Sunday, October 25, 2009

Season 7, Episode 4: Millennium


This episode serves as the conclusion for the X-Files companion series Millennium. Ten days before New Year's Eve for the year 2000, a man in Florida gives a cell phone to a dead FBI agent in a funeral home; he starts digging up the body eight days later when his own phone starts ringing. Mulder and Scully are brought in when the body goes missing but his fingerprints suggest he left his own grave. Mulder says there are signs of necromancy, in which the dead are brought back to life to impart arcane knowledge. Skinner lets the agents know about the Millennium Group, a cult-like band of former FBI agents focusing on millennial end times prophecies. He also says the bodies of three former FBI agents have been exhumed across the country.

The agents visit Frank Black, a former consultant to the Millennium Group who is now in a psychiatric hospital, but he's not eager to help. The man transports the Florida body, now reanimated, north along the East Coast. On New Year's Eve, after a Maryland deputy is found murdered with signs suggesting that Black gave the agents a subtle clue, Black tells Mulder and Scully that the men committed suicide in order to be brought back as the four horsemen of the Apocalypse. He also tells them what traits the necromancer is likely to have, and says he'll likely return to the deputy's body to see that it isn't disturbed.

The deputy comes back to life and attacks Scully, but the necromancer saves her by putting him down. Mulder tracks down the necromancer's home and finds four zombies in the basement as the necromancer returns and barricades him in. Black checks himself out of the hospital and goes to the house, where Mulder has killed one of the zombies. The necromancer says Black can fill in as the fourth person, and urges him to commit suicide.

Instead, Black duct tapes the necromancer to a chair and goes to help Mulder, who has managed to protect himself with a circle of salt. Black, Mulder, and Scully put down the remaining zombies with headshots. Black's daughter comes to see him, adding a bit of happiness to his life. Mulder and Scully watch the ball drop on the year 2000 and share a kiss.

The episode features Lance Henriksen as Frank Black and Britanny Tiplady as Jordan Black, two roles they also played on Millenium. Holmes Osborne, who plays Mark Johnson the necromancer, also played Eddie Darko in Donnie Darko. Dick Clark, TV personality and longtime Rockin' New Year's Eve host, appears as himself.

Episode Body Count

Raymond Crouch: found dead of an apparent suicide prior to the episode, but is brought back to life. Later shot and killed by Mulder or Black or Scully.

Three other Millennium Group members: also disinterred soon after committing suicide and resurrected, but shot dead by Mulder and Black and Scully.

Deputy: killed in Maryland by Zombie Crouch, but reanimates. And then dies again after the necromancer puts a round through his head.

At least eight animal bodies: seen in the necromancer's taxidermy parlor. I really hope I haven't missed a bunch of deer heads up to this point, but I thought these were worth counting.

Three bodies: visible in the Rice County Morgue when Scully arrives.

Humans: 8
Creatures: 8
Aliens: 0

Cumulative Body Count (143/202 episodes, 1/2 movies)

Humans: 1,570
Creatures: 113
Aliens: 62

Grand Total: 1,745

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