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Секретные материалы Firewalker (1993– ) Online

Секретные материалы Firewalker (1993– ) Online
Original Title :
Firewalker
Genre :
TV Episode / Drama / Mystery / Sci-Fi / Thriller
Year :
1993–
Directror :
David Nutter
Cast :
David Duchovny,Gillian Anderson,Bradley Whitford
Writer :
Chris Carter,Howard Gordon
Type :
TV Episode
Time :
45min
Rating :
7.4/10
Секретные материалы Firewalker (1993– ) Online

Mulder and Scully investigate strange occurrences at a volcano site where at least one scientist has died. A robotic video showed the scientist lying dead at the bottom of a crater where temperatures have reached 130 degrees Celsius. They can then see a shadow cross the body. Once on the site, they find terrified survivors and what Mulder believes is an unknown silicon-based organism, the first of its kind. With different members of the team seemingly infected, Scully and Mulder quarantine the entire group until they know exactly what they are dealing with. {locallinks-homepage}
Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny David Duchovny - Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson Gillian Anderson - Dana Scully
Bradley Whitford Bradley Whitford - Daniel Trepkos
Leland Orser Leland Orser - Jason Ludwig
Shawnee Smith Shawnee Smith - Jessie O'Neil
Tuck Milligan Tuck Milligan - Dr. Adam Pierce
Hiro Kanagawa Hiro Kanagawa - Peter Tanaka
David Kaye David Kaye - Reporter
David Lewis David Lewis - Vosberg
Torben Rolfsen Torben Rolfsen - Technician

Howard Gordon was inspired to write the story after seeing two news reports about Project Dante, a robotic explorer created by NASA that had been sent into a volcano.

The set used for the exterior of the field base camp was later sold to the production company responsible for the TV series The Sentinel (1996).


User reviews

Gralinda

Gralinda

This episode is much better than you may think at first. I got what this episode was really about the second time I saw it. After the first time I left with the widely shared impression that it is just nice remake of "Ice". And yeah, the two episodes are very much alike in some ways, but "Firewalker" is not just a remake.

This episode is actually layered! It is not just a coincidence that it is the first case with Scully after her abduction and there is a reason they mention this several times in it. The whole case was about Mulder and Scully and the themes that the previous episodes started - about Mulder's guilt and Scully's participation in his quest and the dangers of it. The mad and brilliant scientist Trepkos was in some ways like Mulder and his girlfriend Jessy was in some ways like Scully. Trepkos had come to this volcanic place because he wanted to reveal a great truth and to discover something the world has never seen - just like Mulder. And Jessy had followed him out of affection and respect towards him and because of the promise of adventure - just like Scully. And Trepkos' words didn't concern only his life and his case - all these things about the truth better buried, and how difficult is finding it and dealing with it... I believe it was intentional, his words touched something personal for Mulder, his fear that he's putting Scully's life in danger for something that may be better not to be found (at such a price). And that is why in the end he told the rescuing team that there are only two people left, that is why he understood Trepkos, who has lost everything - his truth, his girl, his clear conscience. Just like Mulder was close of losing everything in the previous episode "One breath". Of course Mulder is better than Trepkos (and Scully is stronger than Jessy) and we, fans should not worry that he'll end up like this :)...but searching for such kind of truths is always dangerous and Mulder's fears are understandable.

Really underrated episode.
Authis

Authis

Prior to this viewing, "Firewalker" was one of only five X-Files episodes I had only seen once. I figured there was no need to watch it again, because I found it neither bad nor good, and just boring. Imagine my surprise as I re-watched "Firewalker" and found it very entertaining, and actually a very good episode in every way.

If you've read any of my comments on "The X-Files" episodes you would know that I am not a fan of Howard Gordon (who would go on to become the boss at "24", a show I'm really not a fan of), especially with his former writing partner Alex Gansa, not that I like him much on his own either. I find his scripts to be generally flat and uninspired, and the dialogue to be fairly poor, which is something you can usually expect great things from when it comes to "The X-Files". With "Firewalker" I think he's done extremely well, in spite of the inconsistencies others have pointed out. I still prefer "Ice" (which certainly is very similar to this) because it's got an absolutely classic script with memorable dialogue, but "Firewalker" is still a fine episode.

