Recently I watched six new episodes of the very successful science fiction TV series, ‘The X-Files’.
The original series ran from September 1993 to May 2002. Written by Chris Carter and staring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, there were 202 episodes and two feature films. The second film was released in 2008.
It was the longest running science fiction series in US history.
I think that this latest 6 episode series is a fishing expedition by 20th Century Fox Television. Each episode was so completely different that I can’t help but feel they are all part of an elaborate market research program.
Some episodes were verging on ‘slap-stick’ while others continued with the old protagonists and conspiracy theories.
The producers even introduced Fox and Scully clones.
Its been 8 years since the last film and 14 years since since the last series, so the market’s attitudes towards the characters and plots may well have shifted.
Will there be more X-Files and what will be the theme?
The truth is probably out there, or at least buried in the market research.