Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) will be back searching for the truth when "The X-Files" returns to Fox on Jan. 24, 2016. However, according to Anderson and showrunner Chris Carter, the two FBI agents may be looking more into government secrets than answers that lie beyond the Earth, like aliens.
In an interview with Vulture, Anderson said the show still has a "familiar" feel, but that it feels like "a completely foreign land" at the same time. She also added that this version of the show could not have been made during the Bush presidency years when it wasn't ok to speak out against security-state overreach.
"Things have changed so much since we did it—politically. I mean, the climate is such that it makes it possible," Anderson dished. "The show has always had a political element to it — we often speak about the government being dishonest."
Carter said the country is in a different place now than it was when the show went off the air in 2002. He believes the show can be more political and explore government conspiracies, while sticking to theme of the series being "in defense of freedom."
"I think it reflects a debate I’m hearing,” he said, “about an accumulation of power by banks, corporations, and the elite." Carter said.
At New York Comic-Con in October, Carter told IGN the first episode of the miniseries would be a mythology episode, followed by four standalone episodes, before the season comes to a close with more mythology. He said the premiere episode will immediately "make an impact."
"Before we started, David said I think we have to come out and punch them in the mouth," Carter dished. "I think we knew we needed to make a statement.”
Will the statement be about some sort of government cover-up in episode 1? Find out when "The X-Files" reboot premieres on Jan. 24, 2016, following the conclusion of the NFC Championship Game on Fox. You can watch a promo for the show below: