Scully believes that the pyschic predictions of a death row inmate are the only hope in apprehending a vicious murderer.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Captain William Scully (as Don Davis)
Sheila Larken ...
Lawrence King-Phillips ...
Lucas Henry (as Lawrence King)
Agent Thomas
Don MacKay ...
Warden Joseph Cash (as Don Mackay)
Liz Hawley
Jim Summers
Kathrynn Chisholm ...
Randy Lee ...
Len Rose ...
E.R. Doctor


After two college students are kidnapped on the one year anniversary of a similar kidnapping at a different school, Mulder is convinced that they are dealing with a serial killer. He's ready to deal with the case on his own as Scully has recently lost her dearly beloved father but she insists on working her way through this difficult time. Mulder is annoyed when a self-declared psychic who is soon to be executed in the gas chamber, Luther Lee Boggs, offers to give them information about the case in return for a permanent stay of execution. Mulder is convinced he's a sham as far as being a psychic goes and is convinced that Boggs is orchestrating the kidnappings using outsiders. Scully, who has had her own encounter with the supernatural recently, isn't so sure and takes Boggs far more seriously. Written by garykmcd

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Interestingly, the character beliefs of Mulder and Scully are switched this episode. Mulder is skeptical and Scully believes. See more »


Boggs has a tattoo of a pair of six-sided dice on the side of his neck. One of the dice has the 6 and the 1 faces adjacent; on an actual die, these faces would be opposite each other. See more »


Scully: Good sailing, Ahab.
Captain William Scully: Good night, Starbuck.
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Referenced in Gone Home (2013) See more »


Beyond the Sea
Music by Charles Trenet and Albert Lasry
French lyrics by Charles Trenet
English lyrics by Jack Lawrence
Performed by Bobby Darin
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Are psychic visions simply in the eye of the beholder?
26 February 2013 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

Another enjoyable episode written by Glen Morgan and James Wong, "Beyond The Sea" is fun for fans thanks to a couple of main plus points.

First, this is a rare early episode in which Scully seems to believe while Mulder is sceptical. Second, the one and only Brad Dourif has a central role.

After the death of her father, Scully gets back to work and offers to help Mulder find two kidnapped college students. Mulder worries that she hasn't taken enough time off to deal with her loss but Scully insists that she's fine. The two head off and find themselves having to deal with a convict named Luther Lee Boggs (Dourif), who insists that he can help them with his psychic powers. As long as they can cut him some kind of deal.

Anderson and Duchovny are, once again, very good and this time they get to share some screen time with Brad Dourif, who can make everything better just by turning up. He is, of course, fantastic.

Directed by David Nutter (who also directed a number of other great episodes from the first few seasons), "Beyond The Sea" may not rank among the best of the best X Files, but it's solid entertainment that mixes some tension with one or two interesting ideas and some subdued emotional moments.

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