Critic Consensus: The return of Mulder and Scully is to be celebrated, but "My Struggle" struggles with balancing too much exposition against letting viewers spend time with their old friends.
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Critic reviews for My Struggle
Fans of the original may be intrigued, but I can't imagine new viewers embracing this episode and saying, "Oh, now I get why 'The X-Files' was so popular."
The X-Files at its core is a show about faith and trust, and while My Struggle did some damage there, we're still looking forward to more.
The mini-series, at least in the first episode, is a perfect update of the original series for 2016, where thanks to the internet the conspiracy theorists seem to outweigh the skeptics.
While we have yet to see how the rest of this experimental season unfolds, "My Struggle" made us want to believe so badly. It was the X-Files in its finest form, a perfect distillation of everything that makes this show great.
There's something charming about watching a show shake off the cobwebs in such an obvious way; the transparency of it all tends to encourage patience in those watching.
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