How to Enjoy S11: A Completely Unsolicited Guide to Watching the New Season of The X-Files
1.) Acceptance. Know that the mythology isn’t going to be resolved in a coherent way. Accept that you will not get everything you always wanted regarding the MSR. Remember that The X-Files has never really changed or evolved - even though 2017 television standards have - nor does it want to. Just try to love it anyway, just like you love your grandpa who drives you crazy with his stubborn ways - but you’re still glad is around. Because the good will outweigh the bad - if you don’t dwell too much on what *could* be.
2.) Let yourself enjoy the nostalgia. The X-Files has always loved its Easter Eggs, its secret codes and communiqués with its fanbase - even from back in the day.
Sure, it’s easy to say, “Jesus, 1013 - concentrate your efforts on cohesive storytelling, not dumb throwbacks to the ‘90s and fandom ‘messages’!” Know these messages and reminders are placed with affection. Just embrace them.
3.) Don’t let the fandom get you down. We are notorious complainers. It’s our thing. Don’t feel bad about liking an episode - or parts of an episode - that the fandom flatly rejects. Enjoy every morsel you can extract - because this is likely your last XF meal, ever. You deserve to enjoy it.
4.) Treat every episode as a completely autonomous island. Just….go with it Trying to fight the 1013 approach at this point is not admitting defeat; it’s self-preservation.
Surround yourself with people who actually
know and love the show. Follow blogs that really want to dig in. The X-Files was a smart show and attracted smart people. Find the geezers, the conspiracy theorists, the meta writers. The slow-mo MSR gifs are beautiful and absolute gifts to the fandom, but the brilliant fan analysis will help you see all the little details you missed and generate so much wonderful discussion.
6.) David and Gillian. Know that even if you fucking despise the whole season that David and Gillian will go on a giggly (Gillian), sentimental (David), likely ridiculous press tour. Interviews. New photo shoots. Behind-the-scenes stories. Like the mytharc, do not try to understand them. Just go with it.
7.) No huge gap and apocalypse to review and explain away. We (hopefully) won’t have to sit through 10 minutes of voiceover
exposition this time around. S11 can hit the ground running without having to
make sense of why the world didn’t end in 2012 and other random CC blathering of cobbled together news pieces, rumours, and conspiracy theories. S10 ended in the middle
of the action and S11 has the opportunity to resume in the middle of the
8.) Mulder and Scully. Together. Looking fabulous (and styled so much better than in S10…plus, I think we’re over the wig, right?). Working cases. It’s all we really need, yes?
New blood in the mix. A few women in the 1013 club will add their input. A couple of new writers are on board. Hopefully, the
show will seem somewhat refreshed. Plus, only two CC episodes.
Always remember that TXF isn’t and has never been just about the show. You are part of something, here in the TXF fandom world. And this is your last chance to participate
in it as new content rolls out. You may hate some of the episodes, but still love
the fandom commentary, the jokes and memes, the gifs, the videos, the images, the fanart, and fanfic that make it all worthwhile.