The X-Files: Mulder and Scully Are Back to Chase the Truth Out There

Michael Schneider
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It’s been nearly eight years since we last saw Fox Mulder and Dana Scully in the 2008 feature The X-Files: I Want to Believe. A lot has (or hasn’t) happened since then: Mulder and Scully are now estranged, aliens haven’t colonized Earth as promised and the Cigarette Smoking Man–whom we saw killed in the show’s fiery series finale–is somehow still alive! As Fox reboots The X-Files for a six-episode “event” series, the truth is…well, you know the drill.

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David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are back in their iconic roles, but as they reopen the X-Files, they discover that everything they once wanted to believe may not be real. Series creator Chris Carter has brought back many of the original producers (including Glen Morgan, James Wong and Darin Morgan), as well as the original mix of mythology and standalone episodes. (The middle four “monster of the week” episodes will be bookended by installments that put a new spin on the show’s long-running conspiracy storyline.) “I hope the hardcore fans are satisfied,” Carter says. “They’re the reason we’re back.”

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New faces include Joel McHale as an Internet conspiracy wacko who may actually have insight into the truth, plus Rhys Darby, Kumail Nanjiani, Robbie Amell and Lauren Ambrose. Mitch Pileggi reprises his role as FBI assistant director Walter Skinner and, yes, William B. Davis is back as the infamous Smoking Man. “Except for Watergate, I haven’t experienced a time when we have less trust in our government and our representatives,” Carter says. “That’s an interesting time to be telling X-Files stories.”

The X-Files, Premieres Sunday, Jan. 24, 10/9c, Fox (after the NFC Championship game)