on 29 November 2004
There is a very different feel to season 3. Completely set aside from the previous two seasons we see many new characters and few of the old. Terry O'Quinn's absence as Frank's 'partner' is strongly felt. The character of Frank Black is presented in a very different light, his words don't carry the same authority or pertinance as they had done previously. The Millennium group is on the outside and we have even less insight into their activities and purpose other than the fact that they are now evil. The episodes themselves are shot very well and strike on new themes and in new directions. The character of Agent Hollis is different and brings a very fresh feel to the show. Other new characters represent basic cop stereotypes. There are a couple of very good episodes and a dozen very watchable ones. The season starts to pick up momentum in the last third and we feel some anticipation, culminating in the season finale. And the rest is history. There is an X-files crossover episode included in the special features but it has little relevance to the Millennium series other than; Oh look, there's Frank Black in an episode of X-files. Not what the fans deserved as a series wrap up. The final episode of season 3 ends with dignity and wonder and allows the viewer to visualise their own perfect ending to the Frank Black saga.
Yes, even though it's premise begins firmly rooted in late nineties end of the millennium doomsday paranoia, this series was actually quite ahead of it's time with it's ideas and concepts.
The story at a glance may appear to be about "psychic detective" Frank Black investigating a different serial killer every week, but that is simply a gross oversimplification of what Millennium is all about. For one, Frank Black isn't 'psychic' in any way, he actually possesses the ability to put himself into the mind of a killer(Not literally of course) to an extent that borders on the abnormal, and consequently has caused Frank serious mental problems in the past. Something which comes up to usually powerful effect throughout the series as Frank simply could not have been played by anyone else half as well as he is played by the vastly underrated Lance Henriksen, who brings the stoic character to life in a way that shames pretty much every central character you've ever seen portrayed in an American TV show. Couple this with truly astounding supporting performances from Terry O'Quinn(Of Lost fame), Megan Gallagher and a rare example of a child actress that can actually act in the form of Brittany Tiplady as Frank's daughter, who may or may not ACTUALLY be psychic in some fashion, as the series teases and explores across it's run. The acting quality in this series is of an absolutely phenomenal quality that towers over any show on TV today, it really is.
The show did get a lot of heat for it's wild change of focus after the first season onto the more fantastical, supernatural elements of it's back story, but this is merely building on groundwork laid during season one, which also implied something more than the mere psychological was at play in the creation of so many serial killers at once, but it can be a tad jarring to go from season one stories about mad bombers who get off on explosions to season two stories comedy episodes about demons(It works a lot better than you're probably picturing here, believe me) swapping stories about their most recent exploits in tormenting innocent people. Even with the persistently changing focus of the series though, it is never anything less than supremely entertaining.
There are so many great episodes of this series I couldn't, simply couldn't pick a single one as a favourite, but I kid you not when I say you'll see where many of today's Hollywood 'serial killer' movies stole their ideas from in Millennium, with the season two episode 'The Mikado' being nigh on identical to serial killer movie Untraceable, despite coming around a decade earlier.
Basically, this is an intelligent, engrossing, and hugely entertaining series that is easily the single best thing that Chris Carter ever made. It's sole flaw is that it ends far too soon and too abruptly, leaving you only with an awful episode of the X-Files as closure(Included as an extra on the season three set), but don't let that put you off.
Give it a try, and marvel at how TV shows should be done.
on 26 June 2000
Millennium is based on Lance Henriksen's Frank Black who over years of experience in the FBI has developed the gift of being able to relive see through the eyes of murders in horifying flashbacks. This fast-paced, detailed series suffers only from it's un-commercial horror genre, but it's really more gore than suspense. Well written, and produced by Chris Carter, it is simply a quality series.
The third season of the involving 'Millennium' deserves neither the censure of those disappointed by its failure to live up to the ambitions of Season 2 nor the exaggerated praise lavished on it by Carter purists. It's still a strong show, powerfully written and directed and brooding gloriously with understated menace. Still, it is hard not to be disappointed with this season as the show's conclusion, as none of the urgency remains from Season 2 and too many episodes feel like unnecessary filler.
Chris Carter returns after handing over matters to Morgan and Wong during Season 2 (in my opinion, the apogee of the show's entire run) and appears unsure how to proceed with continuing the apocalyptic story. And for me, that is what the show was always about. But, clumsily, Season 3 tries to recapture the serial-killer-of-the-week format from Season 1 while trying to balance Morgan and Wong's story arc from 2 and, in doing so, completely loses all sight of what it's trying to achieve. The internecine struggles within The Millennium Group are now more or less ignored in favour of presenting The Group as entirely evil. Peter Watts' defection back into The Group's fold is never convincingly explained (he betrayed them for Frank at the end of Season 2) and their motives are frustratingly prosaic. Largely, I just felt the scripts had all been done before in Season 1 (and better too) and Season 3 should have been the culmination of the Millennium 'war' if you like.
