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Behind the Scenes
Anderson originally approached series creator Chris Carter about writing and directing an episode of the series during its sixth season. At the same time, Anderson was getting offers from various networks to direct shows, despite having never directed an entry of television before. She decided to "learn the ropes" with The X-Files and then branch out from there.

The inspiration for a majority of the episode came from Anderson herself. Long a believer in the power of spiritual healing and Buddhism, Anderson crafted a script that would see Scully pursuing a "deeply personal X-File, one which in [she] is taken down a spiritual path when logic fails her". Anderson had only a rough outline of the script until one day she wrote a majority of the story in one sitting. She explained, "A certain concept began to form, [and] I just wrote the entire outline for 'all things' right then and there. It all just kind of came together on the page". The next day, Anderson pitched the script to Carter, who approved of the "personal and quiet" characteristics of the story.

The first draft of the script was fifteen pages too long and did not feature a fourth act; Anderson turned in about 72 pages for the first three, when four acts usually comprised only 50. Carter and Spotnitz worked closely with Anderson, although the former two acknowledge that the majority of the work "was all Gillian".

Despite her satisfaction with the final cut, Anderson regrets a handful of the "necessary" script cuts and edits that were made, most notably, the painting of Scully as "the other woman".

The final conversation scene between Scully and Daniel Waterson was reduced in length by 10 minutes. Anderson had to cut out the scenes during the editing process due to the maximum length of 42 minutes.

Originally, Anderson did not want it to be implied that Scully and Waterston had had an affair. In the original script, they came close to having an affair, but Scully ended the relationship when she discovered he was married to another woman. She explained that, "what had actually transpired [...] was that there had been an attraction and that they were starting to spend some time together. [...] It started getting heavier and Waterston began talking about divorce. [...] Scully didn't want that to happen because she didn't want to be a homewrecker". In the commentary for the episode, Anderson elaborated on Scully and Waterston's backstory: after Scully and Waterston got close to having an affair, Scully left to go to Quantico and study to become an FBI agent. After she left, Waterston become depressed and his family began to suspect that he was actually having an affair. The emotional turmoil was too much for Waterston's wife and she killed herself. This is the reason that, in the episode, Waterston's daughter, Maggie, resents Scully so much. Anderson, in fact, felt that the removal of this backstory confused the plot and made it hard for the audience to understand why Maggie was so angry at Scully.

When Anderson first wrote the episode, she did not try to hint at the fact that Scully and Mulder may have spent the night together. But Spotnitz and the production crew felt it was natural hinting that Scully and Mulder's relationship had evolved into a romantic one.

The crop circle idea was included because Anderson wanted "whatever Mulder was involved in that took him away from me, away from Washington, to somehow tie into what it was that I was going through—the journey that I was going through".

She and the production crew started researching crop circles which had to deal with the "heart-chakra". Spotnitz was heavily involved during the researching process during this episode's development.

The episode, being directed by Anderson, marked the first time a woman had directed an episode for the show, as well as the first credit for Anderson. At the original meeting that Anderson pitched her idea for "all things", she iterated the fact that she wished to direct the episode too. While Carter accepted the script, he wished to take the "risky journey [of directing] one step at a time". He originally told Anderson to write the entire script for "all things", and then he would determine whether or not she would direct the episode. After the script was accepted, Anderson was approved as the director.

Being new at directing, Anderson worked with director Kim Manners for a majority of the episode. She noted that, "if I had any questions, I would go to Kim". Manners helped Anderson by giving her directing homework: he told her to make a shot list of every scene in her script. Anderson's directing helped to energize The X-Files production. The cast and crew "pushed extra hard" to make sure that everything was in order for the series star's directorial debut. Production designer Corey Kaplan made sure that the episode featured a Buddhist temple at Anderson's request and casting director Rick Millikan helped Anderson pick actors and actresses for her episode. Millikan later noted that, "I loved working with Gillian. It was fun for me to watch her go through the casting process because it was all new to her".

