It’s official – The X-Files will return. Again.
But do we really need any more?
The X-Files returned back in 2016 – not with a bang, but with a whimper. It was one of the biggest shows of the ‘90s, bringing Twilight Zone storytelling up to date. But when it came back last year, it wasn’t quite the show we remembered.
Its charm was lost in a sea of nostalgia… and with only six episodes to bring about a satisfying series, the show wasted three of those on what we might consider ‘filler’ episodes.
But does The X-Files deserve another shot?
The Truth is Out There
First things first – I’m a big X-Files fan. I watched the original show back when it first aired, and when I heard it was returning to our screens last year, I couldn’t have been more excited. I wanted The X-Files to succeed. I wanted to see the return of our old friends Mulder and Scully as nothing less than spectacular.
But let’s be honest – it was a bit of a disappointment.
After setting up a gripping global conspiracy in its first two episodes, we were treated to several random cases that really did nothing to further the overarching narrative. Sure, the episode with Guy Mann was a hilarious diversion… but in a series with only six episodes, The X-Files could have done with some tighter storytelling.
Don’t get me wrong – I love that it tried to recapture the old ‘monster of the week’ element which the original show popularised… but there was no room for it in a six episode season which aimed to revive the franchise.
Instead, how about focussing on that huge global conspiracy that we seem to have randomly stepped away from for several episodes? That would have been time better spent.
The Truth is Still Out There?
So we’ve seen The X-Files revival… and it didn’t go too well.
But does that mean we should write the show off completely?
Not exactly. I mean, let’s face it – they may have been a bit older and a little rougher around the edges, but Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny were a delight as Mulder and Scully. It was like getting the old band back together. Clearly, the two still have a lot of chemistry, and the young agents introduced in Episode 5 could learn a lot from the classic FBI duo.
But the upcoming Season 11 needs to pull out all the stops.
The end of Season 10 left us with a cliff hanger – Mulder is beginning to succumb to the Spartan Virus and Scully is left literally caught in the headlights of a UFO which looks as though it’s about to ‘beam her up’.
So where do they go from here?
The overarching conspiracy has gone above and beyond anything we’ve seen in The X-Files before, and it needs to be addressed on a huge level. No half measures here – and none of the random filler episodes we saw in Season 10. We already know the upcoming series will have ten episodes… but each one of them needs to further the overall story.
What we don’t need is to see Mulder and Scully’s situation resolved just a couple of episodes in, bringing everything ‘back to normal’ for the rest of the season. The X-Files has created its very own government conspiracy that’s worthy of an entire season – so go all in.
There’s still an excellent show in The X-Files.
But the show runners have to remember that.
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