"Kingdom Come"

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Written by Jorge Zamacona

Directed by Winrich Kolbe

Edited by George R. Potter

Aired November 29, 1996

Summary: A crisis of faith figures in the motive for the slayings of clerics by a grief-stricken killer tracked by Frank Black and the Millennium Group.

 

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Quote: "And there will be such intense darkness that one can feel it." —Exodus 10:21

 

Synopsis:  A man (ultimately revealed as Galen Calloway) burns a Catholic priest at the stake outside his church. At the crime scene, Frank reunites with Millennium Group member Ardis Cohen. They had worked together on a case four years ago when three men of the cloth were murdered in a similar ritualistic fashion. 

 

In his research, Frank identifies a similarity between these modern crimes and the Christian tortures of church heretics during the Middle Ages. His assumption is confirmed when the killer grotesquely drowns a Wyoming minister in an imitation of another medieval torture. At the scene of the crime, the police retrieve two clues. A man's wedding ring is found inside the victim's stomach. Near the corpse is a woman's wedding/engagement band, engraved JWM.

 

At a Rockford, Illinois church, the killer is interrupted while rifling through its files. He was searching for something so important he acted without his usual thoroughness, and left bloody fingerprints behind. All along Frank has been receiving glimpses inside the killer's mind. A sudden illumination strikes him. He realizes the murderer is not killing men he's killing faith. The victims must have some religious significance in the killer's life. He stole the files in order to choose his next victim. Frank now believes that the killer experienced an emotionally catastrophic event a loss devastating enough to have destroyed his faith, and transformed him into a homicidal monster.

 

Frank and the police are close on the killer's trail, but too late to save the life of Reverend Harned, whom Calloway has cruelly tortured. But Frank realizes that the killer has returned to the place where his life was destroyed. When Frank sees visions of a woman and child trapped in a house fire, he has the Rockford police search their records, and they find their man: Galen Calloway, a high school religious teacher who was the only survivor of a 1989 fire that killed his wife and daughter. Frank knows Calloway's next stop: the church that held his family's funeral.

 

His body wired with explosives, Calloway invades the church, and takes the everyone inside hostage. He preaches his loss of faith to the terrified congregation while SWAT teams and media swarm outside.

 

Frank is convinced he can reach Calloway, and risks his life by going in to face him. Calloway holds Frank at gunpoint, but Frank calmly tells Calloway he can help him because he knows what Calloway wants. Calloway believes his pain will end when he kills his faith. Yet despite everything he has done, Frank points out, Calloway has never lost his faith in God.

 

Calloway knows what Frank is saying is true, but he's never understood it himself before this moment. Yet instead of embracing his faith as Frank had hoped, Calloway kills his faith the only way he knows how and turns the gun on himself. 

 

Photographs:

- Frank Black examines a charred corpse

- Frank and fellow consultant Ardis Cohen

- Frank kisses Jordan goodnight

- Calloway reveals a makeshift bomb

- Frank and Ardis look to a victim for clues

- Frank finds himself in the role of hostage

- The remains of a church-side immolation

 

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Media Review: "Gripping stuffBy seeing the strength of Galen's faith, Black recovers his faith in faith... In the American religious climate it intimates that Black has put some flesh on the ghost of Christianity within him; a ghost that novelist Flannery O'Connor says haunts so many Americans. The whole episode serves as something of a metaphor for how Western society's decision to kill off God has to have consequences for how the fabric of that society holds together. As Leonard Cohen sang, 'I have seen the future, baby, it is murder.'" —Paul Mitchell, Shoot the Messenger

 

Trivia:  "Kingdom Come" was the first Millennium episode to be aired out of production order, and for a very unusual reason. The Fox network announced that the scheduling change had been made out of respect for Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, a 68-year-old senior U.S. Roman Catholic prelate who died of cancer on November 14, 1996, one day before the episode was set to air. The move was well publicized, particularly since Millennium's violent subject matter was still a hot topic. Some of the more savvy minds in the media, however, came to realize that Fox's decision may have been motivated by Millennium's disappointing ratings more than out of any respect for the Catholic Church.

 

Guest star Lindsay Crouse has appeared in a number of prominent television police and legal dramas including Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, NYPD Blue, Law & Order, and L.A. Dragnet. While her Millennium character, Millennium Group consultant Ardis Cohen, was seemingly being established as a recurring character she would never appear again on the series.

 

"I'm finding out what it is that my gift is, and I think that there are a couple of them," Crouse commented while analyzing her character during a promotional interview for the episode. "One of them, I think, is particularly womanly.  I think that I will turn over every stone and never give up. I think it's a kind of maternal characteristic, that you'll stand over a sick child until there's absolutely nothing left to be done, and I think that kind of tenacity is a part of Ardis Cohen's character. I also think she has an encyclopedic mind. She's a scholar and she is fascinated by what motivates human behavior."

 

Death Toll:  4

 

Title:  When taking hostages at a Rockford, Illinois church, Calloway references the Lord's Prayer and the promise that God's kingdom will come with the end times. "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." Strapped with explosives, it is the bitter Calloway himself who promises to deliver the end to his victims after hopelessly waiting for years for proof of God's kingdom to come to him.

 

Starring:

Lance Henriksen as Frank Black

Megan Gallagher as Catherine Black

Brittany Tiplady as Jordan Black

 

Guest Starring:

Lindsay Crouse as Ardis Cohen
Michael Zelniker as Galen Calloway
Tom McBeath as Detective Romero
Terence Kelly as Detective Kerney
Jan Burrell as Jill Harned
Laurie Murdoch as Father Schultz
Peter Haworth as Reverend Jack Harned
Ed Harrington as Reverend Marcus Crane
Arnie Walters as Father Silas Brown
Roger Allford as Golfing Man
Brad Wattum as Reverend
Ralph J. Alderman as Motel Manager
Wanda Wilkinson as Sister Beatrice Crowly
Alan Lehros as John Matewon

 

Production Credits:

Production #4C03

Music by Mark Snow
Production Designer Sheila Haley
Director of Photography Robert McLachlan
Associate Producer Jon-Michael Preece
Consulting Producer Ted Mann
Consulting Producer James Wong

Consulting Producer Glen Morgan
Co-Producer Ken Dennis
Co-Producer Chip Johannessen
Co-Producer Frank Spotnitz
Co-Executive Producer Jorge Zamacona
Co-Executive Producer Ken Horton
Co-Executive Producer John Peter Kousakis

Executive Producer Chris Carter

 

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