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The X-Files Revival Thoughts: On Shipping, 90s Style and Why I Can’t Wait

25 Mar

There has been breaking news stories aplenty including TV cancelations (*sob*), surprise returns, clothing lines, firings, boybands losing a member, clickbait articles which take trolling to new lows and plenty of red carpet moments for big TV premiere events. So it is typical then that all of this has happened while I have been away from my computer and having a rather splendid time in London. Now comes the moment where I have to sit down, have a glass of wine and catch up. First up the one that made me squeal with delight and this comes courtesy of the big X-Files revival as Fox has ordered six brand new episodes.

XFiles_Article_1-3Now I know the last movie was terrible and the later seasons also suffered from convoluted mythology and a lack of one half of the main duo, but that still doesn’t stop me from getting crazy excited there will be more. A couple of weeks ago I started listening to Kumail Nanjiani’s excellent podcast The X Files Files so I’m already in a place of strong Mulder and Scully nostalgia; the timing of this announcement is pretty perfect to be honest.

I started watching The X-Files in 1994 when I was 12 and it was like a shot in the arm for what TV could do. It was scary, smart and featured a central pairing who made me feel a whole lot of things. Yes I shipped Mulder and Scully hard. But it wasn’t just about them getting together romantically and the intimacy between them was far more than just a potential hookup. In recent years/months/weeks there has been talk of more, another movie maybe and even with the memory of the last outing lingering it hasn’t been enough to make me not long for more not when Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny appear to be very up for doing more.

Going the TV route rather than a third movie automatically feels like the smart move going back to its original format rather than cramming a subpar monster story into a movie or crowbarring alien conspiracy into two hours. Six episodes means there could be some of both kinds of X-Files and even though I would prefer monster of the week over the government and aliens, I know that you can’t really have one or the other.

xfiles-first-season-promo-shoot-001A project which has long been simmering in my drafts folder can get the attention it deserves with a costuming/style retrospective of all those pantsuits and trench coats affectionately called “The 90s – Why So Baggy?” Now I have more than a good reason to start an X-Files rewatch, one I have been putting off through feelings of guilt that I should be sticking to stuff I haven’t seen multiple times. The last time I had a huge X-Files binge was when I was super ill and spent three days in bed. It was wonderful aside from the vomit and feeling like shit. Expect confessions regarding what style cues I took from both Mulder and Scully and odes to helmet hair.

 

 

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8 Responses to “The X-Files Revival Thoughts: On Shipping, 90s Style and Why I Can’t Wait”

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  1. Behind the Insta-Scenes: Photos from the Set | TV Ate My Wardrobe - March 25, 2015

    […] this evening I wrote about how thrilled I am about The X-Files returning and David Duchovny shares a flash from the […]

  2. Out of the Box: Look of the Week | TV Ate My Wardrobe - May 15, 2015

    […] thing to get excited about is the return of The X-Files (which now has a premiere date – January 24) and even though I’m not entirely sure how […]

  3. Out of the Box: Look of the Week | TV Ate My Wardrobe - June 12, 2015

    […] the Emmys and the first official onset photo from the revival I have already been endlessly talking about are all part of this week’s edition of “Out of the […]

  4. New X-Files Trailer: Phone Calls, Shoulder Grabs and All the Feelings  | TV Ate My Wardrobe - September 29, 2015

    […] since The X-Files revival was announced anticipation levels have been slowly building with every brief clips of new footage (flashlights!), […]

  5. Best of TV Costuming 2015: The Collection | TV Ate My Wardrobe - December 29, 2015

    […] forward to in the first few months of the new year including The X-Files revival (of which I have no chill about), Agent Carter (next week!), Broad City, American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. […]

  6. Getting Older and Fighting the Same Fight: Previewing The X-Files Revival | TV Ate My Wardrobe - December 29, 2015

    […] at all for them to get back into their routine and yep so many feelings from this preview alone. I’ve mentioned it many times before how much Scully and Mulder mean to me and like many others this is the first TV […]

  7. Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny Discuss Old Tensions and More on Jimmy Kimmel Live! | TV Ate My Wardrobe - January 13, 2016

    […] in a 90s nostalgia period with both the pop culture and fashion of the time and like many this was not only a show I was obsessed with, but it was my first experience of actively shipping a couple on screen (and maybe a little off […]

  8. “Home Again” and Looking at the Big and Little Questions on The X-Files | TV Ate My Wardrobe - February 9, 2016

    […] With William it isn’t so much what happened to him – even though Scully has plenty of those questions – as they know the reason why he is no longer in their life, but more about the decision they made and if there could have been another way. A lot of this is saturated in guilt; Mulder felt guilty for being the one not taken way back when and now Scully is consumed with this feeling that she abandoned her child.There is no way to reconcile this guilt other than by bringing William back into the fold in some way or other and it definitely seems like they are building to some kind of resolution. Or as much of a resolution as The X-Files can offer because they’re going to leave some questions (okay probably a lot) unanswered in case they want to do more (which if the ratings are any indication, Fox will definitely want more). When it comes to this storyline YMMV depending on how invested you are in this side of Mulder and Scully’s relationship and for the record I am very much in. I wear my shipper status and feelings with pride. […]

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