On set, Anderson's directing style was described as "right on the money". Marc Shapiro, in his book all things: The Official Guide to The X-Files, Volume 6, noted that "Anderson wielded a deft hand in her directorial debut, prodding the actors to her will, making decisions on the fly, and handling the complex special effects sequences". Fans of the show later sent in calls and letters to express that they were impressed with Anderson's directing abilities.

Once, when driving home after work, Anderson was listening to "The Sky is Broken", a song from Moby's 1999 album Play, and immediately wanted to include it in her script for the episode. She noted, "I was driving home one night after work and listening to ["The Sky is Broken" by Moby] and this song started playing and it was [...] important that I use it and I was determined that we were going to use this track. And the more I actually listened to the words and the dialogue the more it fit with my idea that was unfolding for the script".

The first shot after the opening credits, which involved the dripping water, was something Anderson wanted to include to create a "continuation of sound, rhythmic sound". She added that it was important for the musical part of the show.

Anderson was heavily involved working with composer Mark Snow in the post-production process of the show. After filming the episode, she sent Snow several CDs and asked him to "come up with something that had certain flavors to it". The music they worked on together for this episode eventually became "Scully's Theme", which was not broadcast until the episode "Within".

The episode featured many instances of a "gong" sound, which Anderson called "very Tibetan" and "appropriate for this episode."

According to Snow, "the idea of using a solo female voice, where there was certainly no lyrics, just incantations" was meant to represent Scully's alienation and loneliness. Originally, the song featured the lyrics "we are near, we are near", but Carter did not want the song to feature words and asked Snow to change it into a more ambiguous "oscillating sound".

The meditation scene required various clips from previous episodes to appear in a flash back. Originally, Paul Rabwin and the special effects crew cut the various scenes and placed them in bubbles. According to Rabwin, "we really didn't know, it was all just experimentation". Eventually, the crew decided that the bubbles looked too "hokey" so they adopted a more standard slit-scan effect. In order to create the sequence of Scully visualizing Waterston's heart condition, Nicolas Surovy had to lie naked on a platform surrounded by a blue screen. A spherical ball was then matched via motion control as a marker for a prosthetic beating heart that was crafted and filmed separately. The two shots were then combined together into one scene.

Trivia
Rhythm is a recurring theme. Beyond the music these include: 1) opening scene, sound of water dripping from faucet starts before video starts and continues on 2) the slide projector changing slides 3) at the hospital the nurse that hands Skully the medical file is tapping her pencil 4) the cord on her blinds is tapping the wall 5) the heart monitor in Dr Waterson's room 6) Skully's turn signal when she's talking to Mulder on her cell phone 7) The Apothecary sign squeaking.

The music Mulder is dancing to after the theme is played is: Moby - The Sky Is Broken. It also features prominently throughout the episode.

Colleen Flynn (Colleen Azar) previously appeared in "Detour" as Michelle Fazekas, the Search and Rescue team leader investigating the disappearances in the forest.

"all things" is the only episode of the series to write it's title with no capital letters.

all things is the only episode to have the actors actually react to the music being played in the background. In this episode, Scully has a dream where she walks into the hospital room and she finds herself laying on the bed. There is music being played in the background. Once Scully gets close to the bed, she looks at herself lying in the bed and she mouths "Speak to me"; the same words being played in the background.

Mulder's hat, at the end of the episode, reads "Stone Henge Rocks", a possible homage to the fact that some people believe Stonehenge was created by alien forces.

Errors
When Scully is reanimating her friend in the hospital, when the camera rotates and the scene becomes visible from behind Scully, you can see a hand of a crew member.

In the scene when Scully is at the hospital, and right before Daniel Waterston codes, the camera moves to the other side of the room and you see a hand pushing the IV pole towards the bed.

Allusions
Mulder: That's like saying you're having David Crosby's baby.

