It's been 13 years since the The X-Files wrapped up it's nine season run on Fox. Let that sink in for a minute. 13 years since the conspiracy ended. 13 years without the monster of the week, without Dana Scully being sceptical and Fox Mulder being naive.
The last offering we had from the show was the embarrassingly bad The X-Files: I Want to Believe which I think we just all try to pretend doesn't exist. The show itself didn't end on the greatest note either, it wasn't a bad ending but it certainly left a lot unresolved.
And now, after years of pushing to get another installation in the franchise made, it's back! Sure it's only a six-episode miniseries and it won't actually start airing until January 2016, but it's back! The first trailer was released a couple of days ago and it's all looking really very promising:
So many great moments here; the torn poster, Mulder creeping at the hospital door, the goddamn CIGARETTE SMOKING MAN. So what did we learn?
Terrorists... With Alien Tech?
Joe McHale's internet conspiracy theorist, Tad O'Malley, provides the introductory voiceover, predicting a terrorist attack on the world using alien technology and the retired Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) is called back in to save the day. I don't know how an internet newsman managed to procure a helicopter to pick up Mulder but you know what they say about gift horses and mouths.
"You're nearly there... You're close."
So it's back to work for Agent Mulder. Mitch Pileggi’s Walter Skinner shows up as Mulder moves back into his old office, kicking and ripping the iconic I Want To Believe poster where it lies on the floor, foreshadowing perhaps? But he knows he can't go it alone and sure enough Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) is along for the ride.
As usual she brings her particular brand of scepticism that Mulder needs to keep his feet somewhere close to the ground. The question of what has transpired between the two of them over the past 13 years will surely need to be addressed, as will their loosely defined romantic relationship that developed in dribs and drabs over the final few seasons. And what happened to their mysteriously conceived child, William, who displayed apparent paranormal abilities as a baby?
The Cigarette Smoking Man
We don't get to see very much of everyone's favourite X-Files antagonist in the trailer, just a hand. But it doesn't look like a very old hand, nor does he sound as gravelly as you would expect from the now 77-year old William B. Davis. So even though we know he's appearing in the revival series we still don't know if he survived the helicopter attack during the series finale The Truth or if he'll appear mainly in flashbacks.
However Davis is currently the only actor on the cast list slated to portray the Cancer Man so it looks like we will be seeing the Smoking Man's narrative continuing into the new season.