The X-Files: Season 1, Episode 13

Beyond the Sea (7 Jan. 1994)
"The X Files" Beyond the Sea (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-MA  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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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 cast overview:
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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In this episode we can see how different is Scully's Home layout from how it is in the last seasons. The door is in the opposite side of the kitchen among other details. In Tooms we could see that The bathroom also is different, and in Duane Barry and Ascensión clearly we could see she lives in a low floor. It's even plausible that she moved to an upper floor after the first seasons, as far that we can see that they use the stairs when they go out from there. 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 The X Files: I Want to Believe (2008) See more »


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Don't follow Henry to the devil...Leave that to me...
5 September 2007 | by (Sandy, UT, United States) – See all my reviews

Beyond the Sea the Limerick:

Dana Scully's dad has died.

She misses him deep down inside.

When she works on a case,

She again sees his face

On a psychic criminal, then cried.

Having watched this and Season 8's "Per Manum" back to back, the latter being the first and the former watched afterwards, the first thing I have to talk about is what a shock it was to the system of this viewer to see a much much younger and slightly chubbier Scully on a low budget film and sets. I couldn't quite get over the huge difference between Season 8 and Season 1 Scully for the first few minutes until we first meet Boggs. Then I just settled in and enjoyed the show as I would had I never noticed anything. Boggs is such an awesome character and I think is very possibly the best guest star on the show ever. Brad Dourif is so great at those overly exaggerated facial expressions and makes you really believe that this is one crazy messed up guy. I love especially the scene where he relates Scully's story of when she had her first cigarette and he is playing with his hair like a little girl, and also his face as he suppresses letting the spirit of Scully's dad talk to her unless he gets a deal. This is just such a great all around episode with amazing performances by everyone involved. 10/10

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