The X-Files: Cold Cases is written by Joe Harris and The X-Files creator Chris Carter. This full-cast production has been brought to life for Audible by the legendary Dirk Maggs.
The synopsis for the story is:
Set after the events of The X-Files: I Want to Believe and providing additional backstory to the incidents that pulled Mulder and Scully out of reclusion prior to 2016’s miniseries revival, a database breach at FBI headquarters allows an unknown group to access and capitalize on those investigations left unsolved – dubbed cold cases – by the secret department once known as The X-Files.
As friends and foes of the agency long thought gone begin to inexplicably reappear, former agents Mulder and Scully come out of anonymity to face a growing conspiracy that involves not only their former department but the US government and forces not of this world.
©2016 The X-Files ™ & © 2016 Twentieth Century Fox
You can watch the behind-the-scenes promo below:
First of all, if you are a fan of The X-Files, you will enjoy this.
What this audiobook lacks in the length, just a touch over four hours, it makes up for in production value and nostalgia. I highlight the length because it just felt a little short and that it may have benefited if they had more time to tell their stories. Some episodes felt a little rushed and would have been improved by having a little more time. While some of the individual episodes felt rushed, thankfully the main story arc, interwoven throughout the episodes, did not suffer.
In terms of the cast, all the big hitters are back! Mulder, Scully, Skinner, Cancer Man & The Lone Gunmen, all voiced by their original actors. Other familiar characters return also, but with new actors performing instead. Even so, the main cast really helps pull you back into the world of The X-Files. Gillian Anderson was at her best, but David Duchovny was a little disappointing. Whether he was new to this kind of production or if he just wasn’t feeling it at the time of recording. He just seemed a little off the boil at times in this production.Other than that, the rest of the main cast was great and the production quality and style just oozed Dirk Maggs. His fingerprints were all over this production and that is always a good thing.
Duchovny’s inconsistent performance aside, the only other real negative of this audiobook is that it is definitely for die-hard X-Files fans. Even if you come into this audiobook with a basic grasp of the show’s history and stories, you may be a little confused. The story expects you to be very up-to-date with the whole universe and a few plot points rely on knowledge of one-off episodes. This is not an audiobook you can just stick on in the background. You need to invest your time in it, giving it your full attention, otherwise, it is easy for the story to get away from you. But if you stick with it, it will be worth it.
The X-Files: Cold Cases is an enjoyable listen, consisting of high-end production with a solid full-cast performance. While the story requires focus, the way in which the story arc is played out throughout the mini-stories is well executed. It’s a good start for this series, but there are some noticeable issues which require improvement.
The X-Files: Cold Cases is available to buy on Audible UK.