The remnants of my middle-school self just went, “SQUEE!” E! News reports that David Duchovny told reporters on Saturday that he’s supposed to see a script for a new X-Files film next week. Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are reportedly both on board and will reprise their roles as Special Agents Mulder and Scully. The film will be directed by Chris Carter, who, according to Anderson, “wants to make a really scary horror, like a stand-alone episode.” This likely comes as good news to those like me who are fans of the early seasons of the series which were more or less done in this format. It’s even better news to those (also like me) who felt that the series really went downhill when the plot focus shifted dramatically toward the whole all-encompassing conspiracy theory thing. (In my opinion this really happened about a season after the first movie came out, but it definitely started the season leading up to the film.)
I started watching X-Files at some point during the first season in 1993, but I didn’t start watching it religiously until about 1996. I fell off the bandwagon about a season and a half after the film (sometime in 2000, I think) and only watched sporadically after that. The show really was a huge part of the culture of my peers during the years that I watched regularly. The lunch table conversations on Mondays were invariably about the new episode that had aired on Sunday night. I had a friend who had a huge crush on David Duchovny that occasionally verged on the highly inappropriate. (To that point, I have a message for anyone who understands: Teacup.) There was a point in time where I wanted to be Agent Scully. Even though I got over that, the first business suit I ever purchased could be described as Scully-esque. Mentioning all of this is probably mostly unnecessary to describe the hugeness of this to anyone who actually cares, but it’s fun to reminisce.