Monday, March 23, 2015
'The X-Files' gearing up for another run
The Truth Is Still Out There -- and could be coming back soon.
According to a report on TV Wise's website, Fox is close to inking a deal to bring back The X-Files, one of television's best dramas ever.
Stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are reportedly on board to reprise their roles as flashlight-wielding FBI agents, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.
For nine seasons, The X-Files was an intoxicating mix of murky government conspiracies, scary monsters and sinister aliens. The X-Files came along at an auspicious time with The Cold War just ending. People needed a new boogeyman, something to fear, and The X-Files provided it.
Series creator Chris Carter understood that a show featuring substance and style could be tough to beat. Not only was The X-Files an extremely intelligent series, it looked like a $100 million feature film. No show, for example, has ever made the woods appear so foreboding. Or the simple sight of flashlights piercing the darkness so hypnotic.
The X-Files was one of those rare series where paying attention wasn't just important, but essential.
Yet, that didn't guarantee you'd always understand what was going on. Like any good soap opera, The X-Files always raised more questions than it actually answered. That tactic, however, led to its ultimate demise as viewers -- including myself -- grew weary of the show's deliberate plotting and glacial parceling of clues.
Still, after the series went off the air in 2002 as it limped to the finish line, I was sad to see Mulder and Scully put down their flashlights for good. That awful 2008 film, The X-Files: I Want To Believe had me wishing they kept those flashlights locked away.
But after such a long hiatus, I'm ready for The Truth to not just be out there, but to come back to my living room as well.
Kevin D. Thompson writes news stories and features on Lake Worth and Greenacres for The Palm Beach Post. He has more than 30 years of newspaper and magazine experience as a writer, editor, reporter and blogger. Kevin joined the Post in January 1996 as an entertainment writer. He was the paper's television critic for 12 years (1996-2008) and theater critic for one (2008-2009). He also covered higher education and the Palm Beach County School District. Before joining The Palm Beach Post, Kevin covered entertainment extensively and wrote celebrity profiles for such newspapers and magazines as the New York Daily News, the New York Post and Essence while working as a freelance writer.