The X-Files (1993– )
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Ghost in the Machine 

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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Jerrold Freedman

Writers:

Chris Carter (created by), Alex Gansa | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Jerry Hardin ... Deep Throat
Rob LaBelle ... Brad Wilczek
Wayne Duvall ... Agent Jerry Lamana
Blu Mankuma ... Claude Peterson
Tom Butler ... Benjamin Drake
Gillian Barber ... Jane Spiller
Marc Baur Marc Baur ... Man in Suit
Bill Finck Bill Finck ... Sandwich Man
Theodore Thomas Theodore Thomas ... Clyde
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Storyline

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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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1993 (USA) See more »

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4:3
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Trivia

The second episode to feature Deep Throat. See more »

Goofs

At 13:23 on the DVD version of the episode when Mulder and Scully are questioning Brad Wilczek, he wants to show them the computer system that runs his house. The shot of the computer monitor reveals the behind the scenes crew in the reflection just before Wilczek turns the screen on. See more »

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[to Mulder about Wilczek]
Dana Scully: He just signed a confession. How much proof do you need?
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References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

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The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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11 August 2008 | by ametaphysicalsharkSee all my reviews

The ultimate rule for me when it comes to judging fiction of any sort is if the material gives me a reason to care. Just anything of interest in the story which is worth my time spent reading or watching it or listening to it. "Ghost in the Machine" features absolutely nothing that makes me want to watch it again; the villain is merely a third rate copy of HAL9000 from "2001: A Space Odyssey", there is nothing important to Mulder or Scully in this episode, and even Deep Throat is completely wasted.

The Topps comics X-Files series issue #13 is called "One Player Only" and also deals with artificial intelligence (the story is somewhat similar in several ways, actually), and it's a solid piece of fiction. What absolutely fascinates me about this script by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa is that it completely lacks any inventiveness or originality whatsoever, or even any distinctive dialogue. It's the worst sort of hack job because it's barely ever laughable or corny (dated, sure, but not overly cheesy), but it IS completely boring from start to finish. It's shot quite well, though, and they should have hired the director for a better episode.

Absolute nonsense.

3/10


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