We want Season 11. WE DO! But we need to clear the air. I had a blast the past six weeks. Even Babylon had many entertaining moments – unfortunately mixed with too many WTF moments.
As a fan of the X-Files and as an observer of the frenzy online with the fans and media. X-Files in many ways is the Trump / Bernie Sanders of TV in 2016. The buzz is HUGE, making America Great again, but at the same time no other show is more polarizing.
It’s 2016, NOT 1993. The world has changed. TV has changed. Media viewing has changed. A few more things need to change if X-Files is going to be successful moving forward…
Listen to our PODCAST about My Struggle II and Season 10 recap.
X-FILES 5 things FOX and Chris Carter need to successfully deliver Season 11
IT’S 2016 NOT 1993
Adopt a 2016-friendly 6-episode season arc. Every episode drives to a season finale resolution. You can still have a cliff hanger alluding to future problems. But there is a pay off for tuning in every week. You only have 6 hours to fill. No need to fill it with fluff. Especially following the Season 10 cliff hanger. You now have a possible post apocalyptic X-Files world with 80-90 percent of the population in decimation. X-Files does not need to become The Walking Dead, Falling Skies or even Independence Day. We may lose the Monster of the Week format, but not necessarily. Supernatural successfully delivers the X-Files mold after 11 Seasons. Sam and Dean are not always together but they always come back together. Each season has an overall plot arc. They hunt and part of their hunting is tackling the big Monster of the Season. Like Scully said, “I need to work!” Mulder & Scully can still deal with weekly problems while the season’s focus is in the back ground. Look at all the great short season content on cable and online. Great writing, directing and acting are being short changed old by 1993 tricks.
IT’S 2016 NOT 1993
Treat ethnic characters, and the racists that hate them for all the wrong reasons, as real people. Terrorists are real people. In 2016, TV is more sophisticated, as is the audience. We expect more. We demand more. The only thing more two-dimensional than the Muslims in Babylon, are the toothless rednecks calling them “brownies.” Babylon wasted a lot of time on Mulder – Scully moments – as well as Miller-Einstein, Miller – Scully, Mulder-Einstein. I guess it makes sense My Struggle 2 was all about Scully – Einstein and a little Mulder-Miller. But there was plenty of time to investigate the greater community of Muslims. Instead of being great television, the episode seemed more like a commercial for Donald Trump’s Anti-Muslim and Anti-Immigrant policies. Babylon should have been 2 separate episodes. Or simply remove the gimmick of Mulder & Scully’s younger doppelgangers – which landed SO FLAT – and deal with the problem at hand. Chris Carter truly missed the mark and a great chance at creating amazing TV.
MORE MITCH PILEGGI.
You have Walter Skinner in the opening credits. WHY? Skinner should have been the one to save Mulder from CSM. The only moment we (many of us) liked about 2008 movie was the Skinner-saving-Mulder moment. The way you used him in season 10, more like your bitch. Many of us Duchovniacs are also Mitch’s Bitches. Pileggi is nobody’s bitch!
LEAVE MULDER & SCULLY ALONE!!!
I don’t care if the are a couple or not. They clearly care for each other, and the reason they are not together as a couple this very moment is the only believable plot device of Season 10. I don’t even mind when you split them up in an episode because one is dying and the other has go find the cure. But if you lose David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as the series focus, you will once again lose all of us that flaked off in Season 8 & 9. MULDER & SCULLY – as portrayed by David & Gillian are the heart and soul of this series. NO DUKES OF HAZARD moves Miller and Einstein.
CHRIS CARTER NEEDS TO NEVER DIRECT OR WRITE ALONE AGAIN.
I am sorry. I love Chris Carter. I met Chris(t) Carter in LA. I get Chris Carter. Chris Carter is the reason X-Files exists, and Chris Carter the greatest reason when X-Files fails. He is the George Lucas of our fandom- a genius visionary that should NEVER be allowed to direct his own scripts, or let any director see his scripts.
FOX needs to pull a Disney, the way Disney bought out Lucas Films and Delivered a powerhouse in Force Awakens – not perfect but fewer flaws. Don’t replace Mulder and Scully. Replace Chris Carter with the other X-files writers that contributed to some of the best episodes – Darin Morgan, Vince Gilligan, Frank Spotnitz, Howard Gordon, James Wong, Glen Morgan…David Duchovny. Let Chris Executive Produce. Chris can even story board. But then let someone else deliver the actual words and direct. Time for the Master to learn from his apprentices that now are the masters of the shorter season.
I do not post above photos to brag. I post to show how personal this experience is. Not just for me but for millions of fans who – in one way or another – define themselves as X-Files Fans. It is more than entertainment. It is more than a distraction from work and life’s hardships. We love these characters. We love what X-Files can and should be. We are still here. There were some great moments the past six weeks. The past year has been a surreal roller coaster. But in many ways Season 10 was Chris Carter’s Phantom Menace. He knows the world he created but perhaps is not the best voice to translate his vision to us, the die-hard, paying public that demands more.
Here is a video we made last April when we first learned the news of the revival
And.. let’s not forget this parody of Chris Carter writing the actual revival