"Firewalker" actually has a much stronger atmosphere (thanks to the creepy and mysterious volcano setting) and group of guest characters than "Ice" does. Another IMDb user noticed that you could read Trepko and Jesse's characters as parallels to Mulder and Scully, which is not only a sound observation, but something I can't believe I didn't pick up on. David Nutter (who also directed "Ice") returns and does a great job of creating genuinely claustrophobic atmosphere. The guest cast is outstanding as well.

"Firewalker" is not a great episode, but it's very good, almost surprisingly so, and deserves more credit than it gets.

8/10
Mustard Forgotten

Mustard Forgotten

Firewalker the Limerick:

A volcano contains a bacteria

If you are infected it'll spear ya

Right through the neck

Before you can say heck

And before that you'll feel some deleria

This is an average episode at best. Many have described it as an inferior twin brother to the episode "Ice" with good reason as there are a number of similarities to the underlying story. Personally I think that there are more differences than similarities however. I guess they are more like just siblings rather than twins. Upon first viewing of this episode I liked it simply because of the mysterious volcano setting. I have always like that sort of atmosphere for film. Also this is Scully's first case after recovering from her abduction which makes it important in that sense. It shows that we are still watching the same old intelligent Scully who is quite capable of taking care of herself. I thought it was interesting at one scene when Mulder suggests to Scully that maybe she should take some time off and she replies that she has lost too much time already. Upon watching this recently I had the thought that alien abductees report lost time and thought that maybe this quote was supposed to have some sort of double meaning whether it was intended by Scully or not. Just a thought.

The teaser to this episode while interesting has one thing that really bothers me. That is that you see a shadow of what we assume is a man but as they mention "what could be moving around in that kind of heat?" They of course imply that something inhuman down there which leads us to believe that this is going to be some sort of firemonster from the volcano episode. But nothing is done later on to explain what that shadow was and there is no monster. The only other problem I really have with the episode as far as inconsistency goes is I never understood why the girl at the end handcuffs herself to Scully. Unless the virus was taking over and making her do things to ensure that it would infect others. But if thats true why didn't the others that were infected do things to try and infect the others? The one guy actually ran trying to get away from the others. It just doesn't make any sense to me and if there is a reason it is not clearly implied or explained in the episode. And I usually pride myself on being able to understand and follow complex plots in TV and Movies so dare I say that if I couldn't understand that then not many other average viewers could either.

There are still other things that I liked about the episode in addition to the atmospheric setting. First thing is the actor that plays Trepkos is the same guy that plays Eric Gordon, the weasely corporate suck up, on Billy Madison. I just like that fact. It's always fun to see actors that you have a certain image of play a part that is the complete opposite of that image. Another pro about the episode is the spores are way cool. Kudos to special effects for this episode as far as making the necks bulge and then break open spraying out more spores. I think probably my favorite scene of the episode is when Mulder and Scully first enter the compound and Ludwig tries to take off Mulder's head with the pick and then when Mulder takes him down he starts apologizing. What an awkward situation that would be. "I'm sorry I didn't mean to try and kill you." Ha! Overall I have to say that I liked the episode for the most part other than the somewhat confusing storyline. I can't really give it a better score than other average episodes however so I give it a 6/10.
Tygrafym

Tygrafym

I had heard some mediocre reviews of this episode, so I had never bothered to see it for a long time, but when I did I was glad. Although it had elements that were very close to the episode "Ice", it was extremely well-made and genuinely eerie and disgusting. I especially liked the special effects of the bulging throats, which was very realistic and gross. Again, although it rips off Ice a bit, the fact is that Ice is a really good episode and this episode, being so similar, shows that quality. I believe it would be received very well by a viewer who had never seen Ice. Also, I found the character of Trepkos and the parallels between his relationship with Jesse and Mulder's relationship with Scully, and both their relationships with the truth, very intriguing; more so than the characters in Ice. The last act in particular was very well-directed and heart-pounding. As for the writing, it was good, especially Trepkos's dialogue and monologue, although there were some plot holes/ideas that were never tied up or expanded on.

