The X-Files: Season 1, Episode 12

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

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  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 Jackson Henry (as Lawrence King)
Agent Thomas
Don MacKay ...
Warden Joseph Cash (as Don Mackay)
Elizabeth 'Liz' Hawley
James '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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Part of this episode was filmed in Vancouver. After her first meeting with Boggs, Skully is driving back to the hotel and sees the "angel of stone." This is a WWI memorial piece called the "Angel of Victory" located at Waterfront Station. See more »


Mulder: It was five hours of Boggs channeling. After three hours I asked him to summon up the soul of Jimi Hendrix and requested 'All Along the Watchtower'. Your know, the guy's been dead for 20 years but he still hasn't lost his edge.
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Beyond the Sea
Written by Charles Trenet and English lyrics by Jack Lawrence
Performed by Bobby Darin
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Kiss, Kill
13 April 2006 | by (Washington Terrace, Utah) – See all my reviews

Beyond the Sea is arguably the best episode of season one. It's a pity that Morgan & Wong didn't stay with the X-Files throughout its duration. They wrote another masterpiece here. This episode is not about a serial killer named Lucas Henry. It's about Scully and her interactions with Luther Boggs, a death row inmate, who is supposedly channeling her deceased father. This is the first X-Files episode where Mulder and Scully switch the roles of believer and skeptic. Scully is not sure whether to believe Boggs or not. The dialogue between Scully and Boggs is very powerful. Of note is their exchange after Mulder is shot by Lucas Henry. There's not a lot of action in this episode. It is secondary to the drama between Scully and Boggs. Morgan and Wong actually gave up their script writing fees for this episode in order for production to be able to afford Brad Dourif to play Luther Boggs. Brad Dourif is incredible and was worth every cent they payed him. People tell me, "I think of Finding Nemo when I hear the song 'Beyond the Sea'". But for any X-phile, you know exactly what you think of when you hear 'Beyond the Sea'.

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