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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The aircraft flying Fox Mulder, Dana Scully and the team to the Arctic station is a New Zealand registered (ZK-CKT) Cessna 185D s/n 185-0929. As the ZK is part of the registration it makes it easy to identify as a New Zealand aircraft but makes it possible the footage is from outside New Zealand if the aircraft operated domestic only the ZK prefix would not be physically required on the aircraft as part of the registration. See more »


The video transmission recorded by Richter is clearly not the footage watched by Mulder and Scully later on. There are obvious differences in Richter's way of speaking that reveal that the two versions were two different takes. See more »


Dr. Hodge: May I see some credentials?
Bear: [chuckling] The only credentials I have are that I'm the only pilot willing to fly you up there. You don't like those credentials? Walk.
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References The Thing (1982) See more »

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Ice, Ice Baby
11 April 2006 | by (Washington Terrace, Utah) – See all my reviews

Wow! It's hard to put into words my feelings for this episode. Ice is one of the best episodes of season one for sure. It's my favorite of the season. Six people and a dog in a claustrophobic structure isolated in the middle of the arctic with an unknown organism that causes murderous aggression, the drama can't get any better than that. Paranoia reigns supreme as even Mulder and Scully have doubts about each other's sanity. I've heard people complain about this episode's similarities to the movie 'The Thing'. I haven't seen it, so I wouldn't know. Ice is more than worth watching just to see Mulder and Scully truly testing their still developing trust of one another. This episode is intense and suspenseful to the end. You won't be disappointed!

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