I hate to say it, but I can’t bring myself to get overly excited for the return of The X-Files.
Don’t get me wrong. I loved the show during its original run. And by “love,” I mean I was obsessed. I never missed an episode. I bought the books. I tried to figure out the vast government conspiracy.
I wanted to believe.
And there’s no doubt about how powerful the series was. It incorporated a major movie, released in-between seasons, into its narrative, which is no small feat. It bridged the gap between one-off, episodic shows and serialized stories. It was an early hit for the young Fox network. It was an early job for Vince Gilligan, who later gave us Breaking Bad. And it inspired countless masterpiece shows in the years since it went off the air, like Lost and Fringe.
But there’s also no denying that the show took a major downturn in quality as the seasons went on. The finale was pretty damn disappointing, and that was the end of that.
Or so it seemed!
Now Fox has ordered six more episodes of The X-Files, and we’ll finally get the chance to see more adventures of Mulder and Scully.
But is that a good thing? The 24 revival was less than it could have been. Many fans decried the long-delayed fourth season of Arrested Development, though, in fairness, I thought it was an interesting experiment in story-telling. The Veronica Mars movie was enjoyable, but it paled in comparison to the show’s original run. So the question becomes: is dusting off a long-dormant franchise, just because you can, necessarily a good idea?
Call me Dana Scully, but I’m somewhat skeptical. This move seems more like a grab for buzzworthy attention than anything else.
That said, Chris Carter crafted a phenomenal series with these characters, and maybe this revival will be a great way to tell more stories and explore new avenues with them.
I guess we’ll find out. It’s not clear right now, but hey, the truth is out there.
(Sorry. Couldn’t resist.)