Singer-songwriter David Crosby is a former member of the Byrds and the band Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. The "baby" comment refers to his being a sperm donor for singer Melissa Etheridge and her former partner Julie Cypher. Cypher gave birth to two babies fathered by Crosby, named Bailey Jean and Beckett.

References
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Referenced in dialogue.

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_things
http://www.wikia.com/wiki/c:X-Files:all_things
http://www.tv.com/shows/the-xfiles/all-things-646/
http://www.imdb.co.uk/title/tt0751071
The Complete X Files Behind the series, the myths and the movies
All Things: The Official Guide to the X-Files Volume 6

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One wrong turn, and... we wouldn't be sitting here together. Well, that says a lot. That says a lot, a lot, a lot. That's probably more than we should be getting into at this late hour.





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Some Chimera Trivia

Behind the Scenes
he premise behind "Chimera" was "a compelling examination of the evil that lies beneath a prototypical white-bread suburban existence." These themes had previously been explored in the season six episode, "Arcadia". However, the show wished to explore the same ideas in a more "straight-ahead scare" style, rather than supplementing the horror of the episode with humor, as was done in "Arcadia". Series creator, Chris Carter, saw the episode as "a chance to do something bold and new." Carter wanted the story to revolve around a crow, an image that he described simply as "scary". With the story, he wanted to "bust pretense and perception and expose the underbelly of a white-bread community."

The episode was written in "a burst of twenty-hour days". Greg Walker, who assisted David Amann, described the finished script as "a suburban parable about perfection." Matt Hurwitz and Chris Knowles noted in their book, The Complete X-Files, that "David Amman's script is an insightful commentary on suburban repression and self-delusion, which made a major comeback in the conservative late '90s."

The episode soon went into pre-production, but first, several issues had to be addressed. Most notably, while the episode was being produced, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson were also busy directing their own episodes—"Hollywood A.D." and "all things", respectively. To cope with this hectic schedule, the writers planned "Chimera" so that Duchovny and Anderson only had to be together in a limited number of scenes. Anderson was only needed for one day of filming for her auxiliary sub-plot involving the prostitute murderer.

Rick Millikan, the show's casting director, was tasked with finding "normal-looking suburban people" for the cast. Millikan later noted that "the show necessitated casting perfect people. But it's not that easy to find [...] normal-looking people. We've used so many people over the years that it's gotten harder and harder to find them. Several of the individuals cast had previously played parts in "obscure genre films": Michelle Joyner first appeared in the 1990 anthology film Grim Prairie Tales, Gina Mastrogiacomo first was noted in her 1989 movie Alien Space Avenger, John Mese had a part in the 1995 movie Night of the Scarecrow, and finally, Wendy Schaal had appeared in the 1985 film Creature.

Most of the opening scenes were shot in a local Los Angeles backyard, however, finding suitable "tree-lined elements" proved difficult. Ultimately, a museum in Hollywood allowed the crew to film in a tree-filled section on its grounds.

The episode ran into several snags during filming. Director Cliff Bole had trouble trying to get the crows to "act on cue". Eventually, several ravens were brought in as doubles. Bole later noted, "we got two ravens. One was very good at cawing and one was good at hopping."

The ending sequence had to be re-shot several times. Producer Paul Rabwin explained, "Originally, we wanted to show a mirror image of the woman being attacked by the monster, but it didn't really sell." Eventually, the crew decided to glue candy glass onto a piece of plywood. In this manner, the camera was able to see the action through the shattered panes of glass.

Trivia
Originally, the episode was going to feature a subterranean monster and was aptly going to be titled "Subterranean Monster Blues".

Scully appears only in brief cameos in this episode. She is in the usual Mulder/Scully 1st scene of act 1, and then all her conversations with Mulder are short, by phone, and spread throughout the episode.

Writer David Amann's wife Michelle Deschamps is mentioned in this episode. The little girl in the teaser is named Michelle, and the psychiatric hospital featured is the Deschamps County Hospital.

