Season 1 Episode 6

Kingdom Come

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Nov 29, 1996 on FOX
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Kingdom Come
A desperate man sets out on a killing spree taking revenge on the holy men that he believes have led him to stray. Frank can see the man's sense of faith and the lack his faith could be the key to stopping this killer. Frank then puts himself in danger when he walks into a hostage situation at a small town church.moreless

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  • A priest is burned to death in ritual heretic killing style similar to killings done historically to non-believers. Frank is brought in when it seems to be similar to a serial killer that committed similar murders a few years before.moreless

    A difficult case as we were trying to figure out what the connection was to the different murders. Frank is brought in to see if they can tie everything together.

    Things became a little more difficult when the second victim this time around was a Presbyterian Minister who was retired. In the past the murder victims had all been Catholic. There were a few ties in the murder which brought them together. The style in which it was done being straight out of the same set of guides used to deal historically with heretics. Also the victim had been rendered immobile with a blow to the head then killed in the ritualistic style chosen.

    The key to Frank eventually stopping him was in the fact that the killer still had faith and was afraid to die because he knew he was going to be judged. How twisted he became over the loss of his wife and child in the fire to strike out at anyone that had helped his families faith during their life. To somehow reason out in his mind that they were all culpable in their deaths and that they must no longer have faith because of it. To punish them for his grief!

    The final scene was crazy how Frank walked in and put himself in harms way, but I think that is one of the charms of this show. Frank does what he has to get things done and he didn't see a better way of dealing with it.

    Did the killer shoot himself in the end? I personally heard the weapon discharge but I saw the man being arrested a moment later. Strange. I was watching with another person who saw the same thing. Maybe it was bad editing. Not sure.

    Pretty consistent and the murders were gruesome especially the first with the fire. Another decent episode in general. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Faith/Off

    Neither overly sentimental or metaphor-heavy, Kingdom Come wasn't that great an episode when taken on face value but, if you look a little deeper, was one of the most original and interesting episodes so far.

    We discover in this episode that Frank has renounced any type of religious activity in his life, raising Jordan without faith. While investigating Calloway's crimes, Frank almost regains his faith... in faith. Eventually theorizing that Calloway has, all along, maintained his faith in God, Frank believes that helping him embrace his faith will end his cycle of madness. Unfortunately, this turns out to not be the case. It's definitely an intriguing plot twist and successfully brings up the issue of mankind's lack of faith, and what could happen if we all embraced it once in a while.

    While the episode had an intriguing principal idea, the script let it down. The dialogue seemed clunky and, worst of all, the entire hour was littered with conveniences and gaping leaps in logic. For instance, Jill Harned is completely okay with letting a strange man into her home before rushing out, leaving her 60-something husband alone with somebody she's never met and knows nothing about. It was scenes like this that generally screwed up the script, giving you the impression that the writer had a series of interesting ideas, but tied them all together with unbelievable plot twists.

    One point of interest in this episode was the working relationship between Frank Black and his Millennium Group consultant Ardis Cohen. I was more convinced by this relationship than I was with Frank and Peter Watts and it was disappointing to discover that she would never re-appear on the show. Lindsay Crouse is a welcome addition to the series and it was a missed opportunity to not pursue her for more episodes.

    Director: Winrich Kolbe

    Writer: Jorge Zamacona

    Rating: B-moreless
Lindsay Crouse

Lindsay Crouse

Ardis Cohen

Guest Star

Michael Zelniker

Michael Zelniker

Galen Calloway

Guest Star

Tom McBeath

Tom McBeath

Detective Romero

Guest Star

Brittany Tiplady

Brittany Tiplady

Jordan Black

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Frank: Yeah. I was just thinking on the plane about this man Calloway. I felt how human he was... so inundated by pain, fragmented by grief. It led him to surrender his humanity.
      Catherine: I know, Frank. It scares me.
      Frank: We can't stop evil but we can't lose our faith either.
      Catherine: And you're thinking that's what we need to teach Jordan.
      Frank: I'm going to tell Jordan that bad things happen. And even though the bird died and it upset her, we have to balance sadness... with a sense of hope... and faith.
      Catherine: I still have faith, Frank... even in a world where men like that exist.
      Frank: So do I.

    • Galen: Then you know the truth. You know that God has abandoned us. That's why you're afraid to die. Just like I am.
      Frank: No.
      Galen: You're lying.
      Frank: I'm afraid, Galen, but not like you. You're afraid to die, because you fear God's judgment.
      Galen: I've... lost my faith.
      Frank: No, you've tried to kill it, but you can't. I've... seen your ritual. You try to kill your faith with the tools of your own belief because of your pain, because you think God's forsaken you. You think that you can get rid of your pain by slaughtering the faith that's inside you.
      Galen: It is inside of me, isn't it... It just won't die.

    • Frank: He's on a suicide march.
      Romero: So, you plan on walking in there and becoming another unintended casualty?
      Frank: I think I can reach him.
      Ardis: What makes you say that?
      Frank: I know what he wants.

    • Galen: But Hell is stronger than heaven. And fire burns hotter than love. There is no peace. There is no... forgiveness. Just, um, lonely nights, spent in empty houses... Rejoice! Thy Kingdom Come... is here!

