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I agree. "The Well-Worn Lock" is a good character-development piece for Catherine that allows Megan Gallagher to take centre stage for once. It is only unfortunate that she never had as much to do as this more often, and indeed probably never to this degree again.

I also agree that "Dead Letters" is a bit overrated. It's not bad, and has interesting elements, but alot of the time it's the most basic of basic serial-killer stories.

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I agree.  "The Well-Worn Lock" is a good character-development piece for Catherine that allows Megan Gallagher to take centre stage for once.  It is only unfortunate that she never had as much to do as this more often, and indeed probably never to this degree again.

I also agree that "Dead Letters" is a bit overrated.  It's not bad, and has interesting elements, but alot of the time it's the most basic of basic serial-killer stories.

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ZeusFaber/BTL - I thought that "Dead Letters" did a great job in showing the effects of "personalizing" your job. Frank, throughout the episode continually warns Jim Horn that "if you make every one of the personal, you'll go insane". Whereas Frank could seperate the crimes from his family, all Horn did was say he could see his kids face superimposed on the victims...i thought it presented a good contrast..a bit over-rated? probably, but it also suffered from being released on the heels of the Pilot and Gehenna..

"And behold, a pale horse, and he who sat on it, his name was Death. Hades followed with him. Authority over one fourth of the earth, to kill with the sword, with famine, with death, and by the wild animals of the earth was given to him." REV 6:8

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ZeusFaber/BTL - I thought that "Dead Letters" did a great job in showing the effects of "personalizing" your job. Frank, throughout the episode continually warns Jim Horn that "if you make every one of the personal, you'll go insane". Whereas Frank could seperate the crimes from his family, all Horn did was say he could see his kids face superimposed on the victims...i thought it presented a good contrast..a bit over-rated? probably, but it also suffered from being released on the heels of the Pilot and Gehenna..

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I thought the story of 'Dead Letters' was very interesting, and it really emphasised the way that Frank is with law enforcment: if you don't buy it, you don't buy it, but in the end I'll prove you wrong.

the character of Jim Horn got the point of over personalisation over well, but just annoyed me by the end of the episode, though, with Frank saying 'I've been there' all through the episode, it leaves me to wonder whether Frank was like Horn when he had his first break down.

I agree that even the best of episodes might look bad compared the the season's openers!

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"Dead Letters" doesn't really focus on the criminal as much as Jim Horn. The theme of the killer feeling de-personlized and Horns over-personalization with the crimes is juxaposed perfectly with Frank standing in the middle; which is where you have to be do what he does. It also has one of the most poignant, touching endings.

And back to the original discussion, the worst for me is "Human Essence," followed very closely by "A Single Blade of Grass." There are have been many misteps in MLM's history, in my opinion but these two stick out as flawed all the way through. "Human Essence" is just ugly on all levels and doens't really feel like I'm watching MLM at all. Its too early in the season, which was off to a sloppy start, to air such a horrible episode. "ASBOG" is horrible but for different reasons. It feels like a watered-down week-end TV movie version of MLM. Embarassing all around. It features what is probably the most forgetable guest stars of a show which has prided itself and relies very much on them.

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That was my thought as well.  The term that comes to mind is "Cheep X-Files Rip-Off".  But that's just my opinion.

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Frank's lines in this episode were right out of the Mulder cliché book, weren't they? At least I laughed. "A Single Blade of Grass" was offensively poor.

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Re: "Dead Letters"

I agree that its strength is its personal story, and James Morrison certainly does an excellent job as Jim Horn. However, there is still the requirement to combine this with an original and engaging story, and that is where "Dead Letters" falls down to an extent, IMO. Perhpas this was hoped to do for MM what "Squeeze" did for TXF -- i.e. stretch the elasticity of the show and give us a different type of episode. If so, it did not succeed on this level either IMO.

Re: "Human Essence"

I can see the points of it being a bit too paranormal, and this more in line with TXF. However, as someone else mentioned, I think there were far greater cases of this in S2. Nevertheless, I do find the episode slow paced and a little lifeless, yet not the extent that its reputation suggests.

One thing that seemed more offensive about "A Single Blade of Grass" was the way it suggested that Frank's gift was somthing paranormal, which was never the intension in S1.

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Guest noonien soong

For me it was Jose Chung's Doomsday Defense. I've always loved Millennium because of its serious theme, and that it did not have Episodes, that had riducules story plots, like X-Files often has. But then this came along and changed it all.

I never watched it to an end, because I wanted to keep the illusion alive. So this Episode I would just rather forget.

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RE: Human Essence.

There were some cheese elements, but holistically, I would much rather re-watch this episode than say Jose Chungs, 13 years, and Somehow in that order.........I would have to say that Human Essence is comparable to Siren in more ways than one.......sort of a mid to lower level type episdoe.

A thought expressed by William James in 1902 and quoted by Wells deserves renewed attention: [Cleckley, 1988 5th edition]

Yonder puny fellow however, whom everyone can beat suffers no chagrin about it, for he has long ago abandoned the attempt to “carry that line,” as the merchants say, of Self at all. With no attempt there can be no failure; with no failure, no humiliation. So our self-feeling in this world depends entirely on what we back ourselves to be and do. It is determined by the ratio of our actualities to our supposed potentialities; a fraction of which our pretensions are the denominator and the numerator our success: thus, self-esteem = Success/Pretensions. Such a fraction may be increased as well by diminishing the denominator as by increasing the numerator. To give up pretensions is as blessed a relief as to get them gratified; and where disappointment is incessant and the struggle unending, this is what men will always do. The history of evangelical theology, with its conviction of sin, its self-despair, and its abandonment of salvation by works, is the deepest of all possible examples, but we meet others in every walk of life….How pleasant is the day when we give up striving to be young—or slender! Thank God! We say, those illusions are gone. Everything added to the self is a burden as well as a pride.

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Guest David.Marx

Favourite episodes - Owls, Roosters, The Time Is Now

As for the worst; I would have to say any, indeed all of season three!

I would just like to congratulate all conributors for making this an excellent forum, and to the creators for making such a very fine job - the site looks excellent.

Regards.

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