Gillian Anderson teases X-Files revival premiere: 'Slow, intense and functional'

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Jun 18, 2015

She obviously couldn’t say much, but Gillian Anderson has read the first two scripts that will make up the new season of The X-Files. Here’s how she describes the long-awaited premiere.

In an interview with TV Line, Anderson was asked what fans can expect from the season premiere episode, which will have the monumental task of bringing the series back online after it officially ended more than a decade ago at Fox (though the 2008’s film The X-Files: I Want To Believe does help bridge some of that time gap). According to Anderson, it doesn’t sound like they’ll be bringing things back with a bang (at least not initially).

Here’s how she described the season premiere episode of the new, six-episode run:

 “‘Slow.’ ‘Intense.’ And it’s setting groundwork, so it’s got a particular role to play. It does exactly what it needs to do. What’s a single word for fulfilling that requirement? ‘Functional’? ‘Appropriate’? ‘Functional’ works,” she says with a hearty laugh. “Slow, intense and functional!”

Considering this franchise has never been shy about taking its time, it's not much of a surprise to hear it might take an episode or two to reset the stakes and get rolling. In a lot of ways, it almost serves as a 2.0 pilot, because these characters and this world are in a very different place at this point. 

Anderson also touched on what it’s like to return to the franchise and her character after all these years, and noted it took a bit longer than expected to dive back into the mindset of Agent Dana Scully. Here’s an excerpt from her comments:

“It feels like it’s been a long time since I’ve played her. I can’t remember what year the movie was, but it felt like [Scully] was further away from me than I’d thought she would be. But I’ve also worked really hard at putting her entirely to sleep, so that was successful; she’s just taken longer to wake up. This is a lot of flashbacks, a lot of deja vu, a lot of remembering dynamics — and it’s… a thicker substance to wade through than I’d thought.”

The X-Files returns to Fox on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. What would you like to see from the return?

(Via TV Line)

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