As huge a deal as The X-Files was to pop culture back in the day, it was no surprise that the word of a new Chris Carter show in the works stirred up a lot of excitement across the realms of geekdom. But with that excitement came doubt. After all, The X-Files has been off the air for over a decade, and the second X-Files movie wasn’t exactly a high point in the genre. What if Chris Carter returned, only to reveal that he shouldn’t have? His new apocalyptic pilot, The After, met with a decidedly mixed reaction when it went up for public perusal last month, but it must have impressed the Powers That Be — Variety is reporting that the show has been ordered to series by Amazon Studios.
Written and directed by Carter, The After follows several strangers who find their fates intertwined as a mysterious apocalyptic event throws the world into chaos. The pilot leaves the nature of that event unexplored until the final moments, when it drops a batshit-crazy twist into the proceedings that suggests the show could potentially improve over the pilot’s mediocrity…or it might flame out in spectacular fashion. Suffice to say, it looks like The After will be channeling not just The X-Files but also Carter’s Millennium. Unfortunately, the pilot had some serious problems working against it, ranging from awkward dialogue to cliched characters to, in at least one instance, an actor who doesn’t seem to have any ability to, well, act. Hopefully now that the show has been given the greenlight, Carter will find his stride again and The After will earn our eyeballs. (You can read Nick’s review of the pilot right here.)