And your Darth Maul, Darth Sideous, Darth Billoriellycus and Darth Revan.
The Cigarette Smoking Man is a complex, nuanced, and alternately sympathetic and frightening villain. He’s played by an outstanding actor, William B. Davis. And he’s a better suited nemesis for a paranoid modern America than those pun-monikered space-zen anger-samurai from a galaxy far, far away. All those guys (save for the apparently mute Maul) always sound like a fascist Deepak Chopra when they talk. (In fairness, though, so does CSM, kinda.)
Behold — the new poster for the the return of “The X Files” in January. (I guess I was wrong in predicting we would see only a younger CSM in flashback?)
Fun with fandom: go up to someone who is obsessing over “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and say, with as straight a face as possible, “Man, you are REALLY into ‘Star Trek,’ aren’t you?” Watch them implode.
It really just seems to show us everything we’ve seen before: ominous dialogue; dire, vague warnings from sources; and flashbacks to urgent looking 50’s-era soldiers and government workers. All of those things taken together were sufficient to entertain for, oh, say … eight years or so. But by the time we reached Season 9, the show really suffered from what seemed like endlessly recycled tropes and story arcs.
If the show does take new directions, as it needed to before it was cancelled, then it will need time to develop. The January “miniseries” will only be six episodes to start with. And I thought I read elsewhere that Chris Carter intends some of those to go to the popular “monster-of-the-week” eps that had nothing to do with the overarching mythology.
Nor do I think our main characters will be reunited with the Cigarette Smoking Man. We do not see the face of (priceless) actor William B. Davis. It’s only a hand, and it looks like a young man’s hand. I’m betting we see him only in flashback.
See what you think from the trailer below. (It’s in two parts.)
I know this is probably non sequitur, but if you love Davis’ work the way I do, then please check out his supporting role in the criminally underrated thriller, “The Tall Man” (2012).