A murder inside the high-tech world of a virtual reality game leads Scully to battle a deadly digital character in order to save Mulder's life.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Jamie Marsh ...
Ivan Martinez
Lo-Fat (as Michael Ray Bower)
Ryan Todd ...
James Geralden ...
Detective Lacoeur
Security Guard
Christopher Ng ...
Darryl Musashi


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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27 February 2000 (USA)  »

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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 »


At 39 min. 55 sec. in when Scully is faced with a Tank in the games 2nd Level, the door to exit the game behind her is clearly open when moments before it's closed and Mulder is shown trying to pry it open with his sword. See more »


Mulder: Maybe out past where the imagination ends, our true natures lie, waiting to be confronted on their own terms. Out where the intellect is at war with the primitive brain, in the hostile territory of the digital world, where laws are silent and rules disappear in the midst of arms. Born in anarchy with an unquenchable bloodthirst we shudder to think what might rise up from the darkness.
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From Yul Brynner to Krista Allen
16 April 2012 | by (Serbia) – See all my reviews

This episode got so trashed by people who are obviously lacking imagination and love for science fiction genre, not to mention knowledge of its heritage.

It is easy to recognize, William Gibson in this episode made a pastiche to a classic Michael Crichton's sci-fi movie Westworld http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070909/, only turned to a cyberpunk version of it, and with a female goddess replacing a male cowboy villain from Westworld (Yul Brynner). However, the level 2 in the game is totally a visual citation of Westworld's set.

The idea of artificial intelligence rebelling against men, although being widely exploited (Space Oddissey 2001, Terminator, Tron, Westworld, Matrix, etc etc) is always challenging and fresh. I enjoyed this episode a lot.

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