'The X-Files' mini-series update: Critics give positive review after first negative one

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A new “The X-Files” episode will be shown in the U.S. on Sunday on Fox. It will be the first of a six-part mini-series, with creator, writer, and director Chris Carter returning to the show along with actors Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny. 

Viewers can see the first minute of the first episode on doyoustillbelieve. It is an opening monologue by Fox Mulder (Duchovny), which acts as a recap for the show’s premise. 

Through Mulder’s voice-over monologue, he recounts how he has believed in alien conspiracies ever since his sister disappeared when they were kids. He joined the FBI in order to find her as an adult. Dana Scully (Anderson), who is a fellow FBI agent, specializing as a scientist and medical doctor, is sent to doubt his paranormal explorations. But, as they continued to work together, she found it difficult to maintain that skepticism.

Some of the critics were able to see the first full episode and published their reviews of the new mini-series on Jan. 12. Many of them were surprisingly negative of the new season.

In particular, some critics believed that it is impossible to recreate the magic that was developed previously. It was said that the new mini-series may even cause some fans to doubt whether the show was ever good in the first place. Another big criticism was that the new episode does not quite live up to the expectations of die-hard fans. Apparently, it is such a let down that it is not even worth continuing.

At the heart of the negativity seems to be the low-key tone of the main characters. There is a lack of urgency to them, more so than what was remembered in previous seasons, according to some. 

However, on Jan. 14, Fox added two more episodes to the press site, and IndieWire surmises that it could be in reaction to the initial negative reviews. The new episodes seem to have garnered more positive reviews, getting the show on the right track.

The first episode of “The X-Files” will air on Sunday, Jan. 24, at 10 p.m. on Fox after the NFC Champion Game in the U.S., then again on Monday, Jan. 25, at 8 p.m. which will be its regular time slot.