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This episode shouldn't work. The plot makes no sense. The science makes no sense at all. We never even find out what happens to the dread mysterious Pirate Olafsson. The bottom line is the X-File investigation goes nowhere, nothing gets explained, and the only people who survive--whatever it is--are Mulder and Scully themselves. Yet the director manages to create dramatic tension and evoke a feeling of extreme claustrophobia. And naturally, it's always a treat to watch Scully do science.

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Writer: Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa
Director: Rob Bowman
Originally aired: March 10, 1995

Just because they want to, Mulder and Scully charter a fishing boat and head to the North Atlantic off the coast of Norway to investigate the mysterious deaths of the crew of the USS Ardent, where they get stranded when pirates hijack their boat. The ship vanished at the 65th parallel where there is a history of ships going missing dating back to WW II.

Most Memorable Quote:
MULDER: I always thought when I got older I'd maybe take a cruise somewhere. This isn't exactly what I had in mind. The service on this ship is terrible, Scully. (she smiles) It's not fair. It's not our time. We still have work to do.

SCULLY: Mulder ... When they found me, after the doctors and even my family had given up, I experienced something that I never told you about. Even now it's hard to find the words. But there's one thing I'm certain of. As certain as I am of this life, we have nothing to fear when it's over.

Sarah Stegall
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Date: 2014-10-24 09:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rustingwillpowr.livejournal.com
I still joke that this is the most romantic episode because Mulder and Scully grow old together...even though no one ever laughs.

I like how they each selflessly offer to let the other drink the sardine juice/snow globe water. Yum. "No, Mulder, you drink it. I insist. Really."

Date: 2014-10-25 01:22 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fueschgast
Oh, I like this episode so much (I just wish back then they'd already had make-up possibilities of today). A week ago I talked with my mom about the checkmarks in my compendium and she remembered this episode as a good one.

Does anyone know if the title is correct Norwegian?

I'm a bit disappointed that the water glass broke before we could see one of them drinking the juice of 6 lemons. I would have loved to see that face.

Date: 2014-11-06 02:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] estella-c.livejournal.com
I have not time to rewatch, but I will willfully opine anyway.

1) The aging makeup is awful. Technicians have really gotten much better at that. Maybe because the huge "boomer" generation is aging, and there are more dramas about old people.

2) As a childish early shipper, I was disappointed that these two heroes faced death without saying anything about how much they loved each other. Well, I said I was childish.


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