We fans had been waiting so long. Fifteen years after more Archive X after agents Fox and Mulder decided to put the mysteries on the shelf and invest in something else. In the end we also got a comeback but it was, as so often is the case, a comeback that was only enjoyable with the pink nostalgia glasses on. Now, of course, the series was already on dekis when it ended in 2002, so it was perhaps not really a big deal that the new season released in 2016 was mediocre, but we really want to believe, we want to believe. We want to believe that a series that so many of us have grown up with and followed for nine seasons should be as good as then, but bad script and sometimes horrible acting made that comeback forgotten right after the last episode. However, hope is the last thing that abandons one and now David Duchovny opens up to continue as Fox Mulder, on one condition. That Chris Carter will return to make a film or a new season. Gillian Anderson, on the other hand, has said no. She will not return with the argument that “it feels very done now and belongs to the past.”
In an interview with Yahoo Entertainment Duchovny explains why he is always open to more Archive X:
“I thought the first seven years were enough! But I’m always up for more, clearly. Someone sent me a clip of Joel McHale from the 2016 episodes we did and it’s a spot-on description of where we’re at six years later. I do not think Chris Carter gets enough credit. Forget about the ins and outs of plots and who gets pregnant or who gets shot. I mean, every show turns into a soap opera, so you have limited options. People are going to die or get pregnant or go to prison, right? Or become president.
“I think it’s a little bit in the weeds to worry about characters’ fats, when you realize that Chris somehow made a show in 1993, and again in 2016, that predicted what 2022 would be like. If he wanted to do more, I ‘d certainly listen to him. I’d say,’ What have you got? ‘ Because I want to know the future, too, you know what I mean? And not denigrating Gillian’s feelings about Scully being pregnant or the character. I certainly had misgivings about my character throughout the run. It’s the nature of a long-running thing. But to take the long view, what the show is able to embrace thematically is really the key to its longevity, and if we were to do it again, it’s just a question of: ‘What have we got to say?’ “
Chris Carter himself also does not seem to have closed the door to the unknown. He has previously stated the following about a possible return:
“I think that certainly The X-Files has more life in it, there are more stories to tell, with Gillian or without. I’m sorry to see her go, I’ve never actually considered doing this show without her, so is this the end? It’s the end of something, I do not know if it’s the beginning of something new. But certainly we will have to all put our heads together and figure out where to go from here. “
It does not look so completely run down for the audience favorite. The question is, as always, can they find their way back? Can Carter and Duchovny make Archive X feel relevant again in their search for the truth? The discussion is going on, so somewhere out there it is.