Now available on Audible, Cold Cases is an audio drama adaptation of the Season 10 comics by Joe Harris and Chris Carter. Divided into five ‘episodes’, the events take place after the last film but before the 2016 season, and pick up on some of the larger mythology arcs.
Episode one: Believers
In this episode, we learn that Mulder and Scully have been living in witness protection. They get a sudden call from Director Skinner about someone trawling through the old X-Files cases, and they are re-instated and brought back to the FBI.
We learn that a group of the parasitic black oil aliens are desperate to find Scully’s son, William. Some long dead figures from the pair’s past pop up very unexpectedly.
Episode two: Hosts
This one is a monster-of-the-week episode, with some ties to the ongoing story that threads these episodes together. A body is found with some very familiar bite marks. Mulder and Scully discover where the other half of that Flukeman got to.
Episode three: For the Benefit of Mr. X
A cryptic phone call leads Mulder to another long dead face from the past–Mr. X. Why do these dead people keep popping up? And what do they want with William?
Episode four: More musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man
We learn more about CSM’s past and about how it ties into the story. He begins to remember a bit more about what brought him to this point, and perhaps gets a bit closer to why he’s there.
Episode five: Pilgrims
Mulder and Scully are called to a site in Saudi Arabia, where someone stumbled upon the black oil–and the rest of the possessed begin to gather.
The audio drama was adapted by Dirk Maggs, and features actors David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis, Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, and Bruce Harwood.
Listening to Cold Cases was a delight! Hearing the original actor’s voices for so many of our favorite characters was a nostalgic trip into a series that feels like an old friend. The sound is richly designed, and feels like you’re experiencing the TV episodes. Everyone still has the old chemistry magic, and the combined talent of the cast brings the stories to life in your ears. I particularly loved hearing The Lone Gunmen back in action.
Between the depth of the intertwining stories, the great acting, and the sheer nostalgia factor I’d say Cold Cases is four hours well spent.
Fans of the show will really enjoy X-Files: Cold Cases. Grab it now at Audible.
Read our Quick Six Interview with Dirk Maggs, who crafted the adaptation.