The X-Files (1993–2018)
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The crew of a U.S. military ship that disappeared in the Norwegian Sea is found dead from what seems to be rapid aging. Thinking it's another Philadelphia Experiment, Mulder boards the ghost ship along with Scully and a local skipper.

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Rob Bowman

Writers:

Chris Carter (created by), Howard Gordon (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
John Savage ... Henry Trondheim
David Cubitt ... Captain Barclay
Vladimir Kulich ... Olafsson
Stephen Dimopoulos ... Ionesco
Claire Riley Claire Riley ... Dr. Laskos
Robert Metcalfe Robert Metcalfe ... Nurse
Dmitry Chepovetsky ... Lt. Harper
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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-era Philadelphia Experiment 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 Norwegian 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Norwegian

Release Date:

10 March 1995 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

The Norwegian town Mulder and Scully go to, Tildeskan, is fictional. See more »

Goofs

Mulder mentioned that a fleet of Soviet mine sweepers vanished on their way to Havana during the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1963. The Cuban Missile Crisis lasted Oct 16-28, 1962. See more »

Quotes

Fox Mulder: I think I just lapped George Burns.
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References Dead Calm (1989) See more »

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The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Interesting yet atrocious
6 April 2009 | by Karl AkselSee all my reviews

Before I talk about the atrocious bits, however, I will try to review the episode without a Norwegian perspective. The plot itself is pretty much average as X-files plots go, which is to say perfectly OK. It didn't really draw me in, but neither did it bore me. The acting was pretty standard, though David Duchovny gave a pretty good performance. Like many X-files episodes, however, this one suffers from the fact that 40 minutes really isn't enough time to properly develop the plot or the characters.

OK, now for the bad news. I'm Norwegian, but I think even non-Norwegians with any knowledge of the language would hear the thick accents here. Thank goodness for the subtitles, because much of the time I could not make out what they were saying. I did, however, pick up certain *Danish* words (like "bliver" instead of "blir", meaning "becomes"). Now, written Norwegian is almost identical to written Danish, but when spoken the two languages are very different. I don't think we'd hear that difference from the actors used, though, so it might well be that the language coach used an English/Danish book for reference. Or a really, really old Norwegian one, seeing as Riksmål (essentially Danish) hasn't been our primary written language for at least 90 years. A telling phrase is Olafson's "gå (ad) helvede til" ("go to hell"), a Danish construction which is absolutely not used in Norwegian (the Norwegian phrase would be "dra til helvete").

I don't think picking up a random Norwegian schmoe from the streets to help them out would have been that difficult, nor that expensive.

Now, language aside, there are some other embarrassing elements, which probably only a Norwegian would care about. First of all, Trondheim is hardly a common surname. I was surprised to find that there ARE actually some who have this surname. Nine, to be exact (for the alternative spelling, "Trondhjem", the statistics reveal a grand total of 17).

Second, I have yet to see a Norwegian flag in a Norwegian pub/tavern. Made me think that this must be a place where far-right extremists hang out. Flag use is pretty reserved in Norway compared to our American counterparts.

Third, "pirate whaler", indeed. I'm half surprised they didn't include a burly Norwegian killing baby seals with his teeth. The same Norwegian schmoe from before could have told them that the only form of "pirate whaling" going on is if someone was to exceed their quota of minkes, but this hasn't happened in decades.

Fourth, maybe they DID use a really, really old book as reference. Because the patrons of the Norwegian tavern made me think of the way certain places might have been half a century back.

I don't know, maybe I'm overly anal about these things because I'm Norwegian. That's why I am only deducting one star for that. For those who ARE Norwegian, however, this episode has an unusually high face-palm factor. Best seen with friends over a pizza and something good to drink.


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