Millennium (1996)

Millennium is an American television series created by Chris Carter, creator of The X-Files. Millennium aired on the Fox Network from 1996 to 1999. The series was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, though most episodes were ostensibly set in or around Seattle, Washington. Theme music for the show was composed by Mark Snow, who also created the distinctive theme music for The X-Files.

The series takes place during the years leading up to the year 2000, and follows the investigations of ex-FBI agent Frank Black (Lance Henriksen), a law enforcement consultant with the ability to see inside the mind of criminals, working for a mysterious organization known as the Millennium Group.

Although the series premiered with impressive ratings, viewership declined throughout its three-season run, and it was finally canceled by Fox in the spring of 1999.

It has been announced that publishing house Fourth Horseman Press will be releasing a book about Millennium summer 2012, with Lance Henriksen, Brittany Tiplady and John Kenneth Muir amongst the book’s writers.




PLOT SUMMARY

Millennium featured Frank Black, a freelance forensic profiler and former FBI agent with a unique ability to see the world through the eyes of serial killers and murderers, though he adamantly proclaims he is not psychic. Black worked for the mysterious Millennium Group, whose power and sinister agenda were increasingly explored throughout the series.

Black lived in Seattle with his wife Catherine and daughter Jordan. Jordan was eventually revealed to have inherited some measure of her father’s “gift,” suggesting that Frank’s abilities may be at least partly psychic, since Jordan’s are clearly natural, not learned.

The first season dealt primarily with Black pursuing various serial killers and other murderers, with only occasional references to the Group’s true purpose. The second season introduced more overtly supernatural occurrences into the show’s mythology, with Frank often coming into conflict with forces that appeared to be apocalyptic or even demonic in nature. The final season showed Frank returning to Washington, D.C., to work with the FBI following the death of his wife at the hands of the Group, where he was joined by a new partner, Emma Hollis. Despite Frank’s warnings and the evidence of her own eyes, Emma ultimately joined the Group. Frank is last seen escaping from Washington, having taken Jordan from school.

After the show’s cancellation, the crossover episode, “Millennium”, was made on the television series The X-Files, thus serving as a de facto series finale for Frank Black’s story.

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