The X-Files is Returning to TV With Original Stars

By  · Published on March 24th, 2015

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Sometimes I think it would be neat to be abducted by aliens. It looks nice in Close Encounters of the Third Kind at least. But would the experience still be worth it if the anal probing part is true? I’m wondering a similar thing with the news about The X-Files returning to television for a very brief series. Variety reports that Fox is bringing back Mulder and Scully – and yes, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson would be reprising their roles – for a mere six episode run.

Creator Chris Carter says the series consists of six stories, so that squashes my immediate expectation of a single, serialized arc, something that could have wound up on the big screen as the long-teased third X-Files movie. There has to be some connective tissue between them, though, right? It can’t just be that Carter came up with exactly six worthwhile monster-of-the-week episode ideas to throw at the fans. If so, I almost want to tell them all to not even bother. This will only make us hungrier for more and leave us in some serious withdrawal after a month and a half.

Unless they’re a big disappointment and we’re even sorrier the reunion series happened. Look at what happened with Arrested Development and Anchorman 2 and The Brady Brides. Oh yeah, or the last X-Files effort, the theatrically released movie The X-Files: I Want to Believe. They were okay but hardly of any significant necessity. Now it seems best to do a spin-off, a la Better Call Saul (don’t forget, Vince Gilligan was a longtime X-Files writer/producer), than a continuation. Never mind if the attempt at spinning The Lone Gunmen didn’t work out for them.

If you remember, the last we saw of Mulder and Scully, they had gotten married and lived happily ever after. Do we need to look in on them and be sure they’re still fine? Okay, that’s how we left them in the fan fiction in my head, but the question still applies.

Christopher Campbell began writing film criticism and covering film festivals for a zine called Read, back when a zine could actually get you Sundance press credentials. He's now a Senior Editor at FSR and the founding editor of our sister site Nonfics. He also regularly contributes to Fandango and Rotten Tomatoes and is the President of the Critics Choice Association's Documentary Branch.