Also, chalk it up to being a West Wing fan, but I found the character of Trepkos to be unbelievably sexy. I'd rewatch the episode just to look at him :)
Arador

Arador

Okay, I really did not remember loving this episode this much. What can I say? I loved the suspense.

This episode gets a bad rap because of all the similarities to 'Ice', but that really only makes it good, because 'Ice' was brilliant. And even with the similarities, it's not that much like Ice.

I loved the guest cast, I felt for every single character. I loved Trepkos and Jesse especially and loved their final shot. very sad.

It was also good to have Scully back, I was in for a break but it was good to have her side-to-side along Mulder. and her scene with Jesse was chilling, really creepy and well done.

I'm gonna go crazy and give this FIVE stars. I'm really enjoying this season more than I remembered.
zmejka

zmejka

After Scully's return where she conveniently cannot remember a thing from her abduction, in this episode we go back to the average 'monster' work.

A bad 'slasher' film, in this rehash of similar episodes Ice and Darkness Falls, the siege scenario shifts to a volcano, the explanation of paranoia shifts to hallucinative spores, but again the whole point is an encounter with a mysterious, ancient lifeform that defies reason. If you were just tuning in to the show, you may find it passable. However, knowing how it usually plays out, this is lazy, boring beyond belief.

Episodes like this are why I can never seem to bring myself to finish long TV series, we just have to drag our feet through filler after filler to get to morsels that advance the long arch.
Yggdi

Yggdi

"I'm back and I'm not going anywhere." - Dana Scully.

Episode 9, 'Firewalker', original air date November 18th, 1994. Written by Howard Gordon, directed by David Nutter. Monster of the week episode count, 22. Howard Gordon's second script for season 2 is a decent thriller in its own right but suffers due to a feeling of repetition. Tensions run high as a team of scientists fight for their survival in an isolated research station after the discovery of a new life-form threatens their existence. They are displaying violent tendencies and unusual shifts in their behaviour that is generating a sense of distrust and suspicion between them and the F.B.I agents. If this is starting to sound familiar it's because the plot bares more than a passing resemblance to season 1's stellar MOTW episode 'Ice.' James Wong, one of the writer's on 'Ice' criticised this episode as a rehash of ideas, expressing concern that the show may have begun cannibalising itself. Nearly every review of 'Firewalker' makes reference to 'Ice' and Gordon himself acknowledged the similarities, arguing however that the difference outweighed the sames. Watching this episode I found that the recurrence of ideas and themes from an arguably superior episode made this entry feel redundant. Much in the same way that 'Roland' felt like a repeat, thematically, of 'Born Again', 'Firewalker' plays like a season 2 remake of 'Ice.' Firewalker is the name of a robot that was designed to traverse the inner floor of a volcano for the purpose of scientific research. Recently the team lost contact with the man in charge, Daniel Trepkos (Bradley Whitford), and has received some concerning imagery from Firewalker's internal camera. Mulder and Scully are contacted by one of the scientists who was, until recently, heavily involved in the project. Concerned with jeopardising the project's funding, he contacts the X-Files unit as a way of avoiding traditional channels of investigation. The pair of agents head off to investigate and quickly find themselves caught up in a game of cat and mouse as Trepkos appears to have lost his sanity and is murdering his fellow scientists. It becomes clear that the team are infected with some type of unknown biological contagion which causes them to die in a manner not dissimilar to the victims in the 'Alien' film series, this was another criticism from some reviewers regarding the reuse of old ideas. Trepkos has discovered a new type of life-form and has taken it on himself to ensure it does not reach the outside world. Unsurprisingly it's all left fairly unresolved with nearly all parties dead or missing by the episodes conclusion.

