John Kenneth Muir, journalist and writer specializing in horror and science fiction, has written a fascinating article based around the central themes of Millennium. John Kenneth Muir is a keen supporter of BacktoFrankBlack and we believe fans of the show will find Muir’s article an interesting analysis of the show and its relationship to the contemporary social climate of America. Please support John’s muse – here’s a taster!
In the first season episode of Millennium entitled “Wide Open,” violent crime consultant and dedicated family man Frank Black (Lance Henriksen) sits pensively on the front porch of his idyllic yellow house on Ezekial Drive (a symbol first of paradise; then of paradise lost). There, he laments the American culture of the 1990s, one “besieged by our own fear.”
His wife, a therapist named Catherine (Megan Gallagher), counters “if you’re not afraid…you’re in denial.”
As Chris Carter and the writers of Millennium might succinctly state the matter: “This is Who We Are.”
Or at least, this is who we were during the Age of Millennium (1996-1999), pre-Y2K. The question then becomes, why is this who we were? And do we today remain this way? Have we changed at all, and can we ever change? Why is America perpetually a hotbed of fear and terror…even in times of peace and prosperity?
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