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Posted on 2009.06.02 at 01:00
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The more I listen to Mark Snow's 2-disc soundtrack to Millennium, the more I enjoy the series in retrospect, and I listen to the soundtrack a lot. Having watched the series completely through, and since then listening to the score ceaselessly, the more I want to watch it again. I immersed myself into Frank's world and relive still those moments throughout my day. Thinking about both individual cases, and the ebb and tide of the seasons. I did not listen to the soundtrack nearly as much prior to watching the box set...Now I can't get enough of them. (And seriously, the box set was dirt cheap - $50 for the entire series - three full seasons? That's a steal!) I wish I could find a few favorite tracks, but every time I start listening to the music, I end up going through the entire 2-disc set. Every single time. By the time I have the score memorized, I'm certain I'll go back to the series. And what a treat that will be as an accompaniment.

Season 2 was unlike Season 1, and Season 3 was unlike either of the previous Seasons. While initially disappointed that the awkward transition between 2 & 3 didn't become any less awkward ten years after having first seen it, I did finally appreciate being given glimpses of Frank Black not seen in the two preceding seasons. Mannerisms he no longer had to hide; expressions we hadn't previously seen. A different side of him. I wasn't acutely aware of this as I watched it in my one-room apartment a decade ago - one of the perks from watching it back-to-back I presume. And as I mentioned previously, there were some really great episodes in that final season. Yes I was ready for it end. Until the end. Then I wanted more.

There have been some mindblowing updates at http://www.backtofrankblack.com since our last visit and I would encourage all of you to visit. They have three podcasts up (I just put them on my iPod this evening) and even an exclusive interview with Lance Henriksen himself?!?! In reading through the FAQs and such, I saw what they're asking for, what I'm asking for, and it wasn't necessarily a Millennium movie (Seriously though, how cool would that be?) but perhaps even just a modern-day serial killer/supernatural presentation featuring FRANK BLACK & the gang. But with 3600+ signatures for the Millennium movie versus just 20% of that for "other", I can see which way the tide is turning.

Remember when they made that Cracker movie with Robbie Coltrane 10-years after they canceled the series and brought the entire cast back? Yeah, like that. I really don't have an opinion on Lost because I haven't watched it, but Terry O'Quinn needs to reprise his role as Peter Watts. Aren't they canceling Lost? How serendipitous. The time is now.




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Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2009-06-02 08:30 (UTC) (Link)
Aren't they canceling Lost?

No, the next season starts at the beginning of next year. Although it's going to be the last season, so, yeah, I suppose you could say that they're cancelling it. :)

(Gah. It kind of embarrasses me that I've turned into one of these obsessive Lost-watchers! I'll just go sit in the corner and think about my wrong-doing now.)
ehowton
ehowton at 2009-06-02 12:03 (UTC) (Link)
Oh I'm not judging! Hell woman, I don't watch Lost because I don't want to get hooked myself. I've heard it and Heroes is pretty addicting, and I simply don't have time for that.

Besides. I hear Terry O'Quinn is nearly as batshit crazy in it as he was in Millennium and I wouldn't be able to turn away, waiting for him to say something...millenniumistic.

Ok, I'll level with you. I prefer watching shows which have either already been canceled, or are about to. I don't have time for six, seven, and eight season long series. And who could afford to buy them all? How many physical box sets of the CSI franchise would that be if you brought all that into your home? And srsly, those are like like fluff entertainment. Entertaining only on the surface.

I just finished Wonderfalls (at the suggestion of lehah believe it or not - THREE YEARS AGO). Yeah, guess how many seasons?

One ;)
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2009-06-02 12:25 (UTC) (Link)
The only reason I started watching Lost was because a friend of mine said that it featured many attractive men who took their shirts off regularly (yes, it does - HUZZAH!). Which is as dubious a reason as any for watching something, but I ended up watching five seasons in three weeks! Mostly because Terry O'Quinn's character was insanely batshit crazy and totally awesome enough to make up for most of the other characters being kind of annoying.

Sadly, I'm too cheap to buy boxsets. If I want to watch a series, either I borrow the boxsets from others (rarely) or I get the downloaded episodes from various other friends (sometimes even the inconsiderate ones, teehee). That's part of what we do at D&D every week, in-between the dice-rolling and the drinking: swap all the latest episodes of everything so that everyone's up to date with whatever they've been watching. :)

(And I know you're going to kill me, but I STILL haven't watched any pf Sarah Connor Chronicles past the first episode, even though I've been swearing blind that I'm going to. Of course, I guess I won't have to worry about watching that many episodes, now that it's been cancelled. Ahem.)
ehowton
ehowton at 2009-06-02 12:35 (UTC) (Link)
Which is as dubious a reason as any for watching something,
The X-Men's Rouge, naked can turn a chick-flick series into serious drama for men, re: True Blood. Hell, the over-the-top slash was why I recommended Torchwood to you. Oh, and like the stories and stuff too.

I ended up watching five seasons in three weeks!
Jesus mother of God! This explains lots of things.

Sadly, I'm too cheap to buy boxsets.
I'm too cheap to buy boxsets of series which suck the life out of me.

...or I get the downloaded episodes from various other friends...
Doh!

