Celebrating 20 Years of The X-Files (Part 3): The XF3 Wish List

IF NO THIRD FILM, RETURN TO TV?

So what if a film doesn’t happen?  This could easily be the case.  Could a return to our TV screens work?  Kevin Spacey recently spoke out at an annual TV festival in Edinburgh on how TV was changing the face on how we view content and it’s hard to argue against that.  With people forced to watch every film in 3D, price of tickets going up and new release films not even spaced out to give audiences the chance to watch them all, TV is suddenly back on the rise. You can watch entire series in one day in the comfort of your own home with shows now becoming widely available through different on-demand platforms.  And depending on your pay model (subscription vs. pay as you go), buying and watching an entire series probably works out to be cheaper than buying a cinema ticket.  TV audiences are becoming addicted because the quality is there, especially on the cable network shows (or in the case of House of Cards – straight to an on-demand platform) where there are no restrictions on creative freedom.  Show like Mad Men, Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones have benefited from this.

At Comic-Con during its 20th Anniversary Panel the idea was quickly shot down but returning back to TV might not be such a bad idea.

Look at 24.  After the show ended, work on the movie had been stuck in development hell until recently it was announced that it was going to return on TV as a mini-series.  Now obviously we don’t know the ins and outs of any deal in the industry but I can imagine a mini-series being a less cost effective risk then trying to raise X amount of money just for the film’s budget (plus the amount of money you would have to raise to promote the film).  Then you will have to find a sensible release date where it won’t get overshadowed by comic book movies that are expected to gross $300 million worldwide.  The economics of making back money might not be there.

So how about this – if no movie, how about 2 (or possibly 3) 90 min specials to conclude the show?  By having that we get more Mulder and Scully screen time, enough time to flesh out the plot and tie up loose ends so it doesn’t feel rushed (which you would probably get in a movie) and a returning cast that can get their proper re-introduction back into the X-Files world.

I look back at how Torchwood: Children of Earth was aired on the BBC.  With a clever advert, the schedule was freed up for nightly broadcasts of the episodes and the series was brilliant!  Torchwood’s follow up Miracle Day may have been a disappointment (and I’m one of those disappointed viewers) but The X-Files could adopt that same model of airing the specials on consecutive nights. You can certainly promote the hell out of it with TV adverts and online marketing.  But most importantly it re-establishes the nostalgia of true event viewing that took place in the 90s.

I know that might not be what everyone wants, but The X-Files was born on TV, maybe it feels poetic that it finally ends there.

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  1. X-files was my first geek love too. I still watch the show to this day. Every week I looked forward to turning out all the lights and watching my fave show. I still do that. Thank goodness it is on Netflix.
    I recently discovered the comic books and have been enjoying them immensely! How did I not know these existed?! Happy day.

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    1. Thanks for the comment Jennifer 🙂

      The X-Files will always continue to be a fantastic show. In many ways I still miss it. But it’s great to see how people are discovering it and becoming fans themselves and that’s the real legacy of the show. The new comics are amazing and I’m glad you’ve discovered it. Can’t wait for issue #5. Just need the the entire series on blu-ray – it would be great to see this show get the high definition treatment.

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      1. Yeah. It was easier back in the day to watch The X-Files – no twitter, no facebook, no smartphones, no on-demand/catch-up services. Just a dial up internet connection that took 5 mins to load a page and a VHS player just to record an episode of the show. Because once it aired, you never saw it again. Harder to spoil anything back then! Now…spoilers are everywhere because the whole world assumes you’ve seen it. Any new episode of any show that I haven’t seen, I’m off twitter for 24hrs.

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      2. Exactly. Plus it’s better to discover something by watching it yourself. If you constantly relied on someone’s opinion, you yourself never get to judge it. Everyone’s TV experience is different.

        When are you going to start watching XF S2? For me that’s when my love affair with the show started to grow on me. Had it’s fair share of creepy, scary stuff that gave me nightmares as a kid 😐

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    1. Glad to hear it. Season 2 has some brilliant gems. One of my favourite episode from that season was Duane Barry. It’s a good thing Gillian Anderson became pregnant during the early seasons because the mythology went to a game changing level.

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      1. Wow! You’re really binge-watching your way through this series lol. S2 = the season that made me a believer. I think my favourite seasons are S4 and S5 and you’ll see why when you eventually reach there.

        Heads up, don’t forget the two movies as part of the watch. First movie – watch after you’ve finished S5. Second movie – watch after S9 and before S10.

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