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The X-Files: Beyond the Sea/E.B.E.

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Beyond the Sea is superb, E. B. E. is rambling and indeterminate

  • Dec 15, 2008
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The first episode on this tape is masterfully done. Scully's father dies unexpectedly of a massive coronary and she begins to see his image suddenly appearing. Two college students are kidnapped and a brutal serial killer named Luther Boggs that is on death row claims to be channeling communications from the dead and the abducted students. Mulder's work as a profiler was largely responsible for Boggs being captured, so he has a grudge against Mulder.
What makes the episode fascinating is that it reverses the roles of Mulder and Scully. In a typical situation, Mulder is the believer and Scully the skeptic, but now Scully wants to believe and Mulder is the skeptic. When Boggs appears to channel the spirit mind of Scully's father, she finds it difficult to stay objective. Mulder is forced to be somewhat harsh in explaining that the kidnapper and Boggs could be working as a team, because Boggs is demanding that his death sentence be commuted to life imprisonment before he will continue to cooperate.
Through excellent investigative techniques, Scully and Mulder are able to find the abducted teens before they are killed, although Mulder takes a bullet. When he realizes that he is going to be executed, Boggs tells Scully that he will send her a message from her father before he dies. The last scene is a simultaneous one; Scully is explaining to Mulder how Boggs could have faked all his messages while Boggs is being led to the gas chamber. It ends with Boggs dying and Scully receiving no message.
The second episode was somewhat tedious; it begins with a human fighter jet over Iraq shooting down a craft containing extra-terrestrials. One of the crewmembers survives and is being transported in a truck across the United States. Flying saucers are following the truck and that leads Scully and Mulder to the case. In a series of lies and deceptions, Deep Throat communicates with Mulder and he and Scully are eventually led to a power plant in Washington. They manage to falsify identification badges and enter the facility. When Mulder is finally to the point where he can look into the chamber containing the alien, the plant guards capture him. At that time, Deep Throat appears and gives Mulder a bit of explanation regarding the human treatment of extra-terrestrials. It all comes across as a weak plot and explanation. It also expands on the plot device of the super-secret government within a government and introduces the "Lone Gunmen.".

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BEYOND THE SEA
Original Broadcast Date : 01/7/94
Written by Glen Morgan & James Wong
Directed by David Nutter

Beyond the Sea

After two North Carolina students are kidnapped by a serial killer, Scully and Mulder seek the aid of a convicted killer awaiting execution whose claims of psychic powers can help them rescue the teenagers before they are killed. When the convict clues establish several key facts about the identity and whereabouts of the killer, Scully must weigh her own skepticism of psychic ability against the startling accuracy of the information.

Special Agent Fox Mulder - David Duchovny
Special Agent Dana Scully - Gillian Anderson
Captain William Scully - Don Davis
Luther Lee Boggs - Brad Dourif
Lucas Jackson Henry - Lawrence King
Margaret Scully - Sheila Larken

E.B.E. Original Broadcast Date : 02/18/94
Written by Glen Morgan & James Wong
Directed by William Graham

Scully and Mulder learn that an unidentified space craft which was shot down in Iraq during a routine air patrol has been secretly transported to the U.S. Mulder suspects that the high levels of government are trying to hide the remains of an extraterrestrial biological entity (E.B.E.), which was possibly recovered along with the craft. The agents race against time to locate the ship and its contents before they can be destroyed.

Special Agent Fox Mulder - David Duchovny
Special Agent Dana Scully - Gillian Anderson
Frohike - Tom Braidwood
Langly - - Dean Haglund
Byers - - Bruce Harwood
Deep Throat - ...

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Genre: Television, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

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