TV Club: It’s the end of the world, and The X-Files feels awful

Caveat: Due to some clumsy scheduling on my part, I missed the first ten minutes of “My Struggle II.” From what I can gather, I didn’t miss much—I came in when Scully, Skinner and Einstein were all worrying about Mulder in the X-Files office—but I plan to watch the first part of the episode when I can and change the review if needed.

Reboots, or restarts, or whatever the hell you want to call it, are a dicey prospect. There’s the automatic pull between our nostalgia for the shows we used to love, and our common sense understanding that these rebirths are nearly always terrible. You can’t recapture lightning in a bottle, you can’t pick up a great series where it left off just because we all really, really want to. I was thrilled when I heard The X-Files was coming back, but I …

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