Writer: Glen Morgan and James Wong
Director: David Nutter
Original broadcast: November 5th 1993
Australian broadcast: March 31st 1994
When an Arctic research team mysteriously kills each other and themselves only days after drilling deeper into the ice than ever before, Mulder and Scully accompany a team of doctors and scientists to investigate. They discover an organism which infects living creatures and amplifies the host’s feeling of anger and paranoia, and the new team starts to deteriorate as they wonder who among them are killers.
Ah Ice, I think its safe to say this is a fan favourite – and certain scenes more so with shippers than no-romos, but I dont think they can argue what a great episode this is. Mulder and Scully’s trust is pushed to the limit on this X-Files take on the adandoned station trope. Its also writers Morgan and Wong’s homage to the movie The Thing.
Its hard to put into words how much I enjoy this episode its tense and moody and we get a turning point in Mulder and Scully’s relationship. They overcome some huge trust hurdles in this episode. Its funny to think how quickly Mulder trusted Scully. FOr a man so paranoid and who lives by the motto ‘trust no one’ he let her in pretty darn quick.
Oh and the opening teaser is creepy as hell, kind of plays out like a horror movie and the on-going theme of ‘we’re not who we are’ is awesome, comletely chilling, but awesome.
Memorable Moments: The whole episode … no? Ok.
HODGE: Can I see some identification?
MULDER: What for?
HODGE: I just want to make sure we are who we say we are.
DASILVA: Come on, you’re F.B.I. You have to know more than we do.
The initial meeting of the team at the airfield is funny in a way if you’ve seen the series before. DaSilva’s distrust of Muder and Scully because they’re government makes me laugh because of the deep distrust the two develop for it over the series. Its hard to remember sometimes that yes they are part of a government department and ‘outsiders’ look upon them that way.
SCULLY: Mulder, I don’t want to waste a second trying to find a way to kill this thing.
MULDER: I don’t know if we should kill it.This area of the ice sheet was formed over a meteor crater. The worm lived in ammonia. It survived sub-zero temperatures. Theorists in alternative life-designs believe in ammonia-supported life systems on planets with freezing temperatures.
MULDER: The meteor that crashed here a quarter of a million years ago may have carried that type of life to earth.
Mulder wants his aliens. Scully wants to kill the aliens. Its a good dance.
SCULLY: Good night, Mulder.
MULDER: Good night, Scully.
SCULLY: At least everyone’s okay.
MULDER: Don’t forget, the spots on the dog went away.
Don’t get Mulder to read you a bedtime story if you’re feeling scared.
MULDER: Scully, get that gun off me!
SCULLY: Mulder, you have to understand!
MULDER: Put it down!
SCULLY: You put it down first!
MULDER: Scully! For God sakes, it’s me!
SCULLY: Mulder… you may not be who you are.
One of the first intense stand-offs between our duo. The way Muder says “its ME” shows how far they’ve already come in their partnership. I love it.
SCULLY: We found a way to kill it. Two worms in one host will kill each other.
MULDER: You give me one worm, you’ll infect me.
SCULLY: If that’s true, then why didn’t you let us inspect you?
MULDER: I would have but you pulled a gun on me. Now I don’t trust them. I wanted to trust you.
This whole exchange is pretty intense … and kinda steamy.
MULDER: I’m going back to the site. This time, I’m going fully prepared with proper equipment. There’s still a lot of research to be done on it’s genetic structure, on it’s origin…
HODGE: Wait, Mulder. Don’t you know?
MULDER: Know what?
HODGE: 45 minutes after they evacuated us, they torched the place. There’s nothing left.
SCULLY: Who did that?
HODGE: The military, centers for disease control… you oughta know. They’re your people.
MULDER: It’s still there, Scully. 200,000 years down in the ice.
SCULLY: Leave it there.
“Your people” uh huh. Sure. Poor Mulder though, his evidence is gone again. Not that I think this would have been a good one to have. Scully is right, leave it there.
Hey, isnt that?: Felicity Huffman plays Dr Nancy DaSilva
May or may not have been aliens/bigfoot sightings: Mulder: 1 | Scully: 1 (but you know, worms can be scientifically explained)
Screencaps from: ChrisNu & X-Files Screen Grab Archive