Discovery of cremated human remains in a public park, leads Frank, his mentor Mike Atkins and Peter Watts from the Millennium Group to a doomsday cult of teenage telemarketers brainwashed by their mysterious monstrous leader.

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Several young men arrive at a remote warehouse in San Francisco in expensive cars. One of them, having been given a dose of LSD, is left behind by his friends to face an unknown horror waiting in the darkness. A few days later, Frank is called to San Francisco when piles of ashes, possibly the cremated remains of humans, are found in a public garden. They also find links to the missing son of Chechnyan immigrants, whose last contact with his parents was a letter talking about the coming fires of Gehenna. While investigating, Frank takes the time to confide in another member of the Millenium Group, Mike Atkins, about the mysterious pictures of his wife and daughter that have started arriving at his house again. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Enter "Mabus"
14 December 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although the character had not been defined yet, Bob Wilde is a man (Ricardo Clement) who leads an odd Cult based on a Russian company that operates a Phone Bank scam. There is more to this cult than we immediately see, and more about it's the leader than we know.

This was before the "Legion" arc that started with "The Judge" (Marshall Bell in s1e4), but it ties into that arc in a menacing way.

Members of this "company" have ended up dead, they are mostly young Russian immigrants operating the credit card scam. If you do well with this company, you rise in the Cult. If not, you become fodder for a horrid creature that Frank Black is able to see with his "Vision". There are ritualistic elements shown here, involving the use of Hallucinogenic Drugs, and the Victim always vanishes - Mostly, except for things like fingernails and ashes.

But where do the Bodies go? Imagine a gigantic Industrial Microwave Oven. Frank's friend and MillenniuM Mentor "Mike Atkins" (Robin Gammell) tried to do a little detective-work, and almost gets to find out how it is to be nuked like so much uWave popcorn.

The reason I review this episode today - Is that something like this is happening in our country right now, attacks on our Election process from within and without, and nobody seems to care that much about an infringement from a foreign power, they even applaud the efforts.

And although Jesus never physically returned to this planet on the year 2000 (or 2001, the real MillenniuM), this episode is a proper prophesy for future events. Remember this was 1996, 20 years ago. And the author of this prophesy? Chris Carter wrote it.

The idea of Legion must have been in his mind, and I think Carter mostly was setting that up here. Franks "Gift" allows him to see what the Killer sees, when the Killer is human. But this episode deals a Joker into the deck that tosses the concept, "What if it is not a man, doing these things?" - At which point Franks' Gift falters. And we see evidence of supernatural interference in Human Lives, right at the start of this series.

These ideas are hard to swallow, especially for atheists, even for some believers. Nevertheless, this episode set the tone for a developing story. Personally? Believer or not, the Supernatural should not be dismissed. And Carter has set up these characters as an almost-devil influence. As CS Lewis has always said, the biggest mistakes we can make about the concept of devils, is 1) To Ignore them and 2) To give them too much attention. And this series strikes a sharp middle balance for this idea. And this is not the last episode that deals with Russian Culture in the US, the later 1st season episode "Maranatha" (Which means, "The Lord is Coming Back") Also deftly deals with this culture, the way it was in the Mid- 90's.

Bob Wilde plays "Mabus" in the 3rd season, an entity that has taken control of the MillenniuM Group and is influencing them, even at Peter' Watt's right hand. In "Skull and Bones", we see that he was the reason for the demise of Cheryl Andrews (the great character actress CCH Pounder) as a person named "Homer J Petty". So the question is, is "Homer J Petty" the same person as "Ricardo Clement"? and I think, after watching the whole series from first to last, we can safely say "yes".


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