Seeing is Believing: Pics And Secret Intel From The X-Files Revival Set

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Credit: ERIC RAY DAVIDSON for EW

It is THE image that X-Philes have been longing for. The image that is clear evidence that The X-Files is back and that the past couple of months of news and talk hasn’t been a dream. It’s the image that legitimises it all. It’s the first X-Files circa 2015 magazine cover and we couldn’t be more excited.

Entertainment Weekly were up on the Vancouver, Canada set as the cameras once again started rolling on a X-Files TV episode and were kind enough to share with us all some exclusive images of the revival series and some top secret intel about the upcoming season.

The episode finds “paranormal detectives,” as EW describes them (does this mean they are private detectives or back within the FBI fold?) Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) are out investigating a possible alien abductee (The Americans’ Annet Mahendru) at an abandoned farm on the outskirts of Vancouver (always nice seeing Vancouver actually being Vancouver).

The duo has been tipped off about the case from Mulder’s new BFF (well ally), the host of a conservative talk show (Community’s Joel McHale).

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Credit: Ed Araquel/Fox

That certainly sounds a very different life than that we saw for them in I Want To Believe. Obviously a lot has happened in the intervening seven or so years.

Dressed down in a grey tshirt, shoes without shoelaces, and featuring stubble that is a bit too scruffy to be considered in vogue, Mulder is looking far removed from his slick FBI agent, though not as disheveled as we first saw him in I Want To Believe. Duchovny confirms this downtrodden version of Mulder, saying “Mulder’s not in a great place. He’s wearing bad jeans, so you can just extrapolate from my wardrobe. He’s in a dark, dark place.”

And is Scully in a similar state of disarray? Not likely knowing our Dana Katherine Scully. She’s looking sharp in a skirt suit and her ever-present high heels (every article I read where people are shocked that Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire wore her high heels throughout Jurassic World, I immediately thought of Scully going through nine seasons and two movies doing the exact same thing).

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Credit: Ed Araquel/Fox

One of the elements that had fans coming back week after week was the electric chemistry between Mulder and Scully. The last we saw they were in a relationship, wanting to exist away from the world and the hassles of their past. Is this still the case? Of course, being The X-Files, we’re not going to just be handed information like that, however, Anderson did say, “I like where we find Mulder and Scully in their relationship.”

Known for addressing current issues as well as classic paranormal/alien pop culture, series creator Chris Carter has promised more of the same with the revival. “The X-Files ended right after 9/11,” says Carter. “A lot has happened since then. A lot of rollback of rights and liberties in the name of our protection. We’re being spied on now, we’re being lied to — all things that, for me, remind me of when I grew up, which was right around Watergate. I think we’re in similar and much more dire times right now.”

Plenty of fodder there to expand upon the ever-intricate mythology.

However, not all six episodes are going to be based in the series’ mythology. We’re going to get some of the classic monster-of-the-week episodes. In fact, the first of these is to be third episode and penned by Darin Morgan, known for his quirky, comedic eps, “Humbug,” “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose,” and “Jose Chung’s ‘From Outer Space’”. Entitled “Mulder and Scully Meet The Were-Man,” TV Line reports that the ep “centers on a nondescript man by day/scurry-ass beast by night.” Sounds like we’re in for another treat of an episode.

Fans of the fourth season episode “Home” (yep that one – the one with the deformed inbred family who kept the limbless mother on a rollerboard under the bed) were excited on learning that the second episode is called “Home Again,” thinking we would get to revisit this shocking, straight-of-the-cover-of-the-National-Enquirer family. Carter has dashed your hopes.

While we will get guest appearances from fan-favourites, such as Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) and the black-lunged villain, the Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis), none of the previous monsters seen on The X-Files will be making a return. “We’re not going to reboot any of the old favorites, although it was something we all thought about,” says Carter. “These are all brand new stories. We hope to scare you in brand new ways.”

Check out the rest of the EW images below.

The X-Files cover edition of Entertainment Weekly is on sale today.

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Clare Sidoti is 4 Your Excitement's Editor-at-Large. Clare has a BA (Theatre and Film Studies) from the University of New South Wales, Australia and an MA Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex, UK. She currently works for an NGO that runs human rights training in the Asia Pacific region. You can find her on twitter with her eclectic musings on the arts, entertainment and human rights. Some of her favourite topics to cover include Darren Criss, Chris Colfer, Glee and Star Wars.
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