Millennium

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  • S 3 : Ep 22

    Goodbye to All That (2)

    Aired 5/21/99

  • S 3 : Ep 21

    Via Dolorosa (1)

    Aired 5/14/99

  • S 3 : Ep 20

    Nostalgia

    Aired 5/7/99

  • S 3 : Ep 19

    Seven and One

    Aired 4/30/99

  • S 3 : Ep 18

    Bardo Thodol

    Aired 4/23/99

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lance Henriksen

    Frank Black

  • Megan Gallagher

    Catherine Black

  • Klea Scott

    Special Agent Emma Hollis

  • CCH Pounder

    Cheryl Andrews

  • Terry O'Quinn

    Peter Watts

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  • Millennium was a television series that premiered on Friday October 25, 1996. The series was Chris Carter's much anticipated follow-up to the very popular The X-Files. Millennium focused on the work of ex-FBI profiler Frank Black, who had retired but was brought back in as a consultant. Frank had a special ability to see into the minds of serial killers and to get into their heads. He also worked for a mysterious organization called the Millennium Group which seemed to take a special interest in serial killers and end of the world prophecy. In the first season, Frank lived in Seattle with his wife Catherine and daughter Jordan. The show focused on Frank's work as a profiler. He spent most of his time in the first season trying to solve serial murder cases. During the second season, the show primarily on Frank's relationship with the Millennium Group. He separated from his wife after his violent rescue of her from a stalker. Frank learned that the Millennium Group was a secret society that believed that the world was coming to an end. During that season, Frank spent much of his time working with Millennium Group member Peter Watts and fellow investigator Laura Means. After the death of his wife at the end of the second season, Frank severed all connection with the Millennium Group and returned to work with the FBI. With the help of special agent Emma Hollis, he began to investigate the Millennium Group itself. The show changes direction again this season, however much of the long term questions that were raised during the first two seasons are answered. The show was canceled at the end of the third season, with an unfinished ending. In later 1999, the show received a conclusion of sorts in a crossover with The X-files entitled "Millennium." However very little closure is brought by this episode. There is however as of late rumors that Millennium may be brought back as a movie of some kind in the near future and finish the story. Show Type: Mystery/Thriller/Horror As of late, there has been some speculation in 2008 about the possibility of a "Millennium Movie" however, it is not know how likely this is yet. First Telecast: October 25, 1996 Last Telecast: May 21, 1999 Episodes: In total 67 Color Episodes (67 one-hour episodes, 6 two-part episode) were produced. Related Shows that feature Crossovers: The X-filesmoreless

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    • Frank: The killer is confused about his sexuality. He feels guilt, quite possibly from his mother. So he goes to peep shows to try to feel something toward women but all he feels is anger - anger that fuels his psychosis, that distorts and twists his view of reality. Geibelhouse: Twists it to fit some screwy French poetry? Frank: The killer doesn't see the world like everyone else. Bletcher: How does he see it? Frank: Differently. Geibelhouse: Wait a second. You say this guy is angry at women, that he cruises boys but then he kills this John Doe we found burned in the forest. How does that work? Frank: He's very confused. Geibelhouse: Undoubtedly. Frank: His way of dealing with it is by fulfilling a prophecy. Geibelhouse: I don't buy it. Kamm: Uh, it's a good story but I've got to agree. Evidence just doesn't support it.

    • Frenchman: They don't ask who takes responsibility! This is prophecy! The final judgment and victory! This is the way it ends! But you know that. You can see it -- just like I do. You know the end is coming!... The thousand years is over!... But you think you're the one to stop it! You think it can be stopped!

    • Frank: I was approached by a group of men who helped me understand the nature of my facility... my gift. Bletcher: This Millennium Group. They really believe all that stuff? Nostradamus and Revelations? The destruction of the world? Frank: They believe we can't just sit back and hope for a happy ending.

