The Director’s Club‘s Jim Laczkowski returns to discuss one of the best episodes of the season with Erix. Arriving at the midpoint of the season, “Beyond the Sea” offers up a harrowing tale of faith, doubt, loss, and hope as Scully herself is placed into the shoes of the “believer” this time. It’s not often that Mulder is the skeptic of the bunch, but they really knocked this switcheroo out of the park.
A lot of that, of course, has to do with the fact that our guest lead is the incomparable Brad Dourif. Probably best known for voicing Chucky in the Child’s Play franchise and portraying Grima Wormtongue in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, Dourif has always been a dependable character actor now matter the film (or TV series) at hand. From One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest to Mississippi Burning to The Exorcist III, the man always knocks his roles out of the park. That holds true here as well as he plays Luther Boggs, a convicted murderer on death row who is attempting to stave off execution by offering up information on the recent kidnapping of two people.
How did he come by this information? Mulder thinks he is working with someone else on the outside, but Luther swears he is having psychic visions and Scully might actually believe him. Is he telling the truth? Watch and listen to find out!
This episode also notably introduces Scully’s parents in the form of Don Davis and Sheila Larken.
Episode 1.13: “Beyond the Sea” (1994)
Directed by David Nutter
Teleplay by Glen Morgan and James Wong
Starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson
Guest starring Brad Dourif, Lawrence King-Phillips, Don Davis, and Sheila Larken
“Scully believes that the psychic predictions of a death row inmate are the only hope in the kidnapping of two college students.“
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