I have to give a lot of credit to Kumail Nanjiani for this news: Fox is bringing back The X-Files as a six episode series next season, reunited Mulder and Scully for all new adventures. The show has maintained a steady underground popularity, but Kumail's The X-Files Files has become a big hit that, to my mind, introduced the series to a whole new generation. HIs enthusiasm for the series has been so potent that it even reached the ears of Fox execs, with Steve Asbell from the studio being a regular guest on the podcast (I am as well!).
A return to The X-Files on TV is a great idea, especially in the wake of the awful The X-Files: I Want To Believe, which ends with Mulder and Scully on a boat waving at the camera. Getting the characters into an episodic scenario makes sense, and six episodes can offer a nice mix of standalone stories (which have, over time, shaken out to be the best episodes of the series) and mythology stories.
"I think of it as a 13-year commercial break," says creator Chris Carter, who is also back for the new show. "The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories."
We live in a new conspiracy culture - just think of the endless number of dumb 9/11 Truthers out there, and also the entire GOP base - so The X-Files feels incredibly relevant all over again. It'll be even more relevant if one of the new Lone Gunmen happens to be a Pakistani dude. Should we start the #KumailOnXFiles hashtag now?