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.


David Nutter


Chris Carter (created by), Glen Morgan | 1 more credit »




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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Xander Berkley and Jeff Kober both appear on The Walking Dead, as Gregory and claimer Joe, respectively. See more »


A close-up of the mysterious worms obviously consists of real life meal worms. The CGI worms seen in several shots look very different, lacking the clearly segmented exoskeleton, limbs and abdomen/thorax/head transitions. See more »


Dr. Hodge: Can we see some credentials?
Bear: [chuckling] Credentials. The only credentials I have is 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 MuldernscullySee 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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