= ICE =

In Which Nasty Prehistoric Worms Attack; and 
In Which Our Heroes Learn Napes Can Be Really, Really Sexy

 

This is a classic X-file from start to finish. Nasty and weird deaths, a remote location, extra people for Mulder and Scully to mistrust, a way-out Muldertheory that's mostly proven right, many "Scully here is a medical doctor" moments ... why, it has everything!

Since I didn't get a chance to rewatch this one, I'm going with a bulleted format this time to get everything in. Thanks to CarriK's transcript for the help. :)

  • That opening scene where Mulder and Scully meet the other scientists always makes me giggle. "Hi, nice to meet you," hand-shaking all around, all nice and friendly. And then they all have to flash ID to satisfy Hodge. Wow, someone more paranoid than Mulder!
  • And then there's Bear, one of the most aptly-named characters in XF history. Nice guy, eh? I'd feel really secure with him flying, especially since he declares himself the only one willing to do it. And then he gets them there in one piece and promptly gets chomped by the mad dog. Bye-bye, Bear.
  • You know, now I wonder now if Queequeq was the first man-eating dog on XF. What *did* that poor thing eat up in Icy Cape on its own for days?
  • A snicker-worth moment -- Scully: "What if that single-celled organism is the larval stage of a larger animal?" Hodge: "That's kind of a leap, don't you think?" Gasp! Scully, making a leap??
  • Impromptu surgery is always such fun, isn't it? Nasty, too. Although I have to ask the question others have asked: Just how did Scully find the equipment to dig the other worms out of the hypothalamus? I don't think there would have been a cranial saw just sitting around waiting for someone to need an autopsy.
  • Another quick nitpick: Why can't these supposedly educated, trained people learn not to walk into a possibly contaminated area without guarding against airborne contaminants? Well, I guess they finally did, by "Field Trip," at least. Took them long enough.
  • Oooo, a good, intelligent Mulder/Scully argument, even if we don't get to hear all of it. To kill the parasite or not? 
  • Oh, but if Scully's mad, maybe she's infected, so let's all strip in front of each other. Scullyslash alert! 
  • And I don't care *what* anyone says; I think Scully is adorable in the ponytail-and-flannel look. (grin)
  • The tension between Mulder and Scully throughout this episode is magnificently done. They're given good reason to mistrust each other -- and this is very early in their partnership -- and yet they manage to pull each other back from the edge again 
    and again.
  • Neck check! Neck check! UST alert! This is one of most pure erotic moments in the history of the show, and no one even took off any clothes. Well, not in *that* scene, anyway. (grin)
  • The climactic scene is quite fun, what with all the lab equipment flying and that worm-insertion moment, right out of "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan." *shudders* Ick, I think I might rather go nuts and shoot myself in the head.
  • Unsurprisingly, all the evidence disappears. Even the standalones turn into semi-mytharcs a good portion of the time, don't they?


XANADU || THE WINNERS' CIRCLE || INCOGNITO || CHEMICAL REACTION
LEFT FIELD || SKANKY HO CENTRAL
|| THE HOUSE OF LYSANDRA
HORRID THINGS || THE DEN OF INIQUITY
|| LISA'S HAVEN || THE CATACOMB
ROCKETMAN'S BASE STATION || FRED & GINGER'S SMUT CLASSICS

BATTER UP! || FIVE POINT RESTRAINTS || STRANGER THAN FICTION

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