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Posted on 2009.03.31 at 06:30
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Who Cares?

The Time Is Now

Nipping on the heels of the success of Chris Carter's The X-Files: I Want to Believe (which I thoroughly enjoyed) there is the possibility of a Millennium motion picture somewhat dependent upon the sales of the recently released Millennium box set.

I started watching the series in 1996 with my wife, who also watched The X-Files. And while I wasn't a fan of the latter, toward the end there were some very good episodes. But was completely taken with, and quite disappointed when they canceled Millennium, citing it was confusing and "too cerebral" for audiences.

Since I've been going through the box set, I found that I missed most of Season One. During this time in my life I was traveling 2-weeks out of the month, so its been a joy to catch up, although I'm surprised at how slowly-paced it is compared to say, Supernatural or Criminal Minds. Another era I suppose, but still highly enjoyable, and Mark Snow really helps shape the series. After seeing the Season One episode "Lamentations" my only regret is that Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture blending into Mark Snow's score wasn't on the album.

It was difficult at first seeing Lance Henriksen in the role of the show's protagonist, as I was familiar with him only as Bishop from Aliens (though I did enjoy him in either Terminator or Highlander - whichever one it was where he was a cop) but seeing Aliens again after Millennium he seemed out of place as he will forever be Frank Black to me.



Joshua Gizelt
swashbuckler332 at 2009-03-31 12:12 (UTC) (Link)

For the record...

Lance Henriksen was Paul Winfield's sidekick in The Terminator (Jon Polito and Alan North of Police Squad! were the cops in Highlander). He was also in Close Encounters of the Third Kind and played Wally Shirra in The Right Stuff (which was probably his most prominent appearance before Aliens).

I should mention that Aliens forever ruined me being able to accept Paul Reiser in the 'nice guy' roles he seemed to fall into after that film.

Edited at 2009-03-31 12:13 pm (UTC)
ehowton at 2009-03-31 12:27 (UTC) (Link)

Re: For the record...

Paul Winfield's sidekick in The Terminator
Yes! Thank you. His character had a humor about him; a wry smile. I don't recall him in The Right Stuff, then again I haven't seen that since it was on the big screen.

Paul Winfield's sidekick in The Terminator
I know exactly what you mean.
This Is Me, Ten Sticks
lehah at 2009-03-31 13:28 (UTC) (Link)

Re: For the record...

He was also the cop who arrests Al Pacino at the climax of Dog Day Afternoon. Lance has a long, weird history of casting - he played some wonderful villians in Near Dark and Sudden Impact, and then gets casted as ... Abraham Lincoln? (Which forced the first X-Files movie to remove/change a Frank Black cameo to the Terry O'Quinn throwaway)

Carter has said he's interested in doing a movie, but considering the "low key" reaction to the original series, the idea coming to fruition is seemingly slim.
ehowton at 2009-03-31 13:40 (UTC) (Link)

Re: For the record...

Dog Day Afternoon
What a great movie that was! I haven't seen it in YEARS. That being said, I have no recollection of him in that movie. I'm quite sure I didn't even know who he was when I saw it.

I know the chances of the movie coming to fruition is low, but I'm an optimist by nature. If the Browncoats can influence Serenity perhaps http://www.backtofrankblack.com can have an effect as well?
This Is Me, Ten Sticks
lehah at 2009-03-31 15:22 (UTC) (Link)

Re: For the record...

Hes really only in the movie's last 20 minutes. He has all of seven or eight lines of dialouge.

ehowton at 2009-03-31 15:39 (UTC) (Link)

Re: For the record...

Wow. I hardly recognized him.
ehowton at 2009-03-31 15:35 (UTC) (Link)

Re: For the record...

Paul Winfield's sidekick in The Terminator
Paul Reiser in the 'nice guy' roles
I know exactly what you mean.
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2009-03-31 13:46 (UTC) (Link)
I find Lance Henriksen really attractive, for reasons I can't quite put my finger on.

