X-FILES PODCAST: 2 Philes and a Newborn #3 Ghost in the Machine, Ice, Space

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Season 1 Episode 7
GHOST IN THE MACHINE
Originally Aired: October 29, 1993
Directed by: Jerrold Freeman
Written by: Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon

WIKI – “Ghost in the Machine” is the seventh episode of the first season of the American science fiction television series The X-Files. It was broadcast by the Fox Broadcasting Company on October 29, 1993. “Ghost in the Machine” was written by Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon and directed by Jerrold Freedman. The episode featured guest appearances by Wayne Duvall and Rob LaBelle, and saw Jerry Hardin reprise his role asDeep Throat for the first time since the character’s introduction. The episode is a“Monster-of-the-Week” story, unconnected to the series’ wider mythology. “Ghost in the Machine” earned a Nielsen household rating of 5.9, being watched by 5.6 million households in its initial broadcast, and received mixed reviews from critics.

The show centers on FBI special agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully(Gillian Anderson) who work on cases linked to the paranormal, called X-Files. In this episode, Mulder is asked by his old partner from the Behavioral Analysis Unit to aid an investigation into a murder at a software company. Soon, he and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) uncover a malevolent artificial intelligence which has started killing to protect itself.

Writers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa have admitted they were “not computer literate”, and felt this was a detriment to their writing. The scenes set at the software company Eurisko were filmed in Burnaby‘s Metrotower complex, a building used by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. The location was barely big enough for the actors to perform in after the crew had finished setting up the necessary equipment. The X-Files team would once again face a malevolent AI in the William Gibson-penned fifth season episode “Kill Switch“.

Guest actors

IMDB – On Halloween, Mulder and Scully investigate the death of a corporate executive who may have been murdered by a thinking computer.

MORE from DUCHOVNIACS by Walt Frasier – You can tell when a show is older than IMDB and someone barely did enough to say these older shows represented. In the context of this is 1993, not a horrible AI episode. So much changes in the next year. In just about 5-6 weeks, Mulder finally gets a cell phone. But considering this is 9 years after Terminator and dozens of other computer/robot movies and /or TV shows, the portrayal of the computer seems more 1970s, as if Wonder Woman may just swing in to save the day.

Season 1 Episode 8
ICE
Originally Aired: November 5, 1993
Directed by: David Nutter
Written by: Glen Morgan and James Wong

WIKI – “Ice” is the eighth episode of the first season of the American science fiction television series The X-Files, which premiered on the Fox network on November 5, 1993. It was directed by David Nutter and written by Glen Morgan and James Wong. The debut broadcast of “Ice” was watched by 10.0 million viewers in 6.2 million households and received positive reviews from critics, who praised its tense atmosphere.

FBI special agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) investigate the deaths of an Alaskan research team. Isolated and alone, the agents and their accompanying team discover the existence of extraterrestrial parasitic organisms that drive their hosts into impulsive fits of rage.

The episode was inspired by an article in Science News about an excavation in Greenland. Series creator Chris Carter has named the 1938 novella Who Goes There?, by John W. Campbell, as an additional inspiration for the storyline. “Ice” exceeded its production budget despite being conceived as an episode that would save money by being shot in a single location.

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IMDB – Mulder, Scully and 3 scientists travel to the arctic to investigate what happened to the previous team of scientists sent there, and discover what they believe is a new life-form that makes its host want to kill other people.

MORE from DUCHOVNIACS by Walt Frasier – One of the best MOTW writing teams, Morgan and Wong deliver again. Clearly fans of the 1950s horror movies, this is a dead ringer for THE THING. Or as I tweeted, X Files’s ICE is to THE THING as Nicole Kidman and Danial Craig’s THE INVASION is to the BODY SNATCHERS in that big monsters and pods are replaced by parasitic worms and viruses.

Season 1 Episode 9
SPACE
Originally Aired: November 12, 1993
Directed by: William Graham
Written by: Chris Carter

WIKI –  “Space” is the ninth episode of the first season of the American science fiction television series The X-Files. It premiered on the Fox network on November 12, 1993. It was written by series creator Chris Carter, directed by William Graham, and featured guest appearances by Ed Lauter and Susanna Thompson. The episode is a “Monster-of-the-Week” story, unconnected to the series’ wider mythology. “Space” earned a Nielsen household rating of 6.5, being watched by 6.1 million households in its initial broadcast, and received negative reviews from critics.

The show centers on FBI special agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully(Gillian Anderson) who work on cases linked to the paranormal, called X-Files. When investigating possible sabotage in NASA’s shuttle program, Mulder and Scully find that an astronaut who had been Mulder’s childhood hero may be possessed by an extraterrestrial spirit.

Series creator Chris Carter was inspired to write “Space” after reading about news of the “face on Mars”—an instance of pareidolia wherein a mound in the Cydonia region of Mars was taken to resemble a human face. The episode was conceived as a low-budget bottle episode, due to several earlier episodes having exceeded their budgets. Although the episode made use of a significant amount of inexpensive stock footage from NASA, the construction of the command center set was subject to cost overruns, eventually leading the episode to become the most expensive of the first season.

Guest actors
  • Ed Lauter as Lieutenant Colonel Marcus Aurelius Belt
  • Susanna Thompson as Michelle Generoo
  • Tom McBeath as Scientist
  • Terry David Mulligan as Mission Controller No. 1
  • French Tickner as Preacher
  • Norma Wick as Reporter
  • Alf Humphreys as Mission Controller No. 2
  • David Cameron as Young Scientist
  • Tyronne L’Hirondelle as Databank Scientist
  • Paul DesRoches as Paramedic

IMDB – When a space shuttle mission is sabotaged, Mulder suspects it may be the work an alien spirit that inhabits the body of a former Gemini astronaut.

MORE from DUCHOVNIACS by Walt Frasier – As a true fan of X-Files and NASA, I so want this episode to be better. Maybe they learned from this episode by making the next major ALIEN invisible. I think Chris Carter is a creative genius regarding story and concept, but not always an ace with dialogue. But turning out 20+ episodes every year limits your number of rewrites. I think the new 6 ep season arc is genius and will fix these type issues.

I was fairly young when watching the Space Shuttle Challenger launch at school. I was shaken when it blew up on our televisions. Last year I visited the ENTERPRISE at the Intrepid Air and Space Museum in New York. It was the 70th Anniversary of D Day. That fact hit me as I was reading a plaque for a WW2 plane. I got very emotional. But it was the shuttle that brings back so many childhood memories. Just a couple weeks ago I stared for hours at the clear night sky when on vacation in the Outerbanks, NC. Not like I could go swimming with all those sharks in the water.

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