Season 3 Episode 1

The Innocents (1)

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 02, 1998 on FOX

Episode Fan Reviews (3)

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  • The beginning of the end...

    With this episode, the third season began, and "Millennium" began a downward spiral from which it never truly recovered.

    All of the mythology that had been built in Season 2 (in my opinion, the best of the series and a great foundation for a multiple-season run) was tossed out the window. The show was reinvented as a slightly-paranormal, mostly pedestrian crime drama set out of the FBI and reducing Frank Black to an apparent madman.

    I don't fault the writers for the shift of the Millennium Group. It had been hinted at in Season 2 ("Owls"/"Roosters"), but to make Peter Watts into a villain was too much. I would have preferred Frank and Peter working against the factions of the Group. Instead, Watts became a sinister figure, always lurking in the shadows to keep Frank from finding the truth.

    I never warmed up to Emma Hollis, and it's not Klea Scott's fault. The character was just too bland and undeveloped. She's immediately drawn to Frank and hangs on his every word...but why? The writers don't explain enough about her, so she sadly becomes "the woman partner," something that never happened to Lara Means in Season 2. The plot of this one? Somehow connected to the virus from last season...I think the writers were just desperate to jettison any remnants of Season 2 and settle in to their own stories. The result is that "The Innocents" is slapdash and confusing.

    It's not all bad, though. I like Andy McClaren and Barry Baldwin, but they did not fit with the tone of the show. Chris Carter and co. might have been better off importing these characters to "X-Files," and kept "Millennium" as it was.