    • Frank: I see what the killer sees. Bletcher: What, like a psychic? Frank: No. I put myself in his head. I become the thing we fear the most. Bletcher: How? Frank: I become capability. I become the horror-- what we know we can become only in our heart of darkness. It's my gift. It's my curse. That's why I retired.

    • Catherine: I can handle imposition, Frank. What I can't handle is secrecy. Frank: I don't keep secrets, Catherine. I'll tell you anything you want. Catherine: You think you're protecting me but you make it worse, Frank. You can't shut the world out for me. You can't ask me to pretend that I don't know what you do. Frank: Everyone pretends. We all make believe. These men I help catch... make us. Catherine: We're raising a daughter, Frank. The real world starts to seep in. You can't stop it.

    • Geibelhouse: You're the guy that caught the guy... the serial murderer who ate his victims. What's his name... Piggett? Frank: Leon Cole Piggett. Geibelhouse: I was always curious, how'd he prepare them? Frank: In a skillet... with potatoes and onions.

    • Calamity: Tell me what you want. Frenchman: I want to see you dance on the blood-dimmed tide.

    • Frank: It seems that the old biblical concept of the devil's influence has lost any currency. Catherine: I just think the language has changed. I think science and psychology have given us a clearer idea of why people commit evil acts. I see it everyday, abused kids become abusive adults. Frank: So the true source of evil is us. Catherine: You mean, are we all capable of it? Frank: Or is there something out there - a force or a presence - waiting until it can create another murder, another rape, another holocaust. Catherine: I think it's something that everyone who looks deeply at life wonders. Frank: What would you tell a child? What would I tell Jordan? Catherine: Maybe you should just tell her good-night.

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    Notes (189)

    • Series creator Chris Carter first got the idea for this series when he was writing The X-Files season 2 episode "Irresistible."

    • The Fox Network first wanted to cast William Hurt in the role of Frank Black.

    • Frank Black takes his surname from series creator Chris Carter's own family history. At one point in history Carter's family changed their surname from Black to Carter.

    • Millennium won the People's Choice Award for Favorite New Television Drama Series in its inaugural season.

    • Pete Wunstorf was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in a Pilot by the American Society of Cinematographers.

    • The premiere of Millennium on Fox was a record breaking ratings success, garnering the highest ratings in the network's history for a drama series debut, thanks primarily to a relentless advertising campaign. Over 17 million viewers were watching on October 25, 1996 as the series aired for the first time.

    • The working title of "Millennium" was "2000".

    • The Black's Yellow House in this episode is different from the Yellow House in the rest of the series. The owners of the original house changed their minds about working with the producer between the time the pilot was shot and series filming began.

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    Trivia (61)

    • The cult's projector offers four messages: "CREATE DESIRE"; "EVERYBODY WANTS BEAUTIFUL HAIR"; "FACILITATE ENVY"; "WORK WILL SET YOU FREE."

    • The Killer leaves two messages on the bodies of his victims. The first is "Hair today, gone tomorrow." The second is "Nothing Ventured Nothing Gained."

    • This episode is the only time that demons, or manifestations of pure evil, are called on by name, "Legion" (a direct reference to the Bible). Whenever Frank saw a vision of a demon, or was opposed by a seemingly otherworldly human, fans would identify it as Legion, although this is the only episode in which the word is used.

    • Frank's cell phone number is 202-555-1367.

    • There are a number of acronyms in this episode: A.T.F. stands for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms; N.S.T.L. stands for the National Security Threat List; N.C.I.C. stands for the National Crime Information Center; C.P.I.C. most likely stands for the Canadian Police Information Computer; INTERPOL stands for the International Police Organization; RDX stands for Rapid Detonating Explosive; C-4 stands for Composition 4 (an explosive).

    • Wouldn't Frank have thought to alert his wife beforehand to tell her not to call his cell phone?

    • It is not made clear if Ardis Cohen is just a former colleague of Frank's or if she is a member of the Millennium Group.

