season 1, episode 7, “ghost in the machine”
i’m no computer geek. hell, i just learned how to do single spacing on this here wordpress blog. so, this episode about a HAL-like artificial intelligence and a bill gates-like computer whiz wasn’t too interesting to me. our agents kind of fell to the wayside. they are introduced to the case by an old partner of mulder’s who is an inept agent trying to recover from a professional blunder. he asks for mulder’s help and then proceeds to steal his profile to impress his superiors. mulder isn’t too irked, it just fortifies his decision to be alone in the basement with only scully privy to his work.
there is an attempt to up the ante of the episode by having mulder consult deep throat, but it plays as a heavy handed and unnecessary device. the scene with scully in the air duct was dragged out upon my recent viewing, although i remember it being satisfactorily suspenseful when i first watched it. and i always love when bad-ass scully shows up. she escapes certain death and comes into save mulder as he’s being held at gunpoint.
two weak episodes in a row…
scully is reading “the obstacle course” by j.f. freedman, a coming of age story about a 15 year old boy from the streets in the 1950s who aspires to be in the naval academy. um, ok… it has a 3.87 goodreads score.
did you know? behind the scenes facts:
j.f. freedman, the author of the aforementioned book, is the pen name of the director of this episode. that explains its use as the prop. jerrold freedman also directed the episode “born again,” later in this season.
deep throat: “they can do anything they want.”