September 10, 1993. The X-Files' pilot episode
airs on the FOX network, marking the beginning of a cultural phenomenon like rarely seen before, culminating with the release of the eponymous film
in the Summer of 1998.
Originally, series creator Chris Carter
envisioned a five seasons series, that could then transform into a movie franchise, similar to the Star Trek franchise at the time. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on the view from the fans, the series kept going on for two additional seasons. And then one more. And then one more.
But the series wasn't the same, suddenly replacing the rainy forest of British Columbia with the Californian desert. And even later replacing Mulder and Scully by new characters, John Doggett (Robert Patrick
) and Monica Reyes (Annabeth Gish
). Still, the series had a massive 9-year run and ended up with a somehow satisfying series finale that marked a final chapter to the series.
After a failed attempt to revive the series on the big screen - a snowy movie dealing with pedophilia
, released in the middle of the Summer, against The Dark Knight
frenzy, the franchise was said to be dead. Until it wasn't!
Years had passed and with the 2010's, the world was ready for constant reboots and revivals, whether on the big or small screen.
Following a change at the head of FOX, The X-Files had again the privilege to be offered a new season (season 10
), that started off with massive ratings. Because of the short season (6 episodes), the fans were left wanting more and got what they wanted, in the form of yet another season (season 11
). While some fans were ecstatic to experience the return of their favorite characters Mulder and Scully, the ratings dropped significantly, to a point where the show seemed to have no future.
To make things worse, lead actress Gillian Anderson
, announced in the middle of the promotional campaign that she would no longer play the character of FBI Special Agent Dana Scully, putting the last nail in the coffin.
But things may change soon, as Disney has formally completed the acquisition deal of the FOX studio this week, now owning The X-Files, which meant a return of the series could be a possibility in the near future.
Meanwhile, looking back, X-Phile Demijan Omeragic wrote an in-depth piece on the revival, titled "How The X-Files Revival Betrays The Original Series", which he released today. In it, Omeragic mentions considering the revival as "an inexcusable disaster that should never have happened the way it did."
While you may agree or disagree with him, that is not the point. The point is that he wrote a complete and profound essay about his favorite show. The size of the essay and the implemented efforts are only a reflection of the strong level of love he has for a series that many are considering to be different from the others, if not above.
In his massive 24,000 words paper, Omeragic dissects the initial break-up situation from Mulder and Scully, the rape of Dana Scully, her disownment from her son William, the immortal Cigarette-Smoking Man, as well as the future from The X-Files.
We encourage you to read it and welcome any feedback. Agree or disagree, tell us below!
Here is the link.
And be sure to follow Demijan Omeragic on Twitter
i totally disagree, the revival was fun, original and scary. who wants to see the same thing over and over again? they created new things whilst being honest to the origin of the x-files.
Its very very long but great. Agree with almost everything.
AlanHt wrote:Its very very long but great. Agree with almost everything.
didn't you like at least a few episodes? the two darin morgan episodes were amazing!!!
He wrote a great article. And to say that two SPOOF episodes that make Mulder look like a dork were the best episodes kind of makes his point for him--that CC has pretty much ruined M/S and the fact he thinks RAPING DANA SCULLY is something that is good storytelling pretty much was the final nail in the coffin for me.
brut85 wrote:He wrote a great article. And to say that two SPOOF episodes that make Mulder look like a dork were the best episodes kind of makes his point for him--that CC has pretty much ruined M/S and the fact he thinks RAPING DANA SCULLY is something that is good storytelling pretty much was the final nail in the coffin for me.
but ghouli was good! and also founder's mutation, and familar too.
lilly wrote:[quote]brut85 wrote:He wrote a great article. And to say that two SPOOF episodes that make Mulder look like a dork were the best episodes kind of makes his point for him--that CC has pretty much ruined M/S and the fact he thinks RAPING DANA SCULLY is something that is good storytelling pretty much was the final nail in the coffin for me.
but ghouli was good! and also founder's mutation, and familar too.
Yes, Ghouli was amazing
Jim Wong for the win !
Ghouli wasn’t bad but do you pay attention? What’s the point of Scully grieving over William if in CC’s epic garbage My Struggle 4 she says he essentially wasn’t their kid? What trash. CC sucks...he’s worthless.
Not Mister Wong fault if CC destroyed his work on season finale.
Ghouli is the end for me. My Struggle never existed.
By Jack Anderson
brut85 wrote:Ghouli wasn’t bad but do you pay attention? What’s the point of Scully grieving over William if in CC’s epic garbage My Struggle 4 she says he essentially wasn’t their kid? What trash. CC sucks...he’s worthless.
That's a good point. Ghouli was to me a true X-Files episode. It looked a bit like Colony, in a way that it starts as a typical X-Files investigation and you actually discover later that this is a mythology episode.
Also, it was almost the first time in the entire revival that we go an insanely beautiful outside location! In the first seasons, Mulder and Scully would constantly investigate outside. In the revival, most of the action is taking place... in parking lots.
But you make a great point, as the entire episode is based on Scully longing for her son. I still do not humanly understand how Chris Carter was able to scrap all of that. While I was always against Scully to be pregnant in the first place, you cannot simply disregard a major part of a character just because you want to do so. As Gruic told me many times, the writer has to obey his/her characters, not the other way around.
Oh, and in a way you could at least understand Carter wanting to once and for all close the story-arc of the son, but, of course, one of the last images is the son still alive, in a really really dumb scene. And now I'm just remembering that Scully is yet again pregnant at 50-something. The level of maturity of the entire revival is near zero to me.
Good response! And yes sometimes it appears CC wants to wrap things up, like the William storyline, but why does he then go make Scully pregnant again at 54? And the whole rape (YES she was raped CC!!) story is garbage. Not to mention in MS2 Mulder is essentially not utilized at all, and in MS4 Scully is relegated to essentially not utilized....does CC understand those were potentially the last times we ever see them. THEN throw in the fact GA acknowledged DD and CC knew all about the final scene with the new baby preview, but GA was not given the scene until the last minute?
No wonder GA said she was done. How CC treats the Scully character is just an absolute abomination.
I have a really frustrated feeling when I think about what was the possibilities filming back in Vancouver, whent I think how such a last chance it was for CC to write something good to end brillantly X files... And when I look to what he did, I feel it's like a waste. The feeling is bigger if I rewatch the early first seasons...