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July 17, 2015 3:51 AM   Subscribe

New teaser for the upcoming X-Files reboot!
posted by valkane (59 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
 
Full body willy when the whistling part of the theme song kicked in. I want to believe this will be amazingly amazingly amazing.
posted by chasles at 4:11 AM on July 17, 2015 [3 favorites]


They better make up for that horrible 9th season I just finished watching.
posted by fordiebianco at 4:35 AM on July 17, 2015 [7 favorites]


Given that Duchovny and Anderson look like they haven't aged a day, they can pretty much pick up right where they left off.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 4:36 AM on July 17, 2015 [6 favorites]


What chasles said
posted by thegirlwiththehat at 4:42 AM on July 17, 2015


Reboot ? Who said anything about a reboot ?
posted by Pendragon at 4:46 AM on July 17, 2015 [3 favorites]


Oh, I'm so excited for this! I'm always so pleased to see people from the X-Files in other things; it will be fantastic to see Duchovny and Anderson working together again!
posted by colfax at 5:16 AM on July 17, 2015 [1 favorite]


Who said anything about a reboot ?

They just mean that Mulder is "getting on" his "boots". The new series will be entirely scored by U2, and is set in the same universe as Spider-man: Turn Off The Dark.
posted by cortex at 5:17 AM on July 17, 2015 [11 favorites]


CANNOT WAIT UNTIL JANUARY BUT SOMEHOW MUST AND I CAN'T EVEN.
posted by orange swan at 5:21 AM on July 17, 2015


I was wondering if Mitch Pileggi & William B. Davis would be back, so it was nice to see that confirmed in the Verge article.
posted by gimli at 5:25 AM on July 17, 2015 [1 favorite]


Given that the movies were only slightly less dull than Mulder and Scully Read Actuarial Tables Detailing Life Expectancies of Wheat Farmers In The American Midwest, 1946-68, I'm... cautiously optimistic?

The mythology was such a mess by the end of the first series, and the movies were such a weird doddle off on tangents, that I'm hoping for maybe some sort of semi-reboot; that Carter et al have actually taken the last decade to get their universe sorted out and we wind up with something that feels like it's underpinned by a well-constructed bible and less like, well, what we wound up with on the first go-round.
posted by Shepherd at 5:52 AM on July 17, 2015 [5 favorites]


Given that Duchovny and Anderson look like they haven't aged a day, they can pretty much pick up right where they left off.

I WANT TO BELIEVE that Duchovny and Anderson look like they haven't aged a day. But... come on.

(YAPPI: Please leave this room. You give off negative energy.)
posted by Auden at 5:55 AM on July 17, 2015


Duchovny and Anderson look like rad older versions of their younger selves.
posted by cortex at 6:08 AM on July 17, 2015 [8 favorites]


Duchovny and Anderson look like rad older versions of their younger selves.

I am pretty sure this is what they are.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 6:10 AM on July 17, 2015 [23 favorites]


>have actually taken the last decade to get their universe sorted out and we wind up with something that feels like it's underpinned by a well-constructed bible and less like, well, what we wound up with on the first go-round.

Unfortunately I do not believe this for ONE FRACTION OF A SECOND. If they were gonna do that, they'd have done it the first time out. I think the best we can hope for is that it will be good in the ways it was originally good. I don't expect it to be good in any new ways, I just hope it's not bad in any new ways.
posted by Sing Or Swim at 6:17 AM on July 17, 2015 [4 favorites]


Given that the movies were only slightly less dull than Mulder and Scully Read Actuarial Tables Detailing Life Expectancies of Wheat Farmers In The American Midwest, 1946-68, I'm... cautiously optimistic?

The second movie was a fine, if not fantastic, long episode.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 6:20 AM on July 17, 2015 [3 favorites]


So much looking forward to this! Hopefully the writers will tighten up the mythology and keep the story arc focused; if they do then this will be beyond awesome.
posted by Vindaloo at 6:24 AM on July 17, 2015


Oh man, I want this to be good so badly. But I am one of the few people who really really disliked the second movie--I love the first--so I have super mixed feels.

David Duchovny was probably longest term crush for the duration of my middle/high schools and a brief stint into adulthood.
posted by Kitteh at 6:36 AM on July 17, 2015 [4 favorites]


This really puts the "tease" in "teaser."
posted by echocollate at 6:44 AM on July 17, 2015


If Chris Carter was really smart, he'd just step back and let Vince Gilligan run the thing.
posted by Mister Moofoo at 6:49 AM on July 17, 2015 [8 favorites]


I don't think I'll ever grow out of that crush. Californication almost ruined it. Almost.

