The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 28, 1996, Page 13, Image 13

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    Grim scenes give ‘Millennium’hope
By Cliff Hicks
TV Critic
Chris Carter, producer of “The X
Files,” has come up with a new idea
for a show. And if “The X-Files’
needed a warning before it, “Millen
nium” deserves a subliminal message
in it saying “all children leave the
“Millennium” is about Frank Black,
played by Lance Henrikson (the “arti
ficial person” Bishop in “Aliens” and
“Alien 3”).
Black works for The Millennium
Group, an organization dedicated to
applying the “special abilities” ol
people toward hunting down criminals.
“I see what the killer sees,” Black
says in the pilot. He has flashes of the
murders after they have occurred and
tries to understand what the killer
This show is GRAPHIC. If you are
at all squeamish, you should NOT be
watching it. Network television has
never let stuff like this on the air be
Hie pilot alone included: one de
capitated head in a plastic bag, one man
burned alive, one scene with a stripper
tiered with blood and fire, a map
buried alive with his eyes and lips sewn
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scene with a dozen or so men walking
around with their eyes and lips sewi
shut, (me psychotic killer and a shad
owy government agent.
And people say television is getting
too violent.
The main theme of the show, how
ever, is the fact that Black has a wife
and a daughter whom he is trying to
protect from this violent world.
From what was shown of Black’s
character, “Millennium” has a fascinat
ing protagonist. Black is a man who
hunts down the most evil, vile things
possible, and yet he has to be a caring
father as well.
In the darkness of the world, every
bit of light has to be savored, Black
seems to imply.
The gothic element was a bit too
much at some points. While the rain is
a standard gothic set piece, the Nine
Inch Nails/White Zombie background
music seemed out of place. Mark
Snow, die composer for “The X-Files”
music, needs to come work his magic
over on “Millennium.”
Henrikson’s acting was perfect for
the character of Frank Black. He not
only looks weathered, but sounds like
someone who has endured everything
the world can throw at him,'and still
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| Show: “Millennium”
. Cast: Lance Henrikson
Producer: Chris Carter (“The X
; Files”)
’ Rating: NR (graphic content, mature
Grade: B+
Five Words: New millennium ap
proaches. Be afraid.
“Millennium” is filled with dozens
of possibilities. Not only are there hints
that Black’s family is being toyed with
by a serial killer, Black works for a
government organization that isn’t very
open about What they do and how they
Carter, who’s no slouch at con
spiracy theory, may tackle the other
side of “The X-Files” from here, but
on a less otherworldly scale.
While “The X-Files” is about two
people who are trying to fight govern
ment secrecy, “Millennium” is about a
man who is very much tied to it.
“Millennium” has a lot of potential:
a good lead actor, a solid premise and
a feel that will keep audiences glued
to their televisions.
My only other complaint was that
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