The frustrating thing is, I have a feeling X-Files could work in the modern age, but not by washing your hands of what came before. But maybe it would need a braver “remake”, with new characters fulfilling the roles of M&S, with those characters perhaps on the edges as FBI consultants. I don’t know. There’s a case to be made that XF will never work without Duchovny and Anderson, too. But the show just has too much baggage and weight of expectation when they’re involved.

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