The X-Files Revival Trailer Will Make You As Paranoid As Mulder

Admittedly, it isn’t very difficult to get X-Files fans excited about the upcoming revival on Fox, but the definitive way to do it is to release some actual footage, rather than just parcel out tweets, teasers and images. It finally happened tonight, and rarely has so little done so much to ramp up anticipation and paranoia. Join us in welcoming Dana Scully and Fox Mulder back into our lives, won’t you?

Is the truth actually still out there? That’s what we’re being led to believe here, but then we were ALWAYS led to believe that. Such an ominous statement that sounds both like a declaration and a warning, and it’s definitely not known at this point whether the truth will eventually set Mulder free or mentally imprison him.

We all know by now that Mulder and Scully are no longer romantic. Their relationship is still friendly, although it doesn’t seem like Mulder has been very communicative in recent days. But now that he’s back in Scully’s life, the hunt is back on. Although things apparently start in an intensive care unit, so I’m not quite sure what’s happening there, although it might have something to do with Scully’s mother.

I do know that someone’s car needs a good scrubbing, though.


The preview, which aired in two parts during Gotham and Minority Report, definitely takes us into Mulder’s mindset at this point in his life. He hasn’t given up hope (or whatever) that the government is behind everything and watching everything he’s doing, and that it all means bad news for everyone. Even Scully is telling him he’s on dangerous ground, but it’s not like he’s ever taken good advice in the past. Mulder will get to the bottom of this, even if it puts him at the bottom of a grave.

We also get to see a flaming explosion, a new mysterious character, a bunch of military men, Mitch Pileggi’s Walter Skinner, a lot of flashlight/gun combos and a lit cigarette. We all know who’s holding that one. But no Joel McHale, Robbie Amell, Lauren Ambrose, Kumail Nanjiani, Lone Gunmen or Annabeth Gish. I guess that’s okay though, since they’ll undoubtedly be dropping loads more previews in the next few months.

Fans will still be waiting a while to find the truth, as The X-Files is set for a two-night premiere on Fox on Sunday, January 24, 2016 (following the NFL’s NFC Championship Game) and Monday, January 25.

Nick Venable
Assistant Managing Editor

Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.