Summer of the Dead – X Files: Millennium
Before my love affair with Lost began, the X Files was the TV show that really captured my heart and we couldn’t really do this Summer of the Dead feature without talking a show that is steeped in supernatural phenomenon. There are several episodes throughout the shows 9 season run that feature the undead but my personal favourite is the season 7 episode; Millennium. Millennium is a very special episode because it features the last appearance of the character Frank Black who was the main character in Chris Carters short lived television series; Millennium. Set on New Years Eve, Mulder and Scully are up against a man from the Millennium Group who believes that he can bring about the end of the world on the 31st of December if he resurrects 4 former members from the dead. To gain more insight into the group and its practices, Mulder and Scully enlist criminal profiler Frank Black to assist them in the investigation.
What I love about this episode is that it’s an old school, end of the world, the dead will walk the Earth apocalypse zombie story and you just don’t these types of stories any more, it’s refreshing to watch a story about zombies where they’ve risen from the grave rather than a man made virus. The zombies all look like they’re are straight out of a 60s B movie and it all takes place in an out of the way part of America where these things tend to happen, although I’m glad it does stay away from stereotypical crazy priests preaching about the end of days. Frank Black is played by legendary sci-fi actor Lance Henriksen and serves as a nice final appearance for the character and I like how Chris Carter has managed to cross over his two television shows so well because this sort of thing is normally horribly mishandled. The best part about this episode, fans of the show finally get to see Mulder and Scully kiss and at midnight on New Years Eve no less, it only took them 7 seasons to do it.