“The X-Files: Cold Cases” is an addition to the “Audible Original” range of audio dramas.
If you are new to the X-Files, welcome to a world where shape-shifting aliens bent on colonising the planet, various monsters and supernatural happenings are grist to the mill for our two dogged FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. The show aired ran for nine seasons from 1993 to 2002, spawned two follow up feature films, a recent new series in 2016, and various spin offs, novels and graphic novels.
This drama is based on a graphic novel of the same name by Joe Harris. Series creator Chris Carter provided creative direction, and it was adapted specifically for this audio format by Dirk Maggs, who has been behind the excellent ‘Alien’ audio dramas on Audible.
And what a fantatsic listen it is. I loved the show for at least it’s first three seasons, before losing patience with the patchy quality of the stories and the increasingly convoluted story arc, where someone revealing things like, “actually, I’m really your father” became increasingly eye-rollingly familiar and ridiculous. However, when the show was on form it was really on form, with scary, original monsters (remember Tooms?), an epic feel and knuckle chewing cliff-hangers.
This drama feels like those earlier, show stopping episodes. The mystery is back and it’s a successful re-boot, scary, thrilling and fun. The original cast of Mitch Pileggi, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are back and clearly enjoying what they are doing, which is completely infectious. Also get ready for the return of William B , Davies, literally resurrected as Spender, or Cigarette Smoking Man. That familiar voice of quiet, genial menace together with the rustling packet of Morleys will bring a huge grin to any fan. Get ready also for many familiar names, monster, bad guy and good guy. I won’t spoil them all here, but warring alien factions, shape-shifters, and a certain black oil feature. It’s like a roll call of the original shows’ greatest hits, and yet it is testament to the writing and production that this never feels contrived. When each familiar face took the stage, I felt like cheering.
I loved this, and can’t wait for the follow up due next month.