X-Files 201: s01e07 “Ghost in the Machine”

“Ghost in the Machine” is the story of an artificial intelligence turned bad. It has been done before and there really is not anything new here. There is a certain novelty of seeing what people envisioned the future of computers would be like, so it at least has that going for it.

In the first minute of the episode a man is shown typing on a keyboard. If a camera is going to focus on a person’s hands typing, the actor should try and make the typing look realistic or at least use more than just the bottom row of keys when what he is typing quite clearly requires more than one row of keys.

Some technical jargon is used in this episode. I would really like to know what data travelers, electro wizards and techno anarchists are.

Another car in this series gets damaged again when a security gate falls on it. I’m surprised it didn’t cause more damage.

X-Files Car Crushed

Mulder’s backstory is briefly explored by introducing one of his former partners. I don’t know if he is going to be brought back in future episodes, but Deep Throat from the second episode in the series made a return. This is the first time in the series that I have noticed explicit continuity between episodes.

In the end there are movies that are far better about artificial intelligence that can be watched instead of this episode of The X-Files.

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