Before we get started, I feel I should warn you - this article contains spoilers for The X-Files.
In a mere 12 days, we'll all be transported back to that magical time in the mid 90's - early 00's when the truth was out there. As anyone who doesn't live under a rock knows, Chris Carter is bringing back The X-Files for a 6-episode event series. While some people might see this as a desperate cash-in attempt by Carter and Fox, I strongly disagree. Here's why...
1. It's Modern...
It's very apparent that Chris Carter and his hugely talented team want the revived X-Files experience to feel more modern compared to its previous incarnation. Including such things as war in the Middle East, NSA spying and Chem-trails is a great way to bring in a new, younger audience who may not have been too interested in the older version of the show. It's pretty much a given that any X-Files fan worth his salt will be watching the revival, but bringing in that new audience is key to more seasons (please don't tease me with just a one-off, Chris).
2. ...Yet Timeless
In an interesting shot from the trailer we see a mysterious man in black (who looks like he could've worked with Mulder's Dad at some point) standing behind some old-timey looking soldiers with guns at the ready. This shot reminds me very much of a scene in '731' (season 3, episode 10) where a group of soldiers line up to execute a group of alien/human hybrids. These soldiers seem to come from further back in history, but this shot makes me all giddy at the thought of more mythology episodes.
3. More Mythology
One of the reasons The X-Files was SO good, is that it paid just as much attention to it's 'monster of the week' episodes as it did to its mythology episodes. But the mythology was what really made it special. Here's yet more evidence that that mythology will be revisited in 12 days! I'm pretty sure what you can see in that terror-inducing injector-gun thing is the vaccine against Black Oil - the alien virus that controls it's human host until an actual alien effectively gives birth to itself inside you... Yes new fans, you read that right, an alien gives birth to itself inside you. Think about that for a minute...
Or, more than likely, not an alien. Chances are, if that WAS the vaccine, then this is the test subject. Could be anybody really, great effects though!
5. BABY ALIENS!
I just can't even... I mean it's a baby alien clone, what more do I need to say? It's awesome!!
6. This Guy
I have no idea who this dude is. Honestly, during the trailer I wanted this reveal to show me Deep Throat, or X, or Senator Matheson. But I guess Mulder has a new informant who seems to think Mulder is close to something (poor guy's been close for decades!). I like the thought of a new character to fill that Deep Throat/X void, and judging by his age I'd wager that he knew Mulder's Dad & CSM at some point which is intriguing in itself!
7. The Nostalgia
Let's face it, the main reason we're all excited for The X-Files revival is the nostalgia. I'm not at all ashamed to admit that seeing the pencils, the poster, the office and Walter Freakin' Skinner made me squeal like a schoolgirl who just got asked out by her crush. This shot is like a shot of raw nostalgia straight into your jugular, it's incredible!
Growing up, I can't have been the only kid to fall in love with Dana Scully. In fact, until Buffy came along, she was probably my one true love. Seeing this first glimpse of her in the trailer was phenomenal. It looks and feels like Gillian Anderson slipped Scully's shoes back on without missing a beat. Not to mention how naturally she holds that flashlight...
*sigh*. This did it for me. This single, beautifully-lit shot did it. This is The X-Files we know and love, and I'm so glad this is the way it continues. Scully, in the dark, pointing a flashlight at something hideous. It feels like yesterday, not 14 years ago that we last saw a scene like this (yes, I know there was a movie in '08, but I'm strategically moving on).
10. Walter. Freakin'. Skinner.
For me, Skinner was always one of the best (if not THE best) thing about The X-Files. He didn't pop up that often, but when he did, his appearance has gravitas, it meant something important was about to go down. I get the feeling that's going to be the case in the revival too, he's an important player, and he's staying that way.
11. A Lit Cigarette
In no other situation could an image of a lit cigarette illicit such excitement. But this is The X-Files, and that's the Cigarette Smoking Man. Or is it... That hand certainly appears youthful, but the voice we hear is most certainly CSM. If you remember, the guy was blown to tiny little pieces back in season 9, so what the heck is this? My theory - flashback. CSM is very, very dead, and we're only going to see him in flashbacks. It'll still be William B. Davis (who's been 100% confirmed as returning), but I'm expecting some Michael-Douglas-in-Ant-Man level CG.
So there you have it X-Fans - 11 reasons to be excited for The X-Files revival. If you can't bring yourself to wait 12 more days for the first episode, here's the trailer to whet your appetite:
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