When X-Files creator and showrunner Chris Carter first introduced us to Fox Mulder (played by David Duchovny) the character was known for 2 things: His attraction to cases of a potentially supernatural nature and his uncanny profiling abilities. In fact, before Mulder became known as “Spooky” he was a profiler of unusual promise, one who almost seemed able to enter the minds of serial killers. While this aspect of Mulders history hasn’t been acknowledged since Season 1, Carter was clearly keen on exploring the profiler concept further. The result was Millennium, a series that felt almost like a companion piece to The X-Files—and for good reason: A crossover episode confirms that the shows take place in the same universe.
In Millennium, horror icon Lance Henriksen plays FBI consultant Frank Black, a profiler with the uncanny ability to see through the eyes of serial killers (sound familiar?).
Official Synopsis: Millennium is an American television series created by Chris Carter (creator of The X-Files), which aired on Fox between 1996 and 1999. The series follows the investigations of ex-FBI agent Frank Black (Lance Henriksen), now a consultant, with the ability to see inside the minds of criminals, working for a mysterious organization known as the Millennium Group.
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Despite a tremendous first season, Millennium slipped steadily until it was unexpectedly cancelled after Season 3. The cancellation was obviously unexpected, as the series left many aspects of Frank Black’s story unresolved. A somewhat slipshod resolution came in the previously mentioned crossover episode of The X-Files Season 4 titled (appropriately) Millennium. It saw Black somewhat metaphorically riding off into the sunset, a life of potential horrors and wonders ahead of him.
In the decades since its cancellation, Millennium has amassed a sizable cult following. Tattoos of the show’s trademark Ouroboros (a snake eating its own tail) are common; in a brilliant yet subtle crossover moment Dana Scully (played by Gillian Anderson) got a Millennium/Ouroboros tattoo in The X-Files Season 4 episode Never Again.
Helmed by filmmakers Jason Morris and Troy Foreman, Millennium after the Millennium is a documentary that explores the enduring legacy of Carter’s exquisite failure 20 years after the show’s demise. “We wanted to do something as big as possible. This project was a pure concept of love for the show. We wanted to give something to the fans that have supported the show and the campaign for the return of Millennium,” says Morris.
Check out a trailer and synopsis for Millennium after the Millennium, being released sometime in 2017, below.
Official Synopsis: Discover the enduring story of Millennium as we take a trip down a path of mystery unraveling how Millennium came to be and why it really ended. Millennium after the Millennium is a new documentary focused on Chris Carter’s landmark television series Millennium. Set twenty years after the show ended, we take a look back at what makes Millennium so enduring to fans and critics alike.
The “why it really ended” part certainly sounds intriguing; hopefully, I’ll learn a lot when this film comes to fruition. You can follow Millennium after the Millennium on their official website, HERE.
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