The first series of Millennium is certainly the best of the three, although the other two are certainly good, they betray -ever so slightly - the darkness of the first. This is a brilliantly written, thoroughly compelling exploration of 'evil' in both its human and supernatural incarnations; ultimately these two elements are cleverly and inextricably linked. In this respect the first series stays true to its principles both artistically and thematically - the more 'other-worldly' origins of pain, suffering and death are still grounded in human action and discussed in a manner that is both mesmerising and unnerving. Throughout Millennium there is always a sense of standing on the edge and being too well aware of how easy it would be to stop fighting and topple into the darkness. I'm well aware that I sound pretentious saying these things, but this is my favourite television series and it is very exiting and satisying to finally have it on DVD. For me it proves, like the best episodes of the X Files, that TV has the potential to convey interesting ideas through drama. Any given episode of Millennium kicks the proverbial out of most multi-million dollar thrillers released on the big screen.
Anyway, I'll stop my reverential babbling and cover a few technical points. The image and sound are superb. The extras are very informative and, although I usually don't care for them as they often seem a convenient excuse to boost the price of the item, they are very welcome relative to this great series and its superb value.
This leads to my final comment in the review. I am still at a loss to understand why Millennium, with 22 episodes and extras to boot, retails for under £30 while a series of the x-files with 22-24 episodes often retails at twice that price. Another great mystery . . . well not really.
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