Ladies and gentlemen, by now you will have come to expect that Thursday will be the time for DiRT to cast his x-ray vision upon another episode of Millennium and direct his considerable following in our direction in the process. Unfortunately, our good friend is a little under the weather with a dose of flu at present (where's that Millennium Group Antidote when you need it) and is under the care of Dr. Steven Kiley for the time being. Only joking of course.

In the meantime our reviewer extrodinaire has asked me to give you a heads up that next week he will turn his attention to the season two episode, Beware of The Dog and in the meantime he wants you good folk to get your thinking caps on and post your thoughts about the episode. If you recall, DiRT dealt with your feedback in a previous episode which was huge amounts of fun and I'm sure you will share your thoughts with him this time as well.

Till then, join with me in wishing DiRT a speedy recovery and allow me to express how much we are looking forward to seeing him back to his best next week. Get well soon my friend.


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Eric said... November 19, 2009 at 8:27 AM

Here's one for y'all. Why was there always the same number of digs? Isn't it said in the episode that when one dog died another replaced it. Never understood that.

Jósef Karl said... November 19, 2009 at 9:39 AM

The dogs were devil dogs or the devil's dogs. Or a representation of evil, you can't kill it. So that's why there will always be another dog.

Does that make sense? I'm not totally sure.

What bothered me is the townspeople, they are aware of these dogs but don't help people in need or tell them why.

I mean, I thought it wasn't totally clear if you were safe if you were outside the town's limits or not. Why would the cook/the deputy tell the old people on the RV to park within the town's limits, just past the sign? An offering so they wouldn't hurt them?

They think Frank Black is the sheriff but don't help him when he is being attacked, talk about loony folks. It was just strange that scene where they are all together talking about it.

"The rules have changed", I think one said. What rules? Why is this happening? And why are those people so bloody rude!?

Hope you get well, and at least Dr. Steven Kiley would sing for you. ;)

Cheers from Iceland!
- Jósef

Cathi said... November 19, 2009 at 11:04 AM

The only way that I can explain the townsfolk is that maybe imbalance between good and evil that had begun to make the dogs so feral and dangerous had begun to change the people of Bucksnort as well. If you recall, both Frank and Michael seem to be the only sane folk in the town and the two of them were recent additions to the town. Although Michael's house had tipped the balance more firmly in the direction of evil, maybe the strange energy was always there?

Randal Graves said... November 19, 2009 at 12:37 PM

What Josef said. An episode with potential, but just a bit too convoluted. I don't want everything spelled out in a nice A-to-B format, but it was 'off.'

Rhonda said... November 20, 2009 at 12:05 AM

I gave this a bit of thought on my way from one job to the other and decided to share my review of this episode. Here it is:

From what I remember without watching the episode again, In the beginning, when the RV pulls onto the shoulder to park for the night and the man shows up in full blood covered butchers garb, I knew it was going to be a good one. The idea of dogs teaming together to kill in packs is not a new one. I don't recall to many thriller/horror/chiller shows that could have pulled this one off. Frank as the sheriff of the town was good. He even stopped denying it after a few times. This episode is one of those religious in an occult kind of way ones where you're left to wonder. Why didn't the dogs "get" the litle dog in the cupboard? What is wrong with the towns people? Why are theses dogs attacking and killing people? It seems to be an acceptable part of living in this town.

This episode introduces Frank to the Old Man and to the viewer. Yet, is there a hint that the Old Man will become a very large part of the Millennium Group? Looking back, yes, there were several hints. Why else would the Old Man have been there? He is the one who knew what had to be done in the end. He is the one who sets fire to the house and rescues Frank and that idiot that built the house on hallowed ground anyway. This episode was as much about the dogs as it was about Frank learning a lesson about his abilities.

Yes, I really enjoyed this episode. It is somewhat different from other Millennium episodes but aren't they all?

Anonymous said... November 20, 2009 at 12:54 AM

I'm not a massive fan of this episode because it takes a number of viewings to get a clear understanding of what is happening which is all well and good if you have a strong fan base prepared to put in the effort and at that point in the show's history it was shedding viewers at a rapid rate and season two should have tried to halt that trend with stories that grab attention rather than slow-burners that slowly sinked into the consciousness over time. Having said that, The Old Man. Respect due to such a wonderful character and actor.

George said... November 20, 2009 at 4:14 AM

^Props! RG Armstrong is a stellar performer, a distinguished career and a resume most actors would sell their kidneys to have and Millennium was enriched by him and his character. He's integral to this episode and to the whole Owls and Roosters storyline and I wish we had had more of him.

Such a shame that poor old Randy Stone has passed. He gave a fine turn as Beebe and did what he was meant to do, annoy poor old Frank, and his contribution to the world of Millennium and X-Files is sadly missed (he was the Casting Director for 22 episodes of Millennium in case you didn't know).

Spooktalklaura said... November 20, 2009 at 7:04 PM

Oh so sorry Dirt that you are sick!! Get better soon and sending my love. Seems everyone is sick these days... :(

OH i love Beware of the Dogs episode it reminds me of Cujo or the devil dog on the Omen! :)


Mark Hayden said... November 21, 2009 at 4:17 AM

Interesting fact about Devil Dog, Laura (or at least I think so) it stars R.G. Armstrong who makes his first appearance in this very episode as The Old Man. From devil dog to devil dogs - I kinda like that ;)

Wave_Crest said... November 21, 2009 at 2:53 PM

First of all, I hope you get well soon DiRT.

The first time I watched "Beware of the Dog" was during Sky One's premiere screening (in the UK) of Season Two.

The teaser was one which stuck in the mind, with The Carpenters' classic Close to You (correct me if I have the song title wrong, as I haven't seen this episode since it first aired). Seeing the screencap on the BTFB news page..I'd forgotten about that shot of the town's introduction signpost (although that actual design was on a t-shirt I bought recently).

I do remember Frank driving over a bridge, arriving in the town, and receiving a hostile welcome from the people living there.

The standout scene which I can remember is from towards the end when Frank and one or two other people are stuck in a house, with the dogs growling and barking outside. It felt like they were barricaded in the house with thye dogs scraping or scratching at the doors and windows wanting to get in there.

At the time the reviews (in TV Zone and possibly Dreamwatch as well) weren't bad and they weren't excellent either. It fell inbetween somewhere. The show was going through a rebirth (started in the season premiere "The Beginning and the End" the week before, with the ending to "Paper Dove" being refilmed for the start of the second season premiere), what with Frank not having his thought powers (the flashes of scenes).

The introduction of The Old Man in hindsight was an interesting plotline for the second season. When originally aired I was a bit bored by the scenes between him and Frank at his hut in the woods. I don't think the reviews praised those parts of the episode (although I can't remember).

Was there anything cut out of the episode which was filmed?

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