Another trailer for The X-Files (Sunday, January 24 at 10 p.m. ET on CTV). was just released, but we’re not talkin’ just any trailer: It’s a behind-the-scenes featurette that clocks in at a whopping 21 minutes. That’s basically a sitcom, people—except, this ain’t no sitcom. We get the scoop straight from the mouths of babes Chris Carter, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, including secrets from set and deets as to what we can expect from the six-episode event.
Creator and executive producer Carter likened things to “putting the band back together,” and Duchovny and Anderson concurred, saying it was easy to slip back into their characters. Fans can expect “quintessential Mulder-Scully scenes, what they mean and what they bring.”
“Through the course of the show, when it ran for over 200 episodes, the characters grew,” Carter explains. “Mulder and Scully, for nine years, had a platonic relationship. Even though we suggest that they had a child together, we never saw them as a couple until the second movie.
Now, seven or eight years have elapsed, Carter adds, and while the series will be “honest to their relationship,” it has been a difficult time for Mulder and Scully. “We will investigate what’s happened in that time.”
There will also be some familiar faces, such as the Smoking Man and the Lone Gunman, and we’ll also see new characters like conservative Tad O’Malley (Joel McHale) and alien-abductee Sveta (Annet Mahendru) taking centre stage.
More things we learned: The first and sixth episodes are mythology-based, while the ones in the middle are monster-of-the-week stand-alones—a familiar combination to long-time fans of the show. There’s also some lighter stuff (one episode is funnier than the others) alongside some heavy action. But at its core are weird mysteries and the fact that they’re just not as young as they used to be. None of us are, guys, none of us are.
“I can imagine what [it] must be like as a fan,” says Anderson. “You see these familiar faces and the familiar cross beams of light coming out of the darkness. And you hear that soundtrack…”
We can’t freakin’ wait. All of our lingering questions—okay, maybe not all of them, but some—will finally be answered. We hope.
The X-Files returns Sunday, January 24 at 10 p.m. ET on CTV.