Fox’s The X-Files Revival Advanced Screening and Q&A at NYCC 2015. The X-Files made it’s long-awaited return at New York Comic Con this year with a special advanced screening of the first episode to fans followed by a Q&A with series creator Chris Carter along with stars David Duchovny and Mitch Pileggi. Moderated by comedian and The X-Files fanatic Kumail Nanjiani, the panel opened to standing ovation from fans as they go wild to see the first episode of the miniseries event before it premieres in January 24, 2016.
Before airing the first episode, fans were given a taped message from The X-Files star Gillian Anderson, who spoke in her faux British accent apologizing for not making it to the convention due to filming commitments. The first episode of the series started with an opening monologue from David Duchovny’s character Fox Mulder talking about his work for the X-Files Division alongside FBI agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) solving cases of the paranormal untiltheir division was soon dissolved after the series finale. A new case brought on by web news anchor Tad O’Malley (Joel McHale) brings the two back together to help alien abduction victim Sveta (Annet Mahendru). The rest of the episode had the former partners working together to solve the mystery and figure out if there’s a bigger conspiracy involved.
After the episode was over, Kumail brought out Chris Carter, David Duchovny, and Mitch Pileggi to talk about how The X-Files changed their lives and some news on what fans should expect when the series returns next year. Carter talked about how today’s news involving national security and government leaks were inspirations to the story for the limited series. Mitch Pileggi, who plays Walter Skinner, recalled how he got the role, saying that he auditioned twice for another character before getting to play Mulder and Scully’s boss. Pileggi said that he used his father’s work in the Middle East as inspiration in playing his character. Duchovny talked about the process of doing the voice-over for the first episode’s opening scene saying that it felt nostalgic for him coming back to the series after 10 years as the actor described getting his ‘Mulder Flow’ back. Both Duchovny and Pileggi said that returning to their respective characters felt organic to them.
The panel went into Q&A questions from the audience. One fan complained about Mulder and Scully’s relationship being strained by the time we see them in present day. The creator defended the decision to break them up in the revival saying it was because he wanted to show how much time has passed for both of them as they faced some bumps in the road so to speak. Chris also addressed that the comics and the TV series wouldn’t connect to one another in regards to continuity. Chris said that the first and last episode of the revival would be a two-part mythology episode while the rest of the episodes would be stand-alone episodes with Monster-of-the-Week cases. Within some of these episodes would welcome the return of the Lone Gunmen. Talking about the show’s budget, Carter talked about his conversation with David when the actor told him that they needed to come back with a bang and go bolder than they did before, which the EP agreed to. Finally, David told a fan that it would be a big commitment to do more episodes to continue the series but is open to doing them if Carter wants to.
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