The X-Files (1993–2018)
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First Person Shooter 

A murder inside the high-tech world of a virtual reality game leads Scully to battle a deadly digital character in order to save Mulder's life.


Chris Carter


Chris Carter (created by), William Gibson | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Krista Allen ... Jade Blue Afterglow / Maitreya
Jamie Marsh Jamie Marsh ... Ivan Martinez
Constance Zimmer ... Phoebe
Billy Ray Gallion Billy Ray Gallion ... Retro
Tom Braidwood ... Melvin Frohike
Dean Haglund ... Richard 'Ringo' Langly
Bruce Harwood ... John Fitzgerald Byers
Michael Bower ... Lo-Fat (as Michael Ray Bower)
Ryan Todd ... Moxie
James Geralden James Geralden ... Detective Lacoeur
John Marrott ... Security Guard
Christopher Ng Christopher Ng ... Darryl Musashi


The Lone Gunmen request Mulder and Scully's assistance in a murder case at a video game company. A virtual reality game has gone haywire, and players are dying for real at the hands of Maitreya, the central character in this game. Mulder and Scully enter the game in an attempt to find and stop the killer. Written by Muldernscully

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Release Date:

27 February 2000 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The plot slightly resembles the short-lived series "Harsh Realm" - also created by Chris Carter. See more »


At 39 min. 55 sec. in when Scully is faced with a Tank in the games 2nd Level, the door to exit the game behind her is clearly open when moments before it's closed and Mulder is shown trying to pry it open with his sword. See more »


Melvin Frohike: It's a chick.
Richard 'Ringo' Langly: It can't be.
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References Westworld (1973) See more »


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Girl-in-thong Power!
24 October 2006 | by andyetrisSee all my reviews

Mulder is literally drawn into the world of computer gaming by a sexy sprite who puts the hooters in First-Person-Shooters!

Some X-Files are terrific, others terrible. Every once in a while, however, there's one that is SO bad, but in SUCH an endearing way, that it's truly memorable, if mostly for the wrong reasons. This "Tron"-derived silliness is just such an exercise.

It's hard to believe that "Neuromancer" author William Gibson could have generated this absurd idea of an F-P-S - or that the originator of "Harsh Realm" could have accepted it!!! I assume that most of the budget was spent on the 3-D graphics rendering, but even so - can Chris Carter really never have played "Doom"? "Duke Nukem?" Not even "Wolfenstein 3D?" Surely SOMEONE on the creative staff must have protested the lameness of this dumb shooting-gallery caricature?

The real problem with the story is not so much the phoniness of the game, but the phoniness of the "gal outdoes guy at guy stuff" plot device. That the thin plot ends with Scully in a thong carrying a machine gun is painfully stereotypical, and the idea of a mousy computer geek finding 'empowerment' in a stripper/hooker character BEGS for parody. Alas, all we get is same-o same-o testosterone ribbing. The helpless incompetence of the Lone Gunmen is also disappointing. No cheat codes? Come on!

The fun part of this is the treatment of Mr I-always-drop-my-gun Mulder. Initially portrayed as Mr Dark & Moody in early episodes, Mulder was gradually re-drawn as a grown-up geek boy, and in this episode we not only get the revelation that he plays F-P-S-es, we get to see him in gear saying: "Bring it on!"

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