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Recap: The X Files S 01 E 07 Ghost In The Machine
When the CEO of a technology company is found dead, suspicion turns to the founder of the company, whom the CEO was trying to force out. However, the true killer may be a little harder to put in handcuffs...

Tropes:

  • AI Is A Crap Shoot: Played Straight. The Big Bad in this episode is the AI.
  • Air-Vent Passageway: Scully tries to make her way through one to beat the technology, and is very nearly killed in the process.
  • Artistic License - Linguistics: The speech pattern analysis for identifying Wilczek wouln't work. At all.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Number 1: Electrocution while trying to unlock a door (with a metal key). Number 2: Crushed in a falling elevator. Not good.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Brad Wilczek. He even made Mulder and Scully take off their shoes while they were in his residence.
    Wilczek: [in a cell sitting barefoot on a bed] They make me wear shoes all the time. What else do you want from me?
  • Expy: The COS is pretty clearly one for HAL 9000
  • Haunted Technology: Not quite. It's got a mind of its own, that's all.
  • I Just Want to Be You: Jerry explains that some of his Jerk Ass tendencies have to do with his jealousy of Mulder's superior skills as a proiler and agent.
  • I Thought It Meant: No real relation with Ghost in the Shell.
  • It's Personal: Once the AI kills Mulder's former partner.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Jerry Lamana steals Mulder's brilliant profile of the killer, and passes it off as his own. A few scenes later, he meets with his death in a falling elevator.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Brad Wilczek is most definitely NOT Steve Jobs. Ahem.
    • Not even Steve Wozniak. No siree.
  • Not Quite Dead: Looks like the AI might have survived the virus after all!
  • One Head Taller: Agents' height difference is especially noticeable in the scene where Brad Wilczek asks them to remove their shoes and there are a few shots without the aid of anything to make up for it (no box, no high heels). Gillian Anderson looks positively tiny; she barely comes up to David Duchovny's shoulder.
  • Stock Episode Titles: 21 uses.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Mulder and his former partner, Jerry Lamana.

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