The X-files

5X11 Kill Switch

When computer genius and co-inventor of the Internet, Donald Gelman is killed in the cross fire of a shoot out between a gang of drug dealer and two deputy marshals in a downtown diner. Mulder recovers his lap top computer and an unmarked CDROM, which he takes to the Lone Gunman. But they are unable to crack the disk's security code. Scully suggests they check Gelman's e-mail. They find a message containing an ID number for a shipping container from someone named Invisigoth. Mulder and Scully trace the shipping container but as they attempt to inspect it, Mulder is nailed with a stun gun. Scully manages to apprehend a suspect, Esther Nairn, a young woman who knew Gelman. The shipping container is full of her computer equipment, as they question Esther, her attention is drawn to one of the screens. She tells Mulder and Scully that a Department of Defence satellite is locking on to their location. Despite their scepticism the agents leave the shipping container which is destroyed moments later. Esther claims that Gelman had succeeded in creating a sentinel Artificial Intelligence, a self aware computer program, which he released on to the Internet so that it could evolve. Now the AI is targeting the people who created it and killing them off one by one. Gelman was working on a virus program nicknamed 'Kill Switch' to search out and destroy the AI. Mulder and Scully must find the AI and use the 'Kill Switch' before the AI can kill anyone else.

Noteworthy Quote

Scully to Invisigoth: "Why don't you just call him......Oh right, death from above."

Back to Series 5 Menu Previous Episode Next Episode

Writer: William Gibson
Tom Maddox
Director: Rob Bowman

David Duchovny Special Agent Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson Special Agent Dana Scully

Guest Cast:
Bruce Harwood Byers
Dean Haglund Langly
Tom Braidwood Frohike
Patrick Keating Donald Gelman
Peter Williams Jackson
Rob Daprocida Bunny
Jerry Schram Boyce
Dan Weber Figgis
Kristin Lehman Esther Nairn
Kate Luyben Nurse
Steven Griffith Paramedic
Ted Cole 2nd Paramedic

"The X-files" TM and © (or copyright) FOX and its related entities. All rights reserved.