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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When Mulder disappears into the game and Scully runs into the room at the top of the stairs, she is heard saying "Where's Mulder?" but her lips do not match what she is saying. See more »

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Fox Mulder: [Mulder prepares to enter the gamezone] Bring it on.
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Episode 7.13 drinking game
4 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Take a shot every time some technical term is misappropriated in this episode, such as "download", "online", "crashed", and "wire-frame". Take a bonus three when "goosh" or "wiggy" is used, and you'll polish off your 5th.

The previous William Gibson episode "Kill Switch" was excellent, and not overly laden with computer technology jargon at all the wrong places as this episode was. This isn't a complaint so much about the lack of "realism" with regard to the portrayal of video games or the computer industry; there have been many previous X-Files episodes that were tongue in cheek as this one was apparently aiming to be, but did so in a fashion that honored the subject matter (such as sci-fi concepts like virtual reality and man being able to transfer his consciousness into "cyberspace" as in "Kill Switch") without being completely oblivious or ignorant of said subject matter (as in this episode).

The sexist undercurrent to the story was just the coup de grace on this ridiculous, fragmented, ill-informed, and completely unworthy followup to Gibson's previous contribution to the series. It's a shame he didn't get to write another episode that might have better explored some of the social changes and perceptions in the coming digital age, touched on in "Kill Switch", and that are so prevalent in his written works.


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