Millennium Season 2 Episode 2
Words in the Opening Credits: This. Is. Who we are. The time is near.
Days remaining: 826
- The comet is still in the sky, the portent is ever-present. Things are happening.
- This episode brings right back to one of the most frightening TV shows I saw as a child, an episode of In Search Of where three men in an RV are harassed by Bigfoot. I remember finding that terrifying and also unable to wait for the next episode. In this case, a retired couple parking their RV in a new town is savaged by a pack of wild dogs.
- The town is, of course, beset by a rash of dogs attacks and the townspeople all know more than they’re saying. It’s another stranger-comes-to-town episode, much like last season’s Covenant. But whereas that episode kept up with Season 1’s existentialist concern by being about why the sheriff would kill his family, this episode is very much a Season 2 story: it’s about what. What’s happening? What are the machinations?
- Season 1 was about questions that could never truly be answered, mysteries that could never completely be revealed. Season 2, a more conventional but also more rewarding body of work, is about things that can be discovered and understood. It will offer answers—and it’s more compelling as a result.
- The townspeople talk about how there is a resident who used to be able to control the dogs, but he can’t anymore. Their town is overrun by a wild, uncontrollable threat. The same is true for Frank and Catherine. Frank used to be able to control the darkness and evil around them, but starting with Det. Bletcher being murdered in their house, he can’t anymore. The wild and dangerous world is impinging.
- Frank tracks the dogs into the woods and finds a mysterious cabin, in which a mysterious, wise mountain man lives. The mountain man, it turns out, is a Millennium Group member and meeting him is the real reason the Group wanted Frank on this assignment. The man knows about the Group, it knows it’s mission and agenda: “The reason you’re here is to learn about The Event.” This is a journey of knowledge for Frank.
- The mountain man tells Frank that the Group’s real purpose is to maintain equilibrium between good and evil in the world, and that they’re losing balance (unsaid, but implied, is that the Group can do evil, not just good, in the name of balance). Frank’s gift, he says, and his role is to help fight the evil and re-establish equilibrium. FInally! Finally we have a real, actual mission statement for Frank, something he lacked all of last season.
- This is another in a line of creepy, knowledge-filled cabins, a la the Black Lodge from Twin Peaks and Jacob’s cabin in Lost. What is it with that image/concept that people like so much?
- Just another fantastic Morgan/Wong episode. There’s been more action, more tantalizing mystery and promise in these two episodes than in all of Season 1.