A former FBI profiler with the ability to look inside the mind of a killer begins working for the mysterious Millennium Group whose interest lies in cases involving doomsday cults and killers obsessed with the end of the millennium.
While assisting the FBI in the hunt for an escaped serial killer, a mad doctor he put in prison, Frank unknowingly meets his demonic, inhuman nemesis and the mastermind of unspeakable evil who claims...
A former FBI profiler moves his family from Washington DC to Seattle, where he joins the Millennium Group, a mysterious organization of former law enforcement officers, committed to battling a crime wave which grows as the turn of the millennium approaches. Written by
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According to Lance Henriksen, the fact that he was nominated for Golden Globes for his role of Frank Black each year the show was on but never actually ended up getting the award probably means that he was nominated in the first place thanks to the writers who wrote a good character for him and not his acting. See more »
Singers or rock bands will release an album. It may be their first and
sometimes that album can be very successful selling copies by the bucketful
and then when it comes to their follow up they disappoint. Sometimes the
quality of that second album is higher than the first, but the case is the
mainstream are either disappointed, or not interested. So it is with Chris
Carter's Millennium, the second series he made after the mammoth success of
his breakthrough series The X Files. Whereas The X Files is about how their
is light at the end of that dark journey you may journey, Millennium was
always about the opposite and thus the tone of the show was set and it may
have led to the disappointing ratings and a sudden cancellation after three
seasons. This is a shame as this was undeniably one of the finest television
dramas ever created, giving us one of the best central performances in a
television drama series and giving us sixty odd episodes of thought
provoking if very disturbing drama.
Whereas The X Files gave the audience a quirky set of characters in the
shape of Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, Millennium gave us the dark, secluded
and world weary Frank Black, a man who investigated cases of serial killer
using a unique, almost clairvoyant like ability to see what the killer was
able to see. This set up was fantastic and like The X Files paved the way
for over twenty mini movies a season. The stories were frequently clever and
very well told and the main performance from Lancer Henriksen, the most
underrated actor if there ever was one, was a sight to watch. The series was
frequently disturbing, offering some of the most graphic images on
mainstream network American television, the stories were hard hitting
(incest and child molestation was dealt with at one point) and even the dip
into X Files-esque waters worked as the paranormal element usually had
something to do with the end of the world thus sometimes facilitating an
explanation as to why so many bad things were happening in the world all of
The thing was viewers were not prepared for this in light of The X Files.
While both shows had the same creator and the same writers and directors,
there was no break from the inherent darkness of Millennium. The X Files
would counter balance the conspiracy and horror stories with episodes of
light humor and whimsical comedy, but here there was not. Even the odd
comedy episode had darker elements. A cross over with The X Files would see
the character of Jose Chung appear. He was dead at the end of the episode he
appeared in. It was story developments like these that let one know that
this was not show of optimism and hope, even if the title sequence tried to
tell us that. Nope, Millennium was dark, hideous and violent, but it was
still a great show that was never given much of a chance. The critics
outside of horror and science fiction circles didn't like it and audiences
found it too much, but there was denying that this was a superb show.
Like The X Files the visual level and production values were superb and the
moody Vancouver locations worked a charm, whilst there was rarely ever a bad
episode. Here's hoping time will catch up with this fantastic show and that
maybe some day an audience will appreciate it fully.
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