Friday, May 15, 2009

Season 1, Episode 7: Ghost in the Machine


The CEO of Eurisko, a successful Virginia computer company, is killed by electrocution in the bathroom of his office. Jerry Lamana, Mulder's former partner, assists in the investigation. Mulder and Scully suspect Brad Wilczek, the company's founder and designer of Smart Home, a computerized building system present at the company headquarters and his own residence.

Wilczek's voice is matched to a call the CEO received prior to his death, and Wilczek himself finds that the computer system at Eurisko has become self-aware. Deep Throat informs Mulder that Wilczek has turned down several offers by the Department of Defense to utilize his software. In the end, Mulder and Scully manage to infect the Eurisko headquarters with spyware or some such thing and bring the whole thing to its digital knees in a very HAL-like manner.

Rob LaBelle, who plays Wilczek, had a minor role in Watchmen as Wally Weaver.

Episode Body Count

Benjamin Drake: electrocuted after the computerized building at Eurisko sets up a dangerous water/electrical situation in the bathroom

Jerry Lamana: killed when the computer system at Eurisko headquarters drops an elevator he is in about 30 floors.

And I guess there's also the self-aware computer that sort of kicks the bucket. Verdict?

"Self-aware computers don't count!"

Humans: 2
Creatures: 0
Aliens: 0

Cumulative Body Count (7/202 episodes, 0/2 movies)

Humans: 33
Creatures: 6
Aliens: 0

Grand Total: 39

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