's second franchise movie The X-Files: I Want To Believe, Carter also stated that regardless of whether or not the revival is renewed for more small screen episodes beyond the six planned, this material could perhaps still inspire a third film with a more sizeable budget:
“If there is a third movie it’s got to be a gigantic movie.... It would have to be a big-budget movie; that’s what X-Files fans want. We tried to do a very small movie about faith the second time out. And it was released in the middle of summer tentpole movies. It was a misstep in that way. I think [a third movie] has to be more like the first movie.”
The X-Files revival takes the form of a six-episode miniseries that will aim to satisfy fans of the original series, as well as attract modern audiences that are less familiar with the show's comprehensive history. This means honoring long standing mythology story lines whilst adhering to the 'monster of the week' format that made up roughly two thirds of the show's original episodes.
At the heart of the series was always the relationship between the two main characters; FBI agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), who represented a juxtaposition between the paranormal unknown and faithful skepticism, as well as a dose of will-they-won't-they romantic tension. Joining Duchovny and Anderson for series 10 are a range of actors known from more contemporary shows such as Joel McHale (Community), Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley), Robbie Amell (The Flash) and Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under). Prior to the January 2016 debut, trailers for the show have been released by FOX for a sneak peak of the action to come.
Even if the new X-Files series remains a one-off event, it will be a treat to revisit these beloved characters and their quest for the truth, view the dynamics of their relationship after so much time and hopefully gather more insight into the shady Cigarette Smoking Man and Lone Gunman characters. Although if this cliffhanger risk does not pay off, closure will not be any closer... unless Carter's big budget movie wish is granted, that is.
The X-Files will return on Sunday, January 24th, 2016 on FOX.