The X-Files: Season 7, Episode 13

First Person Shooter (27 Feb. 2000)
"The X Files" First Person Shooter (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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The Lone Gunmen request Mulder and Scully's assistance in a murder case at a video game company. A virtual reality game has gone haywire, and players are dying for real at the hands of ... See full summary »

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The Lone Gunmen request Mulder and Scully's assistance in a murder case at a video game company. A virtual reality game has gone haywire, and players are dying for real at the hands of Maitreya, the central character in this game. Mulder and Scully enter the game in an attempt to find and stop the killer. Written by Muldernscully

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All the special effects needed for the episode meant the episode nearly went over budget. The production crew ended up borrowing different virtual game layouts from video game companies to cut costs. See more »

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At about 18:10, when Scully is examining Retro's body, the body is clearly moving. See more »

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Mulder: Maybe out past where the imagination ends our true natures lie, waiting to be confronted on their own terms. Born in anarchy with an unquenchable bloodthirst we shudder to think what might rise up from the darkness.
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Girl-in-thong Power!
24 October 2006 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

Mulder is literally drawn into the world of computer gaming by a sexy sprite who puts the hooters in First-Person-Shooters!

Some X-Files are terrific, others terrible. Every once in a while, however, there's one that is SO bad, but in SUCH an endearing way, that it's truly memorable, if mostly for the wrong reasons. This "Tron"-derived silliness is just such an exercise.

It's hard to believe that "Neuromancer" author William Gibson could have generated this absurd idea of an F-P-S - or that the originator of "Harsh Realm" could have accepted it!!! I assume that most of the budget was spent on the 3-D graphics rendering, but even so - can Chris Carter really never have played "Doom"? "Duke Nukem?" Not even "Wolfenstein 3D?" Surely SOMEONE on the creative staff must have protested the lameness of this dumb shooting-gallery caricature?

The real problem with the story is not so much the phoniness of the game, but the phoniness of the "gal outdoes guy at guy stuff" plot device. That the thin plot ends with Scully in a thong carrying a machine gun is painfully stereotypical, and the idea of a mousy computer geek finding 'empowerment' in a stripper/hooker character BEGS for parody. Alas, all we get is same-o same-o testosterone ribbing. The helpless incompetence of the Lone Gunmen is also disappointing. No cheat codes? Come on!

The fun part of this is the treatment of Mr I-always-drop-my-gun Mulder. Initially portrayed as Mr Dark & Moody in early episodes, Mulder was gradually re-drawn as a grown-up geek boy, and in this episode we not only get the revelation that he plays F-P-S-es, we get to see him in gear saying: "Bring it on!"


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