BY THE GEEKS FOR THE GEEKS. 

Published by Steven White.

To prepare for the show’s return I will be watching the entire run. I plan to review the episodes a couple at a time along with both movies, I will also compile a selection of the best episodes of each season and reveal my top ten episodes from the entire run!


With thanks to Alex Farnham.

In case it wasn’t obvious Steve loves The X-Files


​You can listen to Steve’s ramblings on the podcast he co-hosts with his friend Alex here – www.beardwags.com 

I am so excited for this run (as if this article hasn’t already portrayed that) and I’ve been thinking about it a lot. I’m a big fan of IDW’s Season 10 comic run and I didn’t think the second movie was all that bad. Television has changed; there are masterful miniseries/events running and it gives me hope that The X-Files will follow suit. Perhaps the best way to drive forward a shorter run is to bring into the fold former X-Files writer Vince Gilligan, who has had a small amount of success with Breaking Bad (you may have heard of it!). He has worked well with shorter series’ run, and he also wrote some of the best episodes of The X-Files (Paper Hearts being one of them). 

I am so excited for this run (as if this article hasn’t already portrayed that) and I’ve been thinking about it a lot. I’m a big fan of IDW’s Season 10 comic run and I didn’t think the second movie was all that bad. Television has changed; there are masterful miniseries/events running and it gives me hope that The X-Files will follow suit. Perhaps the best way to drive forward a shorter run is to bring into the fold former X-Files writer Vince Gilligan, who has had a small amount of success with Breaking Bad (you may have heard of it!). He has worked well with shorter series’ run, and he also wrote some of the best episodes of The X-Files (Paper Hearts being one of them). 

Ultimately, I think I’ll be happy with whatever direction Carter decides to take. In my opinion having six episodes allows for a far more consistent quality of writing (no filler) and should the event prove to be a success then it paves the way for future events. I’d love for the show to be fully revived and stay back on our screens every year for a six episode run, thus allowing a lot more time to plan the event and for the writers to create consistent episodes. It also allows the actors more time to focus on other projects and it gives the audience a much better experience. 

•    Leave the alien invasion story on the backburner.
The alien invasion storyline seems like it would be too much for a new audience as it requires a knowledge of the mytharc from the previous run (which itself was already suffering from continuity issues and convoluted plots). I am not saying they should ignore this, I’m suggesting leave it on the back burner until you have established the show again.

•    Perhaps strip it right back to basics?
If the above points all sounds a little convoluted then why not go for a “Monster of the Week” format? Either one per episode, or run three stories across all six episodes. That way the show allows two hours to really build the tension and offers the writers more of a chance to explore these monsters.

•    It needs to appeal to new fans whilst bringing the old fans back 
They need to make the show enjoyable to both. I’m sure Fox knows that it has an automatic audience of fans from the original run, but they need the new viewers as well. If it works out then a Blu-ray release of the original run would be well positioned. I think the best way would be to look at something outside of the extra-terrestrial, something that can be told in six episodes that will keep people hooked. Conspiracy theories are ripe for the picking, YouTube and the internet at large are flooded with them (some very compelling) so why not base this around some of those? I’m not saying true life conspiracy theories but they could draw inspiration and build the event around the agents exposing a conspiracy that perhaps isn’t too alien driven.

•    The show ran for two seasons too many.
Seasons 8 and 9 had some good stand-alone episodes but as whole the quality had declined and the show was overstretched and outstayed its welcome. The second movie made an attempt at a soft reboot by bringing the agents back into the fold and telling a “Monster of the Week” story; whilst it missed the mark it was still a valiant effort and one that I think the event should draw inspiration from along with the “season 10” comic book. By rebooting in a way that doesn’t ignore what has come before the event can appeal to new and veteran viewers, you can tell stories that don’t rely on an extensive knowledge of the show’s history but at the same time you give nods to it for the hard-core fans.

The revival being announced as a six episode event is a very big deal, and it sounds to me like there will be an arc to these episodes. Speculation has already begun, and perhaps it will deal with the ever impending alien invasion? Personally, I hope that this a spring board for other short series events and doesn’t go straight into the mythology… Here are a few reasons why:

The show ran for nine seasons and had two feature films, the first taking place between seasons five and six and the second in 2008 after the series had concluded. There was also a spin off show based around a trio of paranoid hackers that assisted Mulder and Scully in the main show called The Lone Gunman.
The show was recently revived in comic book form by IDW with the blessing of Chris Carter and continued the stories under the banner of “season 10” the comic book gave the show a soft reboot and put Mulder and Scully back at the FBI and continuing their investigations. The comic didn’t ignore everything that came before it, but rather than being bogged down by years of continuity it jumped straight back into the action and started telling fun stories about the paranormal. 

Jump forward to 24th March (the day after my Birthday) and it was confirmed that the show would be returning for a six episode event that would begin filming in summer 2015. It was also announced that Duchovny and Anderson would be reprising their roles along with Carter leading the event. It was a very good Birthday!
The premise of the show revolves around Fox Mulder and Dana Scully: two FBI agents who investigate unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena. Mulder believes in the existence of aliens and the paranormal at large whilst Scully is a sceptic - assigned to report on Mulder’s work and debunk his discoveries. The show followed two different story telling paths, the first being a “Monster of the Week” in which the episodes would generally be self-contained and deal with various different cases, the second made up the back bone of the shows mythology or mytharc and dealt with extra-terrestrials and Mulder’s ongoing pursuit of the truth.

Those that know me will know that The X-Files has been a passion of mine since I was about seven years old and has continued to be my favourite show throughout my 28 years of life. Needless to say I was very excited on 17th January when Fox confirmed they were looking at bringing it back and even more so when they said they would only proceed with the revival if the show’s creator Chris Carter, David Duchovny (Agent Fox Mulder) and Gillian Anderson (Agent Dana Scully) were all on board.

It has been named by Entertainment Weekly as the fourth best television show in the last 25 years, ranked by Empire as the ninth best television show in history and named by me as the best television show ever, I am of course talking about The X-Files.

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