With only six episodes coming for the limited revival of ‘The X-Files‘ it is interesting to note that Chris Carter has revealed that they are being shown out of order and the reasoning behind it. With a 14-year hiatus, fans have been glued to their television sets and with the second episode having heaps of praise over the first, it was surprising to learn that ‘Founder’s Mutation’ wasn’t always meant to be the sophomore episode.

In fact, there was a huge shuffle in the order as ‘Founder’s Mutation’ was initially set to be the fifth episode. The original second episode is now the fourth, and the fourth was bumped back to number five. Only those were moved around though as the first, third, and sixth episode remain untouched. So why were the others shuffled when most of the series tends to deal with stand alone cases?

In a recent interview Carter reveals that:

“Because we have a story arc that runs through the middle of the series…we were concerned that, coming right off a mythology episode [and] going right into a standalone episode, people would say, “What’s happened?” So, it actually worked out. It served Episode 2 better to replace it with 5. It created a better continuity…We’ve come and done what we’ve always done: we give you an amazing mix of episodes—we’ve given you thriller episodes, we’ve given you scary episodes, emotional episodes, comedy episodes.”

If the positive response I’ve both seen and felt are any indication, they made the right choice. With the lore episodes still bookending the season as in years past, it surely doesn’t feel like a disrupted order for the series. Though, I’m sure many of us would have enjoyed more episodes truly focussing on the overall mythology, I for one am happy with what we’ve been given so far.

What are your thoughts on the episode shuffling? Are you glad that it has been released in the order we’ve seen it so far? Share your thoughts below!

‘The X-Files’ will return to Fox next Monday with ‘Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster’ at 8pm.

Source: TV Insider