Millennium - The Complete First Season
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A retired FBI profiler with the ability to see into the minds of killers joins the mysterious Millennium Group, a team of ex-law enforcement experts dedicated to fighting the ever-growing forces of evil. The complete first season of the TV series Millennium.
Millennium marked the second major television series created by Chris Carter, who'd already made his name as the brains behind The X-Files. And, like its predecessor, it shares a lot of the same themes--it's a crime thriller that gradually unfolds into a grand conspiracy involving the government and the fate of the entire world.
Agent Frank Black (Lance Henriksen) is a former FBI agent who has transplanted his family from Washington, D.C. to Seattle, after suffering something of a breakdown. He's an expert criminal profiler--arguably the best, thanks to his ability to "see" into the minds of killers--and he fears for the safety of his wife and young daughter. In Seattle, he joins the mysterious Millennium Group, an agency of freelance crime-busters who investigate particularly brutal crimes. As a result, Millennium is downright bleak viewing, as Black jumps from horrific slaying to horrific slaying. Moreover, there's a growing sense of unease about the workings of the Millennium Group, so that in typical Chris Carter fashion, you don't know who to trust. With its pre-Y2K angst and overwhelming darkness, as well as its general humorlessness, Millennium hasn't dated as well as The X-Files. Still, thanks to Carter's vision and Henriksen's compelling take on the tortured Black, it's difficult not to get hooked. --Ted Kord
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I used to watch the show religiously when it was on, and I'd slowly watch my friends and family get turned off by it. The first season was too slow for some, the second too gory, the third, well, you'll have to wait and see. But people couldn't keep up with the harsh reality of Chris Carter's world. They all regret abandoning the show now that it's on DVD, and they've begun watching it again.
Yes, they quit watching because the show was hard. And yes, the show is hard. It makes you think. It makes you feel. It sets up characters, often to kill them off, and make you miss them. Why watch, then, you may ask? Well, when's the last time a show made you feel? Made you sad or angry or worried or made you simply get up and lock your door?
If you want more sappy crappy TV to slide down your throat like everything else in our fast food world, walk away and hit some sitcoms on the big three networks. If you can take a rather hardcore look at crime, demonogoly, and the end of the world, and if you can take actually feeling--emoting in our flood of apathetic televised garbage--then buy this DVD set right away.
Although intrigued by the topic I did not watch it in 96 as I had other fish to fry and other television commitments to keep, but I did rent it and ultimately purchased it from Amazon. I really liked this show and feel Lance Hendrickson was the perfect choice for the role of Agent Frank Black bearing the weight of the world on his shoulders. I also felt the role of his wife was essential for the series, and gave Agent Black a greater purpose and a place to recover from the debilitating effects of his job. I regretted the choice the writers made in killing her character. This was a truly creepy series and I subsequently purchased the second and third seasons of Millenium. I felt that seasons one and two were the best of the three.
I recently watched the entire first and second seasons over again, and the second was darker and more twisted than I remembered from my first screening. There were major changes in approach and I now think the second season was the better of the two.
Where do serial killers come from? Is there some real evil entity, a "devil" if you will, that helps create these people without concience who can kill without remorse? Could the serial killer phenomena be part of something bigger at work? Frank Black begins to wonder.
And as this series unfolds, (especially in season 2) it is apparent that the Millennium Group has some ideas on the topic as well. Frank Black works for them as a consultant in Seattle, Washington. In fact, Frank and the group find a great number of killers who believe they are playing some part in the apocalypse as described in the book of Revelation or the writings of Nostrodamas. Not all of them, but these people obviously see things "differently," and it's Franks job to see what they see so he can catch them before they kill again.
That is the intriguing premise, and maybe it wasn't as accessible to some as the UFO mythology of the X-files, but they missed out.
Was the show dark? Certainly. But it was brilliantly acted and directed too. Each episode is better than most movie thrillers about cops vs. killers I've seen. I'm not dumping on The X-files. I was a fan of that show too, but really the first season of X-files was sort of uneven (see my review of that boxed set). Millennium was top notch from season one. And season two was even better. I think Chris Carter must really be proud of this show. He and everyone involved, Lance Henriksen, ALL of the actors, the producers, the music of Mark Snow...it all adds up to a landmark show that deserves it's due.
And now it gets it on DVD.