IRON OUT THE MYTHOLOGY: RE-ADDRESSED IT BUT DON’T DUMB IT DOWN
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!