Michelle Joyner played Ellen Adderly. Ellen's baby, Katy Adderly, was played by Ms. Joyner's real-life twin boys.

Errors
When the sheriff goes to visit Jenny in the hotel room, he gets up in the middle of the night. In spite of the room being murky you can see daylight coming in through the windows, the same daylight that is coming through the next morning when Jenny is being attacked by the chimera.

Even with Easter Sunday at its latest, you would not see blooming roses, fully green trees, and other blooming flowers in Vermont at that time of year. In most cases, foliage would just be budding out and in some cases there might even still be significant snow on the ground.

There is much made of ravens in the episode, but from the look of it, the birds used weren't actually ravens. The common raven is a very large bird - up to almost 30 inches in length at maturity. They also have little 'beards' of feathers. These look more like crows, which belong to the same family.

Ellen Adderly's scar switches from being on the left shoulder, to the right, and back to the left.

Allusions
Title: Chimera
This is a reference to the fabled monster from Greek mythology, said to be made up of different parts - usually a lion's head (or three heads, one of which is a lion) a goat's body and a dragon's tail - and breathing fire. Descriptions have changed from story to story, and it's even a description of a particular medical condition when two twins fuse in the womb to become one and have traces of DNA from each. Though the monster in this episode is not really a chimera in the distinct sense of the word, it works on the idea of one person with two separate personalities, one of whom carries out the atrocities the other couldn't countenance.

Mulder: Are you sure her last name wasn't Stewart.
Given the impeccable housekeeping and the character's first name of Martha, this is an obvious reference to the queen of house and home, Martha Stewart, whose advice on cookery, centrepieces, decor and all kinds of things have been followed by people everywhere for quite a few years.

References
Mulder: ...and, then, of course, there's Poe's raven and, "nevermore", an-and all that stuff.
This is in reference to the writer Edgar Allen poe who wrote a poem called "The Raven". In the poem the word "Nevermore" is repeatedly used.

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chimera_%28The_X-Files%29
http://x-files.wikia.com/wiki/Chimera
http://www.tv.com/shows/the-xfiles/chimera-645/trivia/
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0751088/?ref_=tt_ep_nx
The Complete X Files Behind the series, the myths and the movies
All Things: The Official Guide to the X-Files Volume 6

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"Do you have a significant other?" "Um... not in the widely understood defintion of the term."



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Some En Ami Trivia

Behind the Scenes
"En Ami" was written by William B. Davis, who portrayed The Smoking Man. The main theme of the episode is The Smoking Man's desire to seduce Scully using an agenda she would understand: in this case, medical knowledge. Davis approached series creator Chris Carter with his idea, who was intrigued. He assigned executive producer Frank Spotnitz to work with Davis and craft a full-fledged script.

Davis saw his character as a romantic hero. Carter and Spotnitz, however, did not want "Scully trusting this man she's spent seven years hating" so easily. Eventually, the producers tweaked the script, adding "the reality of The X-Files's existing mythos and past character development" to ease the transition. Davis later noted, "I was basically happy with the way [the episode] turned out, despite the fact that there were many other ideas that I had that I did not get to see. My original conception of the story was that Cigarette-Smoking Man was a much better actor at winning Scully's affections and that Scully was less resistant to this attention to her." Because The Smoking Man was able to manipulate Scully, Carter later referred to "En Ami" as "the creepiest episode of the year."

Part of the inspiration for the episode came from the Shakespeare play Richard III, most notably, the interaction between Richard and Lady Anne. The biggest inspiration for the episode, however, came from the fact that Davis wished to have an episode wherein he would interact solely with Gillian Anderson. He later noted, "if they're not going to give me a scene with Gillian, I'll just have to write one myself."

Production and filming for the episode were rushed. The scene featuring The Smoking Man and Scully eating dinner at a restaurant was filmed on two different days: Anderson's side of the scene was shot on one day and Davis' side was shot on another. The short schedule resulted in some quick scene construction, most notably for the dock sequence near the end of the episode.

