TRAILER: The X-Files 2016

I’m unreasonably excited about this. The Los Angeles Times recaps the trailer:

The new “X-Files” trailer featuring the first real taste of footage for the returning series reminds us all that before there was “Mr. Robot,” “Person of Interest” and all those other cute conspiracy theory series, there was “X-Files.” No corner of the tin-foil-hat-wearing, conspiracy-theory-pontificating Internet was left unscanned for series plot details. And bless the bulbous gray heads of the gangly aliens from our past, the new trailer has it all: secret government experiments, crazy injections, alien tech, spooky security cameras and even the current hot-button conspiracy theory item, drones. The trailer also includes a sort of Indiana Jones-esque flashback, reminding us all that the first “X-Files” was among the first series to truly believe.

  • pickypecker

    OMG…the show I could never watch alone returns!

    • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

      The “Home” episode was one of the creepiest, most disturbing things ever.

      Kind of like a Trump rally without the comic relief.

      • pickypecker

        There were several I remember where I honestly had to turn the set off or risk having nightmares. Loved the show!

        • It’s weird, I never got nightmares from X-Files, but I watched the movie Fire in the Sky on TV when I was 13…and that gave me nightmares.

          • Octavio

            You should take a road trip and visit Snowflake, AZ where the the alleged incident occurred that inspired that movie. The people who live in Payson to Winslow and every spot east to Gallup, NM, are spookier than anyone can excuse. Odd part of the world, that.

          • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

            I’ve been in all those places many, many times, especially Holbrook, Winslow, Meteor Crater, Window Rock, Gallup,… Beautiful scenery and not much to do.

          • Octavio

            A friend accompanied me on a long cross-country bicycle trip in 1973. We stopped to camp on BLM land off of Interstate 40 in AZ, at the beginning of a drainage called Devil’s Creek. We were directly north of the Meteor Crater hole that’s on the south side of the Interstate. My friend is a big UFO denier. Doesn’t believe they exist. As we sat leaning against our bike packs drinking beer I asked him why he didn’t believe in UFOs. After he gave me his long-winded diatribe about people being hysterical I pointed up into the sky above us and asked, “OK. Then what’s that up there?”

            The sky was completely clear except for one very small white cotton ball of a cloud. Not another cloud in the entire sky. And slightly above that cloud was a large silvery object. If you were near the meteor crater it would not be possible to see anything except the cloud. “Hah! That? That’s a weather balloon,” he laughed.

            A couple of hours later the small cloud and silver object hadn’t moved. They were in the same place where I had first spotted them. I gently mentioned that it was odd the cloud and silver object hadn’t moved since we stopped to make camp for the afternoon. Not long after my comment my friend said, “Holy shit!” He happened to be looking up and watched the silver object take off out of sight straight up into? Soon after the small cloud dissolved into nothing.

            Moral of my little story: They’re out there. 🙂

          • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

            I’ve got the X Files playing in my head now.

          • Oh, sounds interesting. I still want to go to Roswell, New Mexico too.

          • Octavio

            It’s not the nicest part of New Mexico as far as stunningly beautiful landscapes and sunsets. But it’s a great place to buy lots of UFO-related junk. 🙂

      • Traxley Launderette

        I watched “Home” by myself, in my living room, with the lights on. I left the lights on for the next couple of days, just to be sure. And this episode totally ruined the music of Johnny Mathis for me, forever.

        A couple of years later, “Millennium” came close, but the X-Files will always be the creepiest TV.

  • bkmn

    Doesn’t do much for me. The revived Twin Peaks on the other hand…does. RIP Log Lady who just died.

    • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

      I never saw a single episode of Twin Peaks, not even a snippet. It just happened to come along at a period in my life where I wasn’t watching any TV. But some people I knew were really into it.

  • Ramona Love

    yes pls

  • MattM

    I have only one thing to say

  • pleasebereasonable

    I’m hoping the show will be entirely skinner in his tighty-whities.

    • Cuberly

      (sigh) Skinner…..mmmmmm….

      • Octavio

        Yeah. Mitch Pileggi . . . a nice chunk of daddy meat. Too bad he’s straight. 🙁

        • KCMC

          not in MY XXX-File

          • Octavio

            Have you seen him sans clothing? Quite the leather muscle man. Slurp. :p

        • KCMC

          yup, coming down my stairs this a.m.

