Geek Alert! Yesterday I found out that the X-Files is going back on the air next year with a limited amount of shows. That’s right, the International Movie Data Base says that both lead characters from the original and the two movies will be back in action when the show starts up again. I can’t even express how happy that makes me. After nine years of bizarre cases, crazy monsters, and a plot so twisted you had to see the finale to get it all, we might actually get to see a finale that satisfies. And no, that pathetic movie that got both agents back in the FBI was no ending. With the 2012 invasion date looming over the show at the time, that was a tease.
So, what are they going to do? I would love for them to deal with the alien invasion. They had a couple of tools already – the alien rebels, several government officials who might have some intelligence on the subject, clones of abducted humans, and of course Scully’s baby. The show might also bring back some interesting characters from previous seasons to help; the computer genius and the guy with the shadows comes to mind.
It’s possible that the shows will simply be a helpless attempt by the pair to stop the invasion. The show was always dark, so that it isn’t as crazy as it might sound. It might actually be fun to see the inner workings of the alien ships, or even how they interact. And if our last shot of the duo is them being mutated, what a beautiful parting shot on governments, human weakness, and our own failings in general
Duchovny (Mulder) and Anderson (Scully) have repeatedly said that they don’t want to do anything more involving the aliens, though. So the show might try going back to business as usual. But can we really go backwards? That would feel a lot like watching a football season up to the Superbowl and then watching preseason games. I pray that doesn’t happen. I pray that X-Files doesn’t embarass itself. But I am going to watch.