Now that production on The X-Files revival series has been underway for the better part of a month, we’ve finally got a look at our beloved extra-terrestrial seeking detectives back on the job. EW has revealed images featuring stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, new characters played by Joel McHale and Annet Mehendru, as well as behind the scenes looks at the sets, scripts, and creative team.
Duchovny says Mulder is in a “dark, dark place”, while Scully is evidently more put together. Anderson said she likes where their relationship picks up, but she was equally interested in the pertinent political and social issues the series will explore, “I also like the area of zeitgeist that we step in to. It’s on point and raises some very interesting issues. And question marks.”
Series creator Chris Carter also talked about the issues they’ll address in the revival series and how the political landscape of the world has changed since the show went off air in 2002.
“The X-Filesended right after 9/11…A lot has happened since then. A lot of rollback of rights and liberties in the name of our protection. We’re being spied on now, we’re being lied to — all things that, for me, remind me of when I grew up, which was right around Watergate. I think we’re in similar and much more dire times right now.”
Carter also quashed fan speculation that episode 2, titled “Home Again”, would see a return to the nighmarishly twisted fan-favorite episode “Home”. In fact, don’t expect to see any of your favorite monsters return. While you can count on some familiar faces, including Mitch Pileggi as Skinner and William B. Davis as the Cigarette Smoking Man (still interested to see how they pull that one off, by the way), Carter states that they are steering clear of any retreads.
We’re not going to reboot any of the old favorites, although it was something we all thought about…These are all brand new stories. We hope to scare you in brand new ways.”
However, you can still look forward to a monster-of-the-week sandwiched between all the conspiracies and intrigue. Along with Carter, original series scribes James Wong, Glen Morgan, and Darin Morgan have returned for some old fashioned boogie man scares, including an episode titled “Mulder and Scully Meet The Were-Man”.
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