From 1993 to 2002, a strange show that played off of well-worn tropes from The Twilight Zone, monster movies, and classic detective serials grew from a cult hit into a mainstream phenomenon. Now, twenty-two years since it first aired, The X-Files has been resurrected in the age of the reboot. The iconic sci-fi show feels so familiar, it’s almost as though it hasn’t changed at all. The chemistry is back, thanks to a reunion of the cast, writers, and directors. So is our affection for the conspiracies, the paranormal activities, and the overarching mythology. Even the cheesy special effects haven’t changed since the 90s.
By Michael Molitch-Hou|MOTHERBOARD
So why does The X-Files feel so bad? How has this previously self-aware and campy series become so serious and out of touch?
The problem isn’t with the show itself. They’re a bit rusty, but Mulder and Scully get right back into the swing of things, and I still believe the chemistry between them. And the series was always completely unbelievable, so it’s not like our incredulity at a universe in which just about every cryptozoological monster can coexist with alien-human hybrid super soldiers makes the reboot feel off. Instead, the issue is how the society around The X-Files has changed since it was aired in the last millennium.