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Millennium Episode Review of Force Majeure by Erin (Raven Wolf)

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Episode Info

 Force Majeure



MLM Code

#MLM-112


Production Code

4C12


Season

1


Original Airdate

1997-02-07

Episode Summary

An unusual man prepares his bizarre family of cloned daughters for the great apocalyptic disaster of May 5th, 2000. While attempting to investigate a seemingly paranormal chain of events linked to these blonde-haired, blue-eyed girls, Frank Black and the Millennium Group find they have a thorn in their side in Dennis Hoffman, a man who is a self-proclaimed expert on the great planetary alignment that will cause the anticipated disaster.

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Written by Chip Johannessen
Directed by Winrich Kolbe
Edited by George R. Potter

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Reviewed: Force Majeure

Contributor: Erin (Raven Wolf)

An image from Millennium: Force Majeure.

"You remember a single deluge only, but there were many previous ones." (Plato)

As being burned alive is at the top of my list of ways I don't wanna go...."Force Majeure" almost lost me in the first scene. Viewed objectively, however, I can see that the theme of beauty and horror was being continued here, as the angelic young woman stood, gracefully, as the flames engulfed her.

It always struck me as strangely appropriate that Lance Henriksen's birthday is on May 5th, which was the proposed day of the Apocalypse in this episode of Millennium. Now, thinking back to May 5th, 2000, when the planets were supposed to be aligned, bringing about the end of the world, I do remember that I was not feeling well that day. I felt rather out of sorts, lost and distant, as if I was in a dream, not only on that day but the next 3 days, which I wondered was a kind of premonition of my friend's death on May the 8th.

Once I got past Dennis Hoffman being played by the same guy who was in The X Files "Beyond the Sea", I was very impressed with his performance. His character added a nice flavor to the episode, as well as the "father" in the iron lung.

One of the things that made this a good episode was its ability to tread the thin line between believability and non-believability. There were some parts that were a bit of a stretch, but not inconceivable, which added to the excitement....As you wondered, "Could this really happen?"

Though Force Majeure wandered a bit from the original premise of the series...a gothic crime-drama, it was still quite enjoyable. What it lacked in blood-and-guts gripping horror it more than made up for in mood, uniqueness and exquisite rhythm. The choreography of the music with the movements of the characters, particularly in the scene in the bus with the group of cloned young women, all moving in perfect unison was so artistically done that I'm more impressed each time I see it!

Though Frank had not been convinced of the accuracy of the prophecy of May 5th, it was apparent by the end that he was having his doubts. As Catherine proudly informed him of Jordan's acceptance into a school, noting that she was set until 2010, you could see the apprehension growing in Frank's eyes...wondering if there would still be a world for his little girl by that time. This left a perfect sense of uneasiness with the viewers, wondering, "Will there be a world for my children?" Elements like this make Millennium a wonderful symbol for this time in the history of our civilization. All cultures have stories, expressing their fear and uncertainty about the future. Millennium, to me, is the mythology of our generation, and "Force Majeure" is a fine example of it.