'The X-Files' Season 11 Trailer Promises Lots of Questions and Few Answers

Monday, 09 October 2017 - 8:06PM
X-Files
Monday, 09 October 2017 - 8:06PM
'The X-Files' Season 11 Trailer Promises Lots of Questions and Few Answers
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New York Comic-Con brought sci-fi fans an awful lot of new treats, among which was a first look at the upcoming season of The X-Files, due to return to Netflix some time next year.

Depending on how much of the plot of the upcoming season we get to see in this trailer, it could be the mark of a solid improvement on the first revival season, or a warning sign that the new episodes will repeat the problems of the past. Either way, the truth is still out there, so check out the first season 11 trailer below:



There's a lot to unpack in this short new trailer - certainly, we'll be seeing a fair amount of some of the supporting cast from the original show, such as the Cigarette Smoking Man, and FBI bigwig Walter Skinner. Oh, and an alien, of course, who is presented in such a matter-of-fact way in the trailer that it's a little jarring to realize that we've pretty much reached the point where a plot point that was once such a big part of The X-Files is now if anything fairly mundane.

The stakes certainly seem to have risen as well - instead of just looking to save Mulder and Scully's son William, the duo also have to tackle a bigger issue, in an attempt to save everybody on planet Earth. It makes for an intense trailer, certainly, but it does raise the question of whether the show will manage to keep up momentum for the entirety of the season.

One thing that fans of the show weren't particularly pleased about was the number of episodes in season 10 that just felt like the plot was spinning its wheels, dealing with "Where Are They Now?" questions and willing in expositional backstory for the past couple of decades, rather than sending Mulder and Scully out on new, exciting adventures.

Procedurals are both more prolific and less popular today than they were when The X-Files was new, but one thing is certain: this show works better when it's tackling a Monster of the Week, rather than attempting longform mythology storytelling that seems to invariably result in David Duchovny looking pensive and forlorn while Gillian Anderson takes a vacation. And it does look suspiciously like season eleven might be taking a page out of season two's book by incapacitating Scully and leaving Mulder to solve the big arching mystery himself.

Here's hoping, then, that this trailer for The X-Files season eleven only shows off story points from at most a couple of episodes. If we're going to get more of this show, it would be really nice to see the writers flex their muscles and give us some weird and wild self-contained procedural stories, rather than a season-stretching narrative that's not quite meaty enough to sustain a full batch of episodes.

There's currently no official release date for The X-Files season 11, which is due out sometime in 2018.
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