I get ridiculously giddy every time I see any promo on this. I'm only worried I won't be able to rewatch the entire series enough times before January.
posted by danapiper at 6:51 AM on July 17, 2015 [1 favorite]


"I met Charles Manson!"
"I met Hannibal Lecter!"
***HUGS***
posted by Artw at 6:53 AM on July 17, 2015 [10 favorites]


I am doing my first rewatch since adolescence and I keep having these mixed feeling on who I was then and who I am now.
Hearings the music makes me 13 again, the best part of being 13.
posted by thegirlwiththehat at 7:27 AM on July 17, 2015 [4 favorites]


I'm saving my real squee for the news: "Darin Morgan has confirmed he has been signed to write one or two episodes."
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:34 AM on July 17, 2015 [12 favorites]


Here's hoping they dig into whatever the Grey Aliens of now are rather than recycle 90s motifs.

Unless it's Benghazi.
posted by Artw at 7:38 AM on July 17, 2015 [4 favorites]


I feel kind of nostalgic for the days when the worst thing we thought our government might do was maybe hide some aliens from us.
posted by skycrashesdown at 7:48 AM on July 17, 2015 [17 favorites]


Best
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posted by MCMikeNamara at 8:15 AM on July 17, 2015 [3 favorites]


If Chris Carter was really smart, he'd just step back and let Vince Gilligan run the thing.

In his recent interview with Marc Maron, Gilligan said he really wanted to be involved but he's busy with Better Call Saul and isn't a multitasker. He sounded really bummed, as am I.
posted by schoolgirl report at 8:17 AM on July 17, 2015 [5 favorites]


FWIW, at least the first FOUR seasons of The X-Files have recently been restored in pristine AMAZING looking HD widescreen, on Netflix, as of the last 2-3 weeks. Carter apparently "future-proofed" the series for HD by framing most of it in 16:9 from the beginning, but it was never released that way until now. It looks incredible - feels like I'm watching these episodes for the first time. And the show definitely stands up to modern counterparts, especially technically. It no longer has that feeling that you're watching "old tv through vaseline" that a lot of old SD shows do when seen on an HD set.

And man, so gorgeously shot. I switched from watching a couple season 3 episodes last week to the newest True Detective, a modern show that I often feel is pretty well shot, and... oof. The difference was.. apparent. Probablay due to film/lighting due to digital / over -colorgrading.
posted by SmileyChewtrain at 8:38 AM on July 17, 2015 [5 favorites]


film/lighting "vs" digital / over-colorgrading, that is.
posted by SmileyChewtrain at 8:49 AM on July 17, 2015


I'm not huge on Grantland, but this longform about the X-Files is one of the best TV features ever, imho.

http://grantland.com/features/the-x-files-20th-anniversary/

This passage in particular is solid:

The X-Files was probably the first great TV show to be galvanized by the Internet and the last great TV show to depict a world in which the Internet played no part. Its fan culture found a home online early in the series’ run, but though the role of computers became both more central and more realistic as the show progressed,3 it was possible at least through the fifth season or so to see the Web as a distraction, something with no important bearing on anyone’s life. Remember when you could turn it on and off? We often credit the Internet with the disintegration of the old American monoculture, because it liberated us to be absorbed by our own interests, to spend our time downloading obscure anime, say, rather than caring about Madonna or ABC. But the Internet also created a new type of monoculture: It made every place accessible to every other place. We could no longer assume that the peculiarities of our own environments were private. Our hometown murders might appear on CNN.com. The world of small-town X-Files episodes is still that older world of extreme locality, where everyone in town grows up knowing that the rules here are different and we handle it ourselves. Children vanish or trees kill people or bright lights appear in the sky, but there is no higher authority to appeal to and it has nothing to do with what goes on 10 miles down the road. In my hometown we knew that the spillway by the lake was where you painted a memorial if your friend was killed in a drunk-driving crash. It’s the same thing. Here is here. And this, it goes without saying, is just the opposite of the here-is-everywhere world inhabited by the conspiracy, which is global in scale, utterly connected, and ruled by pseudonymous men whose flat-affect, no-eye-contact meetings were almost the personification of a chat window.
posted by GreyboxHero at 8:50 AM on July 17, 2015 [14 favorites]


Here's hoping they dig into whatever the Grey Aliens of now are rather than recycle 90s motifs.

