Millennium

Season 2 Episode 12

Luminary

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jan 23, 1998 on FOX
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Frank is closer than ever toward initiation into the Millennium Group but he puts his membership at risk when he sets out to Alaska alone to search for a missing boy. But the Group warn him that they want no part of his rescue attempt so Frank must go alone...moreless

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  • A strong story about self-discover, and a nice advancement of some of the developing story lines.

    9.5
    "Luminary" is the story of a kid who goes to Alaska, and goes missing. The kid's parents ask Frank if he could go and see if he can find their son.



    The Millennium group doesn't want to support his investigation, so Frank has to go alone. When he goes there, a body is found that is assumed to be the boy's body. However, Frank doesn't believe that it is. He wants to continue his investigation, but gets no help from either the Millennium group or the local authorities.



    One of the great things about this is the development it brings to the overall story of the season. It shows Frank that he can't rely on the Millennium group. It strengthens the conflict between them, which is very important later on, showing that they don't always have the same interests. It also does a very good job at developing Peter Watts' story. He is placed in a position, where he has to decide where his loyalties lie. He can either listen to the Millennium group and not get involved in the case, or he can help Frank, somebody who he views as a friend and partner. This story line is expanded on in later episode within the season's main story line, and adds a lot to his character.



    Another great thing about this episode is that, while it is set up as an investigation, it ends up having a much different point to make than the usual killer-of-the-week that has been a big part of the series in season one, and some of the episodes of season two. It ends up being a great story of self-discovery.



    Overall, this is very interesting and well-written story.moreless
Tobias Mehler

Tobias Mehler

Alex Glaser

Guest Star

Brion James

Brion James

Sheriff Bowman

Guest Star

Rob Freeman

Rob Freeman

Mr. Glaser

Guest Star

Terry O'Quinn

Terry O'Quinn

Peter Watts

Recurring Role

Judith Maxie

Judith Maxie

Finley

Recurring Role

Brittany Tiplady

Brittany Tiplady

Jordan Black

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Alex: We are meant to be here. We step from one piece of holy ground, to the next, under stars that ask, "Imagine for one second you could drop in on a past life. What would charm you, make you proud?" Ask yourself that and the question of what to do in this life becomes so simple it's terrifying. Just to do that thing that would charm you, that would make you say, "Yes, this is the real me". Do that, and you're alive.

  • NOTES (1)

    • At the end of the planetarium movie, the speaker says "The time is near." This has been one of the lines featured in the intro sequence since the beginning of the second season.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Frank: Over five hundred years ago, a man named Petrarch climbed a mountain just to see the view. It was a new kind of thinking, it became the beginning of the Renaissance. The name of that mountain was Ventoux.
      In this episode Alex Glaser changes his name to Alex Ventoux in reference to the mountain that Francesco Petrarch climbed. Petrarch preserved his undertaking in the writing of the essay, "The Ascent of Mount Ventoux". This essay was, in fact, marked as one of the lead factors in the beginning of the humanistic Renaissance.

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