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4.0 out of 5 stars The darkness tightens its hold on the Blacks..., 3 July 2000
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This review is from: Millennium: Volume 10 - Powers, Principalities.../Broken World [VHS] [1996] (VHS Tape)
After finally braking through into Frank and Catherine Black's precious yellow house, the evil which the former FBI agent tries so desperately to keep under control begins to tighten its grip in this penultimate first season Millennium release.
The cumbersomely-titled "Powers, Principalities, Thrones and Dominions" follows on almost directly from the format-breaking events of "Lamentation". With Frank stretched to breaking point over the death of Bob Bletcher, the Millennium Group asks him to assist on a Satanic killing. Although initially reluctant, Frank is sent back to work by his wife, but the gore is too much for even the hardened psychic. Although initially it seems as if "Powers..." will be a reversion to the serial-killer-of-the-week stories that permeated the first eight episodes, the story soon takes a spiritual twist, and as a lawyer who might possibly be the Devil himself starts offering Frank a law partnership, Faustian parallels start ringing alarm bells in the audience member's head. The story reaches an even more religious conclusion when what can only be an angel in human form ("You have no idea how much it pains me to be here") exorcises the demon. This spiritual twist to the series brings a new layer to the show which may be the final component; before, we only had Frank's desperate attempts to control and study the evil he saw around him, but now there's a further sense that he may be a part of a larger cosmic struggle -- and there are more hints that his family are in fate's way.
"Broken World," the second episode here, is a return to rather more familiar territory, but again there's a twist: this time, rather than the killer being fully 'formed', Frank's efforts to stop his murdering before it starts instead exacerbate the situation, pushing the killer over the edge. Horses are the initial targets, but before long the focus alters to vulnerable women, and then to anyone who stands in the killer's way. Although the vetinarian female character has some potential, she isn't really given the screen time or dialogue she is quite obviously capable of, and a little more remorse is needed from Henriksen for Black's actions; all too often, we have to infer how Frank is feeling rather than see him actually react. That aside, "Broken World" is a strong installment, and top marks go to this week's guest star serial killer.
All in all, as the season rides to its conclusion, one gets the sense that a lot of thought has gone into Millennium's inaugral year; and in retrospect, it's been a lot more consistent than the latter years of its sister show, The X-Files.
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