/gratuitous perving
ehowton at 2009-03-31 13:50 (UTC) (Link)
I love how in Millennium they often highlight his face with harsh shadows bringing out the deep lines in his face, giving him a world-weary look. He always looks like he knows his stuff. Vry srs.
thesweetestnote at 2009-03-31 15:29 (UTC) (Link)
For me I think it's his eyes. I can't figure it out either. I want him to molest me. lol

/more gratuitous perving.
thesweetestnote at 2009-03-31 15:23 (UTC) (Link)
I can't help but mention that there was a Millennium movie in 1989. I was 14 and making out with and "fingering my muse" at the time in the theater, so I don't remember much about it. Except for Kris Kristopherson being in it.

I was HUGE X-Phile! I have all kinds of merch.

Every time I see Lance Henriksen I can't help but say out loud "Bishop!"

Edited at 2009-03-31 03:24 pm (UTC)
ehowton at 2009-03-31 15:33 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, that movie sucked so bad. I cry every time I even think about it. I think my dad bought it for me on DVD several years back. I've never watched it.
thesweetestnote at 2009-03-31 15:40 (UTC) (Link)
I may have a "bad movie night". I'll watch that one and the first Punisher with Dolph. Maybe throw in "Miami Vice" and "Navy Seals".

Of course with the popcorn I'll have plenty of booze and have the kids stay at grandma's due to the amount of obscenities I'll be yelling at the screen.
Tat-Man the Zombie Hunter
scareypete at 2009-04-02 15:21 (UTC) (Link)
it wasn't too cerebral... it was just on at an inconvenient time slot for a wild 20 year old party animal to sit down and get into it.

Oh and Lacked the eye candy of Gillian Andersen.

ehowton at 2009-04-02 15:27 (UTC) (Link)
Oh and Lacked the eye candy of Gillian Andersen.

Very, extremely true.
Tat-Man the Zombie Hunter
scareypete at 2009-04-03 22:21 (UTC) (Link)
I half expected a Dana Scully Icon Picture for your response.... you seem to have one for everything.
ehowton at 2009-04-03 22:29 (UTC) (Link)
Its funny you should mention that, because I almost posted this during my first response:

Elizabeth Krumbach
princessleia2 at 2009-04-04 12:36 (UTC) (Link)
I have been pondering this boxed set since I keep seeing it pop up for cheap everywhere ($40 for the series on Amazon right now). I was a huge X-Files fan back in the day and religiously watched every Millennium episode as it aired. Perhaps lucky for me, I was just a teenager in 1996 and hadn't seen many movies, so this was my first real exposure to Lance Henriksen (upon finally seeing Pumpkinhead later it was all "wow, he's young!").

I sort of got annoyed with it at what must have been the 3rd season. The 2nd season ended with a cliffhanger of some global plague omg-everybody-dying and I spent the whole summer wondering how they'd fix it! Cop out, turns out the plague was contained, blah blah, only mourning for one major character. But now I'm really inspired to watch it all again, it's been so long and until that point I really enjoyed it.
ehowton at 2009-05-02 01:49 (UTC) (Link)
I've counted *5* (oh-so very sly) references to The X-Files so far, and I'm still on the first half of the third season.
(Anonymous) at 2009-06-01 18:09 (UTC) (Link)
I do hope you will revisit the franchise at some point princessleia2. I agree that the resolution to the Marburg epidemic at the end of Season Two was not Millennium's finest moment but there were reasons for it. The cast and crew genuinely believed that the show would be axed, Morgan and Wong essentially believed they were writing a potential series finale. When the show was commissioned for a third season many of the production crew had already signed to other projects, no one expected Millennium to survive. If you suspend logic a little it makes perfect sense when you watch it ;)

Many thanks for the mention of www.backtofrankblack.com and best wishes from al the team. This is who we are!
ehowton at 2009-06-01 19:14 (UTC) (Link)

This is who we are.

Good luck to you and everyone at http://www.backtofrankblack.com

I'll see you on the big screen!
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