On Halloween, Mulder and Scully investigate the death of a corporate executive who may have been murdered by a thinking computer.

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Mulder and Scully are asked by Mulder's old partner Agent Jerry Lamana for help on a case. Benjamin Drake chairman of Eurisko, a major computer company, was electrocuted at the office. The dead man was a personal friend of the Attorney General and Jerry doesn't want to mess up on such a high profile case. Computer genius Brad Wilczek co-founded the company with Drake and had a falling out over the direction of the company. Mulder wonders is someone might have hacked into the Eurisko building's elaborate computer system to use it to electrocute Drake. He turns to his new contact, Deep Throat, to try and figure out what is going on. Written by garykmcd

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Dana Scully says her FBI ID# is '2317-616'. 616 is the area code for Grand Rapids, Michigan, where 'Gillian Anderson' went to High School. See more »

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An elevated train is seen in some background shots in Crystal City, VA. There is no elevated train in Crystal City or the rest of Arlington. The train shown is actually the Vancouver SkyTrain. See more »

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Brad Wilczek: Scruffy minds like me like puzzles. We enjoy walking down unpredictable avenues of thought... turning new corners but as a general rule, scruffy minds don't commit murder.
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This X File may end up falling foul of ctrl + alt + del.
11 January 2013 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

Artificial Intelligence is the focus of this episode, as Mulder and Scully are asked by Mulder's old partner (Jerry Lamana, played by Wayne Duvall) to help with a case involving the bigwig of a computer company who dies under mysterious circumstances. The man was friends with some important people and Jerry doesn't want to screw it up. In fact, he'll do just about anything to look good in this instance. Meanwhile, genius programmer Brad Wilczek (Rob LaBelle) seems to be the main suspect, with both motive and opportunity.

This episode of The X Files is a fun time (even when the shot appears showing a computer monitor that obviously shows the reflection of the film crew). Jerrold Freedman is fine in the director's chair and the script, by Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, nicely skates that thin line between the plausible and the ridiculous.

There's a bit more of Mulder's character shown in the way he deals with Lamana and the way he goes out of his way to help someone who needs a break. Wayne Duvall is fine in the role, unlikeable at times but with a hint of desperation that makes him sad and pitiable. Rob LaBelle is good as Wilczek, the programmer who knows how dangerous it can be to let the government get a hold of his ideas and twist them to their own agendas. And Duchovny and Anderson are, of course, great.

The episode may lack mystery and tension but it's still a good one to watch for fans of 2001: A Space Odyssey, WarGames and The Echelon Conspiracy - all, at one point or another, featuring sentient artificial intelligence.


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