The X-Files: Cold Cases is a new full-cast audio drama that launched on July 18.
Last year, fans were treated to a long awaited return of the hit sci-fi show that had us all looking to the skies. The X-Files returned with 6 new episodes, and while I enjoyed them all, I felt like 6 was just enough to get us all excited again and then leave us hanging. That’s why I was thrilled to learn that Audible was releasing a new audiobook this summer set in the X-Files Universe.
It’s not just any audiobook, though. X-Files: Cold Cases is a full cast drama, so you’re getting an entire production, like a modern version of the old time radio shows from the 30s and 40s. Here’s the best part, though—the cast is comprised of our favorite actors from the actual TV show! David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprise their roles as Mulder and Scully, Mitch Pileggi returns as Walter Skinner, William B. Davis has us hacking and wheezing as The Cigarette Smoking Man, and to my absolute joy, Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund and Bruce Harwood are back as The Lone Gunmen.
The X-Files: Cold Cases takes place after the events of The X-Files: I Want to Believe and before the return of Season 10 last year. A database at FBI headquarters is hacked by an unknown group, unsolved X-files are brought to the surface and Skinner is forced to bring Scully and Mulder, now living under different identities, back into the mix. Ten seasons’ worth of allies and enemies (some long-thought to be dead) are reintroduced and Scully and Mulder quickly find that retirement was but a short fantasy.
The “book” is just over 4 hours long and it’s broken up into episodes, similar to what you’d expect from watching the show. The content is bursting with both conspiracy and moments of horror, just like the show, but what makes listening to this book an absolute blast is the cast. Duchovny is just as dry and deadpan as ever, while Anderson does everything in her power to bring reason and precision into every situation. Pillegi’s Walter Skinner oozes the constant uptightness and “you-two-drive-me-crazy-but-I’ll-cover-for-you-as-long-as-I-can” attitude we’ve loved for almost 30 years, while The Cigarette Smoking Man and The Lone Gunmen filled my heart with an old familiar hatred and stooge-like adoration, respectively.
We’re hopefully getting a new 10-episode season of The X-Files in the future, but in the meantime, The X-Files: Cold Cases will have you still believing. It’s available for purchase at Audible and on Amazon here.