The Sydney Morning Herald TV Guide, Monday February 23, featured the following review of
the latest episode:
The Sentinel and Millennium
Seven, 8.30pm and 9.30pm
Theme nights seem to be just what the scheduler ordered on Saturday nights.
Ten has lined up the mighty warriors of Hercules and Xena, Warrior
Princess. Meanwhile, over at Seven, more mortal men battle modern evils on
Millennium and The Sentinel.
Millennium, back with its second season, is set to become more
humorous, more suspenseful and less gory. Tonight's episode, however, is in
the darker spirit of the first series, as Frank Black (Lance Henriksen)
searches for the man who kidnapped his wife. At the end though, Frank
leaves the marital home, setting the stage for change.
Millennium is a quality show that somehow never achieved the ratings
expected of it. The Sentinel is, in a way, its antithesis: a show that
exceeded expectations. Although at first sight it was just another
laughably cheap cop show, it attracted a following that indicated it had
*something* that lifted it out of its class.
Detective James Ellison (Richard Burgi), "a sentinel in the fight for justice", can
see, hear and smell bad guys a mile off. All this is explained before the credits by the
single line: "In the jungles of Peru,the fight for survival heightened his senses." Now,
back in the urban jungle, Ellison can hear a whispered drug deal going on across a crowded
stockcar rally, and smell drugs on a delivered pizza.
This week's episode begins with a hallucinating teenager falling to her
death. Ellison and his offsider, Blair (Garett Maggart), find out she has
been using Golden, a new designer drug that "makes angel dust look like
Ellison poses as a drug distributor's go-between, but is blinded when he
accidentally rubs some Golden into his eyes. Naturally, he continues to
fight crime in the dark.
Viewers know when Ellison's heightened senses are being used because the
sound goes echoey and the pictures goes feathery. Still, low-budget special
effects have a certain appeal, and The Sentinel has a cockiness that bodes well
for its continued ratings success.