The X-Files: Season 1, Episode 7

Ice (5 Nov. 1993)
"The X Files" Ice (original title)

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Mulder, Scully and 3 scientists travel to the arctic to investigate what happened to the previous team of scientists sent there, and discover what they believe is a new life-form that makes its host want to kill other people.



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Mulder and Scully head off to Alaska when the scientists working on the Arctic Ice Core project have seemingly gone crazy and killed each other. The project team had just beaten the record for the deepest core sample when they soon began to act oddly. Along with two scientists and a helicopter pilot, the agents arrive at the deserted post and soon find that an ancient micro-organism from one of the deep core samples is responsible. The helicopter pilot is the first affected and has to be restrained. One other of the group is also infected and the chief scientist in the group thinks it's Mulder. Written by garykmcd

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FBI Agent Scully makes two critical gun safety mistakes: When Scully dramatically removes the magazines from her Sig and Mulder's Glock automatic pistols and throws them out in the snow she fails to remove the chambered rounds, meaning the guns are still loaded. Scully also fails to unload the pistol she sealed in an FBI evidence bag, as the deranged Nancy later fires a round from it. See more »


Fox Mulder: This is Agent Mulder. We have a serious biological hazard. Request air pick-up and quarantine procedures. Over.
Fox Mulder: Come in, Doolittle Airfield.
Doolittle Airfield: We copy, Agent Mulder. This area is under a heavy storm and no aircraft can get out for the next day. Maybe the military base in Kotzebue can set up a quarantine. Advise immediate evacuation. The arctic storm is bearing in your direction. Over.
Fox Mulder: We were told we'd have three clear days of weather. Over.
Doolittle Airfield: Welcome to the top of the world, sir.
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An "X-Files" spin on "The Thing"
11 August 2008 | by ( – See all my reviews

"Ice" is Glen Morgan and James Wong's take on "The Thing", and is a wonderfully executed homage (right down to the production of and sets in the episode and the cinematography, there are several shout-outs to John Carpenter's 1982 classic). It never feels too dependent on the well-known story, however, thanks to a unique X-Files spin on the situation through Mulder and Scully.

As is always expected there are a couple of hilarious lines ("Before anyone passes judgment, may I remind you, we are in the Arctic."), and the supporting characters are excellent here (as is the cast, featuring the guy who played Bania on "Seinfeld" and Felicity Huffman). "Ice" is one of few season one episodes which looks just as good as later episodes on the show. The photography is quite sophisticated (although nowhere near what Bartley would accomplish with, say, season 3's "Grotesque"), and the direction from relatively frequent X-Files director David Nutter is excellent, keeping the atmosphere as claustrophobic as possible. In addition, Mark Snow's score here is better than anything he had done previously on the show, and the special effects work is excellent.

Although "Squeeze" is excellent, "Ice" was the show's first great episode, an all-around triumph of mood and atmosphere, and with a fine script by X-Files regulars James Wong and Glen Morgan.


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