Unless it's Benghazi.


Spoiler: it's only about Benghazi, and the GOP donated $1.2 billion to its production, so it will all be shot on location and will last either ten seasons or until all Democrats are convicted of grand Benghazi in the first degree
posted by clockzero at 8:51 AM on July 17, 2015 [4 favorites]


I would totally watch a completely insane Republican X-Files about how Whitewater led to Benghazi because Obummer is an alien hybrid.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 9:00 AM on July 17, 2015 [6 favorites]


In this series a nasty shadowy agency of the US gov't has computers storing and analyzing all of Mulder and Scully's communications.
posted by save alive nothing that breatheth at 9:17 AM on July 17, 2015 [1 favorite]




Did anyone else hear the rumor that the X-Files reboot is doing a crossover with the Heroes reboot?
posted by el io at 10:20 AM on July 17, 2015


It's not a reboot though.
posted by I-baLL at 10:39 AM on July 17, 2015


Given that Duchovny and Anderson look like they haven't aged a day, they can pretty much pick up right where they left off.

Hush, you. Gillian Anderson has gotten more and more beautiful as she has aged.
posted by scaryblackdeath at 10:46 AM on July 17, 2015 [5 favorites]


And Leon's gotten larger.
posted by I-baLL at 10:53 AM on July 17, 2015 [2 favorites]


I'm counting the days, that's one of my favorite shows.
posted by dragonbaby07 at 11:40 AM on July 17, 2015


I suppose I'll have to attempt to watch them all now (gave up around 'Paperclip' first time around... dipped back for the last ep - er okay, and the first film)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 11:58 AM on July 17, 2015


Yeah, not a reboot. Some shows (like Heroes) could benefit from a reboot, but not X Files. This show has always been about mad, incomprehensible things happening in the dark. There's no need to retcon anything.

Fifteen seconds! Such a brief teaser, but it hits some familiar notes: old timey soldiers (Maybe from Roswell?), murder being concealed, scary medical experimentation, and Mulder and Scully. And just a few notes of the theme to bring it all home.

TV shows should've never stopped doing theme songs. So many modern shows are interchangeable now without the themes to set them apart. Themes could set the mood and tell you something about the emotional "feel" of the show before the first actor even starts to speak.
posted by Kevin Street at 2:09 PM on July 17, 2015 [1 favorite]


Anderson has described the first episode as "slow, intense and functional," which seems like an odd way to promote the show. (Although I suppose a detractor could say the same about the glory days of the show.)

I've heard through a friend of a gossipy friend that Chris Carter doesn't have the same kind of control over the miniseries that he had over the original show, and part of Fox's conditions for agreeing to this thing was that they could meddle with stuff more. If true, I'm not sure how to feel about that. Carter is the guy who created and ran the show and Fox is the network that has driven Joss Whedon to despair on a couple of occasions... but that last X-Files movie was such weak sauce that it may be a little meddling could do Carter some good.

I'm curious how William B. Davis fits in there. They really, REALLY killed the Smoking Man in the series finale. I mean, we saw his flaming skull! (The show did have old characters come back as ghosts sometimes, usually doing long monologues as they observed Mulder and Scully. I'm guessing ol' Cancer Man is getting in on that action.)
posted by Ursula Hitler at 3:01 PM on July 17, 2015


Maybe he's in a flashback? The soldiers in the clip seem to indicate that at least some of the story is set in the past, and CSM was involved in everything.
posted by Kevin Street at 3:44 PM on July 17, 2015


I would totally watch a completely insane Republican X-Files about how Whitewater led to Benghazi because Obummer is an alien hybrid.

Have you tried Free Republic?
posted by Ray Walston, Luck Dragon at 7:15 PM on July 17, 2015 [1 favorite]


Yeah, most likely a flashback or a shapeshifter since Deep Throat's in this one too. And Morris Fletcher. And, yes, I cheated by looking at the cast list on IMDB. You know who was missing from the list? The Lone Gunmen. If they're not in it (or somebody like them) then I'm not watching.
posted by I-baLL at 10:36 PM on July 17, 2015


You know who was missing from the list? The Lone Gunmen.

I got curious a while back, and looked up what the Lone Gunmen guys had been up to. There was a picture of them together now and it was funny because Frohike and Langley still looked pretty much just like Frohike and Langley but Byers had shaved and gained some weight and he looked like a totally different guy.

