The Lone Gunmen (2001– )
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The Lone Gunmen investigate the suspicious death of Byers' father, a top tier government agent, and discover a top secret plan for a false flag operation eerily similar to the real life event colloquially known as 9/11.


Rob Bowman


Chris Carter (created by), Vince Gilligan (creator) | 8 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Harwood ... John Fitzgerald Byers
Tom Braidwood ... Melvin Frohike
Dean Haglund ... Richard 'Ringo' Langly
Zuleikha Robinson ... Yves Adele Harlow
George Coe ... Bertram Byers
Wally Dalton ... Ray Helm
Jim Fyfe ... Kimmy the Geek
David Kaye ... Pilot
Mark Gibbon ... First Guard
Steve Makaj ... N.D. Man
Dee Jay Jackson ... Demo Man
John Innes ... Reverend
Brenda James ... Publicist
Christopher Gora Christopher Gora ... Co-Pilot
James Hutson ... Bearded Man


The 3 Lone Gunmen attempt to steal the powerful Octium IV computer chip from the shady E-Com-Con tech company's top security room. However, a professional thief called Yves Adele Harlow is watching them, waiting for the right time to use the Gunmen as a distraction and steal the chip for herself. After the fiasco that ensues, the Gunmen get more bad news - Byers' father Bertram, a top tier government agent, has died in a car crash. After the touching funeral involving the launch of a rocket ship model, another government agent who knew Byers' father warns them that whatever happened to Bertram Byers was no accident. After their thorough investigation and a plot twist, The Gunmen conclude that something is very wrong and try to hack into the government files in other to discover what Byers' father was working on at the time of his "accident". What they find turns out to unintentionally be highly prophetic, since this pilot was aired just 6 months before the 9/11 happened.

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Release Date:

4 March 2001 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In this episode we finally learn the location of the Lone Gunmen's HQ. It is a warehouse/basement in Takoma Park, Maryland, an industrial suburb of Washington DC. See more »


When the Lone Gunmen and Timmy are hacking into the Department of Defense's mainframe, their intrusion is detected, but Byers tells Timmy to "keep downloading". They're downloading a text document (.txt), which would download instantaneously on any contemporary internet connection (which we assume they have, since they're hackers). See more »


Guard: Full body cavity search!
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Spoofs Mission: Impossible (1996) See more »


Cross the Line
Performed by Cuba
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No such thing as coincidence
20 December 2007 | by truthgonewildSee all my reviews

["Life imitating art? Not really, just a ghastly coincidence. The stellar writing team and Rob Bowman's crisp and snappy direction ensure that Pilot sticks in your mind for all the right reasons."]

I find it odd this person takes it upon himself to inform us sheep why this Lone Gunman Pilot is merely a "coincidence". This isn't the first so called 911 coincidence Fox has aired before 911. There is a Simpsons episode (Season 9, Episode 1) where Lisa holds up a magazine that reads "New York" at the top and a large "$9" to the left of the twin towers silhouette. This obviously reads "911". The question must be asked - where did these writers come up with these ideas? The quote above gets one thing right - the Pilot was created to stick in our minds for all the right reasons... Desensitization. Millions of people tune in to watch the Simpsons and many people are fans of the X-Files as well (where the Lone Gunman first began).

The fact there are huge questions that have never been answered about who is actually responsible for 911 and the fact people in a cave could not have any control over NORAD's actions during 911, when many aircraft had been intercepted before 911 within minutes of violating air traffic control's rules and regulations.

Under Trivia it states: ["The pilot program, which first aired on March 4, 2001, concerned a government plot to crash an airplane into the World Trade Center and make it appear as a terrorist plot in order to justify more defense spending."] Sound familiar? Our defense spending sky rocketed bankrupting our country! We know elements of the government created a document entitled "Northwoods" in March of 1962. It intels hijacking passenger aircraft to blame it on Cuba in order to have an excuse to invade that country. Its what's known as a "false flag event". Declassified documents prove the "gulf of tonkin" was a false flag event that allowed LBJ to invade Vietnam.

Another question I like to ask the skeptics: Do you trust politicians? They all say NO. So why should we believe their so called "official story" when they can't be trusted and have left nothing but questions, rather than solid answers that are backed by solid proof? Hell, Osama bin Laden isn't even wanted by the FBI for is supposed involvement in 911, even though we were all shown a video of him taking responsibility for the event!

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