I loved X-Files creator Chris Carter back in the day, but between his cringey first and last episodes of season 10, his “twist” for the character of Dana Scully this season, and his sentiments in this recent interview with Digital Spy…
Anderson had announced at the end of December that the eleventh season of The X-Files was going to be her last. When asked about the future of the show past her departure, Carter had this to say:
I don’t know. I think that certainly The X-Files has more life in it, there are more stories to tell, with Gillian or without. I’m sorry to see her go, I’ve never actually considered doing this show without her, so is this the end?
It’s the end of something, I don’t know if it’s the beginning of something new. But certainly we will have to all put our heads together and figure out where to go from here.
Could Anderson’s departure had anything to do with the fact that in spite of an impressive post-X-Files resume, she was initially offered half of co-star David Duchovny’s pay for the revival? I mean, even if you take the deal, even if you manage to negotiate it a bit…what does such a thing really tell you about your worth to the show, if you’re an actress? Anderson is an incredibly versatile performer—she doesn’t “need” The X-Files.
Here is what I think: if the X-Files revival truly had “legs” for more stories—if what we’ve received was so great and thought-provoking that it fairly begged for a life post-Dana Scully—sure. Why not?
But it hasn’t. It’s just been limping along. And the best episode of the entire revival, “The Lost Art Of Forehead Sweat,” was really Darin Morgan’s baby & was essentially the inspired epitaph for the entire show.
It just feels like whoever remains cranking these babies out is just doing it for the paycheck at this point…sometimes, it’s OK to let a concept “die.” At least for another 5, 10, 20 years.