‘The X Files’ preparing for big return

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The X-Files
FBI agents Fox Mulder (Left) and Dana Scully (Right)

It is too often that an amazing television series goes unnoticed.

Networks often bump out their old shows to provide more airtime for their new, contemporary ideas. So is the truth with “The X-Files”. Thankfully, in the century we currently find ourselves in, any episode from any television show is just a click away. So despite being off the air for more than a decade, this long-running series maintains a consistent cult following with the strong support of Netflix and Amazon.

Even after its hiatus, the series never really seemed to die, and towards the end of 2015 there was a growing speculation about the revival of the beloved franchise. The following month, Fox Broadcasting Company confirmed the upcoming continuation of the science-fiction horror drama everyone had been waiting so long for. From 1993 to 2002, “The X-Files” captivated audiences worldwide with its outstanding story line, intrinsic acting, active cinematography, and atonal music. Every episode connects seamlessly to the series as a whole, and for a show that lasted near a decade, no episode seems boring or out-of-place.

The series centers around two FBI agents: Fox Mulder, the obsessed alien believer, and Dana Skully, the skeptic partner who always tries to explain the unnatural through science and reason. Mulder is fixated with the idea that “the truth is out there”. Aliens, paranormal activity, supernatural phenomenon: all are reasonable and true to special agent Fox Mulder. The closer he gets to the truth, however, the further the government pulls it away from him.

This seemingly simple formula seems elementary at first, but the flexibility and sheer possibilities created through this concept is what helped keep the series alive. Where most other movies and television shows fail, “The X-Files” prevails. The long-running success of the franchise can, in part, be contributed to the overall production that helps to set it apart from other shows.

A good comparison would the differences between DC and Marvel movies. The Marvel cinematic world creates a sort of “comic book” surrounding. Things are ridiculous and comical, but that is an effect of the entire physical world. DC, on the other hand, takes a rather unbelievable superhero and places them in the real world.

Many prefer this style of storytelling, as it makes the movie seem more relatable and realistic. “The X-Files” is much akin to DC. Where most horror shows create a rather ridiculous world where cliché mistakes are the norm, “The X-Files” takes frightening and unbelievable stories and presents them as the truth.

The result is an extremely horrific, methodically scientific, binge-worthy drama that captivates any audience member. This series is recommended for everyone. Unlike most television shows that take a while to establish themselves, “The X-Files” picks up from the very get- go. The pilot episode is exhilarating, and by the end of the first season it is easy to see how this show grew from a cult hit to a modern television classic.

Because it is a product of the 1990s, many people from this generation often overlook this series. With its continuation dropping January 24, 2016, now is the perfect time to catch up on all 202 episodes. With a runtime of 44 minutes, the series clocks in a whopping 148 hours, or over 6 whole days’ worth of footage.

I find it a rare occasion that I give something a high rating. I am very cynical when it comes to reviewing, as I like to seek any and every aspect I can complain about. This cult show is one of the only things I can rate as perfect. Mark your calendars and buckle yourself in, because “The X-Files” is returning this January and it is going to be bigger and better than ever.

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