Millennium/The Mikado

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The Mikado
Season 2, Episode 13
Airdate February 6, 1998
Production Number 5C13
Written by Michael R. Perry
Directed by Roderick J. Pridy
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MillenniumSeason Two

The Mikado is the thirteenth episode of the second season of Millennium, and the thirty-fifth episode overall.

Starring: Lance Henriksen (Frank Black), Megan Gallagher (Catherine Black) (credit only)

Also Starring: Terry O'Quinn (Peter Watts)

Guest Starring: Allan Zinyk (Brian Roedecker), Greg Michaels (Captain Bachman)

Featuring: Gillian Carfra (The Web Girl), Micah Gardener (Brandon), Tony Sampson (Anthony), Justin Wong (Danny), Rachel Hayward (Angela), Jonathan Bruce (Haverford Man), Aaron Fry (Columbus Man), Dawn Murphy (Special Agent Tully), Harrison R. Coe (S.F. Officer), Patrick J. Phillips (Detective Brusky), Eileen Pedde ("Pain" Victim)

Uncredited: Bobby Stewart (Sgt. Collier)


Plot Overview

Frank is forced to track down a killer who commits murders for view on the Internet, but the technological aspect puts his abilities at a distance. As he combs through the killer's messages, Frank comes to the conclusion that it's the same unidentified killer who terrorised San Francisco in the 80s.



  • Seattle, Washington
  • San Jose, California
  • Columbus, (unspecified state)
  • Haverford, Pennsylvania
  • San Francisco, California

Arc Advancement





The Show

Behind the Scenes

  • The killer was originally going to be the real life killer Zodiac, but FOX would not allow them to use an actual serial killer. It was initially changed to Omega, but due to Henriksen's endorsement of the watch manufacturer of the same name, the name Avatar was finally settled on.

Allusions and References

  • Although the name of the killer was changed, Avatar still has several characteristics in common with the Zodiac killer:
  • Wore black hood and robes
  • Operated in San Francisco
  • Often murdered couples
  • Police came their closest to catching him in the immediate aftermath of the murder a cab driver
  • Had an affinity for the play The Mikado
  • Sent ciphered messages to the police
  • Was never caught or identified

Memorable Moments