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MILLENNIUM- The Complete Third Season

DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS:   946 minutes (22 episodes on six discs), two featurettes, two audio commentaries, and a bonus X-FILES episode (Millennium)

STUDIO: FOX

RELEASE DATE: 9-6-2005

DISC 1- THE INNOCENTS, EXEGESIS, TEOTWAWKI, CLOSURE

DISC 2- ...THIRTEEN YEARS LATER/ SKULL AND BONES/ THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY/ HUMAN ESSENCE

DISC 3- OMERTA, BORROWED TIME, COLLATERAL DAMAGE, THE SOUND OF SNOW

DISC 4- ANTIPAS, MATRYOSHKA, FORCING THE END, SATURN DREAMING OF MERCURY

DISC 5- DARWIN'S EYE, BARDO THODOL, SVEN AND ONE, NOSTALGIA

DISC 6- VIA DOLOROSA, GOODBYE TO ALL THAT, two featurettes, bonus X-FILES episode (MILLENNIUM).

After a surprise renewal, Chris Carter tried to bring the show back to the feel of the first season (due to his dissatisfaction of how season 2 ended up under Morgan and Wong). The third season was off to a bumpy start with a few early great episodes (SKULL AND BONES) before a couple of writers were dismissed. Then the third season was off with some classics like BORROWED TIME, SOUND OF SNOW, SEVEN AND ONE, and the two part series ender. ANTIPAS proves once again that Sarah Jane Redmond can make Lucy Butler scary and yet sexy at times. Frank Black (Lance Henrikson) is back at the FBI after the death of his wife Catherine. He blames the Millennium Group. Shades of season 2 echo throughout season 3.

His former partner Peter Watts is still with the group while Frank is partnered up with Emma Hollis (an FBI Agent). He tries to expose the group for what they have become and make Emma see that truth. Did Morgan and Wong screw everything up for the writers in season three or could this new direction eventually been totally smoothed out if FOX renewed for a fourth season? Still the third season is a fine end to a great show ahead of it's time.

VIDEO: 1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO: English 2.0 Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround, Spanish Dolby Surround

Subtitles: English, Spanish, English Captions

The transfer and sound are on par with the second season release.  Some grain is present and some aliasing is visible.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Two episode commentaries were recorded for the third season: THE INNOCENTS (with Lance Henrikson and Klea Scott) and COLLATERAL DAMAGE (with director Thomas J. Wright). Thomas J. Wright delivers another dry commentary while the other one with Lance and Klea is far more entertaining.

Two featurettes are on disc six:

END GAME: MAKING MILLENNIUM SEASON THREE focuses on certain episodes (THE INNOCENTS, SKULL AND BONES, OMERTA, BORROWED TIME, THE SOUND OF SNOW, GOODBY TO ALL THAT, and the X-FILES episode (MILLENNIUM)). Lance Henrikson talks about where he wanted his character to go while the writers tell how he was a little frustrated with the direction (including Peter Watts no longer being Frank's friend). The writers also wondered where they were going at the middle of filming season 3 in addition to talk about the X-FILES episode (with Frank Black) months after the show ended.

BETWEEN THE LINES has the Academy Group talk about document alteration and authorship identification.

Rounding out the extras is the X-FILES episode, MILLENNIUM, which featured Frank Black and it definitely does nothing to tie up loose ends from the show. I do wish they had more audio commentaries and episode previews.

MENUS: Fantastically designed as always.

SLEEVE AND DISC ART: It is also good except they got the description for COLLATERAL DAMAGE wrong (It should read "A Gulf War vet kidnaps Watt's daughter.." , but instead it reads "A Gulf War vet kidnaps Swan's daughter..."). I just wonder how they let that mistake slip past them.

FINAL ANALYSIS: Definitely a must buy for MILLENNIUM fans. It could have benefited from a few more extras, but I'm glad FOX stuck to their guns and released MILLENNIUM to DVD. I think it is better than the more popular Chris Carter show, THE X-FILES.   Now I wish they would make a MILLENNIUM movie.

this DVD Review is (c)9-3-2005 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission (except excerpts). Send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com and look for additional content at http://wwww.livejournal.com/users/enterlinemedia