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Season One
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The Group

Season One

Air date: 10/25/96
Written by  Chris Carter
Directed by  David Nutter
Key Phrase:  None.

    Frank hunts for a murderer trying to fulfill an apocalyptic prophecy and discovers that his own past has followed him and his family to their new home in Seattle.

Commentary:   This episode combines phrases from the quatrains of Nostradamus and the Book Of Revelation.  Frank says that he puts himself in the killers mind through contacting the part of himself known as capability.  This is possible because the truth is that every one of us is capable of committing acts of unspeakable atrocity, its just that some of us aren't doing it today and we refuse to accept this condition is true.  This is why it is possible to wake up having your throat cut by your spouse of 30 years.  A well documented crime.  Please note this method is totally different from putting the killer in your head.  That's called  possession.



Air date:  11/1/96
Written by  Chris Carter
Directed by  David Nutter
Guest:  Robin Gammell as Mike Atkins
Key Phrase:  "I smell blood and an era of prominent madmen.  " W. H. Auden

    A mound of ashen human remains leads the Millennium Group to Ghenna International, a company that may be producing a deadly chemical and using it to discipline its own employees.

Commentary:  This is the first appearance of Robin Gammell as Mike Atkins, a member of the Millennium Group.  Mike was a major factor in Frank being able to put his life together and get back to work after his nervous breakdown. This episode also reveals the identity of the Millennium Group Assassin. He's none other than the Devil himself. Frank stares at him through the one-way mirror and sees his true essence saying, "I think I know who he is."  At the end of this episode Frank says, "I'm not sure the bad man can be caught."  Implying that what Frank is hunting may not be physical.


Dead Letters
Air date:  11/8/96
Written by  Glenn Morgan and James Wong
Directed by  Thomas J. Wright
Key Phrase:   "For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me.  And what I dreaded has happened to me.  I am not at ease, nor am I quiet; I have not rest, for trouble comes."  Job 3:25, 26

    Frank Teams up with Jim Horne, a Candidate for the Millennium Group, whose all-consuming obsession with bringing a serial killer to justice inadvertently puts everyone in jeopardy.

Commentary:   None.


The Judge
Air date:  11/15/96
Written by  Ted Mann
Directed by  Randy Zisk
Guest :  C.C.H.  Pounder as Cheryl Andrews
Key Phrase:  "...the visible world seems formed in love, the invisible spheres were formed in fright."  H. Melville 1819 - 1891

    The discovery of body parts mailed to various individuals leads Frank to a man delivering his own brand of judgment.

Commentary: This is the episode where C.C.H.  Pounder makes her first appearance as  Cheryl Andrews, a member of the Millennium Group.  Her area of expertise for the group is Forensic Pathology.  In the final confrontation between Frank and the Judge, the Judge begins to speak as if out of character, as if he were someone else.  He tempts Frank with ideas of security and safety for himself and his family.  The very thing that troubles Franks mind the most.   Who is it that is speaking through the Judge?  Who is it that offers temptation as a means of coercion? They never come out and say exactly who.



Air date:  11/22/96
Written by  Glen Morgan and James Wong
Directed by  David Nutter
Key Phrase:  "I am responsible for everything...   Except my very responsibility."  Jean - Paul Sartre

    When a British pub in Washington D.C. is blown up, it is assumed to be a terrorist act - until Frank discovers the bomber's motives are more sexual than political.

Commentary:  None.



Kingdom Come
Air date:  11/29/96
Written by  Jorge Zamacona
Directed by   Winrich Kolbe
Guest:  Lindsay Crouse as Ardis Cohen
Key Phrase:  "And there will be such intense darkness that one can feel it." Exodus 10:21

    As Frank searches for a serial killer who has burned several clergymen to death, he realizes the man is not interested in killing man, but in killing faith.

Commentary:  This is the episode where Lindsay Crouse makes her first appearance as  Ardis Cohen, a member of the Millennium Group.   Her area of expertise for the group is Forensic Pathology.


Blood Relatives
Air date:  12/6/96
Written by  Chip Johannessen
Directed by  James Charleston
Key Phrase:  "This generation is a wicked generation; it seeks a sign, and yet no sign shall be given to it." Luke 11:29

    A lonely young man attends funerals or he passes himself off as a close friend of the deceased, with hopes he will be adopted into the grieving families home.