          • motordog

            I found a gif of Mitch pulling that shirt off…but the image seems to be buggy somehow…I can’t successfully post it. It’s a pity, as it’s something I’d totally want to see standing over my bed! Xp

          • Cuberly

            Oops, meant to post this on your comment but misfired. Look up… 😉

          • motordog

            Dat’s the one! 😀

          • Cuberly

            Pretty, idnit it….(sigh)

          • Octavio

            Be still my heart.

          • Cuberly

            ^^Look up! ^^^

          • Cuberly
          • KCMC

            pant. drool.

          • Cuberly

            Yes and yes.

        • Cuberly

          lol…I wasn’t even a fan of the show really, but then my ex got me watching because of…ahem, well…..and yeah. 😉

    • MattM


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    • Trog

      Funny you say that about Skinner… when I watched the show in the 90s, I never really noticed the guy. But the past month, to soothe a recent breakup, I’ve immersed myself in X-Files on Netflix… HELLO SKINNER!!!

      And… the show really holds up. I’m surprised at how great the first season is. Actually my least favorite episodes are the “conspiracy theory” ones.

      But more Skinner please. God, please more skinner.

    • RyanInIllinois

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  • oikos

    My favorites were the monster of the week episodes rather than the conspiracy driven ones.

    • same. i recently rewatched the entire series and my two favorite episodes were “home” and “quagmire”. “Arcadia” is up there too mainly because I thought it was one of the funniest episodes of the whole series.

      • Home is easily one of the creepiest, most disturbing hour of television ever!

      • Irresistible.


      • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

        I loved both of those. And I thought Gillian Anderson’s performance in ‘All Souls’ was some of the best acting ever on TV. She should’ve gotten an Emmy that year (although Edie Falco was also excellent and deserving).

      • oikos

        Home is one of my favorites along with The Host and Detour.

        • JCF

          At the time of “Home”, I lived in Central PA (where “Home” was set). Seriously, it really wasn’t exaggerating, much (I did my doctoral research there, and came across a study which mentioned the *frequently*-seen biological indications of incest there…)

    • motordog

      I remember one fun episode had a genie…Mulder even got to try his luck with the ol’ ‘Three Wishes’ deal.

      • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

        Wasn’t that Annette Benning who played the genie?

        • motordog

          The episode was called “Je Souhaite”, and the genie was played by Paula Sorge.

    • BlueberriesForMe

      I still remember “Soft Light” with Tony Shaloub. And the guy who was “the pusher”.

      • BlueberriesForMe

        Also “Post-Modern Prometheus.” And that kid who would get struck by lightening – Giovanni Ribisi.

      • JCF

        I STILL think about my shadow crossing other shadows, thanks to “Soft Light”!

  • Prion

    I enjoyed most the episodes where they didn’t take themselves too seriously, almost a self-satire. Like “Bad Blood” (vampires at a campground) and one about intelligent cockroaches (which appropriately ended in an explosion at a manure research lab).

    • Ed Burrow

      There was one episode where Scully and Mulder moved into a Stepford wife type of neighborhood. Great fun! But one that was hysterically funny (at least to me) was when they tagged along on a taping of Cops.

      • Octavio

        That episode was particularly amusing. 🙂

        • BlueberriesForMe

          Yes, and then he was subsequently used as a lab rat for what seemed like perpetuity.

    • Jose Chungs From Outer Space!

    • Trog

      I just watched Bad Blood.
      Two words: Buck Teeth.

  • Judas Peckerwood

    “…even the current hot-button conspiracy theory item, drones.”

    Actually, the burgeoning use of drones is a clear and present danger to our privacy and physical safety. No conspiracy theory necessary.

  • Jan Wesselius

    As we all know they are taking control of them.
    Actually I believed the X Files when it was on TV more than my own government.

  • Octavio

    Joe: Loved the summary review in the style of Stefan, “the new trailer has it all: secret government experiments, crazy injections, alien tech, spooky security cameras and even . . . .” Bill Hader could not have done it better. 🙂

  • Gustav2

    There is no truth out there, only Republicans.

    • BlueberriesForMe

      Mysterious man: “You’ve never been closer.”
      Mulder: : “Never been closer to *WHAT*?”

      • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

        My dick

        (Sorry. I couldn’t resist.)

  • I think your excitement is completely reasonable!

    *sings* Watching X-Files with no lights on, I hope the Smoking Man’s in this one!

    • Octavio

      Davis, “the smoking man”, is still alive and is in the new episodes. He was once a chain smoker, gave it up in his 30s, and then had to take up the old habit to play the X-File character. As he started to become addicted to cigarettes for a second time in his life friends recommended he switch to “herbal” cigarettes. Which he did. He’s still alive and no longer a smoker. As an actor and all around normal person, William Davis is an amusing character. Probably because he’s originally from Toronto.

