With severed tongues, dismembered limbs and man-eating pigs, The Judge is easily the most violent episode so far, featuring an intriguing protagonist and some excellent work from the behind-the-scenes guys.
The Judge, as a character, was far more world-weary and intelligent than Frank's previous nemesis’s, making him all the more sinister. Whilst the bad guys seen on the show before were just upfront psychopaths, The Judge was somebody who showed absolutely no fear about the situation he was in, believing he could withstand any type of setback with his mind, his intelligence or his killer pigs. Surprisingly, he proved to be no match for his latest protégé, who fed him to his pets at the end of the episode.
The direction from Randy Zisk is also worth mentioning, with his use of space and light ensuring a creepy setting for most of the scenes. The most obvious example of this is in the final act, with Mike Bardale lit only by the refrigerator light, cast in shadow, echoing his own fragile mindset at that moment in time.
Writer Ted Mann also gave Megan Gallagher a little more to do in this episode, but I still believe she's being underused. She had two excellent scenes in this episode, both showing that Catherine isn't completely useless with Frank's cases and sometimes her unique intuition could save the day. The family relationships in Millennium regularly produce some of the best scenes on the show, and usually brings out the best in Lance Henriksen's and the aforementioned Gallagher's acting.
Director: Randy Zisk
Writer: Ted Mann