When some people on a ship are rescued, it is discovered that they are aging and later, dying. Mulder takes it upon himself to investigate the ship, which he believes has been the target of Philadelphia Experiments.



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After a US destroyer vanishes for 42 hours, a group of sailors are rescued but all have aged tremendously. All but one quickly dies and the survivor is under guard in a military hospital. Mulder's archive has reports of a number of ships disappearing in the same area just off Norway. He believes it's all related to the Navy's World War II Philadelphia experiments where the government was trying to find a way to make ships invisible to radar. They find the missing ship, the USS Ardent, in the North Sea abandoned and with all of its crew dead but one, the Captain. Both the ship and the Captain are quite old and they seem to have gone through some type of time anomaly. Scully has a scientific explanation for what has happened but they are going to have to solve the mystery quickly as they begin to age rapidly. Written by garykmcd

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10 March 1995 (USA)  »

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"I don't need a translator for that!"
15 February 2007 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Well, maybe Mulder didn't need a translator, but I think I can speak on behalf of the entire population of Norway when I say that the Norwegian spoken in this episode is horrid. I read an article somewhere where it said that it was an X-Files episode in which the story took place in Norway. This had me quite intrigued. My expectations were however crushed, seeing as how this episode struck me as a little boring and quite average, compared to the rest of the season. The old make-up looked awful on Mulder, horrifying on Scully and you can hardly notice it on the other guy, Trondheim. This episode sticks out with its darkness & awful translation of an otherwise beautiful language. It remains an above average episode, with a pretty good teaser and a story that works up until the end. Kind of... maybe..

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