Back on the case

Gil­lian An­der­son be­lieves The X-Files chem­istry is still out there. By ANNA CALD­WELL

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - NEWS -

IF there’s a recipe for re­viv­ing char­ac­ters last seen on the small screen 13 years ago, it’s one that needs bucket loads of chem­istry.

En­ter Gil­lian An­der­son and David Du­chovny. When they re­vive cult clas­sic roles of Scully and Mulder this week in The X-Files it will be an at­tempt to re­boot a part­ner­ship that cap­ti­vated a gen­er­a­tion.

An­der­son says the chem­istry she and Du­chovny have is “be­yond” them. “David and I have that chem­istry whether we are just talk­ing to each other – just in our­selves, not even in th­ese char­ac­ters it ex­ists, and it is be­yond both of us,” she says.

The ac­tors are close friends and have played on the re­la­tion­ship to pro­mote the show’s re­vival, lit­ter­ing their so­cial me­dia ac­counts with flir­ta­tious self­ies and witty repar­tee.

Du­chovny says he be­came emo­tional when he first saw the script for new six­episode se­ries.

“It was nos­tal­gia. Just to see Mulder and Scully on the page and all that stuff,” he says.

“It’s like read­ing a let­ter from camp that you wrote when you were 15.”

At its peak in the ’90s, The X-Files was part of the cul­tural zeit­geist – dom­i­nat­ing rat­ings and carv­ing out the role of ‘ap­point­ment TV’ in mod­ern lives. The ad­vent of stream­ing and in­stant TV means the show has a whole new land­scape to con­test.

When they re­turn to the small screen, Mulder and Scully are no longer a cou­ple. Mulder has be­come reclusive, and Scully works as a sur­gi­cal as­sis­tant in a hos­pi­tal with chil­dren.

Du­chovny says slip­ping back into char­ac­ter was dif­fi­cult at first.

“I think at first, it was a lit­tle rusty and a lit­tle tense. Be­cause none of us re­ally knew what to ex­pect, how it would feel. But then, it just took maybe half a day to kind of fall into a rhythm,” he says.

“I think it’s like be­ing a band. It’s like play­ing mu­sic with some­body you’re used to play­ing with.”

When The X-Files went off air in 2002, it was the be­gin­ning of a post-9/11 era that had no in­ter­est in govern­ment con­spir­acy, cre­ator Chris Carter says.

Carter be­lieves al­though the themes had run their course at the time, they are again as rel­e­vant as they ever were and he sees X-Files sto­ry­lines ev­ery­where.

“Ev­ery time I pick up the news­pa­per now I see an X-Files story … When the call came in I im­me­di­ately saw the pos­si­bil­i­ties and beauty of do­ing a num­ber of sto­ries rather than just one big story.”

The new se­ries will deal with mod­ern is­sues, in­clud­ing one episode that tack­les ter­ror­ism.

“I think that is more rel­e­vant to­day cer­tainly af­ter the at­tacks in Paris and now here in San Bernardino than it might have been even be­fore we were film­ing the episode,” he says.

Carter and his team had cam­paigned un­suc­cess­fully for years to bring the band back to­gether for a movie be­fore the idea of a lim­ited run TV show dawned on them.

They all hint that there could be more episodes on the ta­ble if the mini-se­ries is suc­cess­ful.

“It’s al­ways open … to me, it’s al­ways open,” says Du­chovny.

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