'The X-Files': Joel McHale Explains Why People Still Love The Show 14 Years After
"The X-Files" season 10 comes to an end on Monday night, but since the revival series has had very good ratings, it is hard to imagine that Fox wouldn't ask for more episodes after the current installment. The positive audience reception to the six-episode miniseries was quite surprising, considering that it premiered 14 years after the original run of the series. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, recurring star Joel McHale explained why he thinks a lot of people still love the show despite a decade-and-a-half difference between the original run and the follow-up series.
"I think what [series creator] Chris Carter did was a very rare thing," McHale, who plays Tad O'Malley in season 10, said. "It was the combination of many things that television producers and writers have tried forever to make happen: incredibly good writing, an incredibly good idea, original idea, incredibly good chemistry between the main characters. It just doesn't happen that often.
"He just kind of invented something that hadn't been done, and no one has duplicated. No one's gone 212 episodes." McHale added of Carter. "No one's gone 212 episodes."
The 44-year-old "Community" actor went on to say that fans both love the humorous standalone episodes and the mythology episodes of the show.
"There are numerous hilarious episodes -- truly funny -- and that rarely happens [on a procedural sci-fi crime drama series]," he said. "[And] I think why people come back is because the mythology, the super-story of what's going on with aliens and conspiracy theories and all that -- people are all still very curious about that.
In addition, McHale said that viewers deeply care about Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson). "David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson did something that is very difficult to do, which is have great chemistry on screen for that long, and great history," McHale said.
While Duchovny and Anderson will always be known for their onscreen chemistry, it wasn't instantly known.
"We didn't know they would have chemistry," Carter revealed (via E! News) at the TCA winter press tour last January. "I had an inkling of that chemistry when we did a table reading. But it wasn't until the day they both appeared in Mulder's office, they both lit up, and it was the same ever since. It's one of those things you can't manufacture, and we got really lucky."
Duchovny likened onscreen chemistry to "an arranged marriage." "Some of those work, and some don't. It's your job as an actor to make that happen," he explained.
"There is something extra, and I don't know what that is," Anderson said of her chemistry with Duchovny. "It seems like it's separate from us, almost like a third..."
"The X-Files" season 10 finale, titled "My Struggle II," airs on Monday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m. on Fox. Check out the synopsis and preview clip for the episode below:
"The season concludes with people all across the country falling gravely ill. A widespread panic develops and Scully looks within to find a cure. Meanwhile, Mulder confronts the man he believes to be behind it all, but another figure from Mulder and Scully's past may prove to be the key to their salvation."