X-Files premiere episode review compares new series to pilot (VIDEO).

The Original X-Files Pilot Perfectly Explains Why the Reboot Fails

The Original X-Files Pilot Perfectly Explains Why the Reboot Fails

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Jan. 25 2016 11:02 AM

The Original X-Files Pilot Perfectly Explains Why the Reboot Fails

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We wanted to believe the revival of The X-Files would be a return to form, but after last night’s inaugural episode, our hope quickly faded. From the opening monologue, a seriously confusing snooze-fest, to the arbitrary new conspiracy theory, the episode veers off track early and never recovers.

To understand where it goes wrong, watch the video above, which goes back to the masterful original pilot of The X-Files to show how creator Chris Carter and his writers have forgotten what made the show work in the first place.

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