Millennium

Season 1 Episode 13

Force Majeure

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Feb 07, 1997 on FOX
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Force Majeure
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The Millennium Group investigates the suicides of identical twin girls born seven years apart. They soon find out that a man and his bizarre family of cloned daughters are preparing for the apocalyptic disaster of May 5th, 2000, when a celestial alignment of the planets take place.moreless

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  • Sunday In the Ark with Clones

    8.9
    The first Millennium hour to fully utilize the apocalyptic basic premise of the series, Force Majeure, meaning literally "superior force", is one of the most unsettling and effective episodes so far, with a series of bizarre mysteries and a sense of real overwhelming catastrophe which is destined to soon happen.



    The episode featured yet another Millennium Group agent, the eccentric Dennis Hoffman, played by genre regular Brad Dourif. Whilst he proved a necessary asset to the investigation, I couldn't help but feel unaware of how exactly he should be treated by the viewer. Is he supposed to be laughed at? Or was he just a handy plot device to drive Frank and Peter in the right direction? Either way, I still enjoyed his presence, mainly due to Dourif's inspired performance.



    I was most impressed with the direction in this episode. Winrich Kolbe created some creepy visuals for most of the episode, especially the eerie sight of the blonde clones gathered together in the farm house, creating an image not unlike Stephen King's Children of the Corn. The misty breath on the Iron Lung Man's mask is also a memorable image.



    Whilst the majority of the episode is excellently written and well-developed, there is a big feeling of disappointment at the end, seeing as much of the episode's premise isn't really evolved on. What was the significance of Lauren's hands being clasped in a Buddhist gesture? Why did the Iron Lung Man have said iron lung? Though this adds to the mystery and intrigue of the episode, it's mostly a let-down, leaving the episode feeling disjointed or unfinished.



    Director: Winrich Kolbe

    Writer: Chip Johannessen

    Rating: A-moreless
Brad Dourif

Brad Dourif

Dennis Hoffman

Guest Star

Morgan Woodward

Morgan Woodward

Iron Lung Man

Guest Star

Timothy Webber

Timothy Webber

Sheriff Camden

Guest Star

Terry O'Quinn

Terry O'Quinn

Peter Watts

Recurring Role

CCH Pounder

CCH Pounder

Cheryl Andrews

Recurring Role

Brittany Tiplady

Brittany Tiplady

Jordan Black

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • "7" is a recurring motif in the show (7 planets will be aligned). When Frank is viewing the alignment of May 5, 2000, its time is 19:07, or 7:07 P.M. Also, Dennis Hoffman's door number is 7.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Dennis: On May 5th, 2000, seven inner planets align for the first time since the Great Flood. Uranus at the meridian of its epicenter. Earth the focus of the biggest gravitational tug-of-war in 6,000 years. Catastrophic Earth changes on alignment day, preceded by abnormal weather patterns now as stresses build. Example: hurricanes - Edouard; Andrew; Andhra Pradesh, Bay of Bengal. Example: The Sahara Desert advancing 70.7 meters per year. Example: Lima earthquake, 7.3; Loma Prieta, 7.1; Irian Jaya, 8.0. Example: ...
      (He nods toward the spot where the girl died, site of the previous night's storm.)

    • Frank: There is someone out there who believes in May 5th. He's responsible for the death of two girls already. I need to know who else believes in earth changes.
      Dennis Hoffman: Einstein did.
      Frank: I mean today.

    • "You can remember,
      a single deluge only,
      but there were
      many previous ones."
      ----Plato

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