This time ’round, Jim Laczkowksi of The Director’s Club joins host Erix to gush over Ice. As well they should. Why? Because not only is it one of the best episodes of this season…it’s also one of the best episodes of the series!
While the previous episode played around with “A.I. gone bad” sci-fi tropes, this one tackles the “loss of identity” sci-fi/horror subgenre that has previously been expertly executed by, among others, John Carpenter’s The Thing and the various adaptations of Invasion of the Body Snatchers by the likes of Don Siegel, Phillip Kaufman, and Abel Ferrara. Those are some big shoes to fill, especially when you’re trying to do it on a TV budget, but The X-Files comes through here.
The freaky little worms offer up such tropes while also playing on the kindertrauma horrors of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and it’s an insanely effective combination. One made all the more impactful by a top-notch supporting cast of characters actors like Xander Berkeley (Candyman), Felicity Huffman (Sports Night), Jeff Kober (The First Power), and Steve Hytner (The Prophecy). After all, if you’re going to do what is basically a “bottle episode”, stacking the deck with your cast is always a great way to go. Enough of my rambling, however. Scroll on down and listen to what Jim and Erix have to say…
Episode 1.08: “Ice” (1993)
Directed by David Nutter
Teleplay by Glen Morgan and James Wong
Starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson
Guest starring Xander Berkeley, Felicity Huffman, Steve Hytner, and Jeff Kober
“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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