The X-Files

Season 1 Episode 13

Beyond the Sea

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jan 07, 1994 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Scully has a brush with the paranormal when her recently deceased father appears to her in a vision. Meanwhile, Mulder becomes a skeptic when a death row inmate he helped send to prison claims to be a psychic and offers to lead the agents to a serial killer.moreless

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  • One of the best from season 1

    Brad Dourif gives us a career performance in what I feel is one of the best 3 episodes of season 1. Boggs' psychic ability feels so real, and it deeply complements Scully's raw emotions about her father.
  • Another great one

    No conspiracy, byut we get Don S Davis as Scully's dad and his ghost, Scully start believing etc. Mulder becomes the sceptic here.
  • Surprise--A Fine Episode!

    Just when I'm about to give up watching this sub-par Season One, they sneak in a good one to keep me going. Dourif displays a wide range of acting skill for his character that's very compelling to watch, often channeling the psychosis that Manson projected for the cameras. The story's pacing is well-done, and the viewer is almost never sure whether to believe Mulder or Boggs. Since most of the paranormal events could possibly be in either Boggs or Scully's mind, it's even an easy episode to accept as believable.

    THIS EPISODE WANTS US TO BELIEVE IN: Ghosts, Psychic Powers.


    I also like the way the roles were reversed in this one--for once, Mulder is the skeptic and Scully bears the burden of proof--a great way to break the formula that was quickly becoming cliche.moreless
  • A man on death row claims to be a psychic and can help catch a serial killer

    This episode was just brilliant when Boggs who claims he is psychic and catch a serial killer but its the other way around this time because Mulder doesn't believe but Scully does because her father had recently died and she had a strange encounter with him and Boggs was singing the same song that was on at the funeral.This episode really gets you thinking whether Boggs was working with the serial killer or he was really psychic but even though he did help them catch the killer and saved two people's lives Mulder still thought he was working with the serial killer but Scully believed but now we will never know.moreless
  • Beyond the Sea

    One of the most exciting and well written episodes of the season, this time giving full attention to Agent Scully, and covering topics such as clairvoyance, destination and spirits. In the story, at the same time that Dana has to deal with the death of his father and his recent appearances, trying to communicate something it also bears the status of a prisoner named Boggs, whose claims to have sighted and skills to help in the case a young couple kidnapped by an assassin. The plot is well developed and reaches great intensity at times of heavy drama or a sense of time being lost, but mainly on the themes to which he devoted himself. The seer, as shown here is frighteningly, by delivering the eyes of a specific individual the power to see through time (past, present and future) would be excluding the free will of man and giving him new opportunities to change their destination, unless such change is also already pre-determined, a real dead end. The connection with the troubled spirits Boggs is also very curious of the possibility that he would be the "glue" between the world of the living and the dead, but of course, facing severe consequences for it. Scully and Boggs, despite representing heroin and arrested crazy, have much in common, is in fact one of the other two creditarem hope something beneficial (if Dana wants help and know what his father would have said, as he or reducing the penalty of death), is painful in the contact they have with their families and vulnerable situation where they are. This correspondence seems to be at odds with the opposite pair of heroes, with Scully a believer and a skeptical Mulder (!). Packed with the most diverse predictions, we find it is very enjoyable, Scully together, they all became real and all sort of fits with the traditional questions that ask us directly for your answers, simply just do not be afraid to believe, as Scully said about herself about their beliefs. Intense, excellent suspense and constant premonitions, is one of the most intense episodes of the season!moreless
Brad Dourif

Brad Dourif

Luther Lee Boggs

Guest Star

Don S. Davis

Don S. Davis

Captain William Scully

Guest Star

Fred Henderson

Fred Henderson

Agent Thomas

Guest Star

Sheila Larken

Sheila Larken

Margaret Scully

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

    • Principal setting: Raleigh, North Carolina.

    • This is the first episode that makes reference to Mulder's pornography obsession. Future writers and episodes will use this again and again, mainly for humor.

    • This is the first episode in which Mulder is shot (in the femur).

    • The tattoos on Boggs' hands reading "KISS" and "KILL" come from a song by the band X where there is a lyric which says, "It's kiss or kill".

