the x- files

What We Know…

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David Du­chovny helps us preview the new se­ries.

1 The new X- Files se­ries is film­ing right now – it’s due to wrap at the end of Au­gust – and will con­sist of six episodes that will air in Jan­uary 2016. There would have been more episodes but David Du­chovny and Gil­lian An­der­son have other film­ing com­mit­ments.

2 At first, An­der­son wasn’t all that keen on the idea of do­ing the show again. It took per­sua­sion from Du­chovny, who’d just fin­ished an epic run of sex, drugs and de­bauch­ery in Cal­i­for­ni­ca­tion, and show cre­ator Chris Carter, to get her on board. Once there, how­ever, she en­thu­si­as­ti­cally told En­ter­tain­ment Weekly: “It feels like we never stopped do­ing this.”

3 This is not a re­boot. It’s ac­tu­ally be­ing called “sea­son ten”, so it’s a con­tin­u­a­tion of the se­ries – although we’re not sure if it will ad­dress the fact that Agents Doggett ( Robert Pa­trick) and Reyes ( Anna­beth Gish) were such a huge part of those fi­nal few sea­sons. There’s a lot to cram into these half dozen episodes, ob­vi­ously, but some kind of name- drop or cameo would be nice, eh?

4 Keep­ing in the spirit of the orig­i­nal X- Files, which filmed there un­til it moved to Los An­ge­les in its sixth sea­son, the episodes are be­ing shot in good old Van­cou­ver, Bri­tish Columbia. Those spooky, mossy, rain- drenched forests will feel like friends of yore…

5 Carter has re­vealed that the show will re­flect the post- 9/ 11 world of sur­veil­lance, hu­man rights is­sues and gov­ern­ment con­spir­a­cies. While he was al­ways inspired by the Water­gate scan­dal of the ’ 70s – even go­ing so far as to call Mul­der’s first gov­ern­ment in­for­mant Deep Throat, af­ter the real- life whistle­blower who brought down Nixon – the is­sues he used to write about, that lurked on the fringes of our ex­is­tence, have now be­come a huge part of our lives. Well, aliens aside, nat­u­rally.

6 Af­ter they were shown kiss­ing in 2008’ s big- screen out­ing The X- Files: I Want To Be­lieve, the ques­tion on ev­ery­body’s lips is: what’s the deal with Mul­der and Scully’s re­la­tion­ship? The ac­tors have re­mained silent on the sub­ject, but men­tion that the two aren’t liv­ing with each other and Mul­der is ap­par­ently “in a dark, dark place”. A pub­lic­ity im­age of Mul­der’s pad seems to sug­gest that he’s holed up in his house ob­sess­ing over UFOs and con­spir­a­cies to an un­healthy ex­tent – per­haps he took a break- up badly? Per­haps Scully couldn’t han­dle his latest quest? Does he have – gasp! – a new woman? Or does Scully have a new man?

7 We’re also not sure whether Mul­der and Scully ac­tu­ally work for the FBI in the new se­ries. Although given the fact that their old boss, Mitch Pi­leggi’s Wal­ter Skin­ner, is pop­ping up, per­haps the FBI will play a big part.

8 Another fa­mil­iar face is also mak­ing a re­turn… de­spite the fact any­body who’s watched the show’s se­ries fi­nale will know that it’s bleedin’ im­pos­si­ble. Wil­liam B Davis is back as the Cig­a­rette-Smok­ing Man – a mag­i­cal res­ur­rec­tion, given that we saw him atom­ised in a mis­sile at­tack. Per­haps he’ll be back as some kind of ghost? It wouldn’t be the first time the se­ries has brought back dead char­ac­ters, whether in dream se­quences or in flash­backs.

9 Rather oddly, An­der­son’s hair has been a huge talk­ing point since film­ing be­gan. When The X- Files ended it was a shock to see the ac­tress dye her hair blonde; now it’s a shock to see it red again ( although not quite as red as the old days, mind). She has a se­cret, how­ever: it’s a wig. Af­ter be­ing ad­vised by her hair­dresser not to dye it any more in case it falls out, the dis­ap­pointed An­der­son re­gret­fully con­ceded the point and will wear a ( thank­fully very con­vinc­ing) wig. “It’s like wear­ing a vise on your head,” she says. “Ev­ery day I have a whop­ping headache. I want the fans to know I’m suf­fer­ing for the red!”

10 Mul­der’s “I Want To Be­lieve” poster is back, but in a slightly dif­fer­ent for­mat: it’s a mon­tage made up of im­ages sent in by fans to raise money for char­ity. Also present in his apart­ment: his old porn VHS tapes. Some things never change.

With

The X- Files

re­turn­ing to the small screen af­ter a near- 14- year gap, Jayne Nel­son rounds up what we know about the new se­ries, how it ’s shap­ing up, what we’d like to see – and what

we don’t…

Se­ries cre­ator Chris looks Carter

happy to be get­ting back into the Files.

Mul­der will meet talk show host Ted O’Malley.

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