‘The X-Files’ may return for another series… but should it?
During an interview with Deadline, ‘The X-Files’ stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson seemed reluctant to return to the roles of Mulder and Scully. And for good reason.
“I’m open to the conversation, though they haven’t come to us yet,” she revealed. “I have no clue when they’re going to. I’m getting on with the rest of my life and I’m booking other jobs, so if it is indeed something that they would like to continue, then that conversation will need to be had. And I have no idea when that will be able to take place at this juncture.”
Gillian Anderson recently reprised the role of FBI agent Dana Scully in ‘The X-Files’ event series – a 6-part mini-series which saw the return of the iconic paranormal drama. But while fans have been waiting for this for a long time, it was met with mixed reviews.
But will they return?
David Duchovny, who plays agent Fox Mulder, is even more hesitant.
“I don’t know… I’m pausing, and I don’t know why I’m pausing,” he said. “I would say, I guess what we found with this season was that it’s possible to still get it. It doesn’t not work. And then the question becomes, if we were going to move on, how do we make it work even better? That’s a question we’d want to ask.”
“This one was, ‘Phew, we can do it. I guess it did work’,” he added. “But now it’s like, now what? How do we make this interesting again for all of us? And it is a joy to play, as difficult as it can be. There are days, I’m sure, where Gillian and I would rather go to work and not have to think about it, but ultimately that’s what keeps us alive; these people, those artists, and the chance to be able to use our brains and think on our feet to do the show in that way.”
The real question remains – should ‘The X-Files’ return?
Critical reception to the ‘X-Files’ mini-series was mixed to say the least. The first episode (titled ‘My Struggle’) debuted at the 2015 New York Comic Con, and was met with hugely positive reviews.
In fact, this episode remains one of my favourites of the entire series.
Introducing popular elements of the original series, such as the rising government conspiracy and extra-terrestrial interference, it also brought ‘The X-Files’ up to date – showing Mulder coming to grips with the modern world after being out of commission for such a long time.
But the series quickly devolved… and with three whole filler episodes in a six episode series, it became clear that ‘The X-Files’ new series had run out of steam a bit too early.
Maybe it should have concentrated more on the extremely interesting conspiracy plot, instead of introducing those classic monster-of-the-week episodes.
Either way, the debut episode brought in a staggering 16.1 million viewers… and that total had dropped off to a mere 9.6 million by episode two.
Does ‘The X-Files’ warrant another series? Well, there’s still the small matter of finding out exactly what happens to Scully – potentially taken by one of the government UFOs they were trying to expose.
And then there’s Mulder, who seems to be succumbing to a deadly virus.
But will they get the chance to show us what happens?
For now, we’ll have to wait and see.
Picture Credit: Fox
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