All that said, Season 3 is pretty good on its own and some of the episodes (such as the heartachingly beautiful 'The Sound of Snow') are among the best produced. I would recommend to 'Millennium' fans that they at least see this, as there's much to enjoy. It's just ultimately let down by a limp conclusion (forget the X-Files episode of 'Millennium' - it doesn't do this show justice) and nothing is satisfyingly answered throughout. Whatever the reasons for this, it is hard not to finish watching this unique slice of television without wanting something more.
on 19 November 2004
Millennium lasted for only three seasons and left our television screens without delivering proper closure: fans could only imagine what a fourth season would bring (and did imagine it, in an online 'virtual' fourth season). That really highlights the loyal fan base the show acquired during its 3 year run.
In the final year, Frank Black returns to the FBI having discovered the true nature of the ('evil')Millennium group. With his wife Catherine now dead, Frank also faces parenthood alone and with few important answers to give his daughter Jordan.
The result of such a premise is a kind of 'throw-back' season, often feeling closer in tone and content to the brilliant season 1. That said, elements of last seasons complex mythology are still taken up (notably, "THE SOUND OF SNOW"). The change from season-to-season is once again very striking, as a new exectutive producer takes the helm.
Some of the most effective episodes this year come from writer Michael R. Perry, who delivers a series of entries that range quite strikingly in style: "13 YEARS LATER" is an effective attempt at Darin Morgan style comedy writing, while "COLLATERAL DAMAGE" and "NOSTALGIA" are dark and disturbing, but very entertaining stories. Klea Scott is convincing as newcomer Emma Hollis while Henriksen continues to perform like one of the best male actors ever seen in a TV Series. Jordan Black is also played well.
The season finalé - a low-key 'homage' to MANHUNTER - feels too much like a direct rip-off in some places to ever be considered truly original. But the final scenes of Frank and Jordan taking leave are some of the most affecting moments you'll see in any season of Millennium. Here's hoping for a movie.
on 9 October 2004
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.
on 7 March 2006
Having bought this box set on the back of only seeinig two episodes back in the nineties on terrestrial tv before it moved to sky I knew I'd love it as much as I loved the X files, this however is a much more thought provoking show and it tends to get under your skin and into your head, after watching the episode Wide Open I always lock my back door when I'm in the living room, watch it and you'll get the idea. The first season was brilliant, however it went a wayward from season two but its still compulsive viewing. Lance Henrikson is excellent as the tormented Black and the supporting characters all fit in well with his tortured soul. All in all you won't be disappointed and on the evidence of todays world events it may make you think deeper. I wish Chris Carter would reprise it even for just one season more. Brilliant!!!!
on 14 May 2006
Chip Johannessen faced a difficult creative challenge when he became Millennium's Executive Producer at the start of the third season. The show's fictional world had seemingly been brought to an end at the close of the previous year. How could the creative staff continue a series in which most of the major characters and powerful plot threads had apparently been put to rest? The answer to this question, of course, was to reinvent the series once again.
The final season of Millennium began with a shaky start. Fortunately, it didn't take long for the cast and crew to meet and triumph over these challenges, and the results were commendable. Millennium's third season provided some of the show's most intelligent, bizarre, and intriguing stories. As a result, the episodes presented in this collection offer viewers a glimpse at the show's remarkable range. There are tales of police investigation, complex conspiracies, black comedy, scientific threats, and classic horror. Millennium was an artistic drama series unlike any other and it continues to stand apart in the anals of television history.
Sadly, nothing could save the series from the harsh demands of the network television industry. Just months before the dawn of the new millennium, the series was cancelled and aired its final episode. Frank Black's journey had come to an end, and this DVD collection presents the thrilling conclusion to the Millennium mythology. It is not to be missed.
--Brian A. Dixon
on 15 May 2016
A great boxset containing all the episodes of the brilliant series 'Millennium' across 18 DVD's.
Still as brilliant and dark as it was in 1996, following the reflections of Frank Black.
on 22 September 2008
This is one of my favourite t.v series, this was made by the maker of the X-Files Chris Carter and as with the X-Files this is a dark and gritty drama. With Millennium we see Frank Black an Ex F.B.I criminal profiler who has joined the mysterious Millennium group.
Frank has a gift, he can get into the mind of the most brutal and ruthless killers there are, with the help from the Millennium group he hunts down and catches these killers, but as time goes by and Frank becomes disillusioned with the group and begins to think they are a lot more than they claim to be, he also thinks they have been responsible for many murders amongst the death of his wife. Frank then decides to do everything in his power to destroy the group and bring them to justice.
This is a great series, personally series one was the best for me but the others are great too, the only complaint I have was that there was no series four, there where so many stories left to tell, a bit disappointing.
I hope this review was of some help to you.