On the occasion of the Millennium Tweet-a-thon, I decided to dig deep into my blog archives and re-post some of my words about The Back to Frank Black Campaign from a few years ago.
They've been updated for today.
But the song remains the same.
"Fox should be listening to the emerging groundswell or a revival, because this is the perfect time to produce a Millennium limited series or TV-movie.
Forget the tiresome and inaccurate argument that since the millennium actually turned in 1999 – 2000 the series is somehow out-of-date or past-its-prime.
The opposite is true.
Programs such as Criminal Minds ask audiences to travel inside the twisted minds of the most monstrous human criminals, just as Frank Black did on a regular basis.
And series such as Medium focused, to a large extent, on the value of unconventional insight in solving crimes.
Millennium brilliantly combined all these threads, plus Frank’s home life, plus the symbolism of the “yellow house.”
The monsters in the series, though sometimes originating from religious mythology, were also, often, human in nature.
Frank faced these human “Monsters from the Id” on a weekly basis in the 1990s, but many of the aspects of life that vexed him in the Clinton Era have only grown more pronounced today.
Today, we have Birthers, Truthers, Deathers -- you name it -- and they are all ripping at the fabric of our shared national reality and identity.
Wouldn’t it be nice, once more, to have a man like Frank navigate this shadowy, mysterious world and separate truth from fiction, fact from propaganda? To tell us that we can still stop an impending doomsday?
In fact, one sect of the Millennium Group, the Owls, believed the apocalypse will occur in 2020…just four years distant.
Imagine the plans The Group must be making right now, right?
We seem more divided in 2016 than we have been, certainly, in my lifetime.
Political enemies don’t merely have disagreements anymore, they try to destroy one another. The person with the loudest voice wins the cable TV sweepstakes, and facts become lost in “gotcha” point-scoring.
Even when provoked, Frank didn't take the bait or grow angry or irrational (unless, of course, his family was actively threatened). Instead, he was reasonable and stable, and that is, perhaps, a strange thing to write about a character who has suffered a nervous breakdown or two (but hey who’s counting?).
One of the continuing delights of Millennium, even today, is how Frank fails to give his competitors or nemeses the satisfaction of getting a rise out of him.
He isn’t worried about pleasing the boss.
He doesn’t concern himself with partisanship or ideology, but instead tries to solve a problem the best he can, in the most reasonable way he can.
Importantly, he isn't selling anything.
Now it's not like he's Mr. Spock or Dexter -- Frank clearly possesses strong emotions -- but yet he possesses this equanimity; this sense of wisdom and fairness. He would defend the weak, the voiceless, those assumed guilty.
And the rest of the world is The Storm swirling around him.
Now, in 2016, we have seen how The X-Files can prosper in a new TV paradigm. It was ahead of its time in so many ways and feels right at home in our world now.
The same description is true for Millennium.
Let's bring it back, folks.