(Courtesy of Resurrection Films)
Resurrection Films delivers a nostalgic throwback with Millennium After The Millennium and examines the lasting impact of the gripping crime thriller starring Lance Henriksen. Not only does director Jason D. Morris serve the dedicated fanbase, the insightful documentary explores how Millennium paved the way for the new Golden Age of Television.
In 1996, Chris Carter followed up his popular sci-fi hit, The X-Files, with the darker and more sophisticated Millennium, a gothic horror drama. The Fox show pit actor Lance Henriksen against a thousand points of darkness. The series ended abruptly in 1999, but the darkness remains. Fans yearning for Frank Black’s heroic return can revisit past nightmares and see glimpses of a hopeful future in the new feature-length documentary, Millennium After The Millennium.
Here are 5 reasons why we love Millennium After The Millennium:
5) Ahead Of Its Time!
Shocking in its graphic nature and ambitious in its storytelling, Millennium paved the way for such memorable protagonists, such as Walter White, and edgy dramas, True Detective. With such a cult following, writer Joseph Maddrey (To Hell You Ride) rightfully puts an indelible stamp on where Millennium is in television history. The documentary establishes how relevant the former Fox series still is to society, especially during this troubling 45th administration.
4) The Guests!
Producer/Interviewer Troy L. Foreman speaks with Carter, Henriksen, Frank Spotnitz (The Lone Gunmen) and Megan Gallagher, aka Catherine Black, about the show’s three seasons. It’s so wonderful to see Brittany Tiplady all grown-up. As Jordan Black, Tiplady dealt with such mature and dark themes as a child actress. The cast and crew reveal juicy behind-the-scenes tidbits as they dealt with ratings, the bleak nature of the scripts, and the emotional toll of their thought-provoking performances.
3) The Commentary!
Director Jason D. Morris does a fantastic job mixing footage from the show with commentary from his guest speakers. Before trolls drove famous stars away from social media, Klea Scott reveals the backlash she received as FBI Special Agent Emma Hollis, who represented diversity and didn’t play to the love interest cliche. Spotnitz and Carter mention the struggle of keeping Fox executives happy, especially with the ratings nowhere near as The X-Files.
2) Your Favorite Episode!
I loved the discussion of my favorite episodes, the pilot, Jose Chung’s Doomsday Defense, and Somehow, Satan Got Behind Me. If you’re interested in writing for television, newbies, students, and writers should definitely listen to the lessons from the show writers.
1) Season 4!
— MATM (@tiwwamm) July 20, 2018
Though I wish the documentary spoke about the Millennium comic book series from IDW Publishing, I did enjoy hearing what writers had planned for a fourth season. With The X-Files revival lasting two seasons, I loved hearing Brittany Tiplady’s ideas about how Millennium could be rebooted. Interestingly, a Millennium revival could work on FX, much like Sons of Anarchy and its spinoff, Mayans M.C.
A special preview and panel of Resurrection Films’s Millennium After The Millennium will take place at Monsterpalooza in Burbank, Ca at 12pm on September 16th 2018.