Beyond The Sea marks a real turning point in The X Files. There have been good episodes before this one but for the first time the show has a real soul. Previously you could treat The X Files as an anthology show but with Beyond The Sea the characters of Mulder and Scully become more human.
Beyond The Sea sees Mulder and Scully swap roles for the first time. Mulder approaches his scepticism of murderous psychic Luther Lee Boggs with as much passion as he does his belief in UFOs. It’s quite extraordinary to see just how little he is willing to believe Boggs the more Scully is taken in by him.
This episode is a real testament to Gillian Anderson as an actress. Given plenty to work with she really is phenomenal in this episode. She is matched expertly by special guest star Brad Dourif. Apparently they had to pay over their normal guest star fee but it was certainly worth it. The scenes between the two of them are electric and we finally get an insight into the real Dana Scully.
We’ve only just passed the half way point of the first season but Beyond The Sea is a whole new level of quality. It is an episode few will surpass over the next nine seasons. It is an essential episode, quite possibly an all time top ten episode, and one that should not be missed. The ending is devastating and Dourif does enough to make you pity a brutal killer.