Before I dig into the new limited series return in January 2016 of the series on Fox, I wanted to revisit the two theatrical films, starting with 1998's THE X FILES: FIGHT THE FUTURE.
After an interesting prologue tying together a prehistoric Texas with a current Suburbia Texas and some mysterious black ooze, we see Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Mulder (David Duchovny) in the middle of a bomb threat at a huge Dallas business complex.
While a mass of officers search a building, Scully and Mulder find themselves across the street on a hunch that proves explosive.
The real fun of the film, like the series before it, is the tale it weaves, putting our two agents against the clock to prove their story and weaving in elements of sci-fi, thriller and drama.
Some of our show favorites return, including The Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis), Director Skinner (Mitch Peleggi), with able assistance from Martin Landau as a UFO conspiracy buff with some compelling leads for Mulder and Terry O'Quinn (Locke from "Lost") as an FBI man with a strange agenda.
Scully and Mulder end up in a cornfield in the middle of nowhere within two massive domes filled with bees, an icy polar station with horror to rival "The Thing" and a climax that will seem familiar to Indiana Jones fans.
Like the show, not all your questions will be answered, but the budget brings a big screen sheen and scale to the adventure that suits our two favorite agents well.
Duchovny and Anderson have great chemistry, play well off each other throughout and keep us interested from beginning to appropriately open ended conclusion.
I'll give X a solid B.