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Far superior to the films, for every reason: Better venue for developing
the mythos and the characters, better opportunity to explore the nature and
implications of immortality, and a far superior leading man for all the
reasons we choose them. Adrian Paul (who inspires whole libraries of
romance novels) looks magnificent and convincing in any time period and has
ALL the right moves. He's also a vastly superior actor to Christopher
Lambert. It is easy to see why the producers regretted not having made
Duncan MacLeod immortal in an earlier time period; not only would there have
been more history to explore and a richer background for Duncan, but it
would have provided more visual riches for the audience.
The series jumped the shark after season 5, which I think had some of its best episodes: "Comes a Horseman", "Revelation 6:8", "Duende", "Dramatic License", "Little Tin God". "The Stone of Scone," which has its defects, represents an episode type that this series should have done more of: a complete flashback without 20th C references. The possibilities of such episodes were a missed opportunity.
This interesting highlander series has a lot more to it than action,
fantasy and drama. The characters are well acted, and thought out by
the actors and screenwriters, respectively. The plots were excellently
written, especially linking Duncan Mcleod's past until now, the current
time period. I probably think this because i have always been a fan of
time period fantasy dramas such as Highlander (1992-1998), Angel
(1999-2004) and Witchblade (2001-2002).
I especially love it when events of the past are explained through such dramas like Highlander. One example of this is within one of my favourite episodes in 19th or 18th century historical England where Mary Shelly, the author of the famous novel called 'Frankenstein', sees one immortal get stabbed and then rise to life again. She goes on to comment that seeing such an event inspired her to write 'Frankenstein'
Thought provoking questions about the series, as some members have already mention, arose such as what was it like for immortals to outlive their loved ones? What was it like to live forever?
Adrian Paul as the lead actor, playing Duncan Mcleod, was excellent. His talents of martial arts and acting skills really shine in this series. Afterall, the series did last for 7 years.
However, the series did have some faults. One of them being how does Duncan beat every immortal he fights, even ones who are much older, wiser and more experienced in combat than he is. I know there is the good old 'smart-aleky' answer of 'because there would be no one else to carry on the show' but it still remains a question unanswered satisfactorily. Other members have brought up even better questions that pick out the faults of this show you can read.
But overall, it is an interesting and good quality series that is worth watching. After a few episodes the characters will grow on you.The interesting plots will also intrigue you. Give it a try! I give it a 4/5
The idea of immortals isn't new.This show examines the life of "immortals" and examines the answers to question as: What is like surviving your loved ones?Surviving your family?Your hometown?Your country?Your religion?The civilisation whose ideas you carry on?It can be thoughtful.Especialy once you stop thinking about "good"and "evil"immortals and start examining what makes them act the way they do.It's deeper than most modern TV shows and far better than the movies with the same name.The charachters tend to be very interesting.Especially the cynic,dissilusioned immortal Methos the surviver.Five thousand years old and he is sounding like count Fosca from de Beauvoir's "All Men Are Mortal"who is bitter,dissilusioned and hopelessely alone,destined to survive mankind.Other charachters of interest to viewers are1)Amanda the French,manipulative thieves who seems to enjoy her life more than other immortals seem to do.Has she found the meaning of life?2)Duncan McLeodThe star.Noble and thick-headed.He doesn't hunt other immortals.He waits for them to come and they do.How important is he?3)Darius,general and priest.What made him quit the game anyway.4)Kalas,singer and monk.An immortal killer who loves music and plotting.5)Kronos a horseman.He brings anarchy. The show is definitely worth seing.
The quality of the Highlander DVD box sets is a delight through all six
releases. Season Five is no exception and contains the same unique
special features and great video transfer as the rest. My one major
turn off that, unfortunately, seems to be an industry standard is the
folding package that takes up the whole coffee table. It doesn't
detract from my enjoyment of the series or the special features which
were enough in the first two seasons two make me buy the rest, at a
premium for my impatience, from the official site
As in the previous season, Highlander season 5 begins with a tale of Duncan's childhood. Through present day events and flashbacks, ' Prophecy' shows us a whole new breed of older immortal with powers that certainly would have helped the character of Methos (Peter Wingfield) in earlier seasons, mind control over humans and younger immortals through a powerful form of hypnotic suggestion. We are introduced to the character of Casandra, the first immortal that Duncan (Adrian Paul) ever came into contact with as a child and a fabled witch in his native village. 'Prophecy' as befits its title foreshadows the entire season we later find, even to the point of making minor mention of Connor MacLeod, Duncan's distant cousin and the hero of the original Highlander movie. While some may not see the referencing of the original movie for the first time since the pilot for the series as foreshadowing, to me it stands as a statement from the producers that all bets are off.
It is easy to forget that there is now a 'chosen one' prophecy hanging over Duncan's head as you get into the season. After his failed attempt to kill Richie Ryan (Stan Kirsch) during his 'Dark Quickening' (the 'good guy gone evil through no fault of his own' scenario of the previous season), Duncan must make amends with his former pupil or push him away. Relations are still strained with Joe Dawson, his former Watcher now friend and Methos shows up in enough episodes this season that the producers must have been thinking spin-off.
