Muir: Enemies Within: Chris Carter's Millennium and America's Suburban Apocalypse

John Kenneth Muir, journalist and writer specializing in horror and science fiction, has written a fascinating article based around the central themes of Millennium. John Kenneth Muir is a keen supporter of BacktoFrankBlack and we believe fans of the show will find Muir's article an interesting analysis of the show and its relationship to the contemporary social climate of America. Please support John's muse - here's a taster!

In the first season episode of Millennium entitled "Wide Open," violent crime consultant and dedicated family man Frank Black (Lance Henriksen) sits pensively on the front porch of his idyllic yellow house on Ezekial Drive (a symbol first of paradise; then of paradise lost). There, he laments the American culture of the 1990s, one "besieged by our own fear."

His wife, a therapist named Catherine (Megan Gallagher), counters "if you're not afraid...you're in denial."

As Chris Carter and the writers of Millennium might succinctly state the matter: "This is Who We Are."


Or at least, this is who we were during the Age of Millennium (1996-1999), pre-Y2K. The question then becomes, why is this who we were? And do we today remain this way? Have we changed at all, and can we ever change? Why is America perpetually a hotbed of fear and terror...even in times of peace and prosperity?

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3 Responses to "Muir: Enemies Within: Chris Carter's Millennium and America's Suburban Apocalypse"

Laurent. said... February 18, 2009 at 5:50 AM

What a great article!

Even more exciting is this answer from J.K.M. when I asked him if we could expect more Millennium-related post on his blog:

Thanks for the comments! Stay tuned for more Millennium-related pieces. This look at the "suburban" episodes is just the beginning.

Mark Hayden said... February 18, 2009 at 6:02 AM

A wonderful article, very, very enjoyable. John has been a supporter of efforts from the beginning and it is a pleasure to be supportive of his fine work in return.

More to come? Bring it on!

Robert Sharpe said... February 18, 2009 at 9:18 AM

What a fantastic study of Millennium and so wonderful to hear that there is more to come. It's been such a long time since Millennium left our screens yet, of late, it seems we are never short of treats as fans. So wonderful to see this fantastic show back in the spotlight where it belongs.

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