When Jordan tries to get Catherine involved in helping a mysterious and beautiful woman rescued from the sea, Frank decides he should have a talk with the stranger. The exchange they have does a number on Frank’s mental state as he lapses into a confusing realization of what his life would be like without the Millennium Group. Is this enlightenment a good thing, seeing as four other men have died as a result of this woman and her strange spell?
Written by Glen Morgan & James Wong
Directed by Allen Coulter
Edited by George R. Potter
Lance Henriksen as Frank Black
Megan Gallagher as Catherine Black
Vivian Wu as Tamara Shui Fa Lee
Tzi Ma as Captain Youfook Law
Ricky Cheng as Yee Chun
Kristen Cloke as Lara Means
Fulvio Cecere as Agent Brown
Colin Foo as Lo Fat
Simon Wong as Chin
Alannah Ong as Jennifer
Ronin as Interpreter
Michael Puttonen as Coroner (II)
Cory Dagg as Stan
Eileen Pedde as Doctor (I)
Bobby Magee as Customs Officer (I)
Derek Lowe as Ming
Heather McCarthy as Terri
Mikela J. Mikael as Diane
Darryl Quon as Fung Lum
Melanie Skehar as Ellen
Seasonal Episode Tagline
this is ... who we are ... the time is near
Please note that this is the original Fox synopsis and occasionally this may differ from the events that were actually filmed. Please also view the Siren episode transcript which has been painstakingly checked for accuracy against the actual episode.
A squad of local police and I.N.S. vehicles converge on a docked freighter, its passenger hold overflowing with illegal Asian immigrants. Captain Law instructs two crew members, Yee Chun and Lo Fat, to "kill the monster" contained within a cargo hold area. A reluctant Chun and Fat move towards the cargo doorway, weapons in hand. But their mission is cut short when I.N.S. agents take them into custody. The men warn the agents not to enter the hold, as it contains something dangerous. The agents ignore the warning and open the door. Inside is a beautiful Asian woman, bound with steel chains.
While walking the corridors of the hospital where her mother works, Jordan notices the Asian woman inside an examination room. Jordan tells Catherine she must help the woman, as she will save Frank’s life. Catherine pays Frank an unexpected visit, interrupting a meeting with Lara Means. She recounts Jordan’s story about the mysterious woman saving his life. She then presents Frank with the woman’s file. Acting on his own behalf, Frank visits the camp where the Asian immigrants are interned. Yee Chun reacts when Frank shows him a photo of the mysterious Asian woman. Frank’s interest in immediately piqued.
Catherine and an interpreter attempt to communicate with the Asian woman, but their efforts are in vain. Later, Frank, Lara and Gieblehouse inspect the freighter -- where they discover four bodies stuffed inside wooden crates. A coroner concludes the men all died of exposure to the elements. The threesome then question Captain Law, Yee Chun and Chin. All three men give differing accounts of how the woman ended up aboard ship. Law claims he rescued her from the sea; Yee Chun describes how he found the woman and another crew member, Fung Lum, in a passionate embrace; and Chin claims she just appeared out of nowhere. The men explain that Fung Lum was discovered on the bow, frozen, and the following day, another body was discovered. Concerned for the safety of the crew, the Captain chained the woman in the cargo hold. Chin breaks into tears when Geibelhouse shows him a photograph of his brother, who was one of the victims.
Frank uses the Millennium Group’s data base to analyze the woman’s photograph and fingerprints. It is determined that the mysterious woman, Tamara Shui Fa Lee, is a Chinese national from Hong Kong who was reported lost at sea in 1988. Frank believes she has been dead for ten years. Frank pays Tamara a visit in her hospital room. Using an audio recorder, he tapes their conversation (Tamara suddenly begins conversing in English). During the discussion, Tamara mentions events from Frank’s life, such as killing the Polaroid man, and leaving his family--things she should not know. Frank rebuffs Tamara’s advances and heads home. Along the way, he experiences a vision of Tamara standing in the roadway. Frank slams on the brakes and ends up on the side of the road. Not seeing any physical evidence of Tamara, Frank heads home.
At the yellow house, Frank, Catherine and Jordan share Chinese food and enjoy their time together. When Frank retires for the evening, he is shocked to find Catherine sharing his bed. Slowly, Frank realizes he is living within an alternate universe, one in which he is the owner of a private investigative firm, and not a member of the Millennium Group. In the basement of the yellow house, he finds the Gehenna Devil holding Jordan’s dead body.
Back in the "real" world, paramedics fight to save Frank, who, it turns out, lost consciousness after losing control of his automobile (when he experienced a vision of Tamara standing in the road) and was exposed to the elements. When Frank regains consciousness, he describes his visions to Lara Means. He believes Tamara has given him a peek at another path his life might have taken. But Frank is unsure if his association with the Group is bringing horror to his family--or keeping it at bay. He seeks out Tamara Lee, who has been relocated to an internment center (where Captain Law and his crew members are also being held).
Captain Law, Yee Chin and Lo Fat conspire to kill Tamara and end her reign of terror. After inadvertently killing an innocent woman, the men close in on Tamara, who uses her powers to turn one against the other. Frank rescues Tamara from the assassins, but when he attempts to pose his question regarding the Group to her, she again speaks in an unknown Chinese dialect. Frank realizes she does not possess the answer to his question.
In Greek mythology, a siren was any one of a group of sea nymphs who lured mariners to destruction on the rocks surrounding their island by their sweet singing. The voice of Tamara Lee, who was recovered from the ocean, has the same damning effect on those she speaks to throughout this episode.
Credit: Brian Dixon, The Millennial Abyss
Original Fox Promotional Episode Stills
View the 4 available original 1996 Fox Millennium Episode Guide images for this episode of Millennium here.
(Comprised of 5 murders + 0 kills in self defence + 0 justifiable homicides + 0 suicides.)
NB. Where applicable, large groups of victims (such as multiple victims in a plane crash) are represented by a count of group count of 1 due to impracticalities with listing so many unidentified persons. For enhanced details, see the Violence Markers below.
- Captain Youfook Law was responsible for the attempted murder of Tamara Shui Fa Lee during this episode of Millennium (Siren).
- Lo Fat was responsible for the attempted murder of Tamara Shui Fa Lee during this episode of Millennium (Siren).
- Tamara Shui Fa Lee was responsible for the attempted murder of Frank Black during this episode of Millennium (Siren).
- Yee Chun was responsible for the attempted murder of Tamara Shui Fa Lee during this episode of Millennium (Siren).
- Chin was responsible for the murder of unnamed woman during this episode of Millennium (Siren).
- Tamara Shui Fa Lee was responsible for the murder of Fung Lum during this episode of Millennium (Siren).
- Tamara Shui Fa Lee was responsible for the murder of Ming during this episode of Millennium (Siren).
- Tamara Shui Fa Lee was responsible for the murder of unnamed crewman #1 during this episode of Millennium (Siren).
- Tamara Shui Fa Lee was responsible for the murder of unnamed crewman #2 during this episode of Millennium (Siren).
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