Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Season 7, Episode 13: First Person Shooter


A group of geeks test out a virtual reality first person shooter simulator in California, which includes phony weapons and "stun suits" to simulate wounds. One gets a visit from a sexy woman named Maitreya and actually dies after she shoots him. The Lone Gunmen have been consulting for the game, which is run by a duo named Ivan and Phoebe, and are hoping Mulder and Scully can figure out the death before the simulators go live. After finding an image of Maitreya on the game recorders, Mulder instructs the local police to try to find her. A video game guru is brought in to hunt down Maitreya, but she ends up offing him effortlessly.

Scully fails to find any forensic evidence on the first geek's body, and also can't understand why Mulder and The Lone Gunmen think the simulator is so awesome. The police pick up a stripper matching Maitreya's description, and she says the video game image came from a body imaging scan she did. Langly and Phoebe run a software patch to try to fix the issue, but the program takes over and ends up sending the Lone Gunmen into the game. Mulder suits up and heads in to help them; they escape, but Mulder stays behind to take on Maitreya. He also fails to return to reality when The Lone Gunmen do.

Ivan's ecstatic that the investors are back on board after seeing that the FBI doesn't know what caused the geek's death. Phoebe admits that she created Maitreya as part of a secret side project, and the character must have jumped programs into the game. In game, Mulder manages to get Maitreya's sword and advances to the second level, a Wild West setting; the rest of the team gets the game image back online but are unsure how to rescue Mulder.

Scully enters the game to back Mulder up, only to have Maitreya return with increasing copies and heavier guns. Phoebe reveals that there's a kill command that will erase the entire game, though both she and Ivan are a little reluctant to do so. Phoebe finally cracks and gives it to The Lone Gunmen, and Mulder and Scully are returned to the simulator intact. Ivan bemoans the loss of his project, but is surprised when the program appears to acquire a new image: Scully in Maitreya's vixen outfit.

Krista Allen, who plays Maitreya and Jade Blue Afterglow, starred in several Emmanuelle in Space movies and also played Billie Reed on Days of Our Lives. Michael Bower, who plays Lo-Fat, might be best known for his role as Eddie "Donkeylips" Gelfen on Salute Your Shorts. Billy Ray Gallion, who plays Retro, also plays Hurley's dickish boss Randy Nations on Lost.

Episode Body Count

Retro: killed by Maitreya with a flintlock pistol.

Darryl Musashi: killed by Maitreya with a medieval broadsword.

Humans: 2
Creatures: 0
Aliens: 0

Cumulative Body Count (152/202 episodes, 1/2 movies)

Humans: 1,702
Creatures: 114
Aliens: 62

Grand Total: 1,878

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