Destination: San Bernadino, CA.
'First Person Shooter' might be the worst episode of this entire series. All 202 episodes of it. Does that mean, then, that it doesn't deserve a proper recap? Oh, on the contrary, it deserves everything I'm going to thoughtfully lay out here in this review.
We're all friends here, right? Do we agree that this episode is best (if at all) reviewed with a smashing pictorial spread? Good. Let's get started.
Scully is channeling 'Bad Blood' in 'First Person Shooter'.
|"Why are we going to Dallas?" I mean, San Bernadino.|
|When Scully looks annoyed during the autopsy she's performing.|
The combined budget spent on the set and costumes was low.
|I've been to Google and it does NOT look like this.|
|In many ways I blame these three for this episode.|
Mulder, on the other hand, is borrowing personas from an amalgam of previous episodes.
|"When I panic, I make this face."|
|Honestly, Mulder is never not smug on some level.|
|This scene actually made me laugh out loud.|
The bottom line is that both are super horrified and bored by the writing in this episode, therefore they have no choice but to self-amuse.
That said, there were two arbitrary moments that were nice/funny...
|The Jonathan Demme homage.|
|I don't even know what this is but it's hilarious.|
And finally, the piece de resistance(s)... It's like the whole episode is building up to this.
|At the time this was revolutionary.|
|...as was this.|
|The future is female.|
In a way, and only myself two decades after the original broadcast can see this, 'First Person Shooter' is kind of saying that women need to take over. They're capable and provide a whole other level that just can't be accessed without them. So, for that, thank you, William Gibson and Tom Maddox. Now go write some more speculative fiction!
* The cold open is about 400 minutes too long.
* Connie Zimmer, though. (wolf whistle, smiley face with hearts as eyes, heart beating out of my chest...)
* This episode (made in the year 2000, by the way) is both eerily futuristic and incredibly dated -- that probably takes some kind of skill.
* He's getting his ya-yas out.
Final Analysis: It's a novelty, sure.