The New 'X-Files' Needs To Live Up To The Original

by Jennifer Still

Are you as excited as I am for The X-Files reboot? Admittedly, I was a little uncertain about the idea at first, since the show ended over a decade ago — 13 years, to be precise — and as we all know, most sequels/reboots leave a bit to be desired in comparison. But having been utterly obsessed with the series throughout its run during the '90s and early 2000s, I'll admit it: I'm desperate to be reunited with Mulder and Scully again. The last time was in 2008, when we had a brief rendez-vous with our two favorite (former) FBI agents in The X-Files: I Want To Believe, and frankly, it just wasn't enough. And while the premiere of the new series isn't happening until January 2016, I'm already theorizing about what's to come.

Of course, since the new version of The X-Files will pick up with Mulder and Scully in present time, a whole lot will be different from the show's original run. But just because we're working with a different set of variables doesn't mean the 2016 version can't include some of the things that made us fall so in love with the show so long ago. In fact, I'm banking on it. If I'm going to be happy with the new X-Files, there are certain things I just have to see.

Scully's Skepticism

No one does skepticism quite like Scully. I realize at this point that she's seen so much, she can't possibly, logically deny it, but hey — that never stopped her before! Questioning everything is part of Scully's nature, and part of who she is as a scientist, so while there are some things she'll have to tacitly accept at this point, they need to keep that uncertain quality to her personality.

Mulder's Willingness To Believe In, Well, Anything

I mean, was Mulder generally proven right with his beliefs? Yeah, he was. But there were times when a little of Scully's skepticism would have come in handy for him. Of course, it's unlikely that he'd ever lose his stubbornness when it comes to giving credence to thinks most of us would shrug off as insanity.

As Much Skinner As Possible

We know that Mitch Pileggi will be reprising his role as Walter Skinner in the new series, and THANK GOD for that, because Skinman was the best. He had some of the best lines on the show (never forget: "If I'm carrying Marilyn Monroe's purse, do you automatically assume I slept with JFK?") and he was the only person that Mulder and Scully could trust implicitly. We need more Skinner in our lives.

Scully's Eyebrow

When Scully raised an eyebrow, you knew you were in trouble. They were the eyebrows that changed the world, and also the ones that told you that she wasn't buying what you were selling. I'm sure she'll have plenty of reasons to give us that classic eyebrow fierceness in the new series. At least that's my hope.

Moody Weather

The X-Files is thankfully shooting in Vancouver again, which (hopefully) means lots of gloomy, moody weather, rainy days and the doom and gloom that made the original series so wonderful. It's what we're used to! Don't give us that LA sunshine, we want those tropical downpours.

Cute Moments For The 'Shippers

I realize that there are people who watched The X-Files for the mythology aspect, but whatever. I'm here for the M/S ship and I'm not going to apologize for it. Chris Carter made us wait long enough to finally see their relationship actualized (and I actually did love the slow burn), but now I'm ready for some cute moments between these two.


Do I really need to explain this one? I don't think so.

Some Amazing MOTWs

Now that we're so far down the line, it's likely that we'll be getting into conspiracy theories and the mythology of the X-Files as a whole, but come on, there's plenty of time for some killer Monster of the Week episodes. Make it happen, powers that be!

Scully's Smart Scientist Glasses

Preferably accompanied by some voice-over report filings. That is, if these two end up back at the FBI, which seems like it might happen...

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