X-Files Revival Mixes Mythology & Monsters

With “The X-Files” confirmed to be coming back for a six-part limited series that will shoot this Summer, some questions have emerged regarding what shape the episodes will take.

With stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson onboard, we’ll see Mulder and Scully tackling otherworldly threats. But will it be a single serialised story or episodic? Will it stick entirely to the alien invasion mythology and story arc from the original series, or will we get some more regular monster of the week episodes?

Duchovny recently spoke to The New York Times about the upcoming revival and confirmed that it’ll be a real mix of mythology and movie-of-the-week style episodes just like the old series:

“We’re gonna do both. I’m pretty sure it’s gonna begin and end with the mythology. But I really don’t know… They were always kind of juggling about what people needed to know, especially when we made the movies. Can we get somebody in who’s never seen this? And I’m sure we’ll have to juggle that again with this iteration of it.”

He says that thanks to both his and Anderson’s experience, they’re far more capable actors now and so he’s curious to see how the new stories will challenge them on that front:

“I think we’ve both gotten better as we’ve gotten older, so how do we bring that to bear on these characters? If I were to look back at the first or second year of the show, I wouldn’t try to act like that guy. I’m capable of doing more. She’s capable of doing more. It’ll be interesting to see how we keep the characters the same but also the actors are better.”

The new episodes will be shot in Vancouver like the first five seasons of the show, and there’s no plans to drastically change around the formula that worked:

“We’re still trying to do the same show. It’s not like were trying to make it 2.0, or whatever the .0 is now. 3.0. We’re gonna make the same show. But it’ll be interesting because Gillian and I are older. I don’t want to act like it’s 20 years ago.”

Speaking with The X-Files News, Chris Carter says the new episodes will be set in the present:

“We’re going to tell X-Files the way that we’ve always told them; we will of course set them in the time and place that they exist. We’re telling contemporary stories about contemporary situations, true to Mulder and Scully’s characters and their relationship and the passage of time.”

The question was also brought up about the lingering story threads from the series – namely how colonisation was supposed to have happened in late 2012, and of course the issue of the child that Scully gave away:

“I’ve thought about that. I don’t know exactly how I’m going to address it, in a big way, a mild way, a modern way, a mention or a plot point. And of course you can’t avoid to deal with the William (arc) in some way or another.”

No air date for the new episodes has yet been set.