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Go behind the scenes of The X-Files' return with 20 mins of new footage

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Dec 28, 2015, 2:28 PM EST

Christmas has come and gone, but there’s another present for you to unwrap. The X-Files has released a 20-minute featurette, “The X-Files: Re-Opened.” 

For those who want to go in to the series completely spoiler-free—that’s a thing now, right?—you may want to stop the video at 1:40 … and click away from this page. Those who want mild spoilers, read on.

Minor spoilers ahead for The X-Files' new season!

In “The X-Files: Re-Opened,” we get a look at what’s to expect in the upcoming six-parter. We’ve known for a while we’ll be getting two bookending mythology episodes and four stand-alone episodes. But here David Duchovny let us know, “Of those standalones, there’s going to be one that’s funnier than the others.”

We've also known the mini-series' episode titles for some time. However, here we learn that creator Chris Carter took the first episode title, “My Struggle,” from Karl Ove Knausgård's novels My Struggle. But Carter also points out that the last episode is also entitled “My Struggle.” And it isn’t about Mulder’s struggle. It’s about Scully’s.

In a snippet of an uncoming episode, we see something that, as a fan, I've been looking forward to for some time: Scully and Mulder will discuss William, the child that they put up for adoption. The actors share their emotions about returning to these characters after so many years. We also get an overview of the production, such as the special effects, which include turning the city of Vancouver into Washington, D.C. 

If you’ve missed open-minded Mulder and skeptical Scully, their reluctant ally Skinner and the slimy Cigarette Smoking Man, this feature is a nice way to bridge the gap until the mini-series begins. 

The X-Files returns to television on Jan. 24, 2016.