The X-Files revival has been frustrating and exciting fans in equal measure for months now, but aside from the actual premiere of that X-Files revival, the biggest moment is finally here: an extended two-part trailer. David Duchovny shines as Fox Mulder in the epic two-part tease and in some ways, it seems like The X-Files never really left us. There are clues to everything fans are expecting from The X-Files revival and from Fox Mulder and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) in this new trailer.
“In 2002, our investigation ceased, but my personal obsession did not,” Mulder says at the start of the trailer, alluding to the end of the original X-Files series.
The first part of FOX’s look into The X-Files revival, as reported by Consequence of Sound, introduces Fox Mulder as he is now, coming back to The X-Files after 13 years away. Mulder feels the need to return and unveil the truth, but he needs help.
“I can’t do this alone,” Fox says.
Even before Scully’s smartphone rings, an obvious upgrade from the flip-top cell phones that seemed like such top of the line technology in 2002, we already know what Fox is thinking. More to the point, we already know of whom he is thinking.
The second part of the trailer goes a long way to revealing what may encompass the larger and somewhat new conspiracy Fox Mulder is faced with tackling, as well as giving fans of The X-Files a glimpse into where Chris Carter’s head is as far as what issues The X-Files creator is eager to tackle in the six-episode revival. The trailer, while focusing on the return of Mulder and Scully, emphasizes the new world in which we have come to accept since the original X-Files series ended.
Drones and surveillance cameras share the spotlight in this peek into The X-Files revival, revealing a world where privacy isn’t as secure as it was when The X-Files first introduced us to Mulder’s obsession. It seems Carter’s intention with The X-Files revival is to point out that disparaging change in our “free” society and incorporate into The X-Files‘ plot the intrusive security measures that have, by now, become an accepted way of life.
It will be harder for Mulder and Scully to work under the radar as they have done so often in the past, when their image is recorded at the entrance of every building on every street corner. Will the big government villains be able to observe Mulder picking locks on Google Earth? An absurd question, but not by much. As Fox observes in The X-Files trailer, there’s something unsavory about the lengths to which a government will go to secure its citizens.
“They police us and spy on us, tell us that makes us safer,” says Mulder in FOX’s two-part X-Files trailer, according to The Wrap. “We’ve never been in more danger.”
We also see a military detachment milling about at some outdoor scene, which may be the site of a U.F.O. crash, if the general theme of The X-Files has been reignited for the revival. Whatever the military has uncovered in that glimpse, it seems clear that Mulder is determined to cast an unwelcome light on their investigation.
“You are on dangerous ground here,” warns Scully.
Mulder brings Scully in to keep him grounded, but as has sometimes been the case throughout The X-Files series, Fox doesn’t always like to hear what his partner has to say. In the teaser released by FOX, we hear more than a little of that crazed obsession that must have been festering in Mulder’s heart over the past 13 years.
“I know what I am doing.”
Indeed, we will all find out just how true that is, when The X-Files revival airs on Sunday, January 24, 2016 on FOX.
As Fox Mulder reminds us, the truth is still out there.
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