    • Chris Carter had to back up the script twice when the network didn't want Scully and Boggs to have a stand-off.

    • This is one of Chris Carter's, Darin Morgan's and Gillian Anderson's favorite episodes, and the first episode to focus on Scully.

    • Max Fenig's (from "Fallen Angel") NICAP cap is hanging on the coat rack in Mulder's office at the beginning of this episode.

    • The article about the gas chamber being readied is written by "G. Morgan." Glen Morgan co-wrote this episode with James Wong.

    • After Mulder is shot, Scully shouts "Officer down", but the guy behind her (and offscreen) who relays the messages says "Agent down".

    • When Scully first rushes into the warehouse, she and the agents with her take cover behind a couple of pillars. In the next shot, they are all clustered together, and the pillars aren't in sight.

    • The episode title is the name of Scully's parent's favorite song. It was played when William returned home after the Cuban Missile Crisis and when he married Margaret, and it is also the chosen music when his ashes are scattered at sea.

    • Continuity: Scully shoots Lucas Henry in the left shoulder. However, a few moments later he is running and holding his right shoulder.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Boggs: There was that one time when I was fourteen and my parents had gone to bed and I snuck downstairs all alone. Got one of my mom's cigarettes and went out onto the porch in the dark. I was so scared. My heart was beating, I mean, they would have killed me if they knew. But I was so excited. Not 'cause of the cigarette, I mean, it was gross, but because I wasn't supposed to.

    • Mulder: Why did you lie in your police report?
      Scully: I thought it would be a better explanation under the circumstances.
      Mulder: What you're really saying is that you didn't want to go on record admitting that you believed in Boggs! The bureau would expect something like that from "Spooky" Mulder, but not Dana Scully.
      Scully: I thought that you'd be pleased that I opened myself to extreme possibilities.
      Mulder: Dana... open yourself up to extreme possibilities only when they're the truth.

    • Mulder: At the age of six, Luther Boggs slaughtered every pet animal in his housing project. When he was thirty, he strangled five family members over Thanksgiving dinner and then sat down to watch the fourth quarter of the Detroit-Green Bay game.

    • Scully: Luther, if you really were psychic -
      Luther Boggs: I'd have known you lied. That there never was a deal. I know you tried.

    • Mulder: I tore this off my New York Knicks t-shirt. It has nothing to do with the crime.

    • Mulder: Dana, after all you've seen, after all the evidence, why can't you believe?
      Scully: I'm afraid. I'm afraid to believe.

    • Scully: Last time you were that engrossed, it turned out you were reading the Adult Video News.

    • Scully: You set us up. You're in on this with Lucas Henry. This was a trap for Mulder because he helped put you away. Well, I came here to tell you that if he dies because of what you've done, four days from now nobody will stop me from being the one that'll throw the switch and gas you out of this life for good, you son of a bitch!!!
      Boggs: Dana... (in Mulder's voice) You're the one who believed me.
      Scully: No! No, I do not believe you!
      Boggs: If you don't believe me, maybe you'll believe yourself.

    • Scully: Did Boggs confess?
      Mulder: No, no, 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 twenty years, but he still hasn't lost his edge.

  • NOTES (7)


    • Movie Reference: Silence of the Lambs

      This 1994 episode has many similarities to the 1991 film and 1988 book, including using a killer to catch a killer, a female FBI agent as hero, the fake offer made to the incarcerated killer, the final chase through a dark labyrinth, and the significance of the hero's father's death (and the incarcerated killer's interest in this).

    • Episode Title: Beyond the Sea.

      The title of the episode refers to the song "Beyond the Sea" which is adapted from the French song "La Mer" by Charles Trenet. The version that is heard in this episode is sung by Bobby Darin and is probably the most known version of the song.

    • Scully: Good sailing, Ahab.
      William Scully: Goodnight, Starbuck.

      Ahab and Starbuck are two fictional characters in Herman Melville's novel Moby-Dick that was released in 1851. The book follows the adventures of the crew of the Peqoud on a whaling expedition. Ahab is the captain of the ship and Starbuck is the First Mate.

    • Mulder: I tore this off my New York Knicks t-shirt.

      The New York Knicks are a professional basketball team in the NBA, of which Mulder is apparently a fan.

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