you'll ever need to know!
Love it or hate it, the first episode will
determine it for you.
The Wild and the
A mini road-movie masterpiece.
A frightening, supernatural turning point
for Millennium (followed by Powers, Principalities,
Thrones and Dominions).
The droll Darin Morgan is as brilliant here
as he was on The X-Files (also see Somehow Satan Got
Also recommended: 19:19, The
Curse of Frank Black, The Mikado, The Pest House, The Fourth
of Season One should satisfy converts, except the likes of Broken
World. Season Two has some stinkers including the two-parter
Owls and Roosters. Season Threes relaunch, The
Innocents, was uninspired.
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Former FBI profiler Frank Black has a special insight into evil
deeds usually presented as fleeting visions. He begins
working with the Millennium Group, a mysterious organization of
ex-law enforcement heavyweights who monitor appalling crimes (and
which may be a harbinger of the Apocalypse).
Chris Carter created Millennium as a scary but less paranormal
companion to The X-Files. Many, but not all, episodes have
spotlighted serial killers.
First Run: Millennium
first appeared on October 25, 1996.
of Episodes: 22 episodes in
Season One, 23 in Season Two. Currently half-way through a revamped
third season in the US.
The Good Guys:
Frank Black (Lance Henriksen), his wife Catherine (Megan Gallagher),
their young daughter Jordan (Brittany Tiplady) Franks
buddies in the Seattle Police, Bob Bletcher (Bill Smitrovich) and
Detective Giebelhouse (Stephen James Lang) Millennium Group
members Peter Watts (Terry OQuinn), Mike Atkins (Robin
Gammell), Cheryl Andrews (CCH Pounder) and The Old Man (RG
Armstrong), Group tech geek Brian Roedecker (Allan Zinyk), would-be
member Lara Means (Kristen Cloke) and Franks Season Three work
partner Emma Hollis (Klea Scott).
Mulder and Scully, it doesnt pay to get close to Frank:
Bletcher and Atkins dont live past Season One, The Old Man
dies mid Season Two, Lara goes insane, and Catherine buys the farm
at the end of Season Two.
The Bad Guys:
Peter Watts and Cheryl Andrews turn nasty during Season Two, and the
Millennium Groups leaders are also rather sinister. Clear-cut
recurring baddies include the fiendish Lucy Butler and largely
unseen Polaroid Guy.
And Isnt That... Brad
Dourif (Star Trek: Voyager, Childs Play) is seriously
unhinged in Force Majeure, Darren McGavin (Kolchak and,
lately, The X-Files) is Franks father in Midnight
of the Century, Space: Above and Beyond regulars James
Morrison and Tucker Smallwood star in Dead Letters and Goodbye
Charlie respectively while rock band KISS cameo in Season Threes
...13 Years Later.
When youve seen one morgue scene youve
usually seen them all. Ironic use of easy listening music -
something virtually unique to Morgan and Wong but over-used
nonetheless. Angelic visions - by Season Two they were everywhere!
Filmed in drizzly, chilly Vancouver,
sensible and rugged outdoor clothing is the order of the day. By
contrast, Somehow Satan Got Behind Me showed nude demons and
featured a strip joint (as did the pilot)..
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