The brutal murder of a renowned computer programmer leads Mulder and Scully to investigate an artificial intelligence program loose on the Internet that has begun evolving on its own.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Esther Nairn / Invisigoth
Nurse Nancy
Patrick Keating ...
Donald Gelman
Jerry Schram ...
Steve Griffith ...
Ted Cole ...
2nd Paramedic


Mulder and Scully's investigation into a mass shooting in a coffee shop leads them to believe that the targets were not the low level drug dealers and wholesalers who were killed but rather Donald Geldman who had been sitting at a table working on his laptop computer. The Lone Gunmen tell Mulder and Scully that Geldman was one of the original computer geniuses who disappeared years before. His laptop leads the agents to a hacker, Esther Nairn, who goes by the name Invisigoth. She tells them of a vast government conspiracy involving artificial intelligence that allows them to see everything and take action against all enemies. Written by garykmcd

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15 February 1998 (USA)  »

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(at around 39 mins) Look at the images on the four computer screens. The images are duplicated diagonally, and if you were to join like with like with a line, it would make an 'X'. See more »


When Mulder and Scully examine Charles Figgis' body at the crime scene, the boom mic briefly dips in and out of the shot. See more »


Mulder: Artificial life... It could exist. It could be here among us. Evolving.
Scully: Electrons chasing each other through a circuit? That isn't life, Mulder.
Mulder: Yeah but what are we but impulses? Electrical and chemical, through a bag of meat and bones. You're the scientist; you tell me.
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Referenced in The Matrix (1999) See more »


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My FAVORITE X-files episode
7 July 2013 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

Any REAL X-Files fan like myself who has watched all the episodes and just truly loved them all, you guys know how hard it is to pick a favorite because deep down, they all mean a lot to you. So as hard as it is to pick an all-time favorite, well likewise, it's hard to find one to critiscize. But The way I feel is this one has stuck in my mind and the tip of my tongue probably the most, along with "Terms of Endearment" and whether you're a die-hard X-Files fan or just a interested sci-fi lover, I recommend this episode to you. It's worth 10 stars in my book, it just pulls you in. But why stop there? I recommend you watch all of the 202 X-Files episodes in order. Are you up for the challenge? I can promise you will come out obsessed over this great show

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