Welcome to the first of our exclusive "Fearsome Fridays" at Back To Frank Black!
From this Friday, every Friday we will be airing Season One of Millennium Apocalypse for your viewing pleasure, and to prepare you for Season Two later this year!
Millennium Apocalypse was created by Jason Morris of In Pieces Productions and stars Shoni Alysse-Cook as an adult Jordan Black, sucked back into the horrific legacy left by the Millennium Group and coming terms with her "gifts". This independent film project was - unsurprisingly - inspired by Millennium, Jason being a big fan. If you missed our recent podcast with Jason, please check it out after you've watched the episode!
To warm you up for the episode and the first season, Jason and Shoni have recorded a special introduction to Episode One for you to enjoy. Each episode will have a short introduction from the team, exclusive to this Back to Frank Black presentation. It will come to no surprise that Jason is a big believer in the return of Millennium and has been actively supporting us in trying to bring Frank Black back!
So sit back and enjoy Episode One of Season One of.. Millennium Apocalypse!
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What the Killer Sees explores a seminal if almost entirely absent figure from Millennium's first season for this edition, a character also utilised to set an altogether different tone at the outset of Season Two. Whilst a fascinating creation in and of himself, this is also by way of lead-in for a very special edition to mark next week's Lance Henriksen Blogathon Week. More of that in due course, as for now we explore the man who took Frank Black back into the abyss...
Killer: The Polaroid Stalker (Doug Hutchison)
Episode: “The Beginning and the End” (19 September 1997)
Writers: Glen Morgan & James Wong
Director: Thomas J. Wright
Quote: “I am the first and I am the last, I am the alpha and I am the omega, I am the beginning and I am the end. And soon he will come to understand this as he works to get inside me: with me his gift is useless. I don't fit into the serial killer profile he's come to understand. Now, I am so far beyond. I wasn't from a broken home, he’ll find no homicidal triad in my childhood, no setting of fires, no bed wetting, no cruelty to animals. I’ve had a formal education, responsibility, money. Until recently, not a loner. He’ll work on the principle that behaviour reflects personality. He’ll evaluate the criminal act itself, then the specifics of the crime scene, analyse the victim—which, of course, he knows well—before attempting the development of a profile with critical offender characteristics. This will lead him nowhere, absolutely nowhere, because until now I’ve committed no crime. This is something he’s never experienced before. Frustrated, agonised, angry even, he’ll turn to those torturous photographs I'm so fond of mailing him. He’ll consider complex theories regarding grandiose subtypes of delusional disorder or even photographic paraphilia… blah, blah, blah. Ultimately he will sense none of it applies.” --The Polaroid Stalker
Profile: For so long an unseen enigma, then—in “Paper Dove”—a briefly glimpsed collaborator or director of a serial killer, The Polaroid Stalker finally reveals himself and his motivation for having taunted Frank Black for months during “The Beginning and the End”. So far as we know, The Polaroid Stalker is not of course actually a killer and therefore arguably has no place in this column. His character is, however, one that bears closer examination.
Initial considerations might seem to indicate that The Polaroid Stalker fits a classic stalker profile. The stalker is usually motivated by some kind of underlying emotional conflict with his target, who is usually female, and psychologically can be delusional or non-delusional. The Polaroid Stalker, in spite of his evident state of mind, appears to be non-delusional in this aspect, as per the FBI Crime Classification Manual; his target is Frank Black, he is very organised in terms of luring him in and there is no sexual motive at work. His photographs of Frank’s family appear to represent a symbolic threat aimed at Catherine and Jordan, the very people that Frank holds dear above all others and seeks to protect within the sanctity of his yellow house, and are addressed explicitly to him.
Ultimately stalkers do reach a point where they act towards their victims, and The Polaroid Stalker is highly organised in this respect. His abduction of Catherine and subsequent evasion of roadblocks to his hideout required intricate planning. Any suggestions of photographic paraphilia can be quickly dispelled, revealed to be little more than a smokescreen. Frank Black is his ultimate target.
In many ways, the cited quote from the Stalker himself is key to understanding his true motive. As he talks Catherine through Frank Black’s thought processes in trying to profile him, he reveals an in-depth knowledge of his craft. Furthermore, he seems to have an understanding of The Millennium Group and their sinister agenda, taunting Catherine further at one point when he asks her, “Would you die for God, then? Would you, could you? Because I won't. No, they asked me to but I won't. They're gonna ask Frank if he's willing to give his life for you.” That, coupled with the Group’s detailed file on him, seems to imply that he may have been a previous candidate, much as Frank Black is now. The Group’s design for the ouroboros even appears on the wall in his hideout. Perhaps, then, The Polaroid Stalker is another individual broken by his former connection to the Group. A former student of theology, his knowledge of biblical prophecy is apparent, whilst his rantings to Catherine foreshadow some of those of Lara Means a matter of months later. And maybe his ultimate motive is to reveal the dangers that they pose, and finally to seek his own dramatic execution at Frank’s hands.
Investigation: This investigation is borne of a scenario that has actively sought out Frank Black, rather than the other way around. After Catherine’s abduction from Seattle Tacoma Airport and having failed to halt The Polaroid Stalker’s escape from the airport or via use of roadblocks, he returns home in turmoil.
The hasty arrival of Peter Watts at the airport and his subsequent conversation with Frank at his home begin to reveal that The Millennium Group know far more about The Polaroid Stalker than they have admitted. When Watts has Roedecker and his colleagues provide Frank with a new level of access to their files, this truth becomes yet more apparent.
Frank studies the history of the stalker from the Group’s files but nothing about the Polaroid Stalker fits any established pattern. Ultimately, however, he realises the profile is really all about him. And this leads him on a personal mission, one that will change his life forever.
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What better way to promote a movie that stars two very well known 1013 alumni than by Back to Frank Black joining forces with our brothers and sisters from www.XFilesNews.com!
Well that day is here, 1013 friends - actors Lance Henriksen and X-Files hero Robert Patrick both star in the upcoming film Good Day For It.
Back to Frank Black recently had the pleasure of speaking with director Nick Stagliano who wanted to pass on some information to the fans. The film will make it's debut at the Newport Beach Film Festival on Saturday April 30th. After the film, Nick will be involved in a Q&A with the attendees about the film.
While speaking to Nick he told us that our support would be a big help. If all the 1013 fans could go to the Newport Beach Film Festival site and let your voice be heard. Make sure you click either "like" or "add" for the film, which will help the film in the final rankings. Also, when you see the movie, make sure you go to the film's IMDB page and leave your review and thoughts on the film.
Back to Frank Black is teaming up with XFilesNews.com to spread the word about this film and show that with our support, we can help make this film a huge success!
Nick will be doing an exclusive interview with Back to Frank Black in the next several days and we will be sure to share it with all of you! So please join us and X-FilesNews.com and show your support for this film!
For more information, please visit the Newport Beach Film Festival website here.
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We will start to feature videos from Millennium fans with this new feature, Video Showcase. If you are interested in sending in a video, you can email us at email@example.com. The video can be a trailer, music video or whatever you like, so long as it is Millennium related.
The first offering is from someone who isn't a stranger to fans of this website. Jason Morris is the man behind the fan series Millennium Apocalypse. We will be debuting the first episode of Season One later this week, but right now Jason has sent us a clip that promotes both us as well as the debut of his series on our website. It's a very unusual approach and one that we think works quite well!
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