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Well first of all I wanted to say it's cool to be here. I'm a Canadian living in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada's newest territory in the Arctic. By profession I have worked in advertising, but after 12 years I've turned my hobby of photography into a career and now have my own studio. In my spare time (yeah, right) I am trying to start up a sideline career as a writer, writing stories based on the paranormal, supernatural, occult and horror themes and genres. I also do role playing so I hope to eventually participate in the MillenniuM RPGs also.

I've been crawling all over this site MDUK & TIWWA and I love them. I hope to become a really active participant here over time.

I've been a fan of Millennium since it came on Fox, but missed the whole second and third season's of the show. I have purchased the first and second seasons on DVD however and consider myself to be a loyal fan! I can't wait for the third season to be released.

I wanted to ask, though, about Writer's Guide's to MillenniuM. I wrote to Fox about a month ago now but haven't seen a reply yet. Does anybody here know if there were writer's guides to the show? I know that Paramount had writer's guides for Star Trek - The Next Generation which had character profiles and details about what had happened etc. so that writer's didn't contradict what had happened before etc. With all the complexity in Millennium one would think that Fox would have had the same for this show.

Can anybody shed some light on this?

I want to take a crack at writing something like a Millennium movie story which could be adapted to a script, perhaps something for Millennium: Apocalypse once it gets going, and currently have in the works a Millennium/Hellraiser crossover that I've just started and hope will turn out well. I have no notions it will ever see the light of day as a produced movie or anything but if it were good enough I hope it could capture someone's attention.

Anyhow if someone could shed some light on my question it would please me very much.

Stephen Lowe aka Maxx Blackwell :clapping:

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Well first of all I wanted to say it's cool to be here. I'm a Canadian living in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada's newest territory in the Arctic. By profession I have worked in advertising, but after 12 years I've turned my hobby of photography into a career and now have my own studio. In my spare time (yeah, right) I am trying to start up a sideline career as a writer, writing stories based on the paranormal, supernatural, occult and horror themes and genres. I also do role playing so I hope to eventually participate in the MillenniuM RPGs also.

I've been crawling all over this site MDUK & TIWWA and I love them. I hope to become a really active participant here over time.

I've been a fan of Millennium since it came on Fox, but missed the whole second and third season's of the show. I have purchased the first and second seasons on DVD however and consider myself to be a loyal fan! I can't wait for the third season to be released.

I wanted to ask, though, about Writer's Guide's to MillenniuM. I wrote to Fox about a month ago now but haven't seen a reply yet. Does anybody here know if there were writer's guides to the show? I know that Paramount had writer's guides for Star Trek - The Next Generation which had character profiles and details about what had happened etc. so that writer's didn't contradict what had happened before etc. With all the complexity in Millennium one would think that Fox would have had the same for this show.

Can anybody shed some light on this?

I want to take a crack at writing something like a Millennium movie story which could be adapted to a script, perhaps something for Millennium: Apocalypse once it gets going, and currently have in the works a Millennium/Hellraiser crossover that I've just started and hope will turn out well. I have no notions it will ever see the light of day as a produced movie or anything but if it were good enough I hope it could capture someone's attention.

Anyhow if someone could shed some light on my question it would please me very much.

Stephen Lowe aka Maxx Blackwell  :clapping:

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Welcome to TIWWA....and thanks for your comments, Horseman.

I'm not sure what you mean by a "Writer's Guide". You may very well mean what Horseman directed you to. If that's not what you ment, then please just ask. Your enthusiasum and creativity will be quite welcome here! Just have a look around. There are places where you can write your own origional Fan fic, as well as the roll-playing games you mentioned. I also started a "story circle" that Kath has been so wonderful at contributing to. Also, I've got an idea brewing for a "Fan's Guide To Millennium", which I'm hoping will become a group effort here at TIWWA.

Please jump right in....The water's fine! :oc_sunglasses:

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Welcome to This Is Who We Are! Glad you were able to get to the site after your initial problems. We had a couple of hiccups last week, faulty partition and new motherboard and SCSI card installed, but normally we are up online most of the time!

I know what you mean about the Writer's Guide and I recall reading about the ones that Paramount sent out to potential writers with rules like no-time travel etc. I have not heard of any Millennium ones though. Your best bet will be if someone here has had experience of this before. Brian Dixon may also be knowledgeable on this subject given his skills with writing and long standing knowledge of the show, hopefully he will spot this topic.

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Thanks to everyone who's responded so far. Thanks very much "Old Man" for your insight. I think you may be right concerning the use of a Writer's Guide. I shall look forward to any insight/experience that Brian Dixon might have.

RavenWolf - Regarding your project, will this be like Jane Goldman's and N.E. Genge's Millennium Companion Books except for being a self-developed online version?

