I was probably a bit too young for The X-Files when it first came out on television in 1993. I remember catching glimpses of it on ads on television for the next week’s episode and feeling so scared at some of the imagery that my feet felt glued to the ground in fear. But at the same time, as I grew older, I would sometimes sneak out of bed to watch episodes, to feel that thrill and adrenaline that comes with watching something truly scary that you haven’t experienced before. My teenage years were where my love for the show grew and grew, and watching the final episode on television was both a heartbreak and a highlight. After rewatching seasons one to nine a couple of years ago, my love for this strange and wonderful series was re-established and re-affirmed.
This is why I am so freaking excited for this new miniseries of The X-Files, what could perhaps be considered as season ten of the series. This is a show that’s been in my life for what seems like forever. Will this new tenth season, a special miniseries consisting of just six episodes, live up to the hype that it naturally creates?
After watching episodes one and two, I thought I’d share five of my favourite things from the miniseries so far, spoiler-free.
1. Seeing Mulder and Scully together again
Yep. It’s just so nice and see them back together on screen. I do have some questions, such as how exactly they are where they are now given the ending of season nine, but I’m pushing that criticism to the back of my mind until the miniseries is finished. I love their relationship dynamic and I love finding out bits and pieces of what we’ve missed from the past approximately fourteen years since the series ended. Both Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny appear a bit sleepy in episodes one and two, but at the same time it just feels right to watch these two solving supernatural mysteries on television again.
2. A new layer on top of the existing mythology
Without going into too much detail and spoiling it, starting from the first episode, we learn of an unfolding conspiracy that aligns with what we saw in seasons one to nine, but gives an added dimension of creepiness that maybe goes above and beyond the government. The storyline that amps up in episode two is really great, with some excellent practical effects work. I’m loving it so far and I can’t wait to see what’s next.
3. Incorporating modern references and knowledge to existing dynamics
We all know Mulder and Scully have to report to Assistant Director Skinner regarding their movements and findings of each case they’re involved in. This new story is so cleverly updated to reside within a modern context and steep escalation of security post-9/11, plus the case of Edward Snowden leaking government information in the interests of the public at large, that it’s interesting to see Mulder and Scully working within this context as well; not just reporting to Skinner, but also working with and skirting around the restrictions of the Department of Defense. At the same time, the new technology that wasn’t around for the first nine seasons doesn’t dominate this new miniseries. It’s an interesting line to walk when rebooting a franchise with so much time between series’.
4. Fun cameos
In episode one, we get a nice cameo by Joel McHale of Community and The Soup, where he plays a loudmouth conspiracy theorist, a character that suits him well. In episode two, we see Kacey Rohl, who played the singular Abigail Hobbs on Hannibal – in which Gillian Anderson also notably starred. And in episode three, I’ve heard that Rhys Darby of Flight of the Conchords and What We Do In The Shadows (2014) fame also appears, although I don’t know much about his role. I’m hoping that we keep having little surprises in the form of fun cameo appearances.
5. The nostalgia factor
What it all comes down to for me also is that watching this show on television is a nostalgic experience like no other. The show is, thus far, filled with little Easter eggs for fans to notice and enjoy. A character in one moment points to Mulder’s heart and says, “The truth is in here”, to which Mulder remarks that he’s heard something like that before. We see a familiar poster strewn across an office floor and remember it as a key prop in the original series, proudly on display on a wall. It’s the little things that you notice upon re-watching that make this reboot really special, and clearly geared towards pleasing the people who gave the show so much love in the first place.
I’m loving the miniseries so far and absolutely can’t wait to watch the rest of the episodes. I’m officially hooked in to the newest mythology and am so intrigued to see where it will take us. Will you be watching the 2016 miniseries of The X-Files? If you’ve watched the episodes thus far, what are your thoughts?