A majority of the lake scenes were filmed at Lake Sherwood in California. A stunt actor, Danny Weselis, filled in for Anderson during the scenes that called for her to drive the motor boat.

"En Ami" was directed by Rob Bowman and marked his last contribution to the show: "Artistically I felt like I couldn't help any more," he explained.

Originally, "En Ami" was supposed to air early in the seventh season, but the producers realized that placing the episode so close to the Mulder-centric "The Sixth Extinction"/"Amor Fati" made character development problematic. Thus, the producers decided to move the episode near the middle of the season.

Trivia
The script went through many revisions; several scenes were cut, including one that featured The Smoking Man teaching Scully how to water-ski.

Originally, Alex Krycek was in the script and an alliance between him and The Smoking Man was "integral to the storyline." As the script was written, however, this element was eliminated.

The first draft of the script was finished in four weeks.

The episode's title, "En Ami," translates from French into English as "as a friend." The title also functions as a pun, reading phonetically as "enemy" in English.

Parts of "En Ami" were filmed at Lake Sherwood, California.

Errors
On the correspondence that Mulder receives, his email address is shown as 'fmulder@fbi.gov.net'. On the emails that Scully receives, her email is shown as 'dscully@fgi.gov'

Allusions
Mulder: I just wanna know if it's Roma Downey or Della Reese.
This is in reference to the inspirational tv show, Touched by an Angel. Mulder is saying he'd like to know which of the characters, Della Reese or Roma Downey (whose character worked for Della Reese's character) healed the young boy of cancer.

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/En_Ami
http://x-files.wikia.com/wiki/En_Ami
http://www.tv.com/shows/the-xfiles/en-ami-644/
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0751113/
The Complete X Files Behind the series, the myths and the movies
All Things: The Official Guide to the X-Files Volume 6

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You'd die for Mulder but you won't allow yourself to love him.



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Some Theef Trivia

Behind the Scenes
Originally, the episode was not planned to be produced during the seventh season. However, just before the writing crew prepared to take their Christmas break, one of the scheduled scripts was removed from the line-up. In order to meet the deadline, Frank Spotnitz, John Shiban, and Vince Gilligan decided to write a script about "modern medicine versus backyards supernatural arts". Gilligan later joked that "I think I was enlisted for the fact that I'm Southern, and they thought I was the closest thing they had to a hillbilly on the staff".

Producer David Amann explained that the inspiration for the story was "What if you have a doctor who is prosperous but has a dark page from his past that comes back to haunt him?" Spotnitz later elaborated that the story initially was "going to be how do you get rid of something you can't get rid of". However, the writers soon found this storyline difficult to develop, and, by Spotnitz's own admission, the story "started to evolve into a Cape Fear type of situation". The episode was finished by the writers over the Christmas break and then "handed over" to Kim Manners, who became the episode's director.

Kim Manners later noted that "Theef" was difficult to shoot because the cast and crew had inadequate time to prepare. He explained, "It was kind of a rush thing and we got the script very late. We were totally winging it while we were shooting it". Manners later stated that the episode "came together" in the editing room: "When I looked at the footage, it was like I was looking at somebody else's film. But it cut together real nice and the end result was that 'Theef' turned out to be a decent little episode".

Manners later admitted that the episode was his only credit for the series during which he experienced illness. With Manners out for a day due to his sickness, Rob Bowman took over directing duties for a day.

Cheri Montesanto-Medcalf, one of the show's makeup creators, was extremely pleased with Drago's makeup in the episode. She later noted, "I remember Billy Drago was awesome–he looked so creepy after makeup. I just wanted this guy to look super-creepy and disturbing to look at, but real enough that you might be scared if you looked out your window at night and saw him standing there".

Trivia
Noted actor Billy Drago was brought in to play the role of Orell Peattie, a casting decision that series creator Chris Carter later called "especially lucky". His son, Darren E. Burrows, had previously been cast as Bernard in a season six episode, Monday.

