Friday, July 3, 2015

The X-Files - S1:E7 "Ghost in the Machine"

[ S1:E6 "Shadows" <<< Season 1 >>> S1:E8 "Ice" ]

It's inevitable that, in this first season, before it hits its stride, The X-Files would find itself mining pop culture for science fiction themes to explore. This episode about a sentient and vindictive computer program is reminiscent of 2001: A Space Odyssey, and, obviously, the title recalls Ghost in the Shell (although the popular film adaptation of the original manga series wasn't released until 1995).

Memorable quotes:

Scully: Brad Wilczek? We're with the FBI.
Wilczek: What took you guys so long?

Wilczek: You can divide the computer science industry into two kinds of people: neat, and scruffy. Neat people like things neat. They wear nicely pressed suits and work on surface phenomena, things they can understand - market shares, and third quarter profits.

Mulder: Could someone have hacked into the system?
Wilczek: Well, not your average phone freak, that's for sure. But there's plenty of kooks out there - data travellers, electro-wizards, techno-anarchists. Anything's possible.

Wilczek: It's a puzzle, Miss Scully, and scruffy minds like me like puzzles. We enjoy walking down unpredictable avenues of thought, turning new corners. But as a general rule, scruffy minds don't commit murder.

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