The X-Files (1993–2018)
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At a remote outpost, scientists watch as their camera picks up a moving shadow on the inside of a smoldering hot volcano, too hot for any living creature to survive. Mulder and Scully arrive and notice that everyone is acting strangely.


David Nutter


Chris Carter (created by), Howard Gordon




Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Bradley Whitford ... Daniel Trepkos
Leland Orser ... Jason Ludwig
Shawnee Smith ... Jessie O'Neil
Tuck Milligan ... Dr. Adam Pierce
Hiro Kanagawa ... Peter Tanaka
David Kaye ... Reporter
David Lewis ... Vosberg
Torben Rolfsen Torben Rolfsen ... Technician


Mulder and Scully investigate strange occurrences at a volcano site where at least one scientist has died. A robotic video showed the scientist lying dead at the bottom of a crater where temperatures have reached 130 degrees Celsius. They can then see a shadow cross the body. Once on the site, they find terrified survivors and what Mulder believes is an unknown silicon-based organism, the first of its kind. With different members of the team seemingly infected, Scully and Mulder quarantine the entire group until they know exactly what they are dealing with. Written by garykmcd

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Howard Gordon was inspired to write the story after seeing two news reports about Project Dante, a robotic explorer created by NASA that had been sent into a volcano. See more »


(at around 4 mins) The dead body seen on the TV screen is still moving. See more »


Mulder: I'm going to go find Trepkos.
Scully: What if he's already dead?
Mulder: Then he'll have a tough time answering my questions.
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A very good episode, unfairly dismissed as a 'remake' of "Ice"
11 November 2008 | by ametaphysicalsharkSee all my reviews

Prior to this viewing, "Firewalker" was one of only five X-Files episodes I had only seen once. I figured there was no need to watch it again, because I found it neither bad nor good, and just boring. Imagine my surprise as I re-watched "Firewalker" and found it very entertaining, and actually a very good episode in every way.

If you've read any of my comments on "The X-Files" episodes you would know that I am not a fan of Howard Gordon (who would go on to become the boss at "24", a show I'm really not a fan of), especially with his former writing partner Alex Gansa, not that I like him much on his own either. I find his scripts to be generally flat and uninspired, and the dialogue to be fairly poor, which is something you can usually expect great things from when it comes to "The X-Files". With "Firewalker" I think he's done extremely well, in spite of the inconsistencies others have pointed out. I still prefer "Ice" (which certainly is very similar to this) because it's got an absolutely classic script with memorable dialogue, but "Firewalker" is still a fine episode.

"Firewalker" actually has a much stronger atmosphere (thanks to the creepy and mysterious volcano setting) and group of guest characters than "Ice" does. Another IMDb user noticed that you could read Trepko and Jesse's characters as parallels to Mulder and Scully, which is not only a sound observation, but something I can't believe I didn't pick up on. David Nutter (who also directed "Ice") returns and does a great job of creating genuinely claustrophobic atmosphere. The guest cast is outstanding as well.

"Firewalker" is not a great episode, but it's very good, almost surprisingly so, and deserves more credit than it gets.


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