Millennium After The Millennium Review: A Documentary Done Right

Millennium After The Millennium Review: A Documentary Done Right

October 25, 2018 0 By Jeff Fountain

Documentaries can be a tricky thing. You want to strike a nice balance between informing the viewer and at the same time humanize the people involved, let those watching know just what makes them and /or the subject matter so damn interesting. This is what Millennium After The Millennium managed to do very well, capture the essence of the show while making it informative and fun for all at the same time.

When Chris Carter’s name comes up, the first thing most people think of is The X-Files, which is not surprising. However, in 1996 Carter was asked to do another show as Fox was hoping to cash in on the success of The X-Files, and what he gave them was Millennium. So bleak and dark yet so ahead of its time in so many ways, Millennium was not able to hold onto an audience and bowed out of the television landscape after just three seasons. Millennium After The Millennium, directed by Jason D. Morris, digs into the history of the show, talks with actors and paints a wonderful picture of the show from its beginnings to its cancellation right before the actual millennium.

It is great to hear both Chris Carter and star Lance Henriksen talk at length about the show but the sheer number of talented people that those behind this documentary were able to get helped paint a more complete picture. Directors, producers, cinematographers, writers, actors, all of these people took time to talk about Millennium, not just about what it meant to them but what they felt about others who contributed to the show as well. This was a great help in painting a picture of what it was like to work on Millennium and how passionate these people were about the show.

Director Jason D. Morris takes the viewer through many different and interesting topics, such as the different showrunners and how that affected each season, the writing, mythology, acting, soundtrack…you get the idea. Dark as this show may have been, the people working on the show were anything but and that comes through time and time again. There was obviously a lot of love for this show by the people behind this project as well, as the detail and interviews were fantastic from beginning to end.

Millennium was way ahead of its time and to that end, too dark, too different and uncomfortable for viewers to stick around. The style, the graphic, gritty violence, they would end up being the calling cards of a lot of shows that followed, many of them exceptional and owing a lot to Millennium for paving the way. It is pretty amazing that this show was canceled just before the actual millennium…I mean seriously, why not give it one more season, or even a mini-series as some in the documentary suggested, to finish things off in style? But I digress…

It is interesting to note that the end of the Millennium After The Millennium talks about how everyone would be up for bringing the show back, even twenty years later. The content and ideas would fit right into today’s television landscape and who knows, maybe there is still life in Millennium? In the meantime, make a point to watch this documentary as those behind the camera did a wonderful job and even fans new to Millennium will enjoy the stories from people who really loved the show they were working on.

Four and a half stars out of five