      • Wow! Is Davis playing the Smoking Man in the new episodes? I recall that he was killed in the last episode of the series. Retcon? Or are they pretending that season didn’t happen, since we’ve already long passed the date for colonization to begin?

        Edit: I really need to watch the trailer. I will do so when I’m not at work, ha ha.

        • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

          He was “killed” several times in the series and kept surviving.

        • Octavio

          They keep bringing him back to life. Last I remember he was magically cured by the Hopi and aliens of his lung cancer and was still smoking up a storm in a small tribal structure in New Mexico. That was amusing. 🙂

          • Yeah, I wondered why he never had any of those aliens w/the healing powers just fix his lung cancer…but clearly…he did! :p

      • Also, my favorite Smoking Man bit:

        • Octavio

          That is hysterical! Thanks. 🙂

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    I liked the show and the first movie, but why a third movie? I’ve got a feeling that this is due to the possible x-files reboot.

    • Stev84

      It’s not a reboot, but a continuation

      • reboot, continuation, sequel, prequel, restart, inspired by…

        for krist’s sake, can’t hollow-wood at least come up with more than one actually original idea a year? there really are books and stories and writers out there who’ve never been graced with a production budget of $10M, let alone 100 or 300M, but deserve that treatment. i’m sick of star batman and the ocean’s 11eventy hobbits movies, aren’t you?

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Oh fuck yeah!!! I loved the X-Files. I like how they described the attack scenario as a false flag too.

  • bJason

    I just felt that in my netherlies.

  • I didn’t watch the last season or two of the original series…maybe I should binge watch the series on Netflix before it continues.

  • Sk3ptic

    OT: Yet another mass shooting is being reported, this time at a community college in Oregon. So far 7-10 dead.
    Hey, NRA apologists: why is it YOU’RE never in the crosshairs? Perhaps that would change some things.

    • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

      Sigh. This shit never ends.

  • BlueberriesForMe

    It’s hard for me to explain but I find Mulder and Scully even more interesting now that they are older. (Just like I am :=) ). Hot Daddy Skinner looks great w/beard.

    • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

      Same here.

      • houstonray

        And here! 🙂

    • Damn right. They’re both much hotter and a whole less dowdy now than they were in the 90’s. She’s never been more beautiful or cooler, and he’s totally consolidated his niche as a slightly dissolute free-wheeler with a quiet sense of humor.

      Californication is everything Entourage ever tried to be, but for grown-ups.

  • life long, very serious sci fi person here, not quite a super geek but close.

    i just never got the X mania. the series was boring, frankly. the sexual tension b/w the characters was there, but gosh. i just got so bored with it all. find the aliens. revolutionize society. make first contact. for real. overthrow the govt with your new space powers.

    but this stuff about the great conspiracy that never ends was just silly, after a while. go on and mock me for my love of other sci fi shows, and i am a fan of several. but this one never made the cut, and i was ‘there’ for the first round, in the original. my ex liked it for a little while so i saw quite a few of them. or rather, dozed off to a few of them.

    • Alan43

      I agree. Dark sets, cheap fx, funeral dirge soundtrack, and turgid conspiracy theories akin that remind one unpleasantly of Glenn Beck

  • KevInPDX

    Does Alex Krycek make a reappearance? He was a hottie!

  • Queequeg

    I was a big fan of the series, but hated the last X-Files movie. It was pretty homo and trans phobic in the overall plot, not to mention entirely idiotic. Hopefully the new show will be more like the old series. Scully and Mulder were great.

  • JohnJay

    Always loved the show, especially when Mulder and Alex Krycek were together. Also loved all the ‘shippin ‘shops of them *really* together, which I see via google image search, are still quite plentiful.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Duchovny still has a real face, but Anderson’s is so tight it’s less expressive than ever. The Hollywood hype and forced subwoofer excitement goes against the grain of the original, whose charm depended on writing instead of budgets. I remember the last year of the series, when the production gave in to L.A. dissipation and the show because a bore. Let’s hope this effort is more engaging.

  • JCF

    I spent 15 years of responding to every news story that said “government” saying “The Government???” in Scully-voice.

    I can’t get too excited by Yet Another X-Files Revival. Yet I might…

  • sherman

    There was an episode with carnival people. A little man thought Mulder thought he was spying on women and said “I know what you’re thinking but I’ll have you know some women find little men very attractive.” Mulder looked at him and said “so do some men.”