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.
Did You Know?
The alien parasites used in this episode are the larvae of the darkling beetle, and in the larval stage are known as super worms. They are commonly available as reptile food. See more
During the fight scene with Mulder and Bear, there is a running pinball machine in the background. When the machine is visible for the third time, it has been powered off. Throughout the rest of the episode, the machine remains on. See more
This organism might be lying dormant in another crater. lf we don't kill it now, we run the risk of becoming Richter and Campbell with guns to our heads. with guns to our heads.
lf we kill it, we won't know how to stop anything like it in the future.
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal See more