In 1993 a show premiered on FOX from creator Chris Carter called The X-Files. It took inspiration from shows of the past like The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits but this show was a continuing storyline that took many known mythologies like UFOs, abduction, government conspiracies, urban legends, monsters and more and turned them into investigations with two FBI agents that would go on the become cultural icons. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson portrayed Fox Mulder and Dana Scully and had such unbelievably good on screen chemistry that they instantly became beloved characters with huge followings. Their exploits took them all over the world and had them interacting with an insane menagerie of characters good and evil. The combination of Carter’s vision with Duchovny and Anderson made The X-Files a legitimate phenomenon and one of the most watched and most loved shows in television history. The show ran 9 seasons and maintained a cult following afterwards that eventually led to its return this past January after almost 14 years for a 6 episode event series, available now on Blu-ray and DVD.
After years apart, Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully reunite when the X-Files division of the FBI is officially reopened. A TV host claims to have definitive evidence of alien existence that they are asked to investigate when mysterious events start taking place all around them asking them once more to question their most personal beliefs. In addition they must work with a young pair of agents who remind them of their early days in the X-Files.
One thing that didn’t change about The X-Files after all of these years is the feel. The show has the same look, the same warmth, and the same vibe. The same goes for Duchovny and Anderson’s chemistry, it is still electric and authentic. The pairing of these two actors is the stuff of TV legend and to see them back together on the small screen is reward enough. As for the story, none of the new episodes reach the heights of the best episodes of the original series, but they are still engaging and entertaining. They even threw in a sillier stand-alone episode in the style of the originals signature episodes. As a big fan I was left hoping for more about the original mythology, the black oil, the abductions, the government, but it all seemed to take a back seat to a new storyline that never really thrilled me. The series did well though and I sincerely hope we will see another run and that they may decide to get back to basics. There was also the introduction of the two new and younger agents. It looks like they may be testing the waters for a new X-Files team and while they could never replace the iconic Mulder and Scully, Robbie Amell and Lauren Ambrose did a great job and would be a compelling pair in a new series. All in all the new X-Files The Event Series may not have been at quite the same level as the original series but was still a welcome return to a world and characters we love. Recommended.