The Lone Gunmen already did the ghostly visitation thing in the series finale, so maybe Carter doesn't feel like he can bring them back. But if Deep Throat is actually in there, I'd say anything goes. I don't know how they'll explain why "ghosts" look like they've aged 20 years since they died. Maybe there'll be lots of ghostly fog and wigs for everybody.
posted by Ursula Hitler at 2:36 AM on July 18, 2015


SmileyChewtrain, thanks for the info. I'm now watching the pilot and it is beautiful. I told my husband when he got home and his response was, "Oh God, what about that cat?" HD did not do Teso Dos Bichos any favors.
posted by MaritaCov at 7:18 AM on July 18, 2015 [1 favorite]


I have mixed feelings about this as I feel we've already had an X Files reboot and it was, especially in its later seasons, consistently better than the X Files itself ever was: Fringe.
posted by Sonny Jim at 9:10 AM on July 18, 2015


I have mixed feelings about this as I feel we've already had an X Files reboot and it was, especially in its later seasons, consistently better than the X Files itself ever was: Fringe.

I loved Fringe but it was really only an X-Files reboot for part of the first season, if that. They pulled a similar bait-and-switch to Lost being a "reboot" of Gilligan's Island and then quickly becoming... something else. Fringe became more or less a long form serial story about two parallel universes at war, not aliens or government conspiracies etc. Which was awesome - but sort of apples and oranges.

FWIW, Darin Morgan (mentioned above), who was a story editor on the X-Files and wrote some of the greatest eps (Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose, Jose Chung's From Outer Space, etc) worked on Fringe for a little while in the beginning, as a consulting producer. I like to imagine he was behind some of the weirdest funniest lines: Olivia asks a bunch of rapid fire questions regarding the plot, Walter responds with innocent wonder, "You're like a question machine!"
posted by SmileyChewtrain at 10:13 AM on July 18, 2015 [2 favorites]


Fringe was a very good application of the X-Files formula to current concerns, and the alt. universe stuff was a very satisfying swap out for grey aliens. It's sort of an inverse of X-Files in that it's my this episodes were generally much stronger than the monster-of-the-week ones, and it betters it in that it's big ending mostly kind-of works.

So yeah, Fringe would very much be a thing to emulate, though the nature of the thing is that if they do a proper job it'll be going in mostly the same direction anyway.
posted by Artw at 10:15 AM on July 18, 2015 [1 favorite]


Worst case would be the continuo bing story of Mulder's sister and assorted boring 90s plotlines nobody cares about now.
posted by Artw at 10:21 AM on July 18, 2015


Worst case would be the continuo bing story of Mulder's sister and assorted boring 90s plotlines nobody cares about now.

"Those pagers didn't just vanish, Scully!"
posted by clockzero at 10:28 AM on July 18, 2015 [1 favorite]


"The clothes became another color - it has to mean something!"
posted by Artw at 10:43 AM on July 18, 2015


Fringe was not better than the x-files at anything.
posted by lownote at 10:45 AM on July 18, 2015 [1 favorite]


I'm really, really hoping that this miniseries has a whole new story arc. I am so hoping that there isn't some lameass revival of the Smoking Man, because we saw him engulfed in flames, for heaven's sake. I think they could maaaaybe get away with using him for flashbacks, because William B. Davis hasn't aged so terribly much in the last 13 years and makeup and special lighting would help a lot, and yes, a new story arc that involved some new conspiracy/threat that he was involved in back in the day could work as a narrative.
posted by orange swan at 12:46 PM on July 19, 2015


Fringe was not better than the x-files at anything.

Pistols at dawn!!
posted by Pendragon at 9:49 AM on July 22, 2015


YOU GUYS YOU GUYS I JUST LEARNED THAT DARIN MORGAN HAS DEFINITELY WRITTEN ONE OF THE SCRIPTS I AM NOW IN FULL KERMIT-ARMS MODE
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 10:10 AM on July 22, 2015 [1 favorite]


Also, the Lone Gunmen are back.

Not sure how to feel about Darin Morgan being back. He did write some good episodes, but some of his most celebrated episodes were kind of over-cute, quirk-heavy send-ups of the show, and it really doesn't seem like there's time for that stuff when they've only got six episodes. I guess it wouldn't be the X-Files without at least one self-parody episode that everybody but me thinks is great.
posted by Ursula Hitler at 10:14 PM on July 22, 2015


Maybe he's back as Fluke Man.
posted by Artw at 7:16 AM on July 23, 2015 [1 favorite]


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