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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The aircraft flying Fox Mulder, Dana Scully and the team to the Arctic station is a New Zealand registered (ZK-CKT) Cessna 185D s/n 185-0929. As the ZK is part of the registration it makes it easy to identify as a New Zealand aircraft but makes it possible the footage is from outside New Zealand if the aircraft operated domestic only the ZK prefix would not be physically required on the aircraft as part of the registration. 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 »


Fox Mulder: This is Agent Mulder. We have a serious biological hazard. Request air pick-up and quarantine procedures. Over.
Fox Mulder: Come in, Doolittle Airfield.
Doolittle Airfield: We copy, Agent Mulder. This area is under a heavy storm and no aircraft can get out for the next day. Maybe the military base in Kotzebue can set up a quarantine. Advise immediate evacuation. The arctic storm is bearing in your direction. Over.
Fox Mulder: We were told we'd have three clear days of weather. Over.
Doolittle Airfield: Welcome to the top of the world, sir.
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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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as cool a homage to the Thing you're likely to see
7 June 2006 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

A team varied between Scully and Mulder, two other scientists, a pilot, and the guy who plays Bana on Seinfeld, go up to an Arctic research post where all members have died off by either killing each other or killing themselves. They discover there's a worm- a virus- that is parasitic to the point of madness and death. The problem is, after a certain dog lashes out, anyone could be infected, but who? This is not just my favorite episode of season 1, but also one of my favorites from the show. The Arctic environment encloses the characters and, of course like Carpenter's the Thing, it's a lot of fun watching these even-tempered characters suddenly start to flip out in dramatic scenes. And the visual effects of the worm and its effects under the skin are cheesy, I didn't mind them at all. The drama between the characters ends up working more than it would usually because of the tension and because all of the actors (including the Bana guy) understand what's going on in the story. And, as usual, I loved the ambiguity of the ending. Highly recommended.

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