While we've seen a fewfrom the set of the forthcoming "X-Files" reboot, heard about Gillian Anderson's and even seen over the "fantastic script," we haven't seen much in the way of a preview of the six-episode series due to air on the Fox network in January.
Tuesday, with the release of the first official teaser for the show, that doesn't really change.
Unfortunately, the trailer -- titled "201 Days of the 'X-Files'" -- is pretty much just a montage of scenes from the previous series, which ran from 1993-2002. Instead of teasing what's to come, the trailer is an effort on the part of Fox to get you to go back and watch all the episodes in the original series. If you start today and watch one episode per day, you'll be caught up just in time for the January 24 airing of the new show. This might actually not be such a bad idea. There's a lot of history to remember before you join the agents out in the field again in January.
But while the clip ends by telling you that you can buy all nine seasons on DVD, a better idea might be streaming it through Netflix, which also has all 201 episodes -- and will save you some cash if you're a subscriber.
Although the new preview doesn't do much hand-tipping in terms of the new series, it definitely does build excitement for the show as a whole through an effective use of nostalgia. There's the classic shot of a young Mulder asking a young Scully, "Do you believe in the existence of extraterrestrials?" There are plenty of bright lights in people's faces. And, of course, there's that iconic music that'll get any "X-Files" fan's conspiracy-loving blood pumping.
There are also actually a few seconds of preview that come at the end of the clip. Mulder and Scully enter a dark room (is that some kind of animal skull in a box on the table?), flashlights and guns drawn as a voice-over from Mulder says: "I believe that what we're looking for is in the X-Files; I'm more certain than ever that the truth is in there." Scully's world-weary answer? "I've heard the truth Mulder. Now what I want are the answers."
So do we, but I guess we'll have to wait till January to get them.