– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The truth is out there, folks. And the truth will be making its way onto your TV screens in late January. But let’s be real here. While “The X-Files” has left its mark on pop culture, it’s still an older TV series. It started in 1993 and ended in 2001, and by its end, it was already too late for a lot of folks to gain exposure. Yes, the series also had two feature films — one in 1998 and one in 2008 — but its target audience for those was likely existing fans.

While the filmmakers are undoubtedly setting out to please hardcore “X-Files” fans, they realize that not everyone is ready to plunge into a decade’s worth of mythology. It’s with that in mind that they likely released this 21-minute preview of the upcoming “X-Files” mini-series.

Check it out below!

If you’re unfamiliar with the content of “The X-Files,” the featurette does a great job at getting the audience up to speed and ready for upcoming mini-season. Sure, you won’t get all the nuances of the story that hardcore fans would, but it’s primer enough for the average Joe to pick up with ease. But that isn’t all the preview offers.

In addition to getting people up to speed, the show creator Chris Carter gets a chance to talk about one of the exciting things about continuing the “X-Files” lore in a modern setting.

“One of the reasons I was excited about coming back is we’re dealing with a world that has change completely from the time when the series ended in 2002, which was not long after the World Trade Center bombing. The American public had put their faith completely in the government. They didn’t want to know about government conspiracies. They wanted to know that their government was protecting them…So much has changed in the world, and ‘The X-Files’ now gets a chance to tell stories from that perspective.”

So the series will not only deal with the typical aliens and paranormal stuff, but will have the added complications of conspiracies created by man.

In many ways, the original “X-Files” series was a bit of its time. Sure, it was monster of the week in nature, but it also moved its long-running story forward over time in a way that many shows do nowadays. The show creators intend to continue that trend, and if we’re lucky, it’ll feel like Mulder and Scully never left. 

The new “X-FIles” is a six-episode event that premieres on January 24, 2016, and continues on January 25, 2016.


Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.