Millennium Episode Review of Borrowed Time by TragicWhiteKnight
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Frank Black and Emma Hollis investigate a series of apparent drownings that occurred on dry land and discover that each and every victim had cheated death once before. Could these people, all members of a near death experience support group, be living on time borrowed from heaven? The case turns shockingly personal when Jordan falls terribly ill and Frank notices a man from the recent crime scenes, clad all in black, standing by her bedside.
Written by Chip Johannessen
Directed by Dwight Little
Edited by Chris Willingham, A.C.E.
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Awards and Nominations
Young Artist Award:
Brittany Tiplady - Best Performance in a Television Drama Series: Young Actress (Nominee)
Reviewed: Borrowed Time
Rating: 4.5 out of 10
This episode suffered from 'Mikado Syndrome'. Like 'The Mikado', 'BT' has a reputation as one of the best episodes of the series - but it turns out to be an above-average 'killer of the week' episode. The two shows do have an obvious difference; 'Mikado' had a typical killer but turned out great, this one has an unusual killer but doesn't stand up to much scrutiny.
First off, I can't deny some of the main strengths of the episode: Brittany Tiplady's acting is fabulous, as is Lance's when he threatens Samiel and prays for his daughter's life. The direction's also top-notch: especially the train plummeting into the water, the panic of the playground scene and Jordan's suddenly getting ill. Even Hollis isn't annoying.
But the bad still outweighs the good:
- Samiel has no motivation. Why does he bother coming back to Earth to save 4 random people? What's the deal with angels taking corporeal form? Why does he let Jordan live? These are all questions that could be answered - and the last one absolutely should have been - without it the episode lacks any point.
- Frank is totally powerless. The entire episode isn't borrowed time, but wasted time - the investigation into Samiel tells us nothing, Frank's involvement doesn't seem to do any good (unless Frank's pleas are what convinces Samiel to kill himself - if that's what actually happened, that's just awful).
- Frank technically should have died from the Marburg Virus if the Group hadn't interfered - why couldn't Samiel have taken him?
In the end, this is just a generic 'child in peril' show, not much better than 'In Arcadia Ego' in that respect. While I'm at least glad to finally see an episode with Frank at the centre, it'd be good if he actually got some development.