Fox would like to you to know that the end of the world will kick off a crazy three-day weekend. “It’ll probably start on a Friday,” a faceless voice in the new trailer for The X-Files miniseries intones. Accompanied by scenes of a (likely set off by terrorists) nuclear explosion, angry protests, surveillance technology, armored police officers, we’re faced with the usual stuff we’ve been collectively freaking out about for the last several years.
In other words, the upcoming The X-Files miniseries event is set in a post-great recession/War on Terror world just as much as the original series was set in a post-Cold War context. Fittingly, David Duchovny’s Fox Mulder looks worn the hell out and gone to seed, almost as if he spent several years hiding, pretending to be Hank Moody. Gillian Anderson’s Dana Scully meanwhile looks like she’s been keeping it 100 since the last X-Files outing, 2008’s The X-Files: I Want To Believe.
Worth noting that there’s still no confirmation that The Lone Gunmen are returning, though we do hear the ominous voice of William B. Davis’ Cigarette Smoking Man and, of course, see a smoke burning down per usual. We also get a brief glimpse of Joel McHale as new character Tad O’Malley, and some rather ominous lighting and conspiracy theory goodness. Win win, in other words, except for humanity, which appears to be screwed.
The X-Files miniseries premieres on January 24, 2016.