If you’ve been waiting for more Dana Scully and Fox Mulder ever since Fox announced that it was reviving The X-Files, then we’re betting this weekend has been on your calendar for quite some time now. After all, it’s not often that we get a series return 14 years after it ended “for good.”
But if you can’t even wait until Sunday night, we’ve still got you covered. We were among the lucky few who got tickets to The X-Files premiere in Los Angeles, and we had a chance to watch the first three episodes of the six-part return in advance. So here’s everything you need to know, in the most non-spoilery way possible.
1. The X-Files are dead
That’s right, some time has definitely passed since Mulder and Scully were working side-by-side to disprove some of the craziest cases we’ve ever seen. But it doesn’t take long for us to catch up, we promise.
2. The original opening credits are still intact
We dare you NOT to get goosebumps when you hear the theme song again for the very first time.
3. Joel McHale is kind of a jerk
Sorry The Soup fans, but if you were expecting a charming, Community-type character, you’ll probably want to keep looking. Actually now that we think of it, when has McHale ever actually played a straight up good guy without skeeze?!
4. Scully still rocks those blazers
If you were worried that her style would be too updated now that we’re in 2016, have no fear. She’s still able to pull off those power suits like it’s nobody’s business.
5. Mulder is still causing trouble
Remember how impossible he could be? Well, he’s still that way according to Scully. We just chalk it up to their undeniable romantic chemistry, though.
6. The Cigarette-Smoking Man is back
And no, we are NOT going to tell you how. But it’s good, we promise.
7. There are lots of traditional catch phrases
Have you been waiting for Mulder to utter the words, “The truth is out there” or for Scully to reply with “I want to believe?” If so, we promise that you won’t be disappointed in the slightest.
8. It’s rife with mega mythology
Yup, it’s true. The first episode is so heavy with mythology as the writers try to catch us up that it actually gets a little confusing at first. But stick with it and there’s a bigger payoff.
9. Monsters of the week are real, too
After Sunday night, you’ll want to return to see some pretty creepy characters. Again, we don’t want to give anything away, but the monster-of-the-week format isn’t dead just because there are only six episodes.
10. Watch for some cool Canadian guest stars
We counted Tyler Labine, Aaron Douglas, Kacey Rohl and Vik Sahay in the first three episodes alone. That’s what happens when you film in Vancouver, we suppose.
11. There’s a return to Roswell
So… was Roswell a smokescreen for something larger? Maybe, maybe not. But you can bet Mulder is going to want to get to the bottom of it, and quick.
12. We’ll get more info on Mulder and Scully’s baby
Sorry, we’re not spilling the beans, but through a series of flashbacks we’ll find out the status of William, and what he’s been up to lately. (Warning: it might be a hard watch.)
13. It doesn’t matter if you didn’t watch the original
Never got into The X-Files when it was first on? We don’t blame you – that show was scary as all heck. Don’t worry about not being able to keep up here, though, because there’s plenty for new fans, too.
14. There could be more on the horizon
Yes, for now The X-Files is limited to six episodes. But if audiences eat it up and the actors agree, there’s more story in the show’s future, according to creator Chris Carter. Now that’s truth we can accept.
The X-Files returns Sunday, Jan. 24 and Monday, Jan. 25 with two new episodes. Catch it at 10/9c on CTV.