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The Time Is Near... well, it was...,
This review is from: Millennium - Season 2 [DVD]  (DVD)The second season of Millennium, a dark and unsettling TV drama series starring Lance Henriksen, was notably different in tone, in style and in thematic content when compared to the first season. Whereas the first season looked at the evil acts committed by man usually in the form of a criminal investigations into serial murderers, the second had a more spiritual and supernatural feel to it. This was a purposeful move made by the show's new commanders, Glen Morgan & James Wong (creators of Space: Above & Beyond), and on initial viewing of these episodes after watching the first season, the changes are a little jarring.
However, once you've grown accustomed to the marginally lighter mood and the sporadic shifts in tone (as good as the comedy episodes are, they simply feel out of place), this is a highly commendable season. More time is taken to explore the shadowy motives of the Millennium Group that Frank Black consults for. Terry O'Quinn's character Peter Watts takes a more prominent role, and the edition of Kristen Cloke as Lara Means is welcome. Though Megan Gallagher is still on the opening credits for every episode, her appearances are few and far between this season.
The highlights in Millennium's middle season for me are "The Mikado" (a deeply suspenseful and nerve-shredding tale of how the internet can be abused), "A Room With No View" (the chilling return of evil-incarnate Lucy Butler), the "Owls" / "Roosters" two-part story (which explores a divide within the Millennium Group) and the climactic two-parter "The Fourth Horseman" / "The Time Is Now" (in which a lethal plague looks set to trigger the apocalypse).
For all of this season's strengths however, I felt that there were slightly more episodes that fell flat than in the first season. "The Pest House" has none of the show's usual intelligence or realism and "The Hand Of St. Sebastian" left me completely cold. But on the whole, once the initial uneasiness toward the show's new direction has worn off, Millennium Season Two is well-worth your money if the first season had you enthralled at all. It remains one of the most cinematic television shows ever made. Always, always beautiful, despite the frequent ugliness of it's content.
Unfortunately Glen Morgan & James Wong are noticeably absent from the Season Overview featurette, and neither of the commentaries are particularly enthralling.