    • In the epilogue to this episode, Catherine, Connie and Connie's sister stand on top of a dam into which Connie throws the lock Catherine gives her. It should be noted the image of the dam (particularly the aerial view of the roaring water) will be used in a subsequent episode, "Force Majeure", in the prologue of that episode, when the woman throws herself into it.

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    Allusions (113)

    • The Frenchman: ...The great plague in the maritime city... As Frank notes, the Frenchman is referring to the work of Nostradamus, a 16th-century poet and seer. The Frenchman quotes Centurie 2 Quatrain 53 (i.e, C2Q53): "The great plague of the maritime city will not cease until there be avenged the death of the just blood, condemned for a price without crime, of the great lady unwronged by pretense."

    • The Frenchman: This is the second death. The abominable and the fornicators. This is the second death. You'll have your part in the lake. The great plague in the maritime city. You'll have your part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone.
      As Frank notes, the Frenchman refers to The Bible. Most likely Revelation 21:8, "But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars--their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death." The Frenchman might also be referring to Revelation 20:14-14, "The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death."

    • The Frenchman: I want to see you dance on the blood-dimmed tide. Where the ceremony of innocence is drowned.
      As Frank notes, the Frenchman quotes a William Butler Yeats poem called "The Second Coming": "...The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere/ The ceremony of innocence is drowned;/ The best lack all conviction, while the worst/ Are full of passionate intensity."

    • Screen Projection: WORK WILL MAKE YOU FREE
      The phrase "WORK WILL MAKE YOU FREE" translates into German as "Arbeit Macht Frei" This was the legend above the gates of German concentrations camps.

    • Episode Title: Gehenna The word "Gehenna" is usually taken to mean hell. It refers to a place or state of torment or suffering. It also refers to a deep and narrow ravine southwest of Jerusalem called the valley of Hinnom. In ancient times, that valley was used in rituals of child sacrifice. Later, it was used as a dump. Garbage was taken from Jerusalem and dropped into the valley where it was burned.

    • Peter: Frank, this is Jim Penseyres. He worked at VICAP just after you left...
      VICAP stands for "Violent Criminal Apprehension Program". It is a program run by the FBI whose mission is to facilitate cooperation, communication, and coordination between law enforcement agencies and provide support in their efforts to investigate, identify, track, apprehend, and prosecute violent serial offenders.

    • Mike: There is a deliberate error in the Great Pyramid in Giza... an architectural anomaly that some prophets have cited as an error in our calculation of the true calendar year. Some believe it sets the date of the apocalypse in 1998.
      Predictions of end the world based on the measurements Great Pyramid have been made a number of times in the past. Most notably, David Davidson in his book The Great Pyramid, Its Divine Message (1925) predicted that the world would end in August of 1953 and Piazzi Smyth in his book Our Inheritance in the Great Pyramid (1874) predicted that the millennium would start before the end of 1960.

    • Mike: 286.1... There is a deliberate error in the Great Pyramid in Giza.
      When the Great Pyramid of Giza was built there was a displacement error 286.1 made in the laying of the base. It was because of this error that the capstone did not fit at the top of the Pyramid. This displacement error has some significance in prophetic understandings of the Great Pyramid. Some hold 286 to be as a measure of human error seeing it as symbolic of "man's displacement from God's plan of perfection."

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  • Fan Reviews (29)
  • Just as good as the X-Files, but not as popular.

    By co_fragment, Nov 30, 2010

  • Please help bring Frank Black to the big screen..or a reprisal on the small screen - This Is Who We Are : http://www.petitiononline.com/fb1013/ http://www.petitiononline.com/Millfilm/ Thank YOU!

    By ceylanblue, Sep 28, 2010

  • After the x-files

    By Katara0017, Aug 27, 2008

  • The (Often Overlooked & Underrated) Saga of Frank Black,

    By Shadow_Resident, Jul 02, 2009

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