Millennium: Season 2, Episode 19

Anamnesis (I) (17 Apr. 1998)

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Catherine and Lara investigate when five girls claim they saw a vision of the Virgin Mary.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Miss Shetterly
Ben Fisher
Genele Templeton ...
Clare McKenna
Garry Davey ...
Mr. McKenna
Alex Hanes
Reverend Sam Hanes
Maureen (as Kimberly Warnat)
Melanie Manuel ...
Kelly Celaya
Eryn Collins ...
Shelley Larrabure
Jessica Murdoch ...
Leslie King


Catherine and Lara investigate when five girls claim they saw a vision of the Virgin Mary.

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Holy Blood/Holy Grail
4 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode just made no sense until I read "Holy Blood/Holy Grail" - And the other ruckus that came from that, "The Da Vinci Code".

At first I thought these girls and the main girl "Claire" played by Genele Templeton were doing some kind of Wicca or Earth Worship Cack.

But now this episode makes all kinds of sense in all kinds of ways. But I don't think many people got it, hence its mere "7.0" rating on IMDb.

The Girl Claire claims she had seen "Mary" during a Church Service. It took me a while to realize not "Mary" the "Mother of God" but Mary Magdalene.

And I also thought that "Ben Fisher" was some kind of rendition of Legion. That was pure misdirection, deliberate and put in there by the writers of the Episode.

Basically, Frank is off somewhere, Katherine comes to the school to play Psychologist with Claire, but The Eyes of Laura Means have beaten her there.

We have seen by this time in the series, that all Katherine wants is for Frank to tell her the Truth - If She will leave Frank for him not being honest, she'll have even lass patience for Laura Means. And this starts happening.

But where Katherine just sees a little girl who needs counseling- Her kind of counseling - Laura sees a younger version of herself. But Claire can keep them both at bay, Claire gets right into Katherine's issues and challenges her, saying "I am not Jordan" - Without ever hearing anything about Jordan.

It is different with Laura, when Laura was a young girl she had the Vision, and was always told that she should not have it.

But Claire has Ben Fisher (John Pyper-Ferguson) who has some kind of "secret book" he is always reading, which he locks away whenever Katherine visits him- He is Claire's trusted pillar of Support, and we initially think he is using Claire or lying in some way, but this is also misdirection.

We also get to see a Non-Klingon Be'Tor (Gwynnyth Walsh) as the Principal of the school, I never recognized her without her Duras-Family Brow Ridges. She really does not know what to do to get her school back running normally.

Millennium uses quite a bit of misdirection here, this episode is not what we think it is, these people are not who we think they are. And Katherine Sees and overhears Peter Watts' discussion with Laura, and gets even more suspicious.

It is not that Laura won't tell Katherine what is happening, she can't

  • But she does tell her as much as she can.

But then the rug is pulled under - Claire and her girls are forced to take part in Baptism at the Church - We have been assuming that a Baptism is contrary to what these girls actually want - But it is not.

This is why I say, if God came right up to most Christians, they would not even recognize Him - They did not 2,000 years ago, why should it be any different now? And there are lots of references here to books that were taken OUT of the Bible during the Council of Nicene - Just because Men excluded some books, does that invalidate them? So we have the Classic Christian example of them arguing over things they are in 100% agreement on.

Because it never occurs to them to take the legends of the Templar Knights and the stories of the Holy Grail more seriously, especially the part about the Merovingian Kings.

Claire says a couple of important things: There will be a sacrifice, and there is nothing Katherine can do about it - And charges Katherine with telling the Truth about what she is about to see happen.

And this was a pretty important charge Claire gave to Katherine, I don't recall if it died with Katherine at the season finale or if she gave the info to Frank.

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