The all new season —The X-Files: Event Series of the ultimate Sci-Fi show The X-Files — is soon to premier on Indian television! The series that has a serious cult following since its inception in 1992 is coming back on TV with the ever loved on-screen pairing — David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson after 13 long years. The X-Files: Event Series starts 30th January, Saturdays 9 pm only on Star World Premiere HD. Actor David Duchovny will reprise his role as Fox Mulder, a former FBI special agent assigned to the X-Files, while Gillian Anderson will return as Dana Scully, a medical doctor and former FBI special agent. The show’s creator Chris Carter answers some of the questions surrounding the coming premier.
Q. What do you like the most about being back with the X-Files? What excites you the most?
A. It’s a chance to do good work. When I got the call, I knew it was a chance to tell good stories. I had some in mind and you will see that Episode Four is something I have been thinking about for a while — The mythology, how I wanted to come back and reinvestigate it. It was an opportunity to do some things I’ve been thinking about.
Q. When you first stepped on set, when you were about to shoot that first scene, what were your initial thoughts when you finally came back to X-Files?
A. It wasn’t like it was this loaded moment. We all hit the ground running and it was a big day and lots and lots of dialogue. It was just a huge day of work and you run like crazy just to get the work done. So, I think that it wasn’t like we had a chance to smile and enjoy the moment. We were off and running.
Q. What things are important in updating the stories from the 90s to today?
A. Technology, obviously. And also, we’re in a different time. When the show went off the air, we were putting all our faith in the government after 9/11 and we’re in a different time now and if you’ve been sort of paying attention to what’s been going on online and alternative media, there’s a lot of talk about possible conspiracies. So, we wanted to be true to the kind of time we are living in.
Q. How much going back and revisiting X-Files did you do in the lead up to looking forward to the mini-series?
A. A little bit. You know, I know the show and I know the mythology and so, I didn’t have to go back a lot. You’ll see a reference to the second episode in here and so, I wanted to be truthful and honest as possible to what we’ve laid down. So, when the old man says, “Roswell, that was a smoke screen,” that’s a reference to the second episode.
Q. What plan do you have for the romantic tension between Scully and Mulder?
A. Yes. Well, I think the romantic tension is always there, whether they’re together or whether they’re apart. So, I think that Tad O’Malley comes in here and he creates a bridge between two characters that are not living under the same roof. So, I think that we see that immediately there’s tension when Scully says her relationship with Mulder was impossible, that’s tension because now they’re thrown back together again.
“When I got the call, I knew it was a chance to tell good stories. I had some in mind and you will see that Episode Four is something I have been thinking about for a while — the mythology, how I wanted to come back and reinvestigate it. “
Q. How did you know it was the right moment to come back?
A. Well, I got a phone call, so I knew that they wanted to do it now. But also I knew that historically, I should say, we’re in a period of history when it’s a really good time to tell the X-Files story. It’s a period of paranoia. It’s a period where people are talking about conspiracies again. It’s a period where your government has admitted they’re spying on you. So, we’re living in a brave new world, if you will.
Q. What were, to you, the most important elements from the original X-Files to keep the same for the reboot, even though, events and technology has changed since then?
A. Right. Well, of course, Mulder and Scully and their relationship, or the state of it right now. But, trying to be honest with what we’ve laid down with the conspiracy from the beginning. You’ll see a reference to the second episode of the series, in the episode that you just saw, where the old man says Roswell is a smoke screen. That’s actually something from the second episode. So, we tried to pull things from the distant past and make them relevant to today and to be honest to the stories we had already told.