First Plot Details on The X-Files Revival: Mulder Is 'In a Dark, Dark Place'

Thursday, 25 June 2015 - 10:58AM
Thursday, 25 June 2015 - 10:58AM
First Plot Details on The X-Files Revival: Mulder Is 'In a Dark, Dark Place'
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After one measly and blurry picture of Mulder and Scully, we finally have some details about the X-Files revival. EW got a chance to visit the set, and they learned the plot of one episode, the character Annet Mahendru is playing, the answer to those rumors about a sequel to "Home," and more.

First Plot Details for the X-Files Revival

First, they learned plot details about a monster-of-the-week episode, guest starring The Americans' Annet Mahendru and Community's Joel McHale. EW found Mulder and Scully "on an abandoned farm" investigating a case involving a "possible alien abductee" (that's so classic I could cry) played by Mahendru. They were given the heads-up about case by a right-wing radio talk show host, played by McHale.

Politics will generally play a large role in the reboot series, according to Gillian Anderson and X-Files creator Chris Carter. Where the original series played into the paranoia and anxieties of a pre-9/11 America, the new series will be well aware of its context in today's political landscape. Anderson said she "like[s] the area of zeitgeist that we step in to. It's on point and raises some very interesting issues. And question marks."

"The X-Files ended right after 9/11," said 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."

EW also spoke to Anderson and David Duchovny about where we find their characters seven years after the last X-Files film, I Want to Believe. Mulder, in particular, has apparently gone through some changes, as EW described his appearance as "shabby," sporting a "gray tee, shoes without shoelaces, and much stubble." Duchovny half-joked about his character's appearance and how it relates to his emotional state:

"Mulder's not in a great place," said Duchovny. "He's wearing bad jeans, so you can just extrapolate from my wardrobe. He's in a dark, dark place."

It's unclear why Mulder is in a "dark place," or what that entails exactly, but they were even more coy about the state of Mulder and Scully's will-they won't-they relationship. Anderson only said, "I like where we find Mulder and Scully in their relationship." That tells us nothing, but gets us excited for it, which is exactly the point, I suppose.

The most disappointing news came from Carter, who dashed our hopes that the second episode of the revival, "Home Again," would be a sequel to the traumatizing season four episode, "Home," which involved incestuous, murderous mutants.

"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."

The X-Files miniseries will debut on Fox with a two-night premiere on Sunday, January 24, and Monday, January 25.
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