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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One of the men in the teaser who shoots himself is played by Ken Kirzinger, the stunt co-ordinator on the series. 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 »


Fox Mulder: [the three men on the expedition are undressing to check each other's bodies for signs of infection] Before anyone passes judgment, may I remind you, we are in the Arctic.
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References The Thing (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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