Eagle-eyed X-Files fans noticed something different in the opening credits of last night’s Season 11 premiere, which have remained largely unchanged since the show’s launch in 1993: The final statement, I Want to Believe flashed and cut, revealing a new sentiment: I Want to Lie. This may be in reference to the Season 10 finale which, it turns out, never actually happened.
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Fans who have been wondering how series creator Chris Carter would resolve Season 10’s cliffhangers: The global pandemic, the fact that Mulder was on the verge of death, Scully’s undeniable close encounter with a spaceship? Never happened, never happened, and never happened. In one of the laziest and infuriating methods of retcon ever employed, Carter wants us to be satisfied with the reveal that, basically, it was all a dream.
Not only was The X-Files Season 11 premiere a slap in the face, it was so complex and convoluted you need a Ph.D. in X-Files-ology just to make sense of it all. No wonder Gillian Anderson has already opted out of any future X-Files seasons. I want to believe the show still has gas left in its tank, but right now, my expectations are dashed.
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Official Synopsis: The all-new 10-episode installment once again will be executive-produced by creator Chris Carter, with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson returning in their roles as iconic FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. The event series will air during the 2017-2018 season.
In 2016, THE X-FILES drew an average Multi-Platform audience of nearly 16 million viewers and was last season’s No. 2 broadcast drama. It also was the season’s most talked-about event series on Twitter.
THE X-FILES originally premiered in September 1993. Over the course of its nine-season run, the influential series went from breakout sci-fi favorite to massive global hit, and became one of the most successful television dramas of all time. The show, which earned 16 Emmy Awards, five Golden Globes and a Peabody Award, follows FBI special agents Scully and Mulder, as they investigate unexplained cases – “X-Files” – for which the only answers involve paranormal phenomena.
Produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Ten Thirteen Productions, THE X-FILES is created and executive-produced by Chris Carter.
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