Was ‘The X-Files’ Revival Originally Intended to Be a Backdoor Pilot?

     November 3, 2015


Here’s an interesting twist to add to all the build-up to The X-Files revival series that will premiere in early 2016, specifically a two-night premiere starting on January 24th. TVLine suggests in a recent piece that there were rumors that co-stars Lauren Ambrose and Robbie Amell, playing alien-obsessed agents Mills and Einstein, were to eventually star in a spin-off of The X-Files, assumedly going into production sometime after the six-episode revival series finishes. If this were to pan out, that would make the series something of a backdoor pilot, but the rumors also suggest that the spin-off plans were abandoned during production.


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As TVLine points out, series creator Chris Carter has evaded the question on more than one occasion, but has yet to give an outright no, which almost certainly means that the idea has been floated and the popularity of the upcomingmini-series will decide the outcome. The idea does make sense, especially considering the fact that Amell and Ambrose bear a vague resemblance to Mulder and Scully, the original agents played by Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny. Ambrose, specifically, could be perfect fit for the kind of dark humor that Carter is known to douse his series in, as much in The X-Files as in his underrated follow-up, Millennium. Amell proved to be quite an engaging presence in The Flash, playing the original second-half of Firestorm, and he did quite well in this year’s The DUFF, but he’s far more conventionally attractive than Duchovny was when the show first started up.

That’s not necessarily a fault, mind you, but it certainly doesn’t speak to the eerie mood and overall oddness that The X-Files have always been known for. Of course, this is all speculation until the new series hits the airwaves and we see just what kind of audience will return to Fox’s stalwart sci-fi procedural, but a new series would definitely be of interest, especially considering that Fringe, The X-Files original heir apparent, decided to go all looming season-long arcs on fans in the latter seasons.


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