The X Files Is Back – I Do Believe!

I have to admit, I was an X Files fan for life right from episode one. The show carried me through the 90s and was a constant source of inspiration when I was starting my writing career. Christ Carter was a guy just like me, a man deeply influenced by Kolchak and The Twilight Zone. I wanted to believe I could be Christ Carter one day!

The TV series lasted 9 years, ushering in the wave of paranormal shows that continue to this day. It spawned two movies, video games, comic books, novels and a lasting legacy with legions of fans who have always wanted more.

Well, sometimes, you get what you ask for.

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The X Files returned to our lives for a 6 episode run on Sunday night. As soon as I heard the opening theme song, I was taken back to settling in on Friday nights (before it moved to Sunday) with a scotch and a cigar, phones off the hook so I could savor every episode. I don’t smoke cigars anymore and scotch gives me acid reflux, so this time I had to settle for a water some Skinny Pop popcorn. I made it manlier by getting the pepper popcorn. So there.

The first and last episodes will feature the continuing alien conspiracy, with the four in between being the monster of the week.

Although the first episode wasn’t exactly a barn burner, I was amazed over how easily David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson slipped into their roles as Mulder and Scully. Sure, they’re older, a little wiser, a little jaded, slightly broken. But they’d have to be after everything they’ve been through. Their chemistry is still there, and the look and feel of the show was spot on. All of the alien stuff was confusing, but it always was! It even ended with the Cancer Man (I’m not calling him the Smoking Man). From the sneak peek, it looks like all of the gang is back, and I couldn’t be happier.

Will this lead to another 6 episodes? A movie? A full season? I hear Carter is already prepping more episodes. It’s all going to come down to ratings and the willingness of the stars to commit. So you better get everyone you know to watch!

If I was a betting man, I’d plunk down some dough on more X Files to come. Let’s hope I’m better at seeing the lay of the land than Fox Mulder.

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About Hunter Shea

Hunter Shea is the product of a misspent childhood watching scary movies, reading forbidden books and wishing Bigfoot would walk past his house. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself. Hunter’s novels can even be found on display at the International Cryptozoology Museum. His video podcast, Monster Men, is one of the most watched horror podcasts in the world. You’ll also find him every week on the Final Guys podcast, available everywhere. He’s a bestselling author of over 25 books, all of them written with the express desire to quicken heartbeats and make spines tingle. Living with his wonderful family and two cats, he’s happy to be close enough to New York City to gobble down Gray’s Papaya hotdogs when the craving hits.

8 responses to “The X Files Is Back – I Do Believe!”

  1. Pamela Morris says :

    I was a HUGE fan of Kolchak & TZ. I’m desperately hoping that the weather this summer will cooperate better so we can take a ride up to Sterling’s grave and pay our respects. Not only is Rod one of our local boys, but he was a HUGE influence on me as a writer and a reader. I never quite got into the X-Files as much as I’d have liked, but when I do get a chance to watch, thoroughly enjoyable!

    • Hunter Shea says :

      Did you see the preview for next week’s cryptid episode with a guy who looks like Kolchak? Oh man, I’m dying for Monday to get here! So cool that you’re planning to visit Serling’s grave. He was a legend, even if you took away The Twilight Zone. An amazing writer.

  2. 2old2tap says :

    Ah, the opening credits had me heaving a swoony sigh. I’m a girl, I do swoon.
    My only concern was the “not aliens/it’s a government conspiracy” sounded suspiciously like the dinner table talk at my house. I’ll be watching for drones and low flying aircraft.
    Looking forward to tonight’s episode. And all the rest of them.
    Here’s hoping they go on forever.

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