The ''X-Files'' recruits Xena for the premiere |


The ''X-Files'' recruits Xena for the premiere

The series' ninth season will reveal what's really wrong with Scully's baby

Annabeth Gish, Robert Patrick, ...

(X Files: Frank Ockenfels)

Even with Mulder headed for parts unknown, the ”X-Files” (Sunday, 9 p.m.) is getting crowded this year. The two-part season debut guest stars Lucy Lawless (”Xena: Warrior Princess”) as a lethal mystery woman and Cary Elwes (”The Princess Bride”) as a by-the-book FBI bigwig. But even if there are several new kids on the block, including last year’s newbies Robert Patrick (Doggett) and Annabeth Gish (Agent Monica Reyes), fans shouldn’t fear that ”The X-Files” will totally lose the spirit of David Duchovny, who left last year. ”It’s becoming a real ensemble, but Mulder’s DNA is all over this show,” says Patrick (”Terminator 2: Judgement Day”). ”Doggett, who’s starting to feel like an island within the FBI himself, is closer to Mulder right now than almost anybody else.”

Like Mulder before him, Doggett will find himself knee deep in conspiracy in the season opener. ”We needed to make this a two-parter, almost like a movie, because of the way last season ended,” says Patrick. ”We had to deal with the birth of Scully’s baby, and we got into the super soldiers.” Though viewers will get some answers about Scully’s spawn and the genetically modified warriors, fans wondering what happened to Duchovny’s character won’t get any clues in the season premiere. Scully, the key to Mulder’s whereabouts, is keeping her mouth firmly shut. ”It’ll come up later,” Patrick promises. ”It’s classic Chris Carter [the show’s creator], keeping you on the edge of your seat.”