    • Reverend: 'I love thee, oh Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock of refuge... my shield, the horn of my salvation, my strong horn...
      Galen: If any one of you tries to leave, you will die. If you just sit down and sit still, I will tell you about the fiction and the fallacy as brought to you by the salesmen of salvation.
      Reverend: Who are you?
      Galen: I... am the lamb.

    • Ardis: In all these years, we work at a distance, with a remove. It helps us to objectify... so why is this one different to me?
      Frank: The coldness, the calculation, the victims... merciless acts against the merciful.
      Ardis: I haven't been to church since I was eight. I've always been happily cynical. So why I am taking this so personally?
      Frank: I feel it myself.
      Ardis: Have you and your wife raised Jordan in any particular faith, Frank?
      Frank: No. Catherine and I haven't even dealt with it yet.
      Ardis: I know. My husband and I make it up as we go along.
      Frank: Maybe faith is like the picture album left in the closet. We don't go back and visit it every day. We need to know it's there, need to know it's safe... so we can pass it along when the time is right.

    • Frank: [on the phone] Listen very carefully... we're on our way. Please, do not let anyone in your house. Hello, sir?... Reverend Harned, don't let anyone in.
      Reverend Harned: I already have.

    • Frank: I know what he's doing.
      Ardis: The killer?
      Frank: Yes. He's not killing men. He's killing faith.

    • Ardis: His name was Marcus Crane. He was a retired Presbyterian minister. If this is the same killer, this is the first time he's targeted a Protestant.
      Frank: What was the cause of death?
      Ardis: Again, blunt trauma to the head to incapacitate the victim. The instrument was wedge-shaped, probably a golf club, but he died of drowning.
      Frank: The torture of heretics.
      Ardis: Golf or drowning?
      Frank: The staging is just another method of determining the piety of the accused heretic.
      Ardis: A one-man inquisition.
      Frank: He planned this very carefully -- took time to watch the victim, to plan the ceremony. Sermo generalis.
      Ardis: If that's what he's doing, Frank, what is he trying to tell us?
      Frank: His choice to alter his methods is semiotic. The coin in the mouth. The elaboration of details. They're not meant as a message. They're for his own satisfaction.
      Ardis: His lack of denominational concerns would indicate that he's becoming more random.
      Frank: Not more random, more precise. My guess is he knew these men, that he was once a member of their church... a seminarian or an altar boy.
      Ardis: There's something else here. Something they found on the body.
      Frank: What?
      Ardis: A man's wedding band in the victim's stomach.

    • Catherine: Jordan had kind of a bad day today, Frank. She was really upset about the bird.
      Frank: What did she say?
      Catherine: She asked me if dogs die... horses, cars, trees... us.
      Frank: What did you tell her?
      Catherine: I mustered all my clinical powers, and... lied. And I told her you and I would live forever. So back me up on that, will you?

    • Frank: The man who did this... who we believe did this... he does it without conscience. Is that evil?
      Father Schultz: There's a disconnectedness out there and those desperate with that feeling expect faith to fill the void and when it doesn't... they blame us.
      Frank: I can't speak to that, father.
      Father Schultz: No?
      Frank: I'm afraid my own faith is lacking.
      Father Schultz: Well, I've ministered to many who have lost their way.
      Frank: I think my time would be better spent trying to catch the man who killed your friend.

    • Galen: They live their lies so willingly, don't they, father?
      Father Brown: Sorry, I didn't hear.
      Galen: The ordained pretension of the sacred charade. Are you feeling... close to God tonight, father?
      Father Brown: Excuse me?
      Galen: No, I won't. Tell me your sins. Tell me what a liar you are.
      Father Brown: What's your name, son?
      Galen: Bless you father... for you have sinned.
      Father Brown: Son, wait a minute... Son?
      Galen: Inquisitor deum, father... Est in nomine dei, padre.

    • "And there will be such
      intense darkness
      That one can feel it."
      ----Exodus 10:21

  • NOTES (0)


    • Galen: 'The mercy of the lord is from everlasting to everlasting,' he said. Confess your faith unto him who said, 'all souls are mine.'
      Galen reads from Psalms 103:17, "But the loving-kindness of Jehovah is from everlasting and to everlasting, upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children." The phrase "all souls are mine" may be a reference to Ezekiel 18:4, "'Behold, all souls are mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sins shall die.'"

    • Reverend: 'I love thee, oh Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock of refuge... my shield, the horn of my salvation, my strong horn...
      The Reverend reads from from Psalms 18:1-2.

    • Frank: He planned this very carefully -- took time to watch the victim, to plan the ceremony. Sermo generalis.
      The phrase 'Sermo Generalis' means general address. During the Inquisition the sermo generalis was a ceremony attended by local dignitaries, clergy, and townspeople where the Inquisitor pronounced sentences. The penitent abjured their errors and received their penalties while obstinate heretics were solemnly cursed and handed over to be burned immediately in public.

    • Frank: You see this, Ardis? He was wearing a sanbenito.
      A sanbenito is a sackcloth (a coarse cloth of camel's hair or cotton) coat worn by penitents on being reconciled to the church. During the Spanish Inquisition, the sanbenito was often worn by those condemned to die. It resembled a scapular that was either yellow with red crosses for the penitent or black with painted devils and flames for the impenitent.