The X-Files ended after the events of September 11, 2001. But because the ninth season never happened (IT NEVER HAPPENED), living in a post-9/11 world, as every writer ever puts it, is new territory for Agents Mulder and Scully to argue about the truth in. When the series returns to Fox in January 2016, it will cover “new century concerns,” to quote EW in a new cover story.
“The X-Files ended right after 9/11,” says Carter. “A lot has happened since then. A lot of rollback of rights and liberties in the name of our protection. We’re being spied on now, we’re being lied to — all things that, for me, remind me of when I grew up, which was right around Watergate. I think we’re in similar and much more dire times right now.” (Via)
But don’t worry, it won’t be all confusing paranoia. There will still be monster-of-the-week episodes, including one, the intoxicatingly titled “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Man,” written by Darin Morgan, the genius who gave us “Jose Chung’s ‘From Outer Space'” and “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose.” Unfortunately, our nightmares of a “Home” sequel are unfounded: “Home Again” is unrelated to the incestous events of the first episode.
On the bright side, The Americans‘ Annet Mahendru will guest star, and in even better news, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are more attractive now than they were 20 years ago.