As our ardent followers will be aware Frank's Army (Twitter users don't forget to use the #hashtags #franksarmy and #millennium in all your Millennium related tweets by the way) recently recruited masked avenger, wrestlemaniac and super powered reviewer DiRT who agreed to do a weekly video review of an episode of his choosing and direct his considerable following in our direction in the process.

Today he turns his attention to the Season One episode, The Wild And The Innocent and gives you, the viewer, and insight into his opinion on the episode.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to let us know what you think of the review. Did you agree, disagree or some combination of the two? Leave you thoughts and comments on the review and the episode in question in the comments section.

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Jósef Karl said... September 17, 2009 at 1:06 PM

I really can't see how anyone can hate this episode when it's so well acted, as you said yourself.

While this episode isn't breaking new ground or anything, it breaks up the format of "Millennium". Narration was rarely used in the series and it's surprising to give Maddy the megaphone. But these were her letters, and as Frank Black read them. We should also know what she said in them.

What bugged me about the episode was them trying to figure out who or what Angel is/was. It was so obvious, but like you said, now that I think of it, the boy could have been dead. Don't you hate it when characters who are intelligent can't figure simple things out. Maybe they didn't look at the big picture, just were looking at the fine details.

Kinda like a silly moment (again, I bring MacGyver into this lesson) in a MacGyver epsisode where his nemesis Murdoc left a poem for him to read where the first letters of each line read MURDOC, and they show the poem in full. And MacGyver is reading it over and over, hello! This is the first thing you would see, jeez!

And another thing, they disrupt the flow of the episode changing the time-line, making it non-linear. Did that help, I ask myself, and I really don't know the answer. I do understand the purpose of it, Frank Black cares and it was a bittersweet ending.

But, in the end, I like this episode, I think it's a powerful episode.

Cheers from Iceland!
- Jósef

Paul said... September 17, 2009 at 1:27 PM

Well I'm not going to as considered in my approach to this as Josef is (brilliant post by the way) but I'm not too fond of this. It isn't a bad episode as such merely an episode that could have been neatly slotted into any procedural drama of the time and no one would be the wiser. It doesn't have that unquantifiable Millennium vibe to it and the attempts to give the narrative greater depth are a little too blatant.

In my opinion, Season One has a definite lull from Kingdom Come to Loin Like a Hunting Flame,

It's definitely a good human drama, an enjoyable episode and has some touching moments but it doesn't near the greatness of Pilot or Lamentation in my opinion.

Good but not great and an enjoyable review from Dirt!

FoxyWonder said... September 17, 2009 at 6:01 PM

♥♥More video stuff - bring it on♥♥

They can't all be winners, and "The Wild and the Innocent" isn't great in my opinion but I'm only a gal so what do I know :)

Frank is almost a side character in this one, as we follow the couple on their spree so the girl can recover her "Angel." With some polish, this one might have improved. The guest actors are usually strong and have delivered good performances on other shows. It's an episode of "Millennium" that plays more like warmed-over Trailer Park Dinner Theatre.

But, it's Millennium and I love it and as a card carrying member of Frank's Army I will support it.

Nice review sir, keep these coming.

RSWehman said... September 18, 2009 at 2:01 AM

A heartfelt thank you to DiRT for sharing his review of another episode of Millennium.

It's not like I could ever dislike any episode of Millennium but I could put this episode in the back of the closet and forget it exists until it comes around the cycle of episodes from the Pilot to the End. I have to agree with Jósef, Paul and Foxy Wonder. It does have the feel of a sloppy insertion for Millennium. Does the ending, she finds her "Angel" and kills her man, justify the means? So the poor child is traumatized and grows up to be a serial killer? Now that would have made for the perfect Millennium style ending...

As Jósef states about the narration, I guess it was suppose to help guide us through the episode. But it sorely lacked something...I like the MacGyver synopsis, great comparison. I liked the episode because it is a Millenniumm episode but it is not one of the better ones.

Again, a great review and thank you Mr. DiRT for sharing it with us and all your followers.

This Is Who We Are!!

George said... September 18, 2009 at 4:34 AM

I do agree with many of the opinions stated already, especially Foxy regarding the lull in part of season one. Still awesome television but it did feel like they wanted to evolve beyond the serial-killer-of-the-week format but not entirely sure how to realise that and some of the episodes that attempted to break the mould were a little lack lustre.

If it wasn't Millenium, and I do love Millennium, then I'm not sure I'd bother watching it again but Lance saves it and it's still got a little bit of the Millennium-something that makes me enjoy it for what it is.

A very nice review and I really enjoyed the bit at the beginning about it being hard to imagine that fans actually agree on anything. That's fandom for you.

Spooktalklaura said... September 18, 2009 at 5:20 AM

Ok, this is my absolutely favorite episode from season 1. I love it and am crossing my fingers that James and Troy will get an interview with the lady who played Maddy!! I thought she was terrific and played her character very well. As a mother I completely understand that you will do anything for your child and go any distance for them. I complelelty understood the ending that even though she has come all thins way to find her son she only wants what is best for him and knows that a life with her is not going to be one her son deserves and gives him back to the adopted mother. I also love the fact that she shot her abusive boyfriend, should have done that a long time ago. You will do anything for your kids, even if that means drastic measures.

I think there is a loving kind of father daughter relationship between Maddy and Frank at the end. Probably the only man in her life that she every felt comfortable with or felt anything for.

I love your reviews DIRT and you are a funny guy!!! Keep'em coming. :)


Cathi said... September 18, 2009 at 8:00 AM

Well it does seem like there are varying opinions here doesn't it? In my opinion it's a fairly weak entry. You can pretty much predict the ending as soon as you are in to the story and Frank is pretty much out of the picture which can work (Anamnesis) but here it doesn't. Still very enjoyable television but not Millennium gold by any means.

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