The X-Files will return from its “13-year commercial break” January 24th with a six-episode miniseries that finds Mulder and Scully back on the trail of extraterrestrial life with some old friends and recurring foes. Fox offered up another preview for the series, with Mulder and Scully returning to a post-Edward Snowden world where our every move, both physically and digitally, is under surveillance. “They police us and spy on us, tell us that makes us safer. We’ve never been in more danger,” Mulder warns amid images of drones and surveillance cameras.
In addition to David Duchovny’s Mulder and Gillian Anderson’s Scully, the trailer also shows the FBI duo reuniting with longtime boss Walter Skinner, the FBI assistant director played by Mitch Pileggi. At trailer’s end, there’s also a glimpse of a half-smoked cigarette, a nod to the series’ most frequent nemesis, the Smoking Man. “We have a small problem,” the beloved villain warns.
The preview doesn’t offer up much in terms of clues about the miniseries’ plot, but there appears to be a flashback sequence where military men encounter something otherworldly.
X-Files vets Agent Monica Reyes (played by Annabeth Gish) and the conspiracy theory-happy hacker crew the Lone Gunmen will also return for the revival as well as new cast members Joel McHale, Kumail Nanjiani (who also hosts the The X-Files Files podcast) and Lauren Ambrose. Series creator Chris Carter will write and direct the miniseries’ first episode, with Darin Morgan, Glen Morgan and James Wong – the writing talents behind some of the series’ favorite episodes – also contributing to the revival.