In fact, this episode might be Exhibit A in terms of my theory about the Chris Carter series as a whole; that it deliberately re-purposes commonly told tales in the genre and then imbues them with new meaning and relevance for the 1990's.
But “Ice,” uniquely, develops in an original fashion because in The Thing, for example, there aren't many close relationships or friendships on the line.
What does that say about man?
|Are you who you are?|
|I am who I am.|
This phrase relates to the shape-shifting ability of the Thing, in a way. People are not who they appear to be.
|Who do you trust?|
Similarly, the episode-long tension between Mulder and Hodge -- each looking to assert leadership -- nearly imperils everyone. Both men believe they are right in their belief-system and engage in a kind of paranoid “pissing” contest, trying to swing the allegiances of the other team-members to their viewpoint.
|Why can't these two get along?|
|Why can't Mulder and Hodge?|
|Just remember, we're in the Arctic...|
Scully also must face the difficult possibility that Mulder, because of infection, has become a murderer and a psychopath. One thing I love about The X-Files is that this possibility doesn’t impact Scully’s affection, feelings, or loyalty for Mulder. She wants to protect him and wants to heal him, but to do that, she must first make certain he doesn't represent a danger to everyone. She uses science and wisdom to do so, again showcasing her finest human qualities.