Commentary:  The key phrase for this episode is a quote from Jesus.  It refers to mans longing for signs and portents, with the knowledge that even if they were given, they would not cause mankind's faith to increase.


The Well-Worn Lock
Air date:  12/20/96
Written by  Chris Carter
Directed by  Ralph Hemecker
Key Phrase:  "The cruelest lies are often told in silence." Robert Lewis Stevenson

    Frank's wife, Catherine, helps a 32-year-old woman bring charges against her father, who sexually abused her for 23 years.

Commentary:  None


Wide Open
Air date:  1/3/97
Written by  Charles D. Holland
Directed by  James Charleston
Key Phrase:  "His children are far from safety; they shall be crushed at the gate without a rescuer." Job 5:4

    The millennium group searches for a killer who repeatedly acts out a past traumatic event in his life by attending open houses, hiding until the owners return, then killing them.

Commentary:  None


The Wild And The Innocent
Air date:  1/10/97
Written by  Jorge Zamacona
Directed by  Thomas J. Wright
Key Phrase:  "O Lord, if there is a Lord, save my soul, if I have a soul --" Ernest Renan

    Frank is called him on a puzzling case where a young couple kidnaps a known rapist then proceeds to go on their own the murder spree.

Commentary:  None


Air date:  1/24/97
Written by  Frank Spotnitz
Directed by  Michael Pattinson
Guest :  C.C.H.   Pounder
Key Phrase:  "But know ye certain... Ye shall surely bring innocent blood upon yourselves and upon this city..." Jeremiah 26:13

    In an upper middle-class neighborhood, a man who sees himself as a kind of holy figure begins killing the sons of man whom he feels have sinned - and who refuses to confess their crimes.

Commentary:  The reason the killer makes his victims drink blood is due to a statement in the Bible, that sins are not forgiven unless blood is shed.  He makes them drink blood as a means of cleansing them of their sin.



Loin Like A Hunting Flame
Air date:  1/31/97
Written by  Ted Mann
Directed by  David Nutter
Key Phrase:  "Two souls, alas, are housed within my breast." Faust

    A man tries to make up for sexual encounters he never had by drugging unsuspecting young couples, capturing their lovemaking on video, then killing them.

Commentary:  None


Force Majeure
Air date:  2/7/97
Written by  Chip Johannessen
Directed by  Winrich Kolbe
Guest :  C.C.H.   Pounder
Key Phrase:  "You remember a single deluge only, but there were many previous ones."  Plato

    An investigation into the suicides of two girls reveals that they were part of a plan put into place by a man who believes a cataclysmic event of biblical proportions is imminent.

Commentary:  Before I begin with the episode let me discuss the key phrase.  I don't know about you, but I find that statement from Plato very disturbing. It disturbs me because it sends a clear message of exactly how insignificant mankind is when measured on the scale of time.  Think about it!

    The episode begins with a massive hail storm, exploding outdoor light fixtures, followed by the most gorgeous blond I've seen in ages bursting into flames named Lauren, seated in the Lotus position, with her hands in the Buddhist Mandala Offering Position or Mudra as it is called.  Can we say that we just lit the solid rocket boosters?  This is the episode were Millennium really takes off and I would like to call your attention to the fact that IT WASN'T written by Glen Morgan and James Wong.  By the way Lauren does the hand position correctly Peter Watts just can't seem to get it right, but it's close enough.  In effect her intentions were to offer her life to the Buddha.  I'm not exactly sure what the Buddhist perspective is for such an act, but we all know it's been done in the past.  I remember May 5th, 2000.  NOTHING HAPPENED!!!  If you follow Millennium to its completion it sends a clear message.  That the only people who possessed any sanity were the ones like Frank Black who refused to buy into the bullshit about the Millennium!  Acetone doesn't have the BTU's to do that to a body, that was gasoline.  It's also the astrological symbol for conjunction.  Astronomy took it from Astrology.  Cheryl Andrews was an absolute genius.  I really liked her until?  Dennis Hoffman the gifted psycho.  24 identical girls sacrificed themselves.  Considering the Heaven's Gate cult and others like it, I wonder how many smaller incidents took place that were never discovered or reported in real life.  I don't know if you picked up on it, but Hoffman made a deal with the Iron Lung Man for his escape.  Boy were Frank and Peter slow, perfect Eves, you gotta have perfect Adams and a perfect plan.  It really was a dull May 5th for me, I went to work, I came home and for all I know I could have watched a re-run of Millennium that night.  Hah!!!


