The X-Files has a rich history of its own mythology, stretching back to its debut in 1993, through its spin-off shows Millennium and The Lone Gunman, and up to the most recent movie, The X-Files: I Want to Believe. With the possibility of a third movie being set for 2012, I began to wonder whether there could be a chance for another of Chris Carter‘s characters to make an appearance in the film: Frank Black, as portrayed by Lance Henriksen, from Millennium.
Chris Carter has stated that the next X-Files movie would return its focus to the overarching alien mythology of the original series, specifically relating to the 2012 events forecast in the series conclusion. The concept was with regards to the alien colonization set for December 22, 2012 – keyed to tie in with the Mayan 2012 Phenomenon.
The Millennium series never touched on the X-Files alien mythology, and instead had two continual themes: crime stories focusing on the apprehension of serial killers, and the end-time prophecies driving the group that Frank Black works for. This group, named the Millennium Group, was initially believed to have been established as a consulting group for criminal investigations. As the series progressed, it was revealed that it was more of a secret society, or cult, with a history that stretched back centuries, rivaling the Priory of Sion and the Knights Templar.
There are numerous factions within the Millennium Group (the Owls and the Roosters were the most prominent during the airing of the second season), and while the main group had focused on the year 2000, it was revealed that some of the factions within the Group believed that the apocalyptic year was not the turn of the century, but instead a year later within the 21st century. While the series suggested a few years, the concept of the Millennium Group was the same: no matter whether it was the year 2000 or a much later date, their objective was to prepare for the end.
Clearly, as history panned out, no apocalypse erupted during the year 2000. Even the Millennium Bug was a fizzler. But no matter the case, there will always be significant upcoming dates in history that people will point to as doomsday moments – and all of these fear-mongering future dates make for great storytelling. Within the context of the Millennium series, it would make sense that there would be a faction within the group looking very closely at the key Mayan dates in December 2012.
In the X-Files episode entitled Millennium, which brings closure to the 3 seasons of Frank Black’s journey, it’s further revealed that there are rogue elements within the Millennium Group that are desperate to justify their existence by ensuring that apocalyptic events take place. These events required careful planning, and needed to metaphorically connect to the Book of Revelations and other prophetic sources such as the writings of Nostradamus.
By this stage of Black’s journey, he was against the Millennium group, and eventually would join forces with Fox Mulder and Dana Scully to stop these rogue elements from causing terror and murdering innocents.
If there are factions within the Millennium Group that are focused on 2012, and if Frank Black became aware of rogue elements ensuring events happen (and if he got dragged into it), then it would also stand to reason that he would want these elements stopped also.
But how does this connect to The X-Files?
Aside from the obvious explicit cross-over in the X-Files Millennium episode, Chris Carter had included small moments in the Millennium series that connected elements between the two shows. The key scene that nailed this was the character Peter Watts (portrayed by Terry O’Quinn) entering a Millennium Group storage area and finding a disposed Morley butt left behind by the Cigarette Smoking Man from the X-Files.
This scene implies more than just a cross over between the two shows. It implies that the Cigarette Smoking Man, who worked for secret government based Syndicate, was also connected to the conspiratorial secret society known as the Millennium Group. Ponder that thought even deeper, and you’ll come across a more mind-boggling question: Was it the Syndicate that ran the Millennium Group, or the Millennium Group that ran the Syndicate?
Bearing this connection in mind, and also bearing in mind that there could conceivably be a Millennium faction focusing on 2012, it would therefore be a realistic assumption to make that the Millennium Group also had extensive contact with the colonization plans established between the aliens and the Syndicate. Indeed, they could have even been the deeper force behind orchestrating the events in the entire series of The X-Files.
Either way, if Chris Carter, David Duchovny, and Gillian Anderson decide to move forward with a 2012 X-Files film, it’s sure to please the hardcore fans with a return to the classic alien mythology of the series. In my mind, the character of Frank Black would be a wonderful addition to a film, providing Lance Henriksen plays the part of course. It would be an awesome tip of the hat to perhaps one of the most underrated television shows from the 1990′s.
It’s all just speculation…
References, Sources, and Further Reading:
Wikipedia: 2012 Phenomenon
Wikipedia: Frank Black
Wikipedia: Millennium Group
Wikipedia: Mythology of The X-Files
Wikipedia: The X-Files Sequel Details
Wikipedia: The X-Files Season 7 – Millennium
Wikipedia: The X-Files Season 9 – The Truth