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ZeusFaber

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  • Favorite Millennium Seasons
    1&3
  • Favorite Millennium Episodes
    Pilot
  • Favorite Millenium Characters
    Frank Black
  • Favorite Millennium Writers
    Chris Carter
  • Favorite Millennium Directors
    David Nutter

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  1. Yes, I particularly enjoyed reading that interview too. Good job all.
  2. ZeusFaber

    Worst Mm Episode....ever

    Season 2 took on a whole other direction to the original concept too, and while Season 3 is different once again, the argument could be made that it's closer to the original premise than the second year. Absolutely agree with you on "A Single Blade of Grass" though.
  3. ZeusFaber

    New book coming soon

    Great work, Libby. I've got the book on order and was intrigued to find Shearman's above critique of "The Beginning and the End" to quite closely mirror my own @TIWWA. Prospective buyers can also get a flavour of the first few X-Files reviews using Amazon's "search inside" function. I look forward to dipping in to the rest of it when it arrives.
  4. Did anyone genuinely think Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny would actually be guest starring? A "Lamentation" style walk-by of lookalikes could still be on the cards, not that I'm remotely excited by that prospect.
  5. I don't really think it's that much of a big deal. Just a rather inconsequential bit of trivia that's got blown out of proportion by the fanbase. If there even is anything in the episode, it'll be so far in the background you'd barely notice. Hardly a major leak or big news by any stretch of the imagination.
  6. If anything, I would guess it's most likely to be a pair of background stand-ins (ala "Lamentation") in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it tip of the hat to how heavily influenced Fringe is by The X-Files, something everyone under the sun did not fail to recognize very quickly in its first season.
  7. I'd love to hear any insights into the title "Saturn Dreaming of Mercury," although I know what it's like trying to remember such details from way back. Also, anything Chip might care to reveal about the significance of the eyes and their strange P.O.V. in the same episode.
  8. ZeusFaber

    The Beginning.... and The End

    When Chris Carter created Millennium, he was very clear that Frank was not psychic. To firmly establish this from the start, when writing the pilot he made Bletcher ask Frank directly "like a psychic?" Frank's response is a firm, unequivocal "No." The stuff about Frank's mother passing on psychic ability was all established retroactively in S2. Glen Morgan and James Wong, who had no part in creating the series, remade things in their own image when they took charge. The episode in question, "Midnight of the Century," was written by a pair of writers new to the industry (Erin Maher & Kay Reindl) who were hired and nurtured by Morgan & Wong. They wanted to do things differently. Hope that clears things up. (Take a look at this if you're interested in reading more.)
  9. That TV award of some such was the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Richly deserved.
  10. Breaking Bad is far and away the best show on television at the moment. Some of the most outstanding work in scripted drama ever filmed. I'm delighted others around these parts are enjoying it.
  11. Mark Snow riffed on Handel's Sarabande in both "The Curse of Frank Black" and "Bad Blood." The two cues aren't identical, and neither one of them is a direct sampling of the Handle piece, but from listening you can clearly tell that Snow was heavily influenced by it in scoring those episodes.
  12. ZeusFaber

    any news on the v6?

    You know, there are two other seasons worth of virtual episodes archived here at TIWWA.
  13. Of course you should watch S3. It's one of the best seasons of Millennium -- a fantastic television show. I hope you enjoy every minute of it. I envy you being able to watch it for the very first time.
  14. I must echo Laurent's surprise about hearing "The Judge" in the same breath as "A Single Blade of Grass!" I was nodding along with everything you said there, CthulhuKaamos, and then you went and blindsided me with that penultimate sentence. As for the above defence of "The Hand of Saint Sebastian," I think there would be plenty of people around these parts to agree with that, of that there need be no worry. Not me, however. To put it more succinctly than usual, that was like Frank Black had wandered into an episode of 'Allo 'Allo!
  15. I know precisely how much money it took at the box office. I never claimed it was a financial success, but your assertion that a mythology story would have made more profit has no real logic to it. With the benefit of hindsight, it's easy to say that anything different would have made more money, but that simply makes no sense and has no basis in reason. You say that a mythology movie would bring in more long-term fans, but what you have to understand is that those people make up the minority of the cinema-going audience, while the outsiders who have limited or no knowledge of the series continuity make up the majority of the cinema-going audience. Therefore, to maximize your appeal, you have to target that majority group -- it makes no fiscal sense to target the minority group. As for the budget and the release date, I agree with you that neither were ideal. But both of those decisions were entirely down to the studio, and the makers of the movie had absolutely no say in it whatsoever. The studio forced I Want to Believe into a summer premiere in the shadow of The Dark Knight because they had no other viable products to bring out because of the knock-on effect of the writers' strike to other productions. Blame 20th Century Fox for that, no one else. I completely disagree. The trailers were excellent, very well constructed, and very excited. I'm sorry the internet forums you visited didn't respond favourably, but here and at the official forum, there was an awful lot of excitement. They were also met with resounding cheers from a packed WonderCon and Paley event. So if you think you speak for everyone, think again. No, I wont agree with that. I wouldn't say that it was superior to everything and anything seen in the series, by no means, but I Want to Believe was eminently cinematic. The sweeping cinematography, the mature pace, the picture-perfect landscapes, the narrative structure -- all were befitting of a feature. If you were to project one of the old TV two-parters onto the big screen, with its inferior film stock, tighter framing and commercial television structure, the difference would be very noticeable. Don't confuse an intimate atmosphere and a grounded scope with being uncinematic. I'm perfectly aware of when Harsh Realm was scheduled. It inherited Millennium's time slot -- it did not replace it. Millennium was cancelled because the network thought they could stand to do better numbers with something new. Perfectly normal practice in television, happens all the time. Harsh Realm taking the new slot on FOX's Fall schedule was a consolation prize, it wasn't usurping Millennium. The suggestion that Chris Carter sat down with the network and asked them to cancel Millennium in favour of Harsh Realm is absurd. Carter had no say in such matters, he got what he was given by FOX. The executives decide what they pick up and what they cancel, and they decide when to schedule the shows on their lineup. They hold all the cards, they can do whatever they want. Even if the suits were in a mood to listen and Carter was given a free choice, we needn't doubt for a second that he'd have Millennium running as well as Harsh Realm, not instead of. But Millennium was gone. The axe had fallen. It could have been anything that succeeded it on the Fall schedule, Fridays at 9. Something new was going to get that slot no matter what, it was just a consolation for Ten Thirteen (and for fans) that it happened to be Harsh Realm. I'm not privy to the details of Carter's contract with Fox Television at the time, but it's standard practice for bankable producers like him to have development deals that tie their next X number of projects to the studio, and Harsh Realm would have been one of them. If he had not been big enough to have such a deal, then it would have been some other show that ended up inheriting the slot on FOX's Fall schedule on Fridays at 9. Millennium would not have been renewed for a fourth season no matter whether Harsh Realm existed or not. Of course, Carter wasn't bitter about the cancellation because he had this consolation, plus he's a gentleman and never outspoken, smart enough to know what to say and what not to say in public if you value your career. That's why he would have been sanguine about the whole thing and is probably what you read in this interview. It's not because he valued Harsh Realm above Millennium, or sacrificed one for the other. He did not encourage Millennium's cancellation in any way, shape or form. Let's be clear about that.
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