Scully believes that the pyschic predictions of a death row inmate are the only hope in the kidnapping of two college students.



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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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7 January 1994 (USA)  »

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One of Gillian Anderson's favorite episodes. 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 »


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'. You know, the guy's been dead for 20 years but he still hasn't lost his edge.
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Referenced in The X Files: I Want to Believe (2008) 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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21 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Beyond the Sea" was the first episode to center around Scully, as precious little about her life had been known previously, and is arguably the best of the episodes that did so. The frenzied Luther Boggs, played impeccably by Brad Dourif, leaves such an imprint that every monster-of-the-week from this point forward faces the challenge of living up to him. His spotlight is shared by Gillian Anderson's Emmy-warranting performance, that peaks in a confrontation with Boggs shortly after Mulder has been shot ("no one will be able to stop me from being the one that will throw the switch and gas you out of this life for good, you son of a bitch!").

This is easily the best episode of the first season and very likely one of the best of the entire series. David Nutter's directing sheds animation at every angle, with multiple scenes feeling like something out of a David Lynch film. Although numerous episodes would tackle Scully's struggle between belief and denial, "Beyond the Sea" was the first to do so, and the on-screen chemistry between Anderson and Dourif is one of the best pairings on any X-File, if not television. The only negative thing about it is that it made me wish Boggs had been brought back in a future ep! 10/10

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