The classic late-20th-century show The X-Files is going to make its revival debut in 2016. But if not you're lucky enough to have seen it at New York Comic Con, where the episode aired on Saturday, don't worry -- I have you covered. I was one of the thousands of fans who saw the first episode of the six-part series, and I really loved the part where ... oh, wait, I’m not allowed to spoil the show. But I can tell you that it’s very good, just the antidote for the less-than-spectacular 2008 film, X-Files: I Want to Believe.
Here’s what I can share about the episode, as well as the panel, attended by creator/producer Chris Carter, David Duchovny (Fox Mulder) and Mitch Pileggi (Walter Skinner). Also, I've embedded below some clips from the panel provided by Fox.
The characters have aged ... and not in a good way.
Scully is much more careworn, almost battered -- a lifetime away from the 1990s version, who spent most of her time exasperated over the antics of her conspiracy-theorist partner.
Mulder is as intense as usual, but he seems less willing to take the time to communicate his thoughts. It’s up to Scully to take up his slack. And she’s less willing than ever to do that.
Also, unlike the 1990s version, she seems somewhat worried for him.
Mulder and Scully are not living happily ever after.
At the panel after the convention, Carter said, “I was going under a bridge … and on the bridge above us, it said ‘Life has many bumps in the road.’ I think they hit one of those.
“Mulder and Scully have had their difficulties, and that’s where we are.” (It was here an earnest audience member asked, “Don’t you think they’re stronger than that?")
There's a far-reaching conspiracy.
Of course there is. But that’s only a part of why we love The X-Files. We also love the character dynamics. And, I’m happy to report, we get both.
According to Carter, “We start with a mythology episode, and we’re going to do standalone episodes for the next four. We’ll bookend it with a mythology episode." Writers include Glen Morgan, Darin Morgan and James Wong, all of whom are X-veterans.
Duchovny and Pileggi spoke about how easy it was to work together again.
Duchovny said, "We kind of have a group memory when we get together. We can check in with one another, but not with words. We feel when Mulder is right. It just feels right. I can’t really put words around it.” Duchovny had a name for reclaiming the character after all this time: “Mulder flow.”
It shows. The interactions between Mulder and Scully/Mulder and Skinner had a weight to them that didn't exist between Mulder and the other actors. They've been down this road before. They don't relish returning.
Mitch Pileggi improvised one of the more amusing lines.
Mulder, Skinner says, should walk away “before we both get pissed off.” OK, it doesn't read that cleverly. But trust me, Pileggi's delivery is Skinnerific.
There are some familiar faces and places.
I'm afraid that if I reveal, the government conspiracy will send an alien assassin after me. But in 2016, the episode is out there.