Millennium

Season 2 Episode 6

The Curse of Frank Black

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 31, 1997 on FOX
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The Curse of Frank Black
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On Halloween night, Frank is haunted by the ghosts of memories that have long passed. They spring from his childhood to the death of Bletcher, Frank is left to wonder if someone — or something — is trying to send him a message.

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  • A Halloween episode that is quite different from what we expect from this show.

    9.1
    I like Millennium but I never loved it like the X-Files. As appealing as Lance Henrikson is as an actor (& nice to see him as a lead rather than as a villain or supporting character), this show comes off much more limited in scope than TXF & gets tiring with all the gloom & doom. There are great episodes to be sure but also lame ones like the one with a Russian anti-Christ or the one with the Indians in NYC. The feeling of anxiety created by the approaching millennium was real & they played it up brilliantly. But what was I to take from all this? That evil was spreading via more serial killers & general wackos with outlandish schemes? Like TXF, the mythology for this show keeps things nice & vague so they don't have to have an explaination. The creepiness is well done, Frank's visions are awesome & certainly they did way more envelope pushinghere than on TXF. But in the end, I don't feel as strongly for this show as some of the fans do. Now I admit I've seen only season 1 and part of season 2 so maybe I'll see better stuff soon but if I'm not entralled now, when?





    Now, this episode is different. Frank is not on a case & besides a quick appearence by his daughter we see none of the other recurring characters. This gets into Frank's head and a bit into his past. A warning about things to come (a good thing about S2-more continuing plot threads). One can feel Frank's weariness, Lance is in top form. He could go off the deep end. Loved the numbers & letters that lead him to...well you have to see it. One question: I thought his wife & daughter were still living in the yellow house & that it would not be sold, why is it abandoned?moreless
A.J. Adamson

A.J. Adamson

5-year-old Frank

Guest Star

Shaun Toplass

Shaun Toplass

14-year-old Frank

Guest Star

Lachlan Murdoch

Lachlan Murdoch

Hobo

Guest Star

Brittany Tiplady

Brittany Tiplady

Jordan Black

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Crocell: I know your feeling strange right now kid, but believe me. Its a helluva lot creepier for me to be back. That night I was so dying to know if the dead can return, if there's anything afterwards. Remember. The time when your really askin' the question and when you really need to know just goes by like, poof, nothing. But you know the answer. Forever. I'll tell you this. All that stuff you hear about the fire and the brimstone and the rats and the excrement and the demons tormenting you for all of eternity. There's none of that stuff. Its worse. Its so much worse. It is for me at least. Imagine having to suck on this for all of eternity man, I wish someone told me. He, he. Others they, uh, they ain't got it so bad, I guess. I don't know. You'll know, soon enough. I've been sent here because you've become me. The way people look at you. What they say about you. Makin' stuff up. Pretty soon you come to believe its true and then its all its really all over. You know I threw things at my house too, not eggs though. I think I threw dog crap. Yeah, I threw dog crap from my back yard at my kitchen window. I'd never clean it off. Imagine that. The one think you've got that I never did is that your getting close to understanding what's about to happen. And he's been watchin' you. Uh huh. Oh yeah. More closely and more often the closer you get. Here's the deal kid. Give up the fight. Sit it out. Forget about this Millennium Group. Go back to your wife and to your daughter and to your puppy and to your yellow house and just live out a nice happy normal life and there's gonna be a place for all three of you afterwards. A place, believe me, where a lot of souls wish they could be. But you pass on this, and your going so much farther than I've ever been. Hell. The way you gutted that guy who took your wife. The anger in side of you. Woo. He. He. I don't know why your not being offered a sweeter deal. You got the heat inside of you to fight for this side. So what I'm askin' of you is really simple. Sit back and do nothing! Anyone could do it! Well. Most people do. Take this deal kid. Secure you and your family's future. Because the time is near and he will win. There's no way he can lose!
      Frank: When will it happen?

