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Feb 28, 2016

X-Clones

2016 X-Files angst
As someone who does not like to be rushed, I have some sympathy for Chris Carter. Apparently when the 2016 X-Files revival got the green light, there was only a narrow window of opportunity for making the 6 episodes. The finale was still being created and patched together right up to the last minute, and it showed.

Still, I don't think it is possible for Carter and his crew to do a bad job of turning out X-Files episodes. I was entertained by "season 10" and  I hope there will be even more episodes in the future.

Change Is Good
do something about it
I wish that Carter could move The X-Files ahead by making some daring choices. First, he could declare that his role will be that of an executive producer and occasional story editor/consultant. It would be great if he could find a new and innovative show runner who Carter was comfortable placing in control of a new season with a new direction (such as).

Second, there should be a graceful way to allow David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson (and even Mitch Pileggi) to keep playing their roles in the show while at the same time turning most of the screen time over to a new generation of main characters. I was amused by Agents Einstein and Miller, but why not get serious about cloning Mulder and Scully?

we can re-build him
In need of stem cells.
One of the science fiction elements of The X-Files that was introduced back in the 90s was human cloning. Along with half a dozen other science fiction themes, the various clones that briefly appeared were treated like disposable "monsters of the week" by Chris Carter.

cast a 12-year-old Fox clone
The source of stem cells.
As a science fiction fan, I'd like to see those dropped threads knitted together into a coherent backstory for The X-Files. Carter will never do this, hence the need for another show runner who would. Right at the end of the season 10 finale, with Mulder dying, Scully desperately imagines the possibility of saving him with stem cells obtained from William. But what if there is an even better source of stem cells: a young clone of Mulder? And rather than simply keep the old and injured Mulder alive, why not do something exciting such as use alien-derived technology to transfer Mulder's memories into the body of the younger clone?

Former FBI Agent Reyes
We have been teased with the question of what Monica Reyes has been doing for the past 15 years. I like to think that the CSM got her involved with taking care of William and a flock of clones.

cast a 10-year-old Dana clone
Camp Croft
In season 11, we could learn that Reyes has been caring for multiple Fox clones, Dana clones, clones of other Syndicate members and their children at a secret community located in what was once Camp Croft, the place where the Spartan Virus was developed.

on to Season 11
With the help of German prisoners of war, techniques for human cloning were developed long ago at the secret Camp Croft labs. In a Season 11 of my imagination, Molly and Kyle rally the troops and liberate the clones. Mulder is saved by stem cells from a 12-year-old clone of Fox.

Dana meets her 20-year-old clone.
In addition to a 10-year-old clone of Dana, there is also a 20-year-old clone; they have grown up almost as sisters to William and the Mulder clone who all lived together with Monica at Camp Croft.

I wish Chris Carter would do something risky such as create a character who is the "clone" of president Kennedy. Also, I'd still like to see a science fiction backstory for all the paranormal abilities of folks like William, Molly and Kyle. I put "clone" in quotes, above, in this paragraph, because the Kennedy character could be a part-nanite and part-biological construct containing some of John Kennedy's memories of his attempted agreement with the Syndicate.
Extracting a nanite endosymbiont.

I'd still like to see some sort of role for space aliens in future episodes of The X-Files. That role need not be large and intrusive. I'd be willing to let Chris Carter play out his idea of alien technology being "handed off" to a cadre of Earthlings. With the help of Molly and Kyle, some of that alien-inspired technology should now be revealed to Fox and Dana even if the telepathic rebels stay as mysterious and shadow-cloaked as the CSM.

Space Nanites
genetically engineered human variants
If the only aliens who ever arrived on Earth from a distant star were composed of nanites (black oil) and they long ago became involved in directing human evolution and cultural development then all of the "alien biological entities" previously hinted at in The X-files could be the result of experiments on humans. The rather lame spacecraft and ARVs of season 10 are all human-manufactured aircraft, inspired by alien technology.

X-Files the Next Generation?
In season 11, Skinner should help Agents Scully and Einstein set up a Center for Advanced Studies within the FBI where telepathy, nanites and ARVs can be studied. Agents Mulder and Scully need only appear briefly, as their acting and family schedules allow.

If Lauren Ambrose and Robbie Amell are also too busy to work full-time on The X-Files then there is no barrier to hiring new and unknown actors to do most of the episode-to-episode slogging for the show. Maybe there could be partially GCI-generated clones of Dana and Mulder.

blog posts in February
Previously on the X-Files
"Just keep saying 'alien DNA'!"
Dec. 29: anticipating new X
Jan. 24: pre-season 10 expectations
Jan. 25: reaction to 'My Struggle I'
'Founder's Mutation'
Jan. 31: waiting for the Were-monster
reaction to 'Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster'
Feb. 10: 'Home Again'
Feb. 16: reaction to 'Babylon'
Feb. 23: the miniseries finale
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2017: moving towards Season 11
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