July 20, 2024

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The X-Files “Millennium”

Frank Black. Mulder. Scully, Zombies. The usual.

Chris Carter was doing well at Fox when the network let him try a second show:  Millennium, where Lance Henrikson’s Frank Black could see in the minds of evil people and the like.  The show didn’t last that long, but Henrikson’s Frank Black did do an X-Files episode after Millennium was canceled.  So, I guess this is also a Millennium finale.

Oh, and Octavia Spencer has, like, two lines as a nurse named “Octavia.”

The Case:  Millennium Zombies!

The Rest:  Oh, that nasty Millennium Group is up to no good!  Or one guy is who is resurrecting former members who were also FBI agents because somehow these four zombies will cause the apocalypse.

No, I don’t get it either, but Skinner wants results since it was FBI agents who seemed to be the subject of grave robbery.  Or, as Mulder speculates, necromancy.

But hey, the necromancer might be part of the Millennium Group, so off to see Frank Black in a mental hospital where he’s trying to go sober to get custody of his daughter back.

Now, back in the day, I did tune into Millennium at least at first.  I wouldn’t call it a favorite, but I do like Lance Henrikson.  I saw a description of the actor once as “professional scary guy,” and even though he isn’t always a scary guy in his work–I’ve seen more than a few non-scary performances–he’s really good as a scary guy, more spooky than Spooky Mulder.  So, will he be working hand-in-hand with Mulder and Scully as they look into this case?

No.

Not really.

And apparently, Henrikson wasn’t too pleased about the whole zombie thing.

I’m actually kinda baffled by the whole zombies thing.  A deputy cop is attacked by one and killed, but then comes back as one.  Scully and Mulder are both attacked and scratched up, but neither of them seem to be in danger of becoming zombies.  Mulder seems to know how to prevent the dead from rising, but his advice to Scully is literally too late.  And when the only way to stop a zombie is to shoot it in the head, something any zombie movie should have taught our heroes, will it come out any other way that the four horsemen are soon the four recently redeceased doofuses?

And all this is set for the new millennium, even though Scully points out that number is both arbitrary and wrong since 2001, not 2000, is the actual millennium.

Well, Mulder and Scully did finally share a kiss, but it was a New Years Kiss, so it may not count for much.

Up next, really fast teenagers.