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


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Mulder in Talitha Cumi (Season 3)

One of the criticisms of the show that the mythology got so convoluted that it had lost its roots.  They may have a point.  Season 7 and even 8 felt like natural ending points for the show.  When Season 9 came along, the idea of a new syndicate threat in the Super Soldiers, alien replicants who were immune to everything except for a natural element called magnetite probably was a step too far for some.

The new movie can address that.  Take the key elements for from the show and reapply them.  Where do the Alien Bounty Hunter and even the rebel aliens fit into this new timeline?  Have the Super Soldiers infiltrated key areas of power and government?  Have they given up on the idea of bees spreading the virus or do they have another cunning plan for colonisation and control?  What about the black oil in general?  Does some version of the syndicate still exist?  I mentioned the last point because there is one Syndicate member still unaccounted for – Strughold.  He was only in a few scenes in Fight the Future but what happened to him?  I can imagine him trying to start up a new Syndicate and collaborating with the new alien masters, just to ensure his own survival.

The last point I’m about to mention is vital though – don’t dumb it down!  There are sci-fi films that feel there is a need to explain everything and wrap everything in a nice bow and give the story its conclusion.  The sci-fi genre is not about that and The X-Files shouldn’t go down that route.  The X-Files was all about rooting intelligently around in the darkness, not sure what it would find.  The show would play on our imaginations and introduced concepts where the things you couldn’t see were actually scarier that seeing in its clarity.  It used open-ended scenarios to keep the audience interested and allowed them to engage in debate.  The potential film should retain that mystery and the elements that made the show so memorable.  A lot of sci-fi/horror films confuse mystery and intrigue with extreme use of gore and blood and that “slasher mentality” on who can die horribly.  The X-Files is better than that.  Reward fans for their patience and their acknowledgement of the conspiracy by debunking the truth.  Update the mythology to incorporate real life issues (like it has always done) and use the locations and the ambience to re-introduce that paranoia feeling of distrust.  Once the plot line is worked out, everything should fall into place.  Remember – the darkness is its friend!


  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.


    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.


      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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