Black oil, strange aircraft, government conspiracies and non-cosmetic implants…has anyone done alien paranoia like The X-Files? The classic 90s sci-fi drama raised the bar on television storytelling with its odd mix of one-off episodes and creepy long-term plot arcs, and it made pre-millennial/9-11 paranoia downright sexy.
Can it do it again?
Returning to Fox this January, six new episodes pick up where the 2008 film The X-Files: I Want to Believe left off, with original stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny returning to their signature roles as Agents Scully and Mulder, still on the trail of the shadow government that betrayed the world to alien colonists. In the finale of the show, Mulder and Scully learned of an impending invasion set for 2012. Perhaps the biggest curiosity surrounding the new show is how the lack of alien colonists will be addressed.
Naturally, both stars along with series creator Chris Carter, who returns to write and direct the new season, aren’t letting plot details slip beyond the assurance that both the “mytharc” of the show–that of the alien colonization–as well as several stand alone adventures will continue.
Today we’ve learned that in addition to Anderson and Duchovny, Mitch Phileggi (Mulder & Scully’s boss, AD Skinner) and William B. Davis (their nemesis, the Smoking Man), actors Lauren Ambrose and Robbie Amell have joined the show as two new FBI agents, possibly to continue the show should Fox order additional seasons without the original cast. Carter tried a similar approach in later seasons of the show, with actors Robert Patrick and Anabeth Gish joining the series in case Duchovny and Anderson decided to jump ship. Duchovny did leave in the final season, and when Anderson announced her intended departure, Fox opted to cancel the show rather than continue.
Early reports this morning also suggest the trio of hactivist paranoids The Lone Gunman will also appear in the new series. Stay tuned! In the meantime, check out this super creepy teaser for the show: