Thoughts on “Back to Frank Black”

In the late 1990s, Chris Carter (creator of “The X-Files”) produced a short-lived television series that is still one of my all-time favorites: “Millennium.” It was about a retired criminal profiler named Frank Black who becomes involved with a group that investigates cases that seem to be related to human evil and end-of-the-world prophesies. The series was dark, thoughtful, and brimming with rich symbolism. It is the only television series for which I purchased all seasons on DVD (three box sets) so I could rewatch them whenever I felt inspired. This book is a collection of essays about the series, as well as interviews with the cast and creative team.

Because the network suddenly cancelled the show (ironically, right before the millennium), there has been a strong movement among the fan base to attempt to influence the network to back a film or limited series that would bring satisfactory closure to this complex program. As one of the essays states, this was part of the impetus for compiling and publishing this book.

We felt that a book might serve as a testament to Millennium, the campaign, and the fans of the show. I won’t harp on too much about the book given I’m sure you’ll have found time to, at the very least, read this page of it, but suffice to say what we envisaged is very much what it became. In some respects, you could say it became all it could be: an intelligent compendium of responses to a mature and well-crafted television series.

(p. 440)

There is some interesting information in this book and I enjoyed reading it, but it is definitely intended for fans of the show and assumes that the reader is versed in the mythology and story arcs that are part of the series. I’ll conclude by sharing that I am currently working through the Season 3 box set of “Millennium,” and it is a little eerie to watch this 20+ years later. Almost makes me wonder if the biblical millennium did creep up on us while we were expecting Y2K computer failures and planes falling out of the sky. Maybe the end is more of a fizzle instead of a cataclysmic explosion.

Thanks for stopping by and reading.


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10 responses to “Thoughts on “Back to Frank Black”

  1. This show sounds intriguing! My husband and I were X-File fans and since we just finished watching all of Battlestar Galactica this past year we need a new show to work through. I found out my local library has seasons 1 & 2 DVDs! Thanks for the tip.

    • Nice! I love X-Files and Battlestar. Many of the writers from X-Files also contributed to Millennium. Hopefully you all will like it. Let me know your thoughts. Cheers!

  2. Hi Jeff – I remember watching some of the X-Files and I agree that they were very good. I’m not sure why I stopped watching. I’m glad you are enjoying re-watching them and this book looks like a good companion to the series. My husband and I are currently re-watching something a little less cerebral – Melrose Place! Haha – we bought the entire series and have hundreds of episodes to go 🙂

    • LOL – Nice! My wife and I are currently watching West Wing. It is very good.

      • Oh yes – that’s a great show! I’m also watching The Wire. I was a huge fan of Michael K. Williams in Boardwalk Empire and was sad to learn that he recently passed away. He’s also in The Wire so I thought I’d check it out – already hooked.

  3. I watched Millennium as well. It should have gone on for another few years at least and not have gotten shit canned after 2 seasons.
    Great stuff Jeff.

  4. I would love to see the show now – I had never heard of it. I was a huge fan of The Fringe, which may be similar, not sure. I wish it was available on Netflix but of course it is not.

    • Hi Monika. Yes, this would be something you would like. Sadly, it is not streaming on any platform that I am aware of. Regarding Fringe, I also loved that show and watched every episode. I’m even considering rewatching, but there is so much that I want to watch and so little time. Anyway, thanks for stopping by. Stay safe.