The Truth Is Out There!

This Sunday our erstwhile podcast host, Troy Foreman turns his attention to the deceiving, inveigling and obfuscating world of the X-Files and is joined by none other than podcast regular, Jim McLean and two special guests all the way from XFilesNews.com, Avi Quijada and Tiffany Devol. The episode about to be autopsied, in a very Scully like manner, is 'X-Files: Millennium' our final opportunity, to date, to see Frank Black in action as a fanatical occultist enlisted by the Millennium Group resurrects four members of the group as zombies to bring about the end of the world.

Now this is where you come in. If you have any questions you would like the team to answer or any points you would like to raise for discussion then leave them here at our Blog, with your name for a credit, and the team will put them under the microscope this weekend. Till then, trust no one!

Mark x


8 Responses to "The Truth Is Out There!"

M. R. Sellars said... August 19, 2009 at 4:27 AM

Was it just me or did this episode seem to deviate from Millennium canon just a little too much for comfort? I know the ritual re-animation of the dead fit well with the X-files world, but it was more than just a little "out there" for Frank's (IMHO) - This is not to say I hated the episode, because I didn't, but it seemed to me that even as stoic as Frank Black tended to be, he would have had a more surprised or analytical/disbelieving reaction to actual "zombie" horsemen of the apocalypse. For me, while it was great to see Frank on the screen again, AND I was also an X-Files fan, the episode seemed a bit like a head on collision between two story lines that didn't mesh properly. I'd be interested in hearing what the rest of you think... But then, maybe my question here is a bit obvious. I'll try to think of something more specific once I've had more coffee (LOL)

Murv

Alex G. said... August 19, 2009 at 6:27 AM

I enjoyed the episode, though it was a bit of a head scratcher: was this really what the Millennium Group was all about--creating zombies? I mean, I get it, but it was strangely anticlimactic. Good stuff: loved the opening scene with the cell phone going off in the cemetery. Whoa. Mulder's genuine terror in the basement was excellent. My question may not be answerable, but did Lance or any of the Millennium folks raise any questions or objections to the script prior to or during filming? Thanks.

RSWehman said... August 19, 2009 at 9:04 AM

The X-files:Millennium episode is included with the DVD box set. I have had the priviledge of watching it many times. I really enjoy seeing Frank again and Jordan in a cameo appearance was very nice.

My question would be...

Did this episode ask more questions than it answered as to the ending of Millennium?
Did anyone feel they had gotten "closure" with it?

I did not. This episode only succeeded in making me want more of Frank and Millennium.

This Is Who We Are!!
Rhonda Wehman

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Jósef Karl said... August 19, 2009 at 11:43 AM

I'm in the same boat as M.R. Sellars. It seemed too strange by Millennium standards to have zombies, even in the world of actual devils and supernatural hi-jinks.

Wasn't the X-Files, Millennium episode written by Frank Spotnitz or was it Chip, can't be bothered to check. But I do remember that it had input from someone who worked on Millennium.

It's just they had to have the X-Files element, and this was what they could muster up at the time.

Cheers from Iceland!
- Jósef

Jósef K. said... August 19, 2009 at 5:09 PM

I also have to mention one thing. It always bothers me when characters in a TV series don't remember what happened to them or that they repeat similar events and don't learn from them.

While this is a minor quibble, and I may be wrong, long time since I saw that episode, don't know what season it was.

But the Ouroborous had popped up before in The X-Files before that infamous Millennium episode. It's so strange that Mulder knows what the logo is and had heard of the Millennium Group. But why didn't Scully say: "Oh, I had that tattooed on me and weird shit happened to me". Maybe she "conveniently" forgot it for future purposes, story wise.

Am I right about this, didn't Scully have a tattoo and had some strange affair with another man with the same tattoo in one episode?

Do be dark and trust everyone!

Cheers from Iceland!
- Jósef

M. R. Sellars said... August 19, 2009 at 5:10 PM

Josef -

I believe Mr. Spotnitz was involved and made mention of it during the interview. As I recall he wasn't particularly pleased with the meshing of the "worlds" tueither, but I'd have to go back and re-listen to be sure- James, Troy, Mark? Care to chime in and correct me here?

Murv

M. R. Sellars said... August 20, 2009 at 4:18 AM

Josef -

You are spot on. I don't remember the name of the X files episode either, but Scully had an Ouroborous tattooed on her thigh and the issue ended up being ergot fungus poisoning from the red ink - supposedly.

However, I clearly recall screaming at the screen, "Look under your own skirt, Scully" when she didn't seem to remember the symbol.

Murv

RSWehman said... August 21, 2009 at 9:38 AM

Since the question of the ouroborous has been posed with regards to the X-Files episode, I have a question?

Does anyone think it's strange or even notice that in the Millennium episode titled "Matryoshka", Director Hoover draws the ouroborous on the back of a report. This is posed as the inroduction of the symbol of the Millennium Group, but in several episodes, "The Hand of Saint Sebastian" to name just one, the symbol is shown as having been used by the Millennium Group since the beginning of time???

I thought it to be fascinating yet confusing....

Any comments???

This Is Who We Are!!
Rhonda Wehman

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