The X-Files have been re-opened, as agents Mulder and Scully return to our screens for the first time since 2002. The pair have reprised their roles for six new episodes of the cult series, starting on Monday 8 February at 9pm on Channel 5. Also returning to the cast is William B Davis as the Smoking Man and Mitch Pileggi as Mulder and Scully’s boss, FBI assistant director Walter Skinner. What’s in store? When the X-Files were closed all those years ago the black oil virus was running amuck, trying to colonise the Earth. The X-Files re-open again in reaction to a similar apocalyptic call, as Mulder and Scully manfully – and womanfully – are once more pressed into service to investigate a mega government conspiracy. During their investigations they meet a new character: conspiracy theorist Tad O’Mally, who introduces them to a supposed alien abductee. She shares some information with them that shocks the credulous Mulder to his core: is it possible that everything he thought he knew is a lie – and that the government is behind it? Thumbs up or thumbs down? It’s a grower. Through necessity, there’s a little exposition in the first episode (there’s a whole lot of time to catch up on after all), but expect some plot–twists and curveballs as the series progresses. And some reviewers are calling the third episode the best ever. And the chemistry between Mulder and Scully, a huge factor in the show’s success the first time around? It seems it hasn’t been diminished by the passing of time. Sparks still fly – only this time around, with the advances in CGI, the rest of the show now looks as convincing as the acting of the two main characters.