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
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Most of the Norwegian spoken in this episode is flawed, and apparently Danish language coaches were used. Two examples make this clear: the first is the word "bliver" ("becomes/stays/remains") instead of the Norwegian "blir". The second is when Vladimir Kulich
is supposedly saying 'Go to Hell' in Norwegian, where he is actually using the Danish phrase, which in this case is structurally very different from the Norwegian. See more
As the camera is fixed on Henry Trondheim drowning, the cameraman's hand is visible passing upwards on the left side of the screen as if treading water. See more
I found a children's book of Norse legends. From what I can tell, the pictures show the end of the world - not in a sudden firestorm of damnation as the Bible teaches us, but in a slow covering blanket of snow. First the moon and the stars will be lost in a dense white fog, then the rivers and the lakes and the sea will freeze over. And finally a wolf named Skoll will open his jaws and eat the sun, sending the world into an everlasting night. I think I hear the wolf at the door.