Millennium Episode Review of Luminary by ZeusFaber
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When a meeting between Frank Black and Millennium Group superiors leads to an angry exchange of verbal blows, Frank decides that he's going to pursue the investigation of a teenager who's gone missing in the Alaskan wilderness despite their explicit objections.
Written by Chip Johannessen
Directed by Thomas J. Wright
Edited by James Coblentz
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A thought-provoking episode, but a rather slow-paced one, truth be told. The landscapes standing in for Alaska are shot with a quiet serenity that reflects the flavour of the story, and the central idea of reconnecting with the most simple form of existence to break through the simulacra of contemporary life is well realised. However, there's a lack of spark to the piece, and a lack of action, with excitement having to be generated from such contrived occurrences as Frank stumbling and dropping Alex into the river, stretcher and all.
There are positive sides to things, such as the brief window into the Watts' family life and some more scenes of substance for Catherine at a time when she's in danger of being completely erased from the series, although the astrology angle is a little quaint and the aurora borealis seemingly thrown in for the sake of it. It's also blighted by another silly scene of the now Masonic and Machiavellian Millennium Group sitting in a circle in another ebony library exchanging riddles.
Fortunately that's quickly swept aside, and the main focus is wisely kept on the trek out into the wilderness. The voice-overs from Alex do well to keep him the absent centre of events, and his diary musings and jettisoning of worldly possessions illustrate a provocative philosophy that prompts self-examination. The ending is also downbeat but strangely inspiring in a bittersweet sort of way. Overall, the episode has that quiet poetic beauty, but it's too pedestrian and ponderous to be all that remarkable.