5 things I hope to see in an "X-Files" reboot
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Following a very entertaining interview with Gillian Anderson on the Nerdist podcast this week, FOX announced at the TCAs that the network is considering a potential “X-Files” reboot. Here's what I want to believe (HA!) Fox will feature if this reboot (#XFilesRevival, XFiles2015 or #XFiles2016 on Twitter) comes to be.
1. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprising their iconic roles
The reincarnation of “The X-Files” will not work without its two legendary leads. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson played the pair of FBI agents, believer Fox Mulder and skeptic Dana Scully, respectively, when the series aired originally from 1993-2002. Their chemistry is unparalleled in the series, and both performances won the actors accolades galore, including this tribute song by Bree Sharp. Both Duchovny and Anderson have stated their interest, pending scheduling conflicts. While you wait for Mulder and Scully to reunite, why not check out their most recent work? Anderson gives another flawless performance as investigator Stella Gibson on BBC's chilling drama "The Fall." And Duchovny oozes charisma as writer Hank Moody on the recently departed "Californication." Both now on Netflix!
2. Resolution of the “mytharc”
“X-Files” creator/executive producer Chris Carter was just making up the plot as he went along during the original series run. It's well known that Scully's abduction plot in season two was developed to account for Gillian Anderson’s real pregnancy. The plot later propelled many further conspiracy-centric arcs in the series’ mythology. However, as the series continued, explanation of the mythology never really came full circle. A short-order season devoted to the mytharc would give Carter an opportunity to try and piece it all back together.
3. Introduction of new agents...
...who are better than John Doggett (Robert Patrick) and Monica Reyes (Annabeth Gish). The pair made the final two seasons of “The X-Files” a snooze. Of course, no one can recapture the chemistry and excellence of Mulder and Scully’s partnership, but if Fox intended to also option a possibility of further episodes, new characters would need to be introduced.
4. At Least one or two truly funny “Monster Of The Week" episodes
“The X-Files” was at its best in the early stages of developing the alien mythology, or in funny, heartfelt standalone episodes. For a few examples, check out "Jose Chung's From Outer Space," "Small Potatoes," and my all time favorite, "Bad Blood." BONUS: the series' meta-episode, "Hollywood A.D." “The X-Files” signature brand of dark, smart humor would resonate with contemporary audiences in a potential revival.
And here's what I don't want to see:
- Anything to do with the William plot. Sorry, Scully, but your son has a better life now.
- Basically anything from the last two seasons.
- Any mention of the second movie, “The X-Files: I Want to Believe.”
- Any characters brought back to life (looking at you, Cigarette Smoking Man/Krycek/Fowley).
- Doggett and Reyes. Billy Miles. CARY ELWES.
- Bearded Mulder.
Bring it on, Fox. I'm waiting! The truth is out there!
“The X-Files” is currently available to stream in full on Netflix. Also, check out actor Kumail Nanjiani’s podcast, “The X-Files” Files, in which he talks through episodes of the series with special guests: fellow actors, former “X-Files” stars, directors, producers, composers and more.
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