Annabeth Gish and Robert Patrick Did Their Best, But Could Not Really Replace
the Smoldering Onscreen Chemistry of Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny
Barbara Hershey Will Play a Significant New Role in Season 11But in other ways, the show seems stuck in its eternal conflict between serialization and episodic formulas. It still feels a little bit like Chris Carter and gang do not have a strategy for an endgame yet and that the show could try the patience of its audience and cast once again if it does not ramp up to a satisfying conclusion.
It is not like there are not a lot of options for spinoffs and continuations for other intellectual property connected to this franchise, including its former spinoffs Millennium (1996-99) and The Lone Gunmen (2001). And these new seasons of The X-Files have the chance to set up other new series, too. But give David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson something special to send off their characters with. Something that honors their time and devotion to this story.