Millennium Episode Review of Force Majeure by ZeusFaber
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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.
Written by Chip Johannessen
Directed by Winrich Kolbe
Edited by George R. Potter
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Reviewed: Force Majeure
In breaking a run of somewhat standard episodes, this is very refreshing and really quite original. It's perhaps the first episode to come at the apocalypse from a scientific angle, in many ways presaging the style that would become more common in the third season. As such, the notion of an astronomical alignment bringing a literal cataclysm rather than a metaphorical or supernatural doomsday is the perfect means of stretching the range of the series without undermining its central identity.
What's more confusing is the unusual suicides of the identical girls and the cloning program that spawned them. You can make sense of it once we see that the man in the iron lung is in fact a kind of Noah figure, but it still doesn't quite add up as to why they would kill themselves just because they learned of the impending death of their father figure. Consequently, the coherency of the narrative suffers somewhat from one too many ideas.
But it's still a good, strong episode with a terrific performance from Brad Dourif to give us a quirky supporting character in the form of Dennis Hoffman. Mark Snow's score is also particularly noteworthy, and there are lots of memorable images even if most of them (the spontaneous combustion, the mandala position, the iron lung) aren't really made central to the plot. Though its parts are perhaps greater than the whole, this is an entertaining episode that does well to provide a very welcome degree of variety while staying true to the show and its characters.