The X-Files: Why I Choose to Be Optimistic
At this very moment, we are all getting bombarded with nostalgic marketing. All our favorites have been rebooted or are getting a reboot. They won’t stop putting Batman on the big screen and people are ready to sell their first-born for a Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie ticket… admit it, you considered it amidst yesterday’s advance-ticket-pocalypse. Even Gilmore Girls is getting a renewal via Netflix (don’t ask me why).
Meanwhile, I am sitting here and eating up anything and everything that has to do with the new X-Files season that will premiere in January 2016. Six whole new episodes of my favorite show ever and ever? I need it. I want it.
People have attempted to poo-poo my excitement. You know how it is. Even the nerdiest of nerds can become tired of rehashes of old tales or has been way too traumatized by the bad reboots to have any hope left. I’ve witnessed people on Facebook predict boldly that the new Star Wars movies aren’t going to be as awesome as we think.
As for the X-Files, people are questioning: why even do more episodes? Why bring back Cigarette Smoking Man? Why? WHY HAVE ANY JOY IN THIS?
Amidst the sad faces, I choose to be optimistic. Don’t get me wrong, I’m usually the most bitter of crones and I think the worst of everyone (not really though, old age has softened my black heart) but I refuse to deny my own excitement for the new X-Files.
This show was a turning point in my life. I was in elementary school when the show started airing. A girl in my 5th grade class told me it was the best show ever and I’m glad I believed her. I was hooked from the very first episode I watched. I was a weird child with strange interest and the show pretty much spoke directly to my eccentric little brain. I have always been curious about the paranormal and this show bolstered my fascination for science fiction.
I loved the monster-of-the-week episodes and the mystery. I loved the alien-hunting and how seriously the characters in the show treated it. I loved that all the conspiracies were real in this world. I loved the partnership between Mulder and Scully and their forever pursuit of the Truth.
For me, the X-Files is a lot like Doctor Who — it is a story that can carry on and evolve with the time. I am excited to see Mulder and Scully utilize new technology for their investigation, as simple and random that may be. The thought of Mulder receiving anonymous messages on his smartphone with mysterious photos or videos makes my eyes bright. I want to hear Mulder make snarky comments about “kids these days” and maybe see an episode that has them interact with modern UFO fanatics… because they are probably hipsters. Mulder would be so very confused by hipsters.
I get it. It’s never going to be the the same as the original serious and you know what? It shouldn’t be. The potential for this show to grow up and mature is there. I am happy that it is being given the opportunity to do so. I am happy that it is being given a new life.
It’s a completely new era and the X-Files still very much belongs in it.