The X-Files might soon be in the good graces of the renewal gods, but the revival has risked the wrath of the serialized gods by airing episodes out of order.
As reported by TVInsider, what was originally Episode 2 is now running as Episode 4; with the initial Episode 4 now airing as Episode 5; while what was once Episode 5 has aired as Episode 2.
However, rather than FOX sabotaging the series, creator Chris Carter says the out of sync scheduling was borne out of storytelling reasons:
“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.”
The episode shuffling might yet spoil the flow of Season 10, but an 11th season renewal is currently expected, assuming the series can continue its early ratings performance. Stay tuned…