Millennium is the perfect show for fans of The X-Files and Supernatural

Science fiction / fantasy genre shows such as Supernatural and X files have captivated audiences for decades. Between severed heads, extraterrestrial conspiracies and eschatology of the “end of time”, these shows (among many others) keep us going while exploring all that is strange and paranormal. So if any of you Mulder & Scully Stans and aspiring Winchesters are looking for a new frenzy after your last rewatch, look no further than Millennium.

If you haven’t heard of Millennium, that’s because this mysterious crime thriller was canceled after airing for just three seasons on Fox in the late ’90s. The series followed former FBI profiler Frank Black (Lance Henriksen), a man who has the ability to “see into the minds and hearts of criminals,” as he works alongside the mysterious Millennium Group to track down serial killers, sex offenders and even the powers of the Hell. Even if Millennium apparently starts off as “just another crime drama”, it slowly evolves into a genre show that’s not afraid to deal with demons, ghosts, serial killers, and heavy doomsday symbolism as it approaches the year 2000.

In addition to being created by X files Creator Chris Carter and a lot of actors and teams overlap from the two paranormal staples, Millennium mixed up Mulder’s FBI world of conspiracies and Scully’s skepticism with the biblical apocalypse and demonic adversaries of Sam and Dean (long before the latter was even written) to form something that has grown darker than the ‘either show never could. Between severed heads, mutilated victims and apocalyptic cults, the series would present weekly things that show like Criminal minds only dares to show occasionally, with plots that look better Real detective Where Midnight Mass than your average procedure. This darkness comes not only from the subject matter (there are a lot of serial killers messed up here), but also from the heaviness that series protagonist Frank Black takes upon himself. As Frank continues to scrutinize the minds of the very killers he pursues, it wreaks havoc on him like no other.


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In addition, Frank’s gift, his almost prophetic ability to “see into the hearts and minds” of evil men, gives him an advantage somewhat reminiscent of Sam’s prophetic visions from previous seasons of Supernatural. This gift, this curse, allows Frank to see his own demons (figuratively and literally) and overcome his worst fears by becoming them. If this show sounds like some sort of existential mental journey, it’s because it often is. “The Curse of Frank Black” in particular delves deep into Frank’s psyche as he is stalked by a ghost from his childhood (played by dean winters). This spirit warns him to give up his job and take advantage of his family, but, in the same spirit of Fox Mulder or Dean Winchester, Frank laughs at his words.


Those who are particularly fascinated by X filesThe plot of the alien conspiracy and the overall mythology of the series will jump to Millenniumthe approaching end of the biblical “End of Days” which many Millennium Group members believe will occur around the turn of the century. A son Supernatural, the mythology picks up particularly in the second season (highlighted in the two parts “owls” and “roosters”), where we learn that, much like X files‘Union, not everyone in the Group plays well together. The intricate and intricate nature of the Millennium Group makes television exciting, which makes us, along with Frank, wonder who is closest to the truth?

The show’s killer weeklong episodes range from completely secular to paranormal, but that’s part of what makes Millennium unique among genre television. Millennium often refuses to conform to “gender roles” and continually bridges the gap between reality and fantasy. Episodes such as “Midnight of the Century” or “The Sound of Snow” may involve Frank facing loss by interacting with different minds, while fan favorites like “The Mikado” are simply about serial killers (in this case, the one who puts the death of their victim online). While this may sound odd, it is quite natural as Frank remains our constant guide through every intense case and unexplained phenomenon.

Fans of X files episode “All Souls” or SupernaturalThe “Houses of the Saint”, which both deal with questions of faith, will particularly appreciate Millennium due to the series’ authentic exploration of different religious and eschatological views. Episodes such as “Maranatha”, which finds Frank exploring a Russian Orthodox church in search of the possible Antichrist, or “The Hand of Saint Sebastian”, which sends Frank and his partner Peter Watts (Terry o’quinn) in Germany for an ancient religious artifact, serve as excellent vehicles for the deep, and sometimes dark, questions that many of us ask about the world. These questions are intricately woven throughout the series’ narrative in thoughtful ways that reflect Frank’s own curiosity and search for truth.

