'The X-Files' Season 11 Scheduled to Premiere in January 2018

Saturday, 18 November 2017 - 3:20PM
Saturday, 18 November 2017 - 3:20PM
'The X-Files' Season 11 Scheduled to Premiere in January 2018
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At close to two years after the first revival of The X-Files, the second new season is finally almost out there. Because we now finally have a release date.

Fox announced earlier this week that Season 11 of the iconic alien-filled crime show is returning on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 8 p.m. alongside a new Ryan Murphy drama called 9-1-1 that the network is testing out. Unlike the tenth season from last year, which had a disappointingly small six episodes (making it feel more like a miniseries), the new season will have a full ten episodes, most of which will be standalone stories and not larger mythology episodes.

Of course, most of the main X-Files team is coming back, both on the cast and writing sides. Alongside David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as agents Mulder and Scully, Mitch Pileggi will be coming back to grumble as FBI Deputy Director Skinner, while William B. Davis will return to sell out humanity as the Cigarette Smoking Man.

On the writing side, Glen Morgan, James Wong and Darin Morgan are all coming back; Darin Morgan's one episode last season involving an excitable "Were-Person" was easily the season's highlight, so it's good to see him back.

There's also going to be guest roles from Annabeth Gish, Robbie Amell (who played Firestorm in The Flash), and Lauren Ambrose, all of which appeared last season in roles of varying quality, and making his first X-Files appearance will be former child star Haley Joel Osment in an unspecified role. Expect it to be significant though, since you don't typically get someone like Osment for a simple cameo.

The teaser trailer also seemingly showed a member of The Lone Gunmen, although it was blurry, suggesting the actors might return for another cameo despite their characters being long dead - last season, they showed up in one of Mulder's hallucinations, and here it seems to be an old video message that Langly recorded before kicking the bucket, but time will tell for sure.

Despite Fox's claim that the majority of the season will be "monster-of-the-week" stories, the recent teaser trailer seemed very mythology-heavy, hinting at yet another puzzle piece in the show's notoriously complicated alien conspiracy which could wipe out humanity. There's also more focus on Mulder and Scully's son, which is a shame, because the writers don't have to keep working that into the plot.

It's possible that season 11 is going the same route as last season, beginning and ending the season with big mythology stories while telling more self-contained tales in between. That's risky, since the two mythology episodes were widely regarded as the worst parts of season 10, which means one of two things: either the writers are confident that they've learned from their mistakes last season, or they simply don't feel like they can make The X-Files without that alien conspiracy.

It could always be a mixture of both, but here's hoping season 11 is more consistently good than season 10. The last season had some rough moments and some amazing moments (again looking back at Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster), and while not every episode can be a crazy Darin Morgan-penned adventure, the new season has a lot of room to improve when it premieres in early January.

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