    • "Why should it be thought incredible by you that God raises the dead."
      ----Acts 26:8

    • Ghost Storyteller: And this is where they found the body of Lieutenant Detective Robert Bletcher. Hanging by his hunting knife slashed neck. Blood dripping down his tie. And upstairs, in the refrigerator, on a plate was his kidney. Ever since then the ghost of Robert Bletcher has walked this very floor waiting for the curse of Frank Black to be lifted. Black's wife was named Catherine. And one time when she was living in this house all alone, she saw Bletcher's ghost. She told John Stanton's mom that his throat was still cut. Blood will forever spill from the wound until the curse is lifted.
      Teenage Girl: There's no such thing as ghosts.
      Ghost Storyteller: Heh. Tell that to Frank

    • Crocell: Alright kid. I'll tell you what. I'll find you some kind of treat around here if you, uh, do a trick for me. Deal? Hmm? You know why your doing this kid? No? You know what Halloween's all about? Halloween is believed to have been started by the ancient druids who believed that on this evening Samhain the Lord of the Dead summoned evil spirits. To the Celts it was the last evening of the year and an especially propitious time for examining the portents of the future. And the devil and witches were free to roam the earth. And on this night, the spirits of the dead returned to visit past family and acquaintances from this life. Hmm? So, kid, for your trick I want you to tell me, is it true? Is it possible that the, uh, dead can return just for, uh, five minutes? Just to tell someone who had no idea that he'd never see 'em again that there's a better place than this and that their waiting for him? Just for a minute, just so I can have the chance to say 'So long'. Just for a second. Just to let me know that there's a better place than this. Now kid. Is it true? Is it possible? Cause if it is, then there are a helluva lot of guys I'd rather have here talking to me than you?
      5-Year Old Frank: There's no such thing as ghosts.

    • Jordan: Do we have to go there?
      Frank: What's the matter?
      Jordan: Feels bad.
      Frank: What do you mean bad?
      Jordan: There's ghosts there.
      Frank: There's no such thing as ghosts.

    • "Do you ever find yourself
      talking with the dead?
      Since Willie's death,
      I catch myself every day,
      involuntarily talking with him,
      as if he were with me."
      ----Abraham Lincoln (upon the death of his son)

  • NOTES (6)

    • The line "There is no such thing as ghosts" is spoken three times in this episode: once by Frank to Jordan, once by little Frank to Crocell, and once again by a kid in Frank's basement. This emphasizes the effect of the revealing of Acts 26:8.

    • Although it is not shown in a flashback at the end of the episode and skipped over by Frank, when the Bible falls in his house to a page, and he picks it up and closes it, it is open to the beginning of "Acts".

    • The stop-motion black and white devil that repeatedly appears on Frank's television is a stop-motion Satan from Wladyslaw Starewicz's short film Fétiche. It us also known as "The Mascot", "The Devil's Ball", or "Stuffy's Errand of Mercy". Wladyslaw Starewicz (1892-1965) was a Polish born animation pioneer best know for his work in stop-motion animation.

    • In this episode there are two references to other works of Glen Morgan and James Wong. Through a window Frank sees a large screen television which shows the opening credits for a show entitled The Notorious 7. This program was a pilot produced by Morgan and Wong in the Spring of 1996 in competition for the 96/97 Fall TV season. It was not picked up. The other reference is to the Morgan and Wong produced television series Space: Above and Beyond. As Frank walks down the sidewalk he passes a man dressed in Chig costume.

    • This episode features the songs "Little Demon" by Screamin' Jay Hawkins and "Memories Are Made of This" by Dean Martin.

    • This episode is set in Seattle, Washington.

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Crocell: The way you gutted that guy who took your wife. The anger in side of you. Woo. He. He. I don't know why your not being offered a sweeter deal. You got the heat inside of you to fight for this side.
      Crocell's refers to Frank's killing of the Polaroid Man in the episode "The Beginning and the End".

    • Crocell: To the Celts it was the last evening of the year and an especially propitious time for examining the portents of the future. And the devil and witches were free to roam the earth. And on this night, the spirits of the dead returned to visit past family a
      Crocell talks about the history of Halloween. The origin of Halloween dates back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. They celebrated their new year on November 1. The Celts believed that on the night of the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. So, on the night of October 31, they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.

    • Ghost Storyteller: And this is where they found the body of Lieutenant Detective Robert Bletcher.
      Bob Bletcher was killed in the episode Lamentation.

    • Crocell: You know what Halloween's all about? Halloween is believed to have been started by the ancient druids who believed that on this evening Samhain the Lord of the Dead summoned evil spirits.
      There is some debate as what Samhain (pronounced sow-in) refers to. It commonly held to refer to an ancient Celtic festival. There is, however, some debate as to whether Samhain refers to an ancient Celtic Deity: "the Lord of the Dead" or "the Lord of Darkness."

    • Episode Quote: Do you ever find yourself talking with the dead? Since Willie's death, I catch myself every day, involuntarily talking with him, as if her were with me.
      This quote was said by Abraham Lincoln. He asked the question of a union officer. Willie Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln's son, died in 1862. After his death, Abraham Lincoln's wife Mary Todd Lincoln frequently consulted spiritualist and mediums. She is even believed to have held seances in the White House.

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