The X-Files (1993– )
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Beyond the Sea 

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


David Nutter


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Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Brad Dourif ... Luther Lee Boggs
Don S. Davis ... Captain William Scully (as Don Davis)
Sheila Larken ... Margaret Scully
Lawrence King-Phillips ... Lucas Henry (as Lawrence King)
Fred Henderson ... Agent Thomas
Don MacKay ... Warden Joseph Cash (as Don Mackay)
Lisa Vultaggio ... Liz Hawley
Chad Willett ... Jim Summers
Kathrynn Chisholm Kathrynn Chisholm ... Nurse
Randy Lee Randy Lee ... Paramedic
Len Rose 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) See more »

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The network was opposed to even doing this episode, one of the high watermarks of the first season, as they felt it traded too much in the shadow of The Silence of the Lambs (1991). See more »


When the police officer assisting Scully in the investigation of Mulder's shooter gives a history of the suspect he completely mispronounces the name of the prison where the suspect had been incarcerated. This is very odd as "Angola" the prison name, is the same name as a nation in Southwest Africa. It's as if the speaker had never heard of either of them and had never spoken the word prior reading it from the script. See more »


Scully: Good sailing, Ahab.
Captain William Scully: Good night, Starbuck.
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Referenced in The X-Files: Shapes (1994) See more »


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Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Black Lodge
18 May 2013 | by chaos-rampantSee all my reviews

This may prove to be a turning point in the show.

So far X-Files has been a mixed bag, but scrap the often silly 'monster' aspect and at root what is worth investigating in the show is the noir notion of an extralogical reality that comes alive according to the narrator's desire. So far Scully's raison d'etre had been to provide the logical counterpoint to spooky Mulder, inserting again and again the possibility of logical explanation to phenomena.

Here she has her own breakthrough, tied to loss and bereavement of her dead father. Usually in the context of the show we have 'hard' presentation of extralogical forces as 'real' outside of mind, but for the first time we have some 'soft' ambiguity; the thing may be only as real as the story we choose to remember, and yet no less ontologically real for that.

Anchored on one end in a powerhouse performance by Brad Dourif as spiritual conduit (or charlatan), on another we have what another reviewer astutely noted as the Twin Peaks connection. I did make a note of resemblance in my post for the Pilot, so it's nice to see it confirmed here.

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