Saturday, May 30, 2009

Season 1, Episode 13: Beyond the Sea


Scully's parents leave after visiting for Christmas, and Scully gets the news that her father has died shortly before she sees a vision of him. Mulder and Scully begin investigating the abduction of two Jackson University students (under similar circumstances to a previous kidnapping that left two students dead), and whether a death row inmate named Luther Lee Boggs has visions that can help them or if he's orchestrating the kidnappings from the inside.

The agents visit Boggs to see what visions he can get, though Mulder determines that he's a fraud when he receives visions from a piece of cloth unconnected to the kidnapping. When he starts singing the song played at Scully's father's funeral, however, Scully follows the clues he gave and finds evidence related to the kidnapping.

With Boggs' assistance, the FBI finds the kidnapped girl, but Mulder is shot and seriously wounded in the process. The girl IDs a man named Lucas Henry, whom the FBI believes assisted Boggs with his murders. Scully suspects that Boggs set Mulder up because of his role in putting him away, but Boggs is steadfast in demanding a deal in exchange for information. In a role reversal, Mulder thinks Boggs is just playing mind games while Scully is more open to the supernatural.

Under a false deal arrangement, Boggs gives Scully information on the kidnapped boy's whereabouts before saying that he knew all along it was a setup. With the information, the FBI rescues the boy, and Scully becomes convinced that Boggs was not involved in the kidnapping. Boggs is nevertheless executed. Though he promises to give Scully her father's final message, she does not show up as a witness, telling Mulder she is afraid to believe.

Brad Dourif, who plays Boggs, was also Grima Wormtongue in the Lord of the Rings movies; I haven't seen Deadwood, but he's been in several episodes as Doc Cochran. I've also never seen Stargate SG-1, but Don S. Davis (who plays Scully's father) played Major General George Hammond on that show; Davis died last year.

Episode Body Count

Captain William Scully: Dana Scully's father, dies of a heart attack at the beginning of the episode.

Two Duke University students: abducted, tortured, and killed a year prior to the episode.

Five of Luther Lee Boggs' family members: strangled by Boggs at Thanksgiving, after which he takes in the football game; also killed every animal in his housing project, and perhaps other people, though those numbers aren't specified.

Lucas Henry's girlfriend and mother: killed in a car accident, somehow prompting Henry to commit murders on the anniversary of the crash.

Lucas Henry: falls through a catwalk to his death.

Luther Lee Boggs: executed.

Humans: 12
Creatures: 0
Aliens: 0

Cumulative Body Count (13/202 episodes, 0/2 movies)

Humans: 72
Creatures: 7
Aliens: 4

Grand Total: 83

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