Breakdown (1997) – Blu-Ray Review

Everyone knows I dig me some Kurt Russell. He’s just such an awesome actor, and has seemed to be consistently working since he was a child, and still seems like a down to earth kind of guy that you just want to hang out with. He really is able to embody that everyman sensibility while…

Blast From the Past (1997) – Raymond Benson

Benson takes over 007’s adventures from John Gardner, and delivered this short story that first appeared in Playboy in 1997. Benson shows that he can tell a Bond story in true Ian Fleming style, though the ending definitely is a little more adult, but hardly surprising given the context of where it was published. James…

Millennium (1997) – 19:19, and The Hand of Saint Sebastian

Prophecy and the Millennium Group are front and centre in this week’s episode of Millennium. First up Frank (Lance Henriksen) is trying to find a group of missing children in Hurricane Alley, and he and Peter Watts (Terry O’Quinn) are in a race against time in 19:19. Written by Glen Morgan and James Wong this…

The X-Files (1997) – Christmas Carol, and Emily

Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) gets some solo time in this episode written by Vince Gilligan, John Shiban, and Frank Spotnitz. Mulder (David Duchovny) makes a small appearance (he was promoting Playing God at the time, and needed some time off)in this episode that first aired on 7 December, 1997. Dana and her mother, Margaret (Sheila…

Millennium (1997) – A Single Blade of Grass, and The Curse of Frank Black

Erin Maher and Kay Reindl deliver the first real misstep of the Millennium television series with A Single Blade of Grass. Originally airing on 24 October, 1997 the story sees Frank Black (Lance Henriksen) travelling to New York City to investigate a body discovered there, on a construction site turned archaeological site turned crime scene….

The X-Files (1997) – Detour, and The Post-Modern Prometheus

Detour, written by Frank Spotnitz gives us our first monster-of-the-week episode of season five of The X-Files. First airing on 23 November, 1997, the episode sees Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) in Florida on their way to a team-building/communication seminar held by the bureau, when a forest search and rescue holds up their…

Millennium (1997) – Sense and Antisense, and Monster

Sense and Antisense, written by Chip Johannessen, sends Frank Black (Lance Henriksen) and the Millennium Group in a slightly different direction, when he gets drawn into the search for a missing man, known on the street as Zero (Clarence Williams III), who seems insane, spouting conspiracy theories, and seems to be infected with some sort…

The X-Files (1997) – Redux II, and Unusual Suspects

The conspiracy works to protect itself in this episode, the third part of the season finale/opener that rocked many of us on our heels. Written by series creator Chris Carter, Redux II first aired on 9 November, 1997. While Scully’s (Gillian Anderson) cancer begins to appear to be terminal (or is it?), Mulder’s (David Duchovny)…

Millennium (1997) – The Beginning and the End, and Beware of the Dog

Glen Morgan and James Wong plunge Frank Black (Lance Henriksen) further into turmoil, darkness and mystery as he desperately attempts to recover his abducted wife, Catherine (Megan Gallagher) in the season two opener, which first aired on 19 September, 1997. The opening credits have changed, as has the text contained within it. ‘Wait. Worry. Who…

The X-Files (1997) – Gethsemane, and Redux

‘Believe the lie’ Series creator Chris Carter delivers a season finale that left me as shaken as when I first saw it. Gethsemane first aired on 18 May, 1997, and brings the faiths and beliefs of Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) to the fore. Mulder heads into the Yukon Territory where what appears…

Millennium (1997) – Maranatha, and Paper Dove

With the penultimate episode of the first season, Maranatha, Millennium continues its move towards tying in end of the world mythology (heavily influenced by Christian texts) with the rise in crime, and specifically murder. Frank Black (Lance Henriksen) finds himself brushing up against possible events from the book of Revelations in this story written by…