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Wetwired 

Mulder and Scully investigate a series of murders linked to a mysterious device that alters television signals causing paranoid hallucinations. One of them falls victim to it.

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Rob Bowman

Writers:

Chris Carter (created by), Mat Beck
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Mitch Pileggi ... Walter Skinner
Sheila Larken ... Margaret Scully
William B. Davis ... Smoking Man
Tom Braidwood ... Melvin Frohike
Dean Haglund ... Richard 'Ringo' Langly
Bruce Harwood ... John Fitzgerald Byers
Steven Williams ... Mr. X
Colin Cunningham ... Dr. Stroman
Tim Henry ... Plain-Clothed Man
Linden Banks ... Joseph Patnik
Crystal Verge ... Dr. Lorenz
Andre Danyliu Andre Danyliu ... County Coroner
Joe Maffei Joe Maffei ... Motel Manager
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Scully and Mulder investigate a series of bizarre murders committed by a man who says he saw the killer on TV. They conclude that several people in the community are affected somehow and Mulder believes that the TV signals are being altered in some way. He finds a device in the cable connections at the telephone pole and the Lone Gunmen confirm that there is additional information being transmitted along with the regular broadcasts. He concludes that the signal creates a sense of paranoia in the recipient, preying on their deepest fears, something that is confirmed when Scully sees Mulder sitting in a car, joking and laughing with the Cigarette Smoking Man. It's up to Mulder to bring these experiments to an end. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 1996 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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4:3
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Trivia

The writer of this episode - Mat Beck - is actually the Special Effects Designer on the series. See more »

Goofs

When Mulder has the hotel manager open the door to Scully's room, Scully fires six shots at the door. In the following scene, Skinner claims that four shots were fired. See more »

Quotes

Mulder: Scully, you are the only one I trust.
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Referenced in The X Files: Resist or Serve (2004) See more »

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The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Why Didn't Mat Beck Write More?
15 July 2006 | by MuldernscullySee all my reviews

Mat Beck was the visual effects supervisor for the x-files all the years while they were filming in Vancouver. Somehow, he wrote an episode for them as well that turned out to be one of the best "pseudo-myth/arc" episodes. I don't know if the producers asked Mat to put myth/arc elements in his story or if he just did it that way, but he really got it down well. Wetwired is an intriguing story with good drama, suspense and action. It features the Lone Gunmen, X, and the Cigarette Smoking Man. It certainly is a jam-packed 45 minutes. I'm sure Mat Beck also produced the cool special effect of the paranoid people experiencing the TV-like vision of a signal being adjusted. Scully becomes affected as well, and it highlights her fear of being betrayed by Mulder. She runs to her mom, as the only person she feels she can trust. This episode even leads into the season finale myth/arc 'Talitha Cumi' in a way, which additionally makes me wonder if the producers requested that Mat include certain elements in his script. Mat Beck does an 'A' job in his only stint as a writer for the show, which begs the question stated in the summary of this review.


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