The X-Files (1993–2018)
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Mulder and Scully are sent to investigate when a team of geophysicists stationed at a remote Alaskan outpost are killed by a parasitic alien life form.


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Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Xander Berkeley ... Dr. Hodge
Felicity Huffman ... Dr. Nancy Da Silva
Steve Hytner ... Dr. Denny Murphy
Jeff Kober ... Bear
Ken Kirzinger ... Richter
Sonny Surowiec ... Campbell


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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It's likely that the character of Campbell is named in honor of John W. Campbell Jr., author of the story, "Who Goes There?" upon which The Thing from Another World (1951), The Thing (1982) and The Thing (2011) were based. See more »


FBI Agent Scully makes two critical gun safety mistakes: When she 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, and the deranged Nancy later fires a round from it. See more »


Dr. Hodge: 45 minutes after they evacuated us, they torched the place. There's nothing left.
Dana Scully: Who did that?
Dr. Hodge: The military, centers for disease control... you oughta know. They're your people.
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Don't Be So Cold...
8 April 2007 | by dusk_731See all my reviews

This was truly a tense and dark episode. Excellently executed, wonderful acting and atmospheric directing, 'Ice' is one of my favorite episodes. Along with 'Pusher' 'Grotesque' 'Wetwired' and 'Home' (these are quite good in dark atmosphere in my case) It seem quite realistic to me, their paranoia, their suspicion and their ever growing rage was perfectly executed by the great actors. However, 'Ice' had a problem that I got over after a few watches: IT WAS TOO SHORT! I WANTED MORE!

Overall, 'ice' had what 98% of all X Files episodes have: Excellent acting, Intense story-writing, gritty directing. All the works.

10 out of 10

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5 November 1993 (USA) See more »

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