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Let’s Discuss: The X-Files – Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny return for Series 11

Even from my own personal view, and love, for The X-Files, last years short-season return was an equally high and low experience. While the conspiracy-theory ‘game-show’ type approach didn’t really work, and felt dated, we also got an absolute classic episode with Darin Morgan‘s ‘Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster‘ (My review here) and I adored seeing David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson back in their cult-classic roles.

It’s now been announced by Fox that Series 11 has been given the go-ahead and shall return to the small screen later in 2017, and more to follow in 2018 for an ‘Event Series’. There will be a 10-episode run which means, for me, a chance to expand any story arc that will surely be buried beneath, instead of ramming everything into 6 and trying to make it work.

It’s been a somewhat ridiculous 24 years since The X-Files began and over my younger years it was a must-watch every week, just in the early days of the internet. Although it did lose a little bit of traction in the later series, they managed nine seasons in that early run and won 5 golden globes and 16 Emmys. Not bad for two FBI Agents who delve into the paranormal and unusual cases, deep in the beautiful ‘I Want to Believe‘ basement of exploration.

The biggest debate for many, including those who are sometimes beyond obsessed with thinking they own a show, is how much creator Chris Carter should be involved. While fans were disappointed with his recent episodes, I do wonder if the team were under the mindset to just ‘go for it’ and see how the series came across to the audience. In truth, if those involved didn’t realise the mixed reaction for the less captivating episodes, then there’s a bigger problem, but in this world of social media and instant reaction, I’m sure they would have noticed the feedback and The X-Files has always been about doing something different. Beyond all that, there’s so much love for Dana Scully and Fox Mulder, I actually believe most of us are just excited to see where we’re taken next.

The X-Files, from 20th Century Fox Television and Ten Thirteen Productions, is set to return late 2017 and is reported to continue into 2018.

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Source: Deadline

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