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:
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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5 November 1993 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


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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Referenced in Gone Home (2013) See more »


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You might not be who you think you are
14 July 2008 | by koalablue_1993See all my reviews

This is one of the best episodes from the entire X-Files series, creepy beyond words. The tension and suspense in this episode is very well executed, in its entire 45 minutes it managed to be almost as scary as an entire movie. This episode joins the ranks of best episodes with such greats as "Home", "Humbug" "Bad Blood" and "Milagro" for being the best in their respective season.

Mulder and Scully's growing relationship is put to the test in this episode: Can they really trust each other? This episode also contains a tiny scene that will leave romantic viewers smiling.

Mulder: "Bring your mittens"

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