I saw some stories online today (http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/the-xfiles-early-buzz-what-the-critics-are-saying/news-story/c6fe70af335ae9c9c8cf2495584e741b) referring to the new 6 part mini series of the X-files as a "reboot".

Perhaps I'm misunderstanding something, but I thought a reboot was when a story starts all over again, ignoring everything that's come before it in terms of continuity.

I thought the new 6 episodes were a continuation of the original story, and thus not a reboot.

So are the new episodes a reboot or not?

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It is a resumption - not a reboot, technically speaking, because the same actors are returning to the same show.

From the Fox website:

Season 10 - the highly anticipated event series returning to FOX in January - See more at: http://www.fox.com/the-x-files?cmpid=ppc_goog_FOX_xfiles_ss_2015#sthash.hPhtwX9U.dpuf

The original series ended after the 9th season, so listing Season 10 on the website indicates it is a resumption of the same series.

The use of the term 'reboot' can be used differently but this is a revival, not a from scratch do-over

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    Thanks for that. I got worried when I saw it referred to as a reboot. Commented Jan 13, 2016 at 22:13
  • People also call The Office a spoof documentary, when it’s actually a mock-documentary. And these are people who write for a living. Words are their only job. My rage cannot be described. Commented Jan 13, 2016 at 22:29
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    @NathanK.Campbell: oh, I thought it was the other way around — “spoof” being something that mocks the form being imitated (i.e. a fake documentary that makes fun of documentaries, whether it does so harshly or not), whereas “mock” in this sense actually just means “fake” or “imitation”. Words is hard. Commented Jan 13, 2016 at 22:41
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    @PaulD.Waite - words is hard indeed - likely being a portmanteau, mockumentary probably has no speficic meaning other than the intent of the user and can be used interchangeably for the most part. Good question for English SE maybe?
    – NKCampbell
    Commented Jan 13, 2016 at 22:48
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    Definitely a continuation, not a reboot. Not only do the same actors reprise their original characters, but there are many references to events from the original series (and movies) in the new season. Examples include Mulder & Scully's child, Cancer Man's disfigurement, and the ongoing efforts of the US government to fake alien encounters among the general populace.
    – Steve-O
    Commented Nov 18, 2016 at 14:20

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