Actor James Morrison, who played Dr. Wieder, was a former cast member of the science fiction series Space: Above and Beyond, and had previously been cast as detective Jim Horn in an episode of Millennium called "Dead Letters".

Both Space: Above and Beyond and Dead Letters were written by former X-Files writers Glen Morgan and James Wong.

Leah Sanders, who was cast as the background character Reporter #1, was a childhood friend of John Shiban who had not been in contact for twenty years. Shiban was reportedly delighted to discover that his former friend had been coincidentally cast in the episode. Carter noted that the episode "was very well cast".

The woman who owns the shop which Mulder and Scully go to for information descibes Billy Drago's character (Orel Peattie) as 'charmed.' Billy Drago is a semi-regular guest star in the television series 'Charmed' (1999-2004).

This episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Make-up in a Series.

Dedication: In Memoriam, Rick Jacobson 1951-2000. Rick Jacobson was president of Twentieth Television (the syndication arm of Fox) who died of cancer in March of 2000.

The name of the reporter covering the flesh-eating disease story is John Gillnitz, marking the 5th appearance of the name in an X-Files episode. This long-running in-joke is a combination of the names of the writers John Shiban, Vince Gilligan, and Frank Spotnitz.

Errors
When Peattie is in the break room he's having a lot of trouble operating the vending machine and failing to realize his poppin' corn needs to be microwaved. A med student just tells him to use the microwave to get his popcorn. Peattie then rants on like he's heard of it but has never used one before. But then he simply presses the correct POWER and TIME buttons, without any further instructions.

Allusions
Dr. Wieder: Folk Magic, you mean like Baba Yaga.
Baba Yaga was a witch from Eastern European folklore who supposedly kidnapped and ate children. She reputedly lived in a house that stood on chicken legs.

Mulder: Insert Dan Quayle joke here.
This is an allusion to the embarrassing incident when Dan Quayle informed a young spelling bee contestant that the word "potato" had a dangling "e" at the end of it. Commonly referred to as the Dan Quayle "potatoe" incident.

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theef
http://www.wikia.com/wiki/c:X-Files:Theef
http://www.tv.com/shows/the-xfiles/theef-643/
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0751241/
The Complete X Files Behind the series, the myths and the movies
All Things: The Official Guide to the X-Files Volume 6

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Some First Person Shooter Trivia

Behind the Scenes
The episode is notable for being written by William Gibson, together with fellow science fiction novelist and long-time friend Tom Maddox. "First Person Shooter" was the second episode written by the authors, after the success of the fifth season episode "Kill Switch", which first aired on February 15, 1998 and subsequently made frequent appearances in reruns, encouraging Gibson to continue working in television.

According to executive producer Frank Spotnitz, the writing process for "First Person Shooter" was slow. Initially, Gibson and Maddox presented the first two acts of their idea, which was tweaked by series creator Chris Carter and Spotnitz in order to make it feel more like an X-File. After the rewriting process, the writers then returned with the subsequent acts.

The concepts behind the episode were difficult to transfer from script to film. Spotnitz later explained that, "William Gibson and Tom Maddox always get us into trouble. They always come up with these great ideas that are always hard to execute."

In addition, budgetary challenges faced the production of "First Person Shooter." Due to all the special effects needed for the episode, the episode nearly went drastically over budget. In order to not over-spend, the production crew was lent various virtual game layouts from video game companies. Not wishing to simply "copy existing designs," production designer Corey Kaplan and his design team created "some pretty pictures" to differentiate the crews' design from the video game companies'.

Much of the opening action was filmed at a Rykoff food distribution company in Los Angeles. At the time, the company's owner was the uncle of X-Files producer Paul Rabwin. In addition, a warehouse in downtown Los Angeles filled in for the backdrop of the opening scene.