It's almost unfortunate that this episode follows a more polished version of the same story because without the ability to draw comparisons it's likely that 'Firewalker' would have been a much more enjoyable affair. The acting is certainly a draw card and possibly the main element that keeps the story afloat. Shawnee Smith and Jason Ludwig in particular have proved on several occasions that they're quite adept at playing characters with high levels of anxiety and they both deliver convincing performances. Hiro Kanagawa is another consistently believable character actor that helps to ground this story in some level of reality. Parallels have been drawn between Trepkos and O'Neils character and Mulder and Scully's relationship. Trepkos, like Mulder, is driven by an insatiable quest for truth while pulling along O'Neil who invariably ends up at risk thanks to his disregard for rational thinking. It's a nice underlay to the script that gives the show a bit of layering but it's not quite enough to redeem its flaws. Scully remarks to Mulder at one point that she's back and not going away. This is almost directed at the audience as the writers assure us that Anderson isn't going anywhere and we can get back to the standard format after the recent departure.

A personal gripe I have with this episode concerns it's opening sequence. We witness a shadow move across the dead body of a scientist lying on the volcanic floor. Characters remark that temperatures inside the area well exceed those fit for humans and we're left to assume we're in for some type of fire monster episode. As we learn that it's simply Trepkos who is causing the destruction we can't help but wonder how exactly he is able to walk inside the volcano interior without dying. He is seen with sever burns to his body but nothing is given to indicate any element of super human resistance to heat. This is a type of plot hole that has occurred before in previous episodes. Specifically that what we see in the episodes opening doesn't fit in to the following story. It seems that in an attempt to peak our interest from the outset, which this admittedly succeeds in doing, the writer has sacrificed a certain amount of logic in the story. Howard Gordon was never a particularly strong writer during his time on the X-Files and had he not essentially ripped of Morgan & Wong with this remake we may well had been singing his praises. Alas. this one just simply came at the wrong time to be considered anything other than an average episode.
CrazyDemon

CrazyDemon

Lucky, Agent Scully. For Scully's first assignment after being abducted and experimented upon, she gets to go to a cold, wet, isolated region and have people try to infect her with contagions. I think she should've passed. Even though Firewalker is a semi-repeat of 'Ice' from season one, I still enjoyed this episode. There were enough differences that I wasn't bothered too much. What I really liked about the episode was the special effects of the bulging necks. That was really gross. It did not look fake at all. Once the spore had sprouted from Tanaka's neck and he was just lying there on the table, the sprout leaving the throat make-up was not so good. There was also an inconsistency with the plot where the infected O'Neil tried to infect Scully, but the infected Tanaka fled the compound away from the others, trying not to infect them. That isn't consistent with a parasite trying to find a host. Besides that one inconsistency, I think that Firewalker is an entertaining episode to watch.
Niwield

Niwield

This was a cleverly written episode in the respect that the character Daniel Trepkos (Bradley Whitford) could almost be considered a stand-in for Agent Mulder. He's a scientist on the verge of discovering something completely new and unexpected which would have huge repercussions for humanity, but by it's very nature, the information is considered dangerous and must be destroyed. In his interaction with Trepkos, it's apparent that Mulder recognizes his own strengths and weaknesses in pursuing the unknown. The clincher to all this is that he gives Trepkos a pass in his summation of the unsolved case.

The only minor nit-pick I have with many of these X-Files episodes is that they seem to borrow concepts from other sources quite regularly, even if they seem quite innovative at first. The 'Alien' chest-burster for example, becomes a throat-buster in this story. I'm not sure how the writers could have come up with a more novel approach, after all, a lot has been written and filmed over the past century so it's difficult to come up with something truly unique. In that respect, the idea of a silicon based life form was a genuinely creative effort this story came up with.

One aspect of the story that had personal implications for this viewer was the idea that volcanologist Trepkos had a history of bi-polar and was taking medication for it. With members of my own family dealing with the same diagnosis, the idea that Trepkos stopped taking his medicine as a result of his discovery seemed plausible in the story, thereby raising the question of his action a product of rational decision making or one of paranoid delusion. Once again, Mulder's case file would insure that the status of the 'missing' Trepkos (and Jessie O'Neill) would remain unsolved, presumably to keep the the man's reputation and standing intact.