The X-Files (1993– )
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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:
... Fox Mulder
... Dana Scully
... Dr. Hodge
... Dr. Nancy Da Silva
... Dr. Denny Murphy
... Bear
... Richter
... 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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5 November 1993 (USA)  »

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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 »


Dana Scully: 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.
Fox Mulder: lf we kill it, we won't know how to stop anything like it in the future.
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References Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) See more »


The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Greatest episode of season 1!
17 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

I must say i'm not a The X-Files fan. There are some boring and useless episodes like The Jersey Devil in season 1. But this amazing episode just made me hooked on screen.

The most creepy and well-written episode of season 1 of The X-Files. I watched the movie 'The Thing' but i must say this episode is more excellent than the movie. Felicity Huffman is great on her guest role. The episode is about a virus in a mountain. It makes people sick and angry.From first minute to the last minute whole episode was amazing.

This my first episode review. I wish all of The X-Files episodes would be this great. Amazing job. 10/10.

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