The revival of The X-Files was a mixed bag. The tenth season brought us one of the most brilliant episodes of the series ever produced… and it also brought along some of the worst. That includes a cliff hanger ending, which sure was a kicker to everyone who believed that the tenth season was going to wrap up the show. Well, the series is coming back for another revival season, and Fox has released a trailer for it.
It looks like one of the major focuses of the season will be William, the son of Mulder and Scully who somehow never got mentioned last season. Honestly, I don’t know how much I care about William, but it would be super weird if he never came up again. I just can’t help but think about the fact that due to various TV crossovers, that the pandemic cliff hanger of season 10 technically happened on Law & Order: SVU too. Like, how did Ice-T deal with that?
So we didn’t mention it (mostly because we were off busy at No Brand Con), but The X-Files is officially coming back for an eleventh season which is expected to go into production this summer. And while this is expected to air during the 2017-2018 television season, I just find myself asking — is this something that we really want?
Because I’m not sure we do.
The show returned to television last year for a tenth season after being off the air for over a decade, and it was a mixed bag. While it did give us the series singular best episode in my opinion (“Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster”), the rest of the season just wasn’t that great. I mean, we start with an episode that’s designed to “simplify” the mythology (which just ends up making it a bigger mess), and end on a cliffhanger that barely makes sense. In the middle there are a mix of forgettable episodes, and one awkward episode that is simultaneously preachy yet always feels like it’s telegraphing an obvious twist that never comes (“Babylon”).
The revival of The X-Files was a ratings success for Fox, and besides two particular episodes was a pretty solid installment for the franchise. I mean, it had some of the show’s best and worst episodes in a six episode season — it was very X-Files-y. With that in mind (and a cliffhanger ending), many have been asking if we were going to get more of the series.
The answer is “almost certainly, but not for a while.”
It’s being reported that Fox chairman and CEO Dana Walden has stated that Chris Carter, Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny are all on board for another season. The only obstacle is just how busy all of them are, so we shouldn’t expect it for at least another year.
This is good news for fans of the show, especially since (as previously mentioned) that revival season ended with a ridiculously dumb cliffhanger ending. Lord knows how they plan on getting themselves out of it, but I look forward to seeing them try.
On this episode we talk about the announced animated Batman movie starring Adam West and Burt Ward, Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi taking the reigns of Godzilla 2016, the X-Files limited series being confirmed, Sony’s bizarre desire to make a Robotech film franchise, Gen Con’s reactions to Indiana’s RFRA, and an awesome little convention in DeKalb called Karoshi Con.
And we have a whole bunch of new listener mail to boot!
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we visit the DC Carnival of Sadness with news that Supergirl will be a procedural and that Zack Snyder wants a dark, gritty Green Lantern (oh, and there’s some Brainiac stuff in there too). We look forward to Community‘s season 6 premiere date, contemplate the return of The X-Files, and sing for joy at Simon Pegg co-writing the next Star Trek.
Trae also went to Nezumi Con, and talks about his experiences.
According to recent reports, Fox is trying to bring back the X-files. The term “reboot” has been thrown around a lot, but as they’re trying to get Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny on board (along with series creator Chris Carter), it seems like the term “revival” is more appropriate.
Think what they did with 24.
Right now everything is preliminary, so nothings been decided yet — but as this is driven by the network, as long as the creative talent is on board, it might actually happen.
I’m not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing, frankly. The X-Files came out of the 90s paranoia that doesn’t necessarily feel as right these days. Of course, I’ll still tune in if it happens.