Writer: Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon
Director: Jerrold Freedman
Original broadcast: October 29th 1993
Australian broadcast: March 24th 1994
Following the electrocution of a computer company’s CEO, Mulder’s old partner asks for help with the case. With the advice of Deep Throat, Mulder and Scully must stop the murderer, all the while fighting off the defense department and the building itself.
I think I’ve been unfairly harsh on this episode in the past. I mean its still as dull as toast, but maybe it was ahead of its time and I just couldn’t appreciate what they were trying to achieve with it. Or maybe now I’m just being too nice about it?
I don’t think the plot line of ‘computers come to life/take over and kill people’ was ever executed that well in The X-Files, but they were on to something. Look at their ideas and what people are trying to achieve with technology now. Perhaps if they’d gone more terminator, rather than a big clunky machine in a basement that seemed to have a crush on its creator (or is that just me?).
That being said though, the involvement of Deep Throat and the defense department does give the plot some more credibility. Kinda.
I like the glimpse into Mulder’s past, meeting his old partner and such, though the guy does seem like a bit of a jerk who will step on anyone to climb the ladder. Mulder scored well with Scully. And speaking of Scully, that scene in the air duct? No words. Ultimate Mulder ditch.
Scully: How come you two went your separate ways?
Mulder: I’m a pain in the ass to work with.
Mulder: I’m not a pain in the ass?
Oh Mulder, you’re an adorable pain in the butt and Scully finds you amusing. We all do. Your little alien theories are cute.
SCULLY VOICE OVER: Some see genius as the ability to connect the unconnected — to make juxtapositions, to see relationships where others cannot. Is Brad Wilczek a genius? I don’t know. But I do know this for certain. He has a predilection for elaborate game playing.
Like I said in the previous post, Scully case file reports are the best.
DEEP THROAT: I’m here against my better judgement. In the future I must insist that you respect the terms of our arrangement.
Mulder has no respect for boundaries, you’ll learn eventually DT.
SCULLY: Shut up and drop the gun.
Don’t the small woman with a gun. She’ll shoot you and ask questions later.