The Thin White Line
Air date:  2/14/97
Written by  Glenn Morgan and James Wong
Directed by  Thomas J. Wright
Key Phrase:  "A man is past is not simply a dead history... It is a still quivering part of himself, bringing shutters and bitter flavors and the tinglings of a merited shame."  George Eliot

    When a murdered woman turns up with a slash on her palm which matches the scar on his own hand, Frank realizes that a copycat killer is mimicking murders from 20 years ago.

Commentary:  Richard Hantz is a psychic vampire and probably a mortal blood drinker for those who understand that term.


Air date:  2/21/97
Written by  Frank Spotnitz
Directed by  Michael Watkins
Key Phrase:  "He said to me in a dreadful voice, that I had indeed escaped his clutches, but he would capture me still."   St. Theresa Of Avila

    Frank fears his daughter, Jordan, may share his gift of seeing into the minds of killers after he witnesses her aunt being abducted.

Commentary:  I think you get experiences like St. Theresa when you believe in the idea that all that is EVIL exists in the form of some unseen entity outside yourself.  Nothing could be further from the truth!  The full potential of man is to be in complete mastery and control of positive and negative forces in whatever form it presents itself.


Air date:  3/21/97
Written by  Robert Moresco
Directed by  Roderick J. Pridy
Key Phrase:   "Thou dost frighten me with dreams and terrify me with visions."   Job 7:14

    Frank tries to help an innocent man who is so distraught over the deaths of his wife and children that he confesses to their murders.

Commentary:  None


Air date:  3/28/97
Written by  Chip Johannessen & Tim Tankosic
Directed by  Cliff Bole
Key Phrase:  "I remember the very thing as I do not wish to, I cannot forget the things I wish to forget."  Cicero

    After disappearing mysteriously, Frank is discovered that a bus station wearing a hospital bracelet but with no memory of where he's been or what he's done.

Commentary: At the very beginning of this episode watch the expression on Peter Watts face change when Jordan comes down the stairs to the basement and asks, "Is daddy alright?"  The doctor knew that psychic abilities are passed from father to daughter, mother to son.  This has been a widely recognized phenomenon in occult science.  It is based on the recognition that energy only flows when there is a pair of opposites and a difference of potential between them.   These are some of the basic principals behind Tantric Sex Practices and Sex Magic.


Air date:  4/18/97
Written by  Chris Carter
Directed by  Winrich Kolbe
Key Phrase:  "Everyman before he dies shall see the Devil."  English proverb 1560

    Frank fears for his family's safety when a serial killer whom he put away years ago escaped from a hospital room after undergoing surgery.

Commentary:  This is the episode were Bob Bletcher dies.  Fabricant warns Frank that an evil force is at work in his life and it has intelligence.  It did not appear that Frank was paying attention.


Powers, Principalities, Thrones And Dominions
Air date:  4/25/97
Written by  Ted Mann & Harold Rosenthal
Directed by  Thomas J. Wright
Guest:  Robin Gammell as Mike Atkins
Key Phrase:  "Paranoia is just a kind of awareness, and awareness is just a form of love."  Charles Manson

    After the deaths of a close friend and a subsequent horrific nightmare, Frank begins to doubt his abilities and usefulness to the Millennium Group.

