There are so many great episodes that come to mind when I think about The X-Files, including a particularly memorable one that served as an homage to John Carpenter’s The Thing. But there’s one episode that stands out amongst all the rest, as it hasn’t left my mind since I saw it so many years ago.
That episode was ‘Home,’ which was the second episode of the fourth season. Originally airing on October 11th, 1996, ‘Home’ centered on the inbred Peacock family, who Mulder and Scully investigate after a dead baby turns up near their property. What follows is a gruesome string of violence, ripped straight out of a horror film.
‘Home’ has long been considered one of the scariest and most graphic episodes to ever air throughout the course of the original X-Files series, and it’s also one of the most controversial. In fact, it was the very first episode of the show to feature a viewer-discretion warning – only one other episode was given that treatment.
Though it’s merely speculation for now, TV Line posits that next year’s six-episode X-Files revival series may feature a sequel to ‘Home,’ the evidence in this case being that the new series’ second episode is titled ‘Home Again.’ In addition, it’s being written/directed by Glen Morgan, who happens to be the writer of the original episode.
Could we see the return of Peacock clan, almost exactly 20 years after we were first introduced to them? The site adds fuel to the fire by reporting that ‘Home Again’ will feature a character known as ‘Band-Aid Nose Man,’ described as intimidating, odd, weary, creepy and immeasurably strong. Certainly sounds like a member of the family to us!
The first episode of the X-Files revival series will premiere at 10pm on Sunday, January 24th, 2016. The show returns the very next night for the second episode, with the subsequent four hitting Fox on Monday nights at 8pm.
In addition to Mulder and Scully, other characters making their triumphant returns in 2016 include FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner and the so-called ‘Cigarette Smoking Man.’
Series creator Chris Carter, who is again in charge, recently said that the revival will be comprised of both mythology episodes and standalone monster-of-the-week tales, in the style of the original series. Writers Glen Morgan and James Wong are also back, as is Glen’s brother Darin, writer of some of The X-Files’ best episodes.