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Tune in to the X-Files last night? Here's how they made that massive alien spaceship
The X Files was trending on Twitter last night as Irish fans tuned in after its 13 year hiatus from television.

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IF YOU WERE wondering why #XFiles was trending on Twitter in Ireland last night, some 13 years after it left the small screen, it’s because the first episode of the brand new series aired on RTÉ2 last night.

Warning: Spoilers for the first episode of the new X-Files below. If you haven’t watched it yet, DON’T scroll down.

People were excited about the much anticipated comeback, with many approving of it bringing us up to date on what’s been going on for the past decade.

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The X-Files creator Chris Carter said he wanted the show’s revival to be more than just your standard return. He wanted it to be bigger and more contemporary than it had been.

The series accomplished that right off the bat in the premiere episode by creating its largest prop ever.


But that wasn’t even the most expensive episode of the new season.

Last night, viewers got an eyeful when the series showed a UFO crash.

Led by Mark Freeborn of the art department, the ship, which was modelled after the iconic 1950s flying saucer, took a team of painters, sculptors, and visual-effects pros to pull off.

It’s believed it took three weeks to create the custom design of the ship and nearly 220 hours to complete.

According to Freeborn, the life-size flying saucer was 50 feet in diameter.

The crash scene serves a significant purpose for the series. The ship and its alien passenger found near the site set up a conspiracy that changes the mission of FBI agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson).

The military is re-creating alien technology with the goal of using it for a military takeover of the government. It uses all the privileges afforded by the Patriot Act, the NSA, and Homeland Security to monitor everyone’s conversations and destroys anything and anyone in its path to overthrowing the government.

Fox’s marketing department “crashed” a replica of the saucer into Los Angeles’ Grove shopping centre last week.

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With such a showpiece, how could episode one not be the most costly of the six-part return?

“Isn’t that amazing? I would’ve thought it was the most expensive,” an incredulous Carter said.

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In fact, the most expensive episode of the new run is episode two, Carter said.

Titled “Founder’s Mutation,” it centres on the results of testing on children — some born with horrible deformities, others with great powers — and will cause Mulder and Scully to wonder about the child they gave up for adoption, William.

How did it cost more than an episode that featured a life-size UFO?

“It had the most locations, it used some of the most expensive equipment, and I think it had a large cast,” Carter said about the episode.

Fans will be able to watch the explosive (and expensive) episode when it airs tonight on RTÉ 2 at 9.55pm. If you need a recap of the X Files and what it’s all about watch this.

Additional reporting Christina Finn

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