Commentary:  The symbol on the red cloth which hung on the wall outside the Magic Circle is called the Sigil Of Baphomet, not Lucifer.  The symbol originated with the Knights Templar.  When the Knights Templar became too wealthy and too powerful they were attacked by the Catholic Church.  Their symbols were vilified, their wealth was taken and their people were burned at the stake for heresy.  Another name for this symbol is called The Great Androgyne because it is a hermaphrodite.  It is the same symbol, the same MASK of the divine, depicted in The Fifteenth Major Arcana Of The Tarot  "The Devil"  God possesses both sexes and is beyond sex at the same time.  In ancient times it was believed, that because a hermaphrodite possessed both sexes they were closer to the divine.  As a result they were highly sought after as priestesses in the temples of Egypt, Greece and Rome.  Please do your own research on the Sigil of Baphomet, it is not a symbol of evil!  Phaestos is a small collection of ruins in Greece what other references there are to this word, and their relevance is unknown.  The Magic Circle on the floor comes from "The Greater and Lesser Key of Solomon" and is accurate in all detail.  Frank asks  Alan Pepper if they had met before, when Pepper begins to make the same offers the Judge made so many episodes back.  The truth is that Pepper and the Judge are motivated from the same source.  It should also be noted that the word Pepper in medieval times was another name for the Devil.  Mike Atkins is killed.  Frank believes he is chasing Pepper but Frank witnesses Pepper transform into Lucy Butler and Martin.  Samael intercepts Pepper in the parking lot, as he is about to get into his car.  Frank sees both a gunshot and a lightning bolt emanate from Samaels' hand.   In the last scene Frank questions Samael, asking why he saw the lightning bolt.  Samael says, "You have a rather unique perspective."  A phrase that is used allot in regard to what Frank sees.  Samael is the name of an angel in the Bible.  He later told Frank it only "pained" him, not "harmed" him to be on Earth.  Frank suggested that he might speak with him again later and Samael replied, "You have no idea how painful it is to be here."  Implying that where he comes from this condition doesn't exist.  When Peter Watts inquired as to what Samael was, Frank could only guess:  "Maybe he's part of something all of us are otherwise unaware of."  Samael in this story was an angel who had assumed human form.  It is Jewish custom to always set an extra place at the dinner table for no one currently present.  This was done in recognition of the possibility of the unexpected arrival of a stranger to the house who might be an angel of this kind.  With the intention of encouraging something like this to happen frequently.  The ending of a name in Hebrew with "ael" immediately identifies that reference to an angelic being, with the attributes associated with that name.  This can be arrived at using Gematria if nothing else.

    Rodney Eastman appears here as an angel known as Sammael. An angel bearing a similar name would become entangled with Frank Black in the third season episode "Borrowed Time." Whether or not the two actors were portraying forms of the same angel is still a matter of speculation.   The only proper names for angels provided by Scripture are Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael.  Other angelic names can be gleaned from various apocryphal sources, however. With a name literally translating to "poison angel," Sammael is known primarily as the angel of death, characterized in some instances as a figure representing "the severity of God."

"Mike said something like that. It made no sense to me. He said something else. He said... you should love your family as much as you can and be prepared for the possibility that it may not be enough."



Broken World
Air date:  5/2/97
Written by  Robert Moresco & Patrick Harbinson
Directed by  Winrich Kolbe
Key Phrase:  "Man is the cruelest animal."  Nietzche

    Frank tries to find a man who's been killing horses, all too aware that the killer must be stopped before his sickness compels him to take a human life.

Commentary:  None


Air date:  5/9/97
Written by  Chip Johannessen
Directed by  Peter Markle
Key Phrase:  "Behold ye scoffers, for I will work wonders in your days which you will not believe."  Book Of Habakkuk

    Frank assists the New York Police Department and an officer from the Moscow Police Department as they search for a killer who a Russian prophecy says is the Antichrist.


Maranatha \Mar`a*nath"a\, n. [Aramaic m[=a]ran ath[=a].]
   "Our Lord cometh;" -- an expression used by St. Paul at the
   conclusion of his first Epistle to the Corinthians (xvi. 22).
   This word has been used in anathematizing persons for great
   crimes; as much as to say, "May the Lord come quickly to take
   vengeance of thy crimes." See Anathema maranatha, under
   [1913 Webster]

"Maranatha" easton "Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary"

   (1 Cor. 16:22) consists of two Aramean words, Maran'athah,
   meaning, "our Lord comes," or is "coming." If the latter
   interpretation is adopted, the meaning of the phrase is, "Our
   Lord is coming, and he will judge those who have set him at
   nought." (Comp. Phil. 4:5; James 5:8, 9.)

"Maranatha" hitchcock "Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary (late 1800's)"

Maranatha, the Lord is coming



Paper  Dove
Air date:  5/16/97
Written by  Walon Green & Ted Mann
Directed by  Thomas J. Wright
Key Phrase:  "And now there is silence, silence, silence, saying all we did not know." William Rose Benet

    Frank attempts to prove the innocence of a man convicted of killing his wife for years ago, all the while unaware of a growing danger to his own life, Catherine.

Commentary:  None


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