Fox Released an Illuminating 21-Minute ‘X-Files’ Preview

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On January 26, The X-Files will see the light for the first time in 10 years, as the show returns for a six-episode mini-season. Fox has already aired teasers for the show, and we all know that it will, in some way, be about aliens and monsters and stuff, but today they’ve released a 21-minute preview called The X-Files Re-Opened that casts some light on the specifics of the show’s story.

The clip, which is a kind of behind-the-scenes “how it’s made” sort of thing, features interviews with the cast (David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and newcomer Joel McHale among them) and creator Chris Carter. They talk about the framework for the series, which seems to rely on McHale’s conservative conspiracy theorist. The whole thing is a little bit spoiler-y as far as the workings of Mulder/Scully’s relationship, especially for those of you who haven’t seen the movies or watched the series recently.

It’s definitely good for stoking the excitement for the show, though, because everyone’s enthusiasm is palpable. (McHale mentions that he spent most of the time on set being a fanboy, which is basically what you’d expect of the guy.) There’s more revealed than we’ve said here, just to appease the spoiler-phobes, so if you’re hungry for more information, be sure to watch below.