Millennium (1996–1999)
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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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Frank Black
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Catherine Black
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Jordan Black
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Peter Watts
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Driver
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Jim Penseyres
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Mike Atkins
Stephen Holmes ...
Eedo Bolow
George Josef ...
Mr. Bolow
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Jack Meredith
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Park Guy
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Lt. Bob 'Bletch' Bletcher
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Dylan (as Sam Khouth)
Henry O. Watson ...
Detective (as Henry Watson)
Bob Wilde ...
Ricardo Clement / Gehenna Cult 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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The parents of the dead kid that are talking to Frank and Peter speak in Romanian. See more »

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Insane in the Brain
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Written by Cypress Hill
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Facing evil
10 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

Maybe even more so than the first episode of "Millennium", creator/writer Chris Carter and director David Nutter begin the second episode as if it could be an episode of "The X-Files".

We see a bunch of young adults joy-riding and dropping acid. They head to some abandoned buildings and isolate one of the youths, taunting him, chasing him with cars, and causing him to run into a decayed building for protection, whereupon he is attacked by a figure that perhaps via his hallucinations is part man, part gargoylish-monster.

Frank Black (Lance Henriksen) is called down to the San Francisco area to investigate, and eventually it seems that the case has to do with a cult of some kind.

But, in keeping with the different pacing and more complex multiple threads that ran through the first episode, Carter takes an intriguing turn as he defocuses the plot a bit and hints at more supernatural religious interpretation of the events (suggested by the title of episode as well), which emphasizes what seems to be the crux of Black's "Millennium Group" (we have to guess a bit at this point)--it seems that they're a diverse collection of experts who are investigating portents of the apocalypse. Later on in the episode there are some mostly implied philosophical points made about the "face of evil".

You could make a parallel with this theme and the "mythos" storyline (the overarching alien cover-up government conspiracy stuff) of "The X-Files", but the difference here is that Black's group seems to be at the top of the hierarchy--it's just that as an audience, we don't quite know what's going on yet. Another difference is that at least at this point, we don't know just how literally these apocalyptic ideas and themes will come to fruition.

In addition to all of the normal elements that are very well done here, this more complex multiple-episode bridging storyline entices you to watch more, and that's one of the major goals in creating a successful television show, which has clearly been done just a couple episodes into "Millennium".


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