Friday 30 September 2016

Early reviews for X Files new series are in, and they’re not good

Published 13/01/2016 | 13:38

Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully and David Duchovny as Fox Mulder.
Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully and David Duchovny as Fox Mulder.

Eight years after Mulder and Scully appeared on the big screen in The X-Files: I Want to Believe, a new series is poised to kick off on Fox.

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Anticipation among fans has been at fever pitch ahead of the premiere on January 24, but that sense of excitement may well be dampened by the negativity of early reviews.

US critics are unanimous in their verdict - although it reunites creator Chris Carter with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, it lacks the spark of the original series which ran from 19i92 to 2002.

Brian Lowry of Variety says "it's as if creator Chris Carter and his collaborators have forgotten what people liked about the show".

He continues, "Throughout the premiere, it’s simply hard to escape the prevailing malaise of this being a deal-driven exercise, a chance to cash in on the name recognition of the title in a format that mitigated the time commitment for all concerned, particularly Duchovny and Anderson."

The Hollywood Reporter critic Tom Goodman describes it as "messy and tedious" and adds that is "is a very underwhelming hour that will force even diehard fans (and yes, I was one of them) to consider whether pushing onward is really worth the time."

Goodman is also a little perturbed by the fact critics were given just one episode to review.

"Given that the second episode airs one night latger and wasn't sent, that's not a good sign."

Vanity Fair is slightly more positive, opting to give the creators the benefit of the doubt.  Perhaps there's better to come?

"It's possible none of the critics have seen the best that hte rebooted X-Files has to offer. In other words, I want to believe."

The series will air on Channel 5 although a date has yet to be confirmed.

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