Cheers,

Stephen Lowe aka Bill Maxwell

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Greetings and welcome....

This may not be of much use to you, but, The X-Files was unique in its decision not to utilise a 'writers' bible', something that remained in operation throughout all of its nine seasons. I cannot remember Chris Carter's reasons for this, but he championed it vigorously - this was partly the reason the conspiracy episodes became so unimaginably tangled though. It could, I guess, be fair to assume that a similar tactic was used for Millennium. It would be a real find to uncover one though.....

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RavenWolf - Regarding your project, will this be like Jane Goldman's and N.E. Genge's Millennium Companion Books except for being a self-developed online version?

As I've not read these Millennium Companion books (wouldn't even know where to find one) I can't really answer your question.

I've got a section here at TIWWA, look down near the bottom for something about A Fan's Guide To Millennium. This was an idea I had months ago, but is a lot to tackel alone, and plus I thought it would be cool if this was something the group worked together on. So, your input is welcome!

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Thanks RavenWolf. Well I suspect you're right about the lack of writer's bible. That could explain why in the first season Frank has a brother who's wife is kidnapped but in the second season in the episodes which take place in his youth he doesn't and why when his mother and father die there's no mention or appearance of this brother.

Regarding the Millennium Companion Guides there's a listing for them in the MDUK MillenniuM Store. All of them seem to be out of print though you can sign up for used copies if Amazon can locate them.

I've just put in a request at our local library to acquire them through the interlibrary loan system that we have here in Canada.

Cheers,

Stephen/Maxx

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Thanks RavenWolf. Well I suspect you're right about the lack of writer's bible. That could explain why in the first season Frank has a brother who's wife is kidnapped but in the second season in the episodes which take place in his youth he doesn't and why when his mother and father die there's no mention or appearance of this brother.

Regarding the Millennium Companion Guides there's a listing for them in the MDUK MillenniuM Store. All of them seem to be out of print though you can sign up for used copies if Amazon can locate them.

I've just put in a request at our local library to acquire them through the interlibrary loan system that we have here in Canada.

Cheers,

Stephen/Maxx

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I could not agree with you more, for i as well found it a bit strange that only Frank was at his father's gravesite. Adding to the oddness, in what i believe to be the most poignant episode of the first two seasons, Midnight of the Century, his father mentions every family member BUT Thomas. Nor was there ever a time when you saw anyone BUT Frank. Its as if Thomas never really existed. Most likely because the directors were concentrating on the connection that Frank had with his mother, both of them possessing a gift which would obviously hound them for the rest of their life. It was obvious that Thomas had no such gift, so therefore any involvement of his character in MOTC would have detracted from the relevance of the story..

Then "Sacrament" comes along and all of a sudden, we discover that lo and behold, Thomas truely exists. There was a superficial and half-hearted attempt to establish the bond between brothers with the conversations at the beginning of the episode, where Frank takes the blame for Thomas scratching his father's car, etc..."couldn't sit for a week" is what i believe is Frank's response, which of course today, would immediately be reported to Child Protective Services.....

also, in "Sacrament", I felt an underlying current which seemed to me that between the two siblings, Frank was the favored son. Thomas's reactions throughout the show seemed to border at times on jealousy and envy. In several instances there appeared to be a real defined stratum of importance in relation to mother and father...

Tom also seemed to know about Frank's gift and had appeared to have been privy to its effect on Frank as exemplified by the following exhchange:

Tom: "This never would have happened if we

hadn't come here to see you! You don't see it,

do you, Frank? You bring it upon yourself. It's

a sickness! You can't just keep it locked away

in the basement!"

Frank: "I would do anything to protect you and

yours."

Tom: "By keeping me in the dark, just like you

always have. I don't want your protection. I

want the truth!"

Frank: "Some truths are better left unknown."

Tom: "But you can't keep them from us, can you,

Frank? You can't keep them from any of us."

Where have i heard this before? Sounds like a conversation between Catherine and Frank...

This was evidence that Tom was at least aware of Frank's ability, yet this was never explored in any detail in any episode. That would have been very interesting, to see the development of Frank's ability at the expense of his relationship to his brother, who would realize that not only was he not gifted like Frank but took 2nd fiddle in his parent's affections..

There was one last very vailed reference to his brother in a following episode called "Walkabout"

"I got drawn into these trials because I wanted

to find out something. A few weeks ago, when Helen was

abducted, something happened that made me wonder... if

Jordan has this thing... that I have."

"We don't want her to live in a world where

those things exist, but she does. And if Jordan has

any part of my gift... then we'll be there, to guide

her."

In closing, in defense of the directors, Tom's character, should it have been expanded, would have fogged the message the show was origionally intended to present.

"Normalcy" really had no place in MillenniuM, time after time, its essence devoured by the evil aspects the show portrayed.

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