David Duchovny's character on The X-Files is one of the great crusaders in fiction: "The Truth is Out There," "I Want to Believe," etc. Special Agent Fox Mulder was basically the only person who would take paranormal cases seriously enough to investigate them. But Duchovny admits that Mulder was probably the worst agent in FBI history.
"The interesting thing about Mulder is nominally he is law enforcement but he never solved one case in nine years. So he’s the worst F.B.I. agent of all time. As F.B.I. agents, I would say we were not by the book. Especially Mulder," he said. The New York Times asked if he would finally solve a case this time around. "I don’t know. I hope not. That would really change the show."
Despite that, Duchovny has always thought The X-Files was legit, and so will the six new episodes:
The time is right because we got our [act] together to do it. In terms of culturally or what people want to see, I don’t know. I imagine if we waited too much longer people would eventually lose interest. It’s different from something like “Star Trek,” which started out campy and then, especially with the J.J. Abrams stuff, became legit somehow. You might argue with me, but I always felt like we were legit. We’re still trying to do the same show. It’s not like were trying to make it 2.0, or whatever the .0 is now. 3.0. We’re gonna make the same show. But it’ll be interesting because Gillian and I are older. I don’t want to act like it’s 20 years ago.
The new limited-series run of The X-Files will begin filming this summer.