But what ultimately makes shows like Supernatural and X files Big, spanning decades and heavily influencing different shows today, are the character arcs and interactions that keep us coming back for more. Sat (Jared padalecki) and Dean (Jensen ackles) have a brotherly bond that can never be truly severed as they constantly put their family before everything else. Mulder (David duchovny) and Scully (Gillian anderson) share a passion for the truth, even though they come to different conclusions about what it is, which brings them together professionally but ultimately extends to their personal lives as well. They couldn’t be one without the other. Millennium shares similar themes.


Frank Catherine’s wife (Megan Gallagher), a social worker who intervenes in various cases, and their daughter Jordan (Brittany Tiplady) are the center of his world. The time spent between the two of them in their sacred yellow house anchored the series as a family. The house itself serves as an anchor that keeps Frank sane in an increasingly insane world, and it’s here, in “The Pilot,” where Catherine reminds him that he can’t protect them from. all the evils. Solemnly, he responds by saying, “I want you to pretend I can.” It reminds us that Frank is not just a depressed lawyer, but a loving husband and father who will stop at nothing to defend his world. While he doesn’t always succeed, that doesn’t stop us from pretending he can.

Characters like X files‘Male cigarette smoker (William B. Davis) Where Supernaturalby Lucifer (Marc Pelligrino) have become iconic characters, setting the bar for villains on genre shows all over the world. Well, if you were worried that the countless serial killers weren’t enough to outsmart Frank for a long time (you’d be right), meet Lucy Butler (Sarah-Jane Redmond). Lucy is Frank’s nemesis who turns out to be a demon (nicknamed “Legion” by fans) more terrifying than some Supernaturalis the worst put together. Appearing in different forms each season, Lucy terrorizes and stalks Frank in a way that no other creature could. From killing her close friends to targeting her daughter, Lucy’s sensual and predatory nature makes her one of the biggest and most complex threats Frank could face. Episodes such as “Lamentation” and “Antipas” will shock you deep within, as Lucy’s ruthless prowess seems to take over. While Frank can come out on top, he doesn’t always win in the process.

But don’t worry, all the episodes of Millennium is “unhappiness and sadness; In fact, there are some really fun gems in there. Yes X files episodes like “X-COPS” and “Bad Blood” or Supernatural“Fan Fiction” and “Hollywood Babylon” are more your speed, so get ready for some wacky episodes of Millennium also. “Jose Chung Apocalyptic Defense” (half-X files crossover) is a hilarious nudge Scientology through, get this, “Autosophy”. The season two episode “Somehow, Satan Got Behind Me” (a personal favorite) follows four devils sitting around a donut shop explaining to each other their techniques for tempting human souls. It’s a pretty hilarious version of “The Screwtape Letters” by CS Lewis. And if that’s not enough, the season three episode “… Thirteen Years Later” follows Frank and his partner Emma Hollis (Klea scott) as they track down a serial killer on a horror movie set during Halloween. What makes this episode particularly odd (other than the wacky ending) are the cameos of the rock band members. TO KISS, who were promoting their latest album Psycho Circus at the time.


While Millennium was canceled after its third season, the impromptu ‘Goodbye To All’ series finale really serves as a solid ending to Frank Black’s journey, but if you want an epilogue he also appears in X files Season 7 episode aptly titled “Millennium”, where he brings Mulder and Scully into the 21st century after foiling a Night of the Living Dead-esque plot. The episode feels a lot more X files than Millennium and divides fans somewhat, but there’s no denying that it’s fun to watch Frank interact with the Office’s most famous duo.

Over the past few years, series star Lance Henriksen has expressed interest in reprising the role of Frank Black, as have many of the cast and crew. While no one knows if the series will ever return, this forgotten 90s classic has been worshiped by a strong cult for years, inspiring various books, podcasts and even an award-winning documentary. Millennium is a unique spectacle for sure. It’s not quite police procedure, nor does it fully commit to being a genre series, but Frank Black still manages to attract an audience that loves both. If you are a fan of the “family business” of Supernatural, the plots that started X files, and the paranormal and eschatological elements of both, you should definitely give Millennium since!

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