I know you're going to kill me, but I STILL haven't watched any pf Sarah Connor Chronicles past the first episode
Perfect example of a GREAT series: Good, but short. Sure I'd like to have seen another season. But as it stands, I'll ever only have to buy one more season of it, ever. (NCIS unfortunately is on season six and shows no signs of slowing down. This is the OPPOSITE of ideal, IMHO.)
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2009-06-02 12:47 (UTC) (Link)
The X-Men's Rouge, naked can turn a chick-flick series into serious drama for men, re: True Blood.

Hehe, this reminds me that all the people who insisted that I watch True Blood were all men. About three different guys. It was particularly amusing when they tried to tell me it was because of the intense drama and quality of the production, and I was all, "... yeah, guys."

Jesus mother of God! This explains lots of things.

*shifty eyes*

Perfect example of a GREAT series: Good, but short. Sure I'd like to have seen another season.

But didn't I hear that it ends on a cliffhanger? So it'll never get resolved? That would totally kill me to watch; I like everything to have some sort of resolution. It's like these fantasy authors who write these interminably long series ... and then die before they're even remotely close to finished. (Hi, Robert Jordan!)
ehowton
ehowton at 2009-06-02 13:52 (UTC) (Link)
But didn't I hear that it ends on a cliffhanger? So it'll never get resolved?
Maybe after I help get the Frank Black movie in theaters, I'll work on a T:SCC movie to wrap everything up?

That would totally kill me to watch; I like everything to have some sort of resolution.
While I agree, not at the expense of missing out on a fanstatic series. Its just something I'll have to resolve internally.

It's like these fantasy authors who write these interminably long series ... and then die before they're even remotely close to finished.
Selfish pricks, dying before they finish their body of work! They're worse than FOX cancelling shows.
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2009-06-02 14:01 (UTC) (Link)
Maybe after I help get the Frank Black movie in theaters, I'll work on a T:SCC movie to wrap everything up?

Truly, your selflessness knows no bounds. You're like an angel descending from above, clutching grilling tongs and an ice-cold can of Monster.

Selfish pricks, dying before they finish their body of work! They're worse than FOX cancelling shows.

Exactly. I knew you'd see it my way. ;)
ehowton
ehowton at 2009-06-03 00:33 (UTC) (Link)
You're like an angel descending from above, clutching grilling tongs and an ice-cold can of Monster.

God that's hot.
This Is Me, Ten Sticks
lehah at 2009-06-02 16:35 (UTC) (Link)
As much as I like Season 2, it doesn't click the same way as the first or third. The fact is the show becomes too fantastical and too irreverent - the revelation that the Millennium Group is an illuminatti early Christian sect that fights against Nazis was just too much to chew. Ideas that could've worked - The Old Man, the paranoia of religion at the turn of the Millennium - comes off as really jokey and light until the last two episodes. Some other episodes were good - Goodbye Charlie, A Room With No View (which is a brilliant concept that doesn't go to the places it should) and Somehow Satan Got Behind Me. (As a personal aside, one of the final straws with Danielle was actually over the finale of Somehow Satan Got Behind Me: She laughed at Frank's "You must be so lonely" statement to the demon after his girlfriend slits her wrists in the bathtub. I knew then that I could not be around a person so utterly empty of understanding.)

While I originally disliked Season 3, I now see it as a return to form. The show is much more realistic (as much as I love Season 1, Frank chasing a new villian *every week* is a little absurd) and attempts to fix the issues with the previous season.

Could they do a Millennium movie? Its a trick hat - the last X-Files movie did poorly, but was more akin to Millennium than its supernatural brother and was a far smarter movie than what most knuckle-draggers and failed surgery experiments thouht of it. It would be fairly cheap to bang out a Frank Black movie - but the question is would there be an audience for it?
ehowton
ehowton at 2009-06-02 17:04 (UTC) (Link)
Self-contained, the different seasons work really well within themselves. I enjoyed them all individually, despite their seemingly disparate goals, which was a juggling act if you ask me to keep them all together.

Regardless, using Frank Black as the protagonist in almost any motion picture would work, provided its good enough. With the broad genre spanning the three seasons in which to choose from (serial-killer police consultant/supernatural investigator/FBI special agent), much like the last X-Files movie did and limit itself to story-telling, I think Millennium would do great if it stayed focused on a single attribute of its rich diversity in which to portray.
This Is Me, Ten Sticks
lehah at 2009-06-03 03:34 (UTC) (Link)
Pointless Fact: The character Terry O'Quinn played in the first X-Files movie was originally written as a Frank Black cameo. When Lance was unavailable due to a Made For TV movie about Abe Lincoln, it was changed to O'Quinn character and then killed off.
irulan_amy at 2009-06-08 23:38 (UTC) (Link)
Tim's brother just gave us the first season Millennium to watch. I had never heard of it. I'll remember to hang in until season 3...

This is random kinda, but we are talking about TV shows - we just finished Moonlight. Have you seen it? I really enjoyed it!
ehowton
ehowton at 2009-06-09 03:04 (UTC) (Link)
Tim's brother just gave us the first season Millennium to watch.

Be sure to let me know if you enjoy it!


Moonlight. Have you seen it?

My dad watched it when it was aired and told my wife she'd like it. We picked it up when it was released and she watched the entire thing. I probably caught half of one episode. Some dude laying in a tub of ice in the desert the entire time. That's the only part I saw.
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