Millennium (1996–1999)
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The Beginning and the End 

Frank comes into contact with the man who has been photographing his family.



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Episode credited cast:
Allan Zinyk ...
Judith Maxie ...
Drew Reichelt ...
Dicky Bird Perkins
Viewpoint Cop (as Mitch Kosterman)
Alan Robertson ...
Elderly Man
Norman Armour ...
Suited Man
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Martin Comtois ...
Hare Krishna


As the Blacks are returning from their vacation in Virginia, Frank and Jordan go out to the parking lot while Catherine waits for their bags to arrive. As she waits, a man takes her photo and then abducts her, drugging her to keep her from fighting back. When he gets away, Frank learns that not only is this the man who has been harassing him with pictures of his family, but the Millennium group has known his identity long before this. As the kidnapper taunts Catherine with his rantings about how well he knows what's in Frank's mind, Frank must try to prevent his fear and range from clouding his abilities if he ever hopes to see his wife alive again. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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19 September 1997 (USA)  »

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The first episode in the series to actually display the name of the episode in its opening credits. See more »


Frank Black: A number. There is one for every life which ever was or ever will be. And like most lives, they wait for a moment, the moment... When we'll be sent on its journey back toward the yellow sun. Approaching the sun brings definitive change. It will never again be the same. Appearing in our skies, it is believed to be the prophecy of extraordinary events. The Birth of Kings. The Death Of Empires. After Centuries, or Millennia, the journey must end. Perhaps smothered by its own dust, the dark, ...
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References Soylent Green (1973) See more »

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"Jelly-Necker" - I Like that.
17 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

And I have to agree, This episode is a fine beginning to a very Strong and Colourful 2nd Season. Think you can do better? Then do it, I can't accept a casual dismissal like that. I respect the work that went into this series, writing is difficult enough - Try writing for a TV series. Not only do things like Plot and Continuity have to be dealt with, but also a Teaser and Four Acts of exactly 10 minutes each. And then having your main Executive Producer not being available, so you have to decide how to go about it.

One thing we didn't have much of in Season 1 was the Humour aspect. Morgan/Wong handed us that, with Darren Morgan showing us a completely different aspect of Black, The one that says "I Surrender" when he realizes he can't do anything about a situation.

As far as how this episode continues on from the Cliffhanger of Season 1, it's perfect and seamless despite changing "Polaroid man" to Doug Hutchinson from the original Paul Raskin aka "The Figure".

This is in fact the episode where Everything Changes for Black, The Yellow House is no longer the bastion of Light and Safety for Black and his family. It becomes a symbol of what he has lost, his Eden from which he is barred from entering. Instead it becomes something for Black to hold on to, but that is yet for him to decide.

What did "Polaroid Man" want? - Just to prove that Black could not use his "gift" to find him? Or merely to "Tell Katherine the Truth"?

I don't think this is ever explained, because it is not important. Because this is the beginning of the Year of the Comet. One Comet may get interrupted and fall into the Sun, others may just go on their merry way while the Earth changes Crowns and Kings beneath.

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