Recap of Exclusive ‘My Struggle’ Screening Event Featuring Glen
Written by: Kathryn D. Moeller
Page Editor: Liz Tray
Recently, Matt Allair and XF fandom hub, the X-Files Lexicon, offered
me the opportunity to screen the first episode from the upcoming
miniseries, My Struggle, at an event hosted by Fox featuring Glen Morgan
and some of the supporting cast from the show. I host an X-Files
podcast called the K-Files
, based in LA, and Matt tapped me to
represent the XFL.
I first started watching the show in the 90s as a kid. I was terrified
of the monsters – to an 8-year-old, the Flukeman was a horror beyond
reckoning – but I was also rapt. The X-Files
stoked my curiosity and my
imagination, illuminating how big the world is and all the shadows in
its many dark corners.
All of which leads me to say: There are so many more, new dark corners
and Scully to explore with their flashlight beams.
The event originally billed Chris Carter
as the special guest, but at
the last minute he was unable to make it. Glen stepped in and emceed,
speaking for a few minutes about the miniseries. He first explained how
CC and company landed on the six-episode miniseries format (he actually
credited actor David Duchovny with the idea). Because of the new
flexibility in TV programming, there was freedom to make it work with
everyone’s schedules. Glen noted that, additionally, mid-size movies
don’t really exist in the film marketplace right now and it made more
sense to produce a TV vehicle all round.
Watching the episode, I observed that the limited episode order did
allow budget-wise for some massive set pieces and top notch VFX that
are superior, especially for network TV. The episode looked and felt
more like the movies than the original series in that way.
Glen also mentioned that he and Chris Carter did ask the original
writers’ bullpen to come back, including Vince Gilligan
, Howard Gordon
and director Rob Bowman. Though all were busy, CC and co were able to
get original series editor Heather MacDougall, and it’s no coincidence
that the new opening credit sequence is a gloriously re-mastered
version of the old one (with one key update: Mitch Pileggi is now
Glen specified that the miniseries is a continuation of the previous
story, not a revival or a reboot. He joked that ‘we all hate the
government again,’ so the time is right to bring the show back. He
confirmed that the first and sixth episodes in the new series deal with
mythology and the in-between eps are dedicated to The X-Files
gallery of monsters of the week.
It appeared in My Struggle that the Mulder/Scully relationship will be
its own arc at the heart of the overall story and will develop
incrementally, as in the original run.
The episode itself works hard to recap the whole history of the show
while also setting up the new special world of the miniseries.
Newcomers Annet Mahendru and Joel McHale are spirited additions to the
cast. And, finally, the Mulder and Scully dynamic is maddening,
enigmatic, and electric in a new way that I think will satisfy shippers
and inspire a wealth of fanfic.
After the episode, Fox hosted a cocktail party, attended by Glen and a
few of the supporting cast, including the guest actress featured
prominently in My Struggle, Annet Mahendru, aka abductee Sveta. I
talked with her briefly at the party; she is very excited to be part of
the show and hopes the fans enjoy the new episodes.
I also had the opportunity to exchange a few words with Glen and
congratulated him on the achievement. I told him what I’m sure a lot of
other fans feel: The X-Files helped to make me who I am. He’s a fan of
the show, in his own right, and is happy to be back writing it.
All in all, I can’t wait to see what happens in January when Mulder and
Scully flip those flashlights on once more. A big thank you to Matt at
the XFL for the invitation and to Fox publicity for putting on the
event. Stay tuned to the X-Files Lexicon on Facebook, Twitter, and at
www.x-fileslexicon.com for more behind the scenes content as we count
down the days until January 24th 2016.
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