Virtual reality turns into reality, after Mulder and Scully investigate the deaths of a number of programmers working for a video game design studio. Hot on the case, the detectives find themselves trapped inside a computer game dominated by an extremely sexy - and deadly - virtual character.
My Rating: 5/10
The worst of the year IMHO. Sure it looked good, lots of flashy gear, bare flesh and special effects but the story was hollow, lacking substance. It wasn't even that original; that type of thing's been done to death in numerous B-grade movies and other TV shows in recent years.
Where Have I Seen That Face Before? Krista Allen (Jade Blue Afterglow/Maitreya) (pictured above) started her career as a porn star, starring in 8 "Emmanuelle" movies. She then turned to soap roles, starring in "Days Of Our Lives" for three years and "The Bold And The Beautiful" for a year before moving on to "Baywatch Hawaii". She is also well known for her role in "Liar, Liar" (the elevator woman) and her latest role is "Sunset Strip". She has dozens of websites devoted to her including The Krista Allen Homepage. She is also featured in the June 2000 issue of Australian magazine Inside Soap.
Constance Zimmer (Phoebe) has had many TV guest roles including the "Seinfeld" episode "The Wizard". Her movie roles include "Spin Cycle" and "Farewell, My Love".
Trivia and Research:
The thought of virtual reality has been around since 1965, when Ivan Sutherland expressed his ideas of creating virtual or imaginary worlds. At MIT, he conducted experiments with three dimensional displays. In 1969, he developed the first system to surround people in three dimensional displays of information. The introduction of flight simulators, by the military, was one of the most important precursors to Virtual Reality. Following World War II, both the military and industrial segments put millions of dollars into simulation research and technology. Another major player in the development of early Virtual Reality was the entertainment industry. Like the military research, entertainment investments were a source of spin-offs for many other uses of Virtual Reality applications. In the 1970s Hollywood was using computer generated special effects with great success in their action blockbusters. Following this trend came the computer gaming boom. Versions of action games were introduced in both home and arcade versions. One computer peripheral device designed at NASA Ames got its first major use by a toy company; Mattel created the PowerGlove for children to use with the Nintendo computer games. Yet scientists, military, government, business, and entertainment all wanted interactivity. This market pull demand pushed visualization ever closer to virtual reality.
Ironically, Maitreya translates to "Loving One" in the Buddhist religion. In the teaching of the five earthly Buddhas, Maitreya is the embodiment of all-encompassing love. He is expected to come in the future as the fifth and last of the earthly Buddhas. The cult of Maitreya is very wide spread in Tibetan Buddhism. His Heaven (Pure Land) is tushita ("the joyful"), after which the Tibetan saint Tsonghkapa named the first monastery he founded. As the world teacher to come, Maitreya is expected to appear in around 30,000 years.
Maitreya speaks a line in Japanese that is pronounced "Watashiga korekara surukotowo yurushitene." It translates into "Forgive me for what I am about to do."
Krista Allen article
From Soap Opera Digest May 2, 2000
Where are they now?
She may have left 'Days' only six months ago, but Krista Allen has been working steadily, appearing on 'The X-Files' and 'Baywatch Hawaii'. Nevertheless, she still longs for
When Allen returned from Hawaii, she auditioned for 'The X-Files'. "I read for [series Creator] Chris Carter," she says. "Afterward, I got a phone call saying, 'Krista, they think you're too wholesome,' and I said, 'They don't know me!' I had my manager call Chris Carter back and tell him I would not be wholesome. So I got another reading. Then I got the job."
Since 'The X-Files' episode aired, Allen has been flooded with phone calls. "I called Chris Carter to thank him because I had so many amazing things happening to me because of 'The X-Files'," she explains. "He said it was the highest-rated 'X-Files' they ever had and I got to be part of that history. I said, 'See what a little butt can do?'"