Joe Harris on the new XF comic series that starts tomorrow:
"We're telling our own stories set some time after Agents Mulder and Scully's return to the FBI and the X-Files. We're going to be independent in what we do, but referential where we can be. [...] initially being a focus on shorter, "monster" stories, with what I'm hopeful is going to be seen as a cool surprise of a "mythology" storyline that brings some forgotten but unfinished business from Mulder and Scully's, and the old Syndicate's, past back to the fore beginning in issue #6 this fall. We're not touching that cliffhanger. That's for the TV audience to see resolved." ... See MoreSee Less
New interview with Chris Carter. The following quotes confirm that we are on completely new ground, and imply that whatever direction for the mythology Carter had in mind in the years after the show ended in 2002, we have irreversibly diverged away from it:
About the mythology in season 10: "The mythology has taken a big turn, and if you're a fan of the show you will - especially if you've parsed the mythology -- you'll know that we're on sort of a new path. So I didn't know I would be here now."
About writing "My Struggle I": "In this series she [wife Dori Carter] was very involved right from the beginning. Actually her ideas became episode one. I had done something, a feature script, and she liked many things about it, and it she said you should use elements of that in the episode. And then she read the episode and she made many good notes, she had one perfect line. So yes I use her, to great effect." ... See MoreSee Less
The lowdown for the X-Files comics finale: a bittersweet feeling for a rushed ending that could have taken more time to develop, but manages to pull off what the live series didn't, ie closure! A close examination of the final issues + a discussion of the behind the scenes over 2015-2016 that led to this finale. ... See MoreSee Less
The "new mythology" and 2010s politics -- I don't agree with everything in this article but it does give food for thought. I believe one of the reasons why the new mythology doesn't sit well with me is that many conspiracy theories are not underground anymore but are the matter of much debate, many of them associated with far-right propaganda. The X-Files hasn't changed, rather it's the world around it -- and the real-world associations and implications of some of its ideas -- that has changed.
The information to confirm or infirm anything is widely available but so are opinions of any kind, and this should make interesting story-telling, however the ambiguity of "My Struggle" was lost in the starightforward endorsement of O'Malley's theses in "My Struggle II". ... See MoreSee Less