Ladies and gentlemen it's time, once again, for our masked avenger, wrestlemaniac and super powered reviewer DiRT to cast his x-ray vision upon another episode of Millennium and direct his considerable following in our direction in the process. This time we venture into the strange world of ancient eastern magic and pharmacology for season three's Human Essence.

If ever there was a Millennium episode that inspires unilateral uncertainty from fans then Human Essence is, sadly, that episode. Written by the then show-runner, Michael Duggan shortly before his departure from the show, Human Essence tells the story of a tormented Emma Hollis forced to choose between her half sister and her career as an FBI agent as she embarks on a journey to discover the truth behind a series of drugs related deaths.

What we want to know is the episode as problematic as people would have you believe? Is this episode a misunderstood gem, an unfairly criticised outing or an episode worthy of its reputation as something of a misfire. I asked DiRT to take and look and let us know what he thinks. Enjoy the show.

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Eric said... December 3, 2009 at 6:39 AM

I think this episode has a great beginning and a poor ending. It's fairly effective until the Asian drug dealers are revealed and something is mumbled about hormones in the drugs and it all goes a little pear shaped and clichéd from there. Too many Emma focussed episodes too early on doesn't help but its not bad.

Cathi said... December 3, 2009 at 6:41 AM

I like it but only for Emma's conviction and her belief in what she is doing but the central premise is poor and it feels like a second-rate X-Files episode to be honest. Very strange start to the season which is either X-Files or a straight procedural: it took a while to find out what its thing was.

Anonymous said... December 3, 2009 at 6:41 AM

Klea is awesome in it. That's all you can really say I guess :(

Jósef Karl said... December 3, 2009 at 9:36 AM

Well, wasn't Emma sort of on this leave of absence because of this drug test, so she couldn't go to the FBI?

And if you watch other episodes in the 3rd season, Emma is always too curious and doesn't follow command because of her belief and conviction.

The thing that bugged me the most was having a bit of an audio in the background from an X-Files show. Then on The X-Files later on have Frank Black on...shouldn't the world just have imploded or something?

This is by no means the worst episode of Millennium, and I know that my choice for worst episode is someone's favorite or that he does like somewhat. We all got our opinions.

Cheers from Iceland!
- Jósef

Peter said... December 3, 2009 at 9:39 AM

Whilst I agree with Dirt that this is Emma Hollis trying to figure out a puzzle it begs the question, why does the viewer wants to watch Emma Hollis figure anything out at all. Not that she's a bad character but with the exception of Anamnesis, brought about because Lance needed a break, Millennium was Frank's story. Every single episode featured some part of his continuing journey and yet in Human Essence he is almost like a guest character. That's the mistake this episode makes. At least IMHO.

BlacksBabe said... December 3, 2009 at 2:18 PM

Not good. Not bad. Somewhere in the middle. I'm sticking with that. PSML at the heroin bit in the video.

Blueboy said... December 3, 2009 at 6:04 PM

Emma Hollis overdrive alert! Talk about "subjugating the lead for a not particularly liked character" and it sums up Duggan's run on Millennium. Thank Mabius he was sacked.

MMawagen said... December 3, 2009 at 6:51 PM

We all have our favorites and they are difficult if not impossible to rank but one episode stands foot and ankles below the others....S3 ep "Human Essence". This is the only episode that I couldn't watch without getting annoyed, antsy and constantly glancing at the clock. Does anyone agree with me?

chrisnu said... December 3, 2009 at 6:53 PM

"Human Essence" is definitely the worst. "...Thirteen Years Later", "Loin Like A Hunting Flame", "Closure", and "Exegesis" round out a bottom five.

Anonymous said... December 3, 2009 at 7:12 PM

I'm sorry, have any of you ever written a script? Doubt it. When you write a script or actually do something artistic, then become a critic. It may not be an episode you like, but RESPECT the people who did write, direct, act in and produce the episode. Many people say that Millennium fans are the more intelligent people, but by some of the comments here, I seriously doubt it.

Jósef Karl said... December 4, 2009 at 6:03 AM

I agree, we should speak respectfully about the cast and crew of Millennium.

Some of the comments might have been harsh, but it's jut their opinion and maybe a bit of a fan boy or girl moment.

But it's not fair saying if I haven't made a movie or written a script I can't criticize it. We judge everything, sometimes without knowing anything about it, it's just who we are.

Doing anything artistic is hard work. I can't imagine me ever writing a full fledged script but I've made a couple of short films with my buddies and it's a lot of work.

And those early cases didn't seem strange, as it's the sort of things the FBI investigates.

With all that said, even I find an episode lacking in any way, I really can't fault them, everything was made from the heart. The production values were top notch and acting was very good. While the writers were struggling maybe, I think they did a good job in the third season regardless of the huge change in staff and tone from season 2 to season 3.

Cheers from Iceland!
- Jósef

DiRT said... December 4, 2009 at 7:02 PM

Dear Anonymous who posted at December 3, 2009 7:12 PM - By your rationale, you can't criticize anyone for not liking the episode unless you yourself are a critic. Have you ever professionally reviewed something? I doubt it. You need to learn to ease up and take the lumps with the rest of it.

Eric said... December 5, 2009 at 11:29 AM

Never a truer word spoken DiRT. By that rationale I can't even appraise the food I eat as I never been a chef. Consumers are critics. The two are indistinguishable.

Steven said... December 5, 2009 at 6:06 PM

Dear Anonymous who posted at December 3, 2009 7:12 PM what fantasy land do you reside in? Maybe we shouldn't reply? As the old saying goes "don't feed the Trolls"

Lisa said... December 5, 2009 at 6:15 PM

Amazing that Anonymous (aren't they always) didn't speak up during the top five to call all the good people here unintelligent. You see, Troy, Jim and Dirt had no reason to discuss the best episodes as they have never written any. No, that went without incident because it didn't bug Anonymous. If you wish to offend the good people behind this campaign then grow some balls and leave your name. You are not who we are.

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