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TBOF: Errata – The X Files returns?

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Avatar 01Hey there ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to the Book of Frog, and here today I have something new for you!

Over the past year I’ve found myself having way too many projects in development and not enough in production. So often I get so bogged down in what I think are good ideas, that never get followed through on, and development of which even cuts in to projects like Pixelvision or Absolute Animation, when that was may main focus. After the “reboot” to the Book of Frog in 2014, I said that I was forgetting a lot of those other projects, putting them by the way side, and building the Book of Frog bit by bit, until,it was something that I was happy with. I expanded my scope, while keeping the project pool small, and now with a slight amount of reorganising, I have Pixelvision and Let Us Play currently running, and a couple of others that I’ve once again put on the back burner. While I want to focus on gaming and getting Nintendo Monthly Breakdowns and Nintendo Direct Breakdowns off the ground again, as Big N Breakdown, there are a number of developments in other areas that I really want to talk about, and so I think this is the right time to release a project I talked about a while back which will encompass ALL of my previous non-gaming projects.

Anything from Anime, Movies, TV, Music, Board Games, Action Figures, Trading Card Games, Comics, whatever I feel like I want to talk about in this particular instance, will go under this title here.

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to The Book of Frog: Errata.

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xfilesdvdsThe X Files was by a large margin, my favourite TV shows when I was younger, and it was the show that got me interested in the supernatural. for a fictional show it really made you think about a lot of the topics they discussed, what if some of this was real? We wouldn;t know the things we didn’t know. I remember thinking to myself as a kid watching Indiana Jones, that I wanted to be an archaeologist, and watching X Files, that i wanted to work for the FBI. Me a 10 year old British kid, wanted to be in the FBI. good luck sunshine. Though those dreams never came to pass, and never will, I always have fond memories of sitting down to watch the X Files with my parents, just after The Simpsons on the Satellite channel Sky One, and while the last few seasons where disappointing to some extent, I still enjoy them and was very sad to see it go. Recently I rebought the entire series on DVD (you know just before they re-released them on BlueRay) movies and all, and once again I approached the end of season 10 that familiar sadness in the pit of my stomach welled up. All good things come to an end though, right?

Well not necessarily.

Following the finale of The X Files, there were a number of attempts to take it the same direction as Star Trek The Next Generation and make a movie series out of the franchise. This didn’t pan out very well, numerous movies were canned, or never got off the ground, and the movie we did get “The X Files: I Want To Believe” came way too late, and was a major flop at the box office, hamstringing any possibility of a movie series coming out of it. While it was certainly X-Filesy, it didn’t contribute the overarcing X Files plot, making it a stand alone episode in a lives of these characters. A sort of “What are they doing now?”

Not particularly big Cinema going material. I liked it, but it seemed like the franchise was done.

That was until rumours came out towards the end of last year that there was going to be a The X Files reboot series, supposedly headed by Chris Carter, though at the time unconfirmed, that would focus on a new pair of agents, who it can only be supposed, stumbles across Fox Mulders work and invest into it. The series was rumoured to include David Duchovny and Gillian Andrerson, reprising their roles as Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, but would only appear as cameos, and outside mentors to the new agents stepping into their legacy. I liked this idea, that so many years later, and suddenly someone finds something and adds up to a greater conspiracy that maybe Mulder stumbled upon in it’s early stages, but couldn’t make heads no tails of it.

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In January, at the Television Critics Association press tour, Fox Television Group Chairmen-CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman made mention that there had been serious talks concerning the resurrection of The X Files TV series, and wanted to include Fox Mulder and Dana Scully as the main protagonists once again. Seemingly stepping away from the previously rumored idea of legacy characters.  With this first official news of a new X Files series, USA Today then got in contact with David Duchovny, to get his take on the report. Duchovny is reported saying:

“I’m assuming that it will happen sooner rather than later now. We’ll see what form, how many [episodes]. Certainly I can’t nor would I be interested in doing a full season. It will be in some kind of limited form. We’re all old, we don’t have the energy for a full season.”

scullyThis may have been on the cards for a while though. As this hearkens back to an interview with Gillian Anderson last year where she was asked about about a third X Files movie, at the time rumoured to be called “The X Files Revelations”. While Anderson didn’t give away any definite answers, she did hint that something was coming, but maybe not a movie, saying:

“Sorta kinda. Keep your ears to the ground.”

With that in mind it seemed that Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny are interested in returning to the roles as the series leads. No ones arms are being twisted to get them back into The X Files, but rather than a full series, or a movie, they are interested in working on an older style, serial-like short series, rather than full seasons. This makes a lot of sense for the pair as Gillian Anderson was recently given a more regular part on Hannibal, tying her up, and David Duchovny is currently working on Aquarius, tying him up. So if the series is going to be dependent on these two as the leads again, they aren’t going to be able to maintain two TV series simultaneously.

Recently TV Wise reported that this project maybe far more along than we had anticipated. Saying:

Fox is close to giving an official green-light to a revival of their iconic science fiction series, which originally aired between 1993 and 2002. Per sources, the network has settled on a “short-stack” order for the revival and while the exact size of the order is yet-to-be-determined, I’m told it will be less than ten episodes.

xfilesThis could mean that the series will only be around six episodes long, and with the discussion seemingly being focused on Duchovny and Anderson returning to the roles as series leads, this seems to indicate that the concept of the legacy series, seems to be off the cards. At least for now. But who knows? This short stack series, could introduce the new characters and the conspiracy that will taken the X Files into the future with a whole new series!

From my perspective, we can only hope. I’m really looking forward to seeing how this pans out, and hopfully it will revive interest in the series, to allow for future TV series and movies.

What’s your take on this whole thing? What would you like to see from a new X Files TV series or movie?