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The future of The X-Files is unknown, but Chris Carter is optimistic

02.23.2016by: Eric Walkuski

The X-Files capped its limited 6-episode series return last night with My Struggle II (which sounds like the title of a hip-hop album), and everyone can admit the results of this brief experiment were decidedly mixed. There were some big highs (Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster is the undisputed best of the bunch) and some low lows (the ill-conceived Babylon and even the first My Struggle). But - and I'm just speaking for myself - it was undeniably fun seeing Mulder and Scully brave against the mysteries of the universe once again, and I'd be quite happy if they came back for more.

But will they? That's the big question for The X-Files right now, as Fox mulls over whether or not to give the greenlight to a new season. Not only that, there are the schedules of stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson to consider, as both appear to be happy to return... but for limited runs like this past one.

Showrunner Chris Carter spoke about the future of his brainchild in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, and while he's optimistic about what's in store, even he can't say for sure what'll happen next.

They're going to ask for more. The ratings were very good. They were happy with the show. I talked to Dana Walden today. She said they'd very much like more, but nothing's being negotiated yet.

It was casual. She said, "No pressure. We'd love to do this. We liked the way it worked out." So there's an appetite for more in the future, it's just a matter of figuring out how to get it done. The last negotiations took about five months, so it could be a while before we figure out how to do this.

As for the series' stars:

I have been speaking with David pretty regularly. I think he's game. I have spoken to Gillian less frequently, but I believe she would be game. So I'm just working around their busy schedules. They both have families. It's another practical matter.

Finally, Carter responded to the notion that another X-Files movie could be in play, in addition to more television episodes:

They're two different animals. And the second movie, we tried to do something more akin to the television show. I think if we had to do another movie, it would have to be another tentpole movie more in keeping with what we did with the first. I think there are a lot more X-Files to tell, certainly given this cliffhanger, so I think it opens up both the TV and movie parts of the franchise.

The truth is out there, somewhere, and it sounds like it'll be a while before we discover it.

Extra Tidbit: Would you be up for more episodes of The X-Files, or are you done with it?
Source: THR

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1:09PM on 02/27/2016
I was happy to see them back! I'm down for more! the were monster episode was pretty fun!
I was happy to see them back! I'm down for more! the were monster episode was pretty fun!
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7:23PM on 02/24/2016

I'm game... it wasnt that bad

but as MechaKacho pointed out, it should have been a six part mini-series event instead of six stand alone shows.
I have long suspected that the real reasons the movies dont work is that they can only concentrate on a single aspect of the show, while the show can concentrate on many different genres like "the curse of the were-monster" is so different from My Struggle II and Babylon... it seems a no brainer but that is the fault of the movies, they usually concentrate on the alien mythology
but as MechaKacho pointed out, it should have been a six part mini-series event instead of six stand alone shows.
I have long suspected that the real reasons the movies dont work is that they can only concentrate on a single aspect of the show, while the show can concentrate on many different genres like "the curse of the were-monster" is so different from My Struggle II and Babylon... it seems a no brainer but that is the fault of the movies, they usually concentrate on the alien mythology arc, the conspiracy portion of the show with William B Davis is Cancerman...but what if you dont LIKE that aspect of the X-Files... then Chris Carter just alienated his own audience.....
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2:04PM on 02/23/2016

It should have been a 6 part miniseries, not 6 separate episodes

I get what they were TRYING to do. Each season of X-Files had a handful of episode archetypes. Alien Conspiracy, Current National Satire, Monster of the Week, conspiracy theory etc...

They tried to pick 5-6 different types of episodes and make it feel like a small season. When really it should have been 6 episodes of a miniseries that were all linked, followed the plot of one big event with some mild stuff happening here and there.

This was almost a waste of a series event, with like 2
I get what they were TRYING to do. Each season of X-Files had a handful of episode archetypes. Alien Conspiracy, Current National Satire, Monster of the Week, conspiracy theory etc...

They tried to pick 5-6 different types of episodes and make it feel like a small season. When really it should have been 6 episodes of a miniseries that were all linked, followed the plot of one big event with some mild stuff happening here and there.

This was almost a waste of a series event, with like 2 good episodes, 3 horrible episodes and 2 "meh" episodes.
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11:56AM on 02/23/2016
I'll take another movie but considering how the 6 episode event series ended up, they should leave the TV stuff alone.
I'll take another movie but considering how the 6 episode event series ended up, they should leave the TV stuff alone.
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