As the schism between the two waring Millennium Group factions deepens, Frank discovers the existence of yet another player in the power struggle.



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Stephen J. Lang ...
Det. Bob Giebelhouse (as Stephen James Lang)
Clear Knight (as Kimberly Patton)
Ernest Lenart ...
Rudolf Axmann
Bob Dawson ...
Mr. Dean
Judith Maxie ...
Mr. Plunkett
Mr. Otto


As the schism between the two waring Millennium Group factions deepens, Frank discovers the existence of yet another player in the power struggle.

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13 March 1998 (USA)  »

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The Paintings and the Blood Banner
16 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Frank Black is investigating his Wife's new Employer, who calls herself "Clear Knight" (Ashlyn Gere who was "Felicity OH" in "Space: Above and Beyond").

Ashlyn is a Striking Actress, she delivers her character with Aryan Precision, down to the Single "S" on her Cuff-links: The prefect image of Blonde Aryan Beauty, finely chiseled face and manner.

Frank has noticed something else, a Striking Watercolor on the wall in her office - Something last seen in an Underground Bunker in Berlin in 1945.

But another employee of this firm tries to talk to Catherine, he is only able to say one word: "Odessa" before Frank drags his Arse out of the car.

Frank is trying to Protect Catherine and Jordan from evil, but without knowing what the evil actually is, he can't talk to her about it, or about The MillenniuM Group. Frank's Question is, is the Group as much as a danger as this new thing he is seeing, or are they a boon for him? But Catherine knows he is holding something back, she gives him the choice: Either Tell her about it or they will always be apart.

Frank makes a "casual" visit to Clear Knight's Office, in Casual conversation he brings up the word "Degenerates" and "Foreigners" to Gauge her reaction. But his special insight kicks in and this is not necessary. as we see images of Jackbooted Troops and Nazi's and Hitler.

In South America another "Old Man" - The Old Man of Odessa, is seen talking to his Assassin. In the background is a Huge Nazi Flag with Blood splattered on it, and a Block of Wood with a Shiny Object on Top of it.

We know historically, that Hitler would tote around this Blood Banner and also another Object, an old Spear that may have been used to pierce the side of Christ, the Spear of Destiny. We also know that within 90 hours of Hitler losing the spear, he was dead, it went to Patton, who also ended up dead. Was this spear also in the collected artifacts of Odessa? It may well have been there, all we see is a room full of Nazi artifacts, and the power they represented.

The Old Man is notified by Peter Watts, who had sent The Old Man a broken image of the Odessa S Logo, The Old Man wastes no time in going to see Frank Black at The Yellow House. Laura Means is there. While Frank goes to get Catherine, The Old Man gives Laura, and us, an history lesson. Simultaneously, Frank tells Catherine the same story: The Nazis had set up businesses in South America and had sent most of the Gold extracted from the teeth of Holocaust Victims there, they set up companies that were used to affect world events, suggesting even that the taking down of the Berlin Wall and the Fall of Russia was somehow brought about by their manipulations.

But the ironic thing was that the two opposing factions of MillenniuM, while infighting, had left open the door for these people to interfere and try to obtain the Christian Artifacts- Would they give Odessa even more power?

For the factions of MillenniuM to stop fighting, they must band together, and a dire consequence has to occur for this to happen, and it is all on The Old Man who sets himself up, it's the old story of The Lamb that was Slain.

These two episodes are the essential image of The MillenniuM Group of Season two, which differed from Seasons One and Three. At this point in the story, MillenniuM was not yet affected by Lucy Butler/Mabus.

This also points to the ending of Season Two, where MillenniuM decides to manufacture their own Apocalypse. This had not happened yet, so for a time, MillenniuM and Peter Watts is protecting Frank Black. But one thing is brought out in these Season Two episodes, Frank Black has a gift, which will ultimately destroy him if he does not have Catherine there to keep him from Imploding.

This concept is addressed from this episode and to the end of the series. For Frank Black, Odessa is the least of his worries. But these two episodes give us a great "Hysterical Perspective" and an almost- factual history lesson.

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