Carter later noted that the hardest part of "First Person Shooter" was casting a suitable actress for the part of Maitreya. Casting director Rick Millikan looked into every possible avenue—including strippers, porn stars, and erotic thriller/direct-to-video actresses—before settling upon Krista Allen for the role. Initially, there was a "wholesome quality" that bothered Carter, but as the episode was being filmed, both Carter and Millikan recognized that Allen was right for the part.

In addition to the part of Maitreya, several stuntmen were needed for the episode, including doubles for Mulder and Maitreya for their martial art fight scene. Experienced gymnast Dana Heath was hired for several scenes that required Maitreya to execute a series of handstands. Fourteen stuntmen were needed to ride Kawasaki 600s and fire gas-powered machine-guns.

The tank scene was created completely using CGI technology. The only actual footage from the scene was the background. A computer generated tank and women were designed on a computer. Then, special effects shots of smoke and explosions were layered on top of the vehicle to give it a more life-like appearance. Bruce Harwood, who portrayed Byers, noted that the action sequences in the episode were a challenge. He explained, "It's pretty difficult on a set when the stuntmen come up to you and go, 'Don't worry, you'll be safe, Nothing to worry about. Okay. Everyone put their safety glasses on.'"

Trivia
Gibson and Maddox were fans of The Lone Gunmen and purposely wrote them into the episode.

A 'First Person Shooter' is actually a computer game 'genre'. Examples of such are Doom, Halo & Half-Life.

Scully comments that she can get into the Pentagon easier than into the FPS offices, possibly referring to Mulder's infiltration of the Pentagon in the Season 5 premiere episode 'Redux'.

The door that leads to the "game world" was supposed to appear heavier, but the actors forgot to fake it while filming

Maitreya says "Watashiga korekara surukotowo yurushitene" to Musashi just before she kills him - it is Japanese for "Forgive me for what I am about to do."

Maitreya means "loving one" in the Sanskrit language (in which it is written मैत्रेय). It is the name given to a Bodhisattva who is a future manifestation of Buddha who will bring peace and final enlightenment to the world. In some temples, the name has been applied to any manifestation of Buddha. Maitreya is typically depicted as seated, with his feet on the ground. The most commonly known such is the popular Laughing Buddha, based on an image of the Chinese monk Budai. Westerners often think of Maitreya as the Buddhist equivalent of a Messiah. The naming of the vengeful female figure for the compassionate Maitreya is evidently an ironic point.

Errors
At the end of the show, we see that the elevator is at the opposite end of the staircase, and the staircase is apparently the only entrance to the game platform. Does this mean that Scully and Mulder walked through the game platform (when it was operating) before they got into the elevator?

When Maitreya first creates doubles of herself Mulder drops his sword, but when Scully enters the game he has the sword in his hand again.

When Darryl Mushashi walks down for 'the kill', you can see the reflection of the camera man along with Maitreya on the back of Darryl Mushashi's armor.

In level two, it's clearly raining in the shots of Scully, but in other shots there's no rain.

When Mulder disappears into the game and Scully runs into the room at the top of the stairs, she is heard saying "Where's Mulder?" but her lips do not match what she is saying.

At about 18:10, when Scully is examining Retro's body, the body is clearly moving.

References
Raging Bull (1980)
Mulder's line "That's entertainment!"

Xena: Warrior Princess (1995) (TV Series)
Referenced in dialogue

Allusions
Blade Runner (1982)
Maitreya uses acrobatics to attack Mulder like the character Pris did in this film.

Basic Instinct (1992)
Jade Blue Afterglow uncrossed and then recrossed her legs and then a pan of Mulder's titillated look in the police station. This is an obvious allusion to Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct where she flashes the interrogators a view sans undergarments.

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Person_Shooter_%28The_X-Files%29
http://x-files.wikia.com/wiki/First_Person_Shooter
http://www.tv.com/shows/the-xfiles/first-person-shooter-642/trivia/
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0751126/
The Complete X Files Behind the series, the myths and the movies
All Things: The Official Guide to the X-Files Volume 6

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