The X Files Mini Reviews 1.8 Ice

The X Files: Season 1 Episode 8 Written by: Glen Morgan and James Wong Directed by: David Nutter

Now we’re cooking! Once again it’s down to X Files legends Wong and Morgan to give us probably the best episode of the series so far. I have to make a confession. I have never seen John Carpenter’s The Thing which I have often seen cited as a very big influence on this episode (hey it’s in my to watch pile alright!) so I can only judge it on its own merits and this is an episode I love.

The episode cold opens for The X Files are always very good but Ice takes it to a new level. Tense, scary and incredibly intriguing the cold open for ice (no pun intended) hooks you in straight away. Wong and Morgan were always the masters of horror on The X Files and they’re on top form with this episode.

This episode is incredibly strong especially when you consider the show isn’t even into double figures episode wise. The episode also benefits from an impressive supporting cast filled with several well known faces. The tension and paranoia at the heart of Ice is incredibly well done and Mulder and Scully are written in much the way you’d expect them to be written much later on in the show’s run.

Technically you can skip this episode. It adds nothing to the overarching plot of The X Files mythology but in doing so you would miss something special. This is The X Files at it’s best. This is why the Monster of the Week stories are so popular even now. Ice is a fantastic episode and well worth watching.

Rating: 9/10

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