The penultimate season of Highlander has the usual mix of comedic episodes interspersed with the serious. Highlights of the lighter episodes include the return of Roger Daltrey as Hugh Fitzcairn in an entirely 'historical' episode entitled 'The Stone of Scone' and a 'Bonnie and Clyde' style romp with the spin-off character Amanda (Elisabeth Gracen) and her former partner Cory Raines (Nicolas Lea) making Duncan's life miserable both in present day and the past in 'Money No Object.' The Funniest moments from the season come from an episode entitled 'Dramatic License' in which a female author has published a romance novel about Duncan and an exaggerated account of some of his many exploits.
Foreshadowing plays a huge role in this season and the Prophecy that was told in the opening episode starts to come into play in the darker episodes of the season. In 'Comes a Horseman' and 'Revelation 6:8' we find that Methos has been hiding an a secret of his ancient and evil past that could end up destroying the world. 'Double Jeopardy' uses the Highlander master craft of the flashback to reintroduce us to one of the series original and deadliest villains, who may not be dead after all, Xavier St. Cloud (Roland Gift). Finally, 'Archangel', the finale, introduces the deadliest threat to immortals yet which may very well Satan himself
This has to be one of the best Sci-Fi series out there. Adrian Paul is
an excellent actor and fits the part perfect as Duncan. The first
season was really over the top with Tessa. Duncan and Tessa made an
All in all, an excellent series. Only thing is, it should have went on for some more seasons, but running as many years as it did is indication enough to tell you it's a great series. Highlander fans will love it.
I always like how Duncan has the 'flashbacks' to previous 'lives'. Just adds to the character and shows what he had to do and go through throughout his immortal life.
I am a big Highlander fan,this show is so wonderful, great cast and crew. Adrian Paul is so wonderful as Duncan MacLeod. The show really does explore the good and bad sides of immortality, Duncan MacLeod is a man of Principle and morals, he was born 400 years ago in the Highlands of Scotland. He has been around the world, made some friends and made enemies too. There are good and evil immortals. The cast consists of Stan Kirsch as Richie Ryan who becomes immortal in season 2, Alexandra Vanderoot as Tessa, MacLeod's girlfriend who knows he's immortal, Jim Byrnes(Wiseguy and Higher Ground) as Joe Dawson, a member of the secret society known as "The Watchers" who know about immortals, the late Werner Stocker as 2000 year old immortal priest, Darius. Peter Wingfield as the oldest immortal, Methos, who is 5000 years old. Duncan MacLeod has fought a lot of evil immortals and defeated them, even the ones who are older that he and more powerful than him, his courage and skills is what it takes to win. My favorite good immortals next to MacLoed are Darius, Methos and Amanda, the 1100 year old immortal, Richie Ryan, Marcus Constatine and Sean Burns. My favorite evil immortals are Kalas, Xavier St. Cloud played by Roland Gift of the 80's pop group "The Fine Young Cannibals", Kronos and Grayson. I also for a good immortal I like Hugh Fitzcairn, played superbly by Roger Daltrey of "The Who". Joan Jett made a guest appearance in the first season episode as immortal Felicia Martens. This show really rocks,they play great songs by Queen, the song "Princes Of The Universe" is the perfect song for the theme music of the show. I give this show 2 thumbs up.
This series is a seamless excerpt from the time line of the Highlander
movies. A science fiction fantasy deluxe, the tale of Duncan McLeod, of
klan McLeod, becomes a realistic, believable, secret world hidden within
own. The only "real" sadness is Duncan's eternal loneliness due to the
eventual deaths of all he allows near. Mortals are so fragile and, as for
immortals, "There can be only one!"
Very easy to get caught up in, my children and I each carried katanas (plastic sword replicas) for many months during the original run of the series. Duplicating sword "riffs" and "taking" heads made for many hours of "immortal" fun.
Try to catch "HIGHLANDER" from the beginning episode and follow Duncan through the centuries of his life (in present day and flashback sequences). He adapts to all "times" and we get to learn perspective on present day and (supposedly) historical events immortals have influenced or shaped.
Too bad it's gone, but you can only save the world so many times before it gets old. There are re-runs though......
I liked the movies. okay I loved the first movie and hated the second
kinda liked the third and I liked endgame. Two outta four ain't that bad.
Anyway. I liked the movies BUT in the fighting choreography Christopher
Lambert cannot match Adrian Paul. The sword fights in the series got
throug the season's. If your into martial arts (perferably with a sword
kata's) like me you'll know what i'm talking about. It seems like Adrian
KNEW at least a little something about sword fighting. Maybe i'm looking
deep anyway i give it a 9/10. And i want the DVD set
Ever feel that good things go to those who don't deserve them? If only
someone who could do it justice had gotten hold of Gregory Widen's
idea. But no. So I just pretend that the ending of the original movie
all the other movies never happened, as well as all the stupidity of the
last season of the series. (who ever heard of the hero only appearing in
about 3 episodes of the final season?) I just wish the show had taken
itself a little more seriously. Here was a grand opportunity to bring
genuine high concept to TV and the series did that in many respects.
However, it was made in the 90's and the bits which seem out of place now
were, I suppose, the best they could do. Still, the series was the first
a wonderful kind of modern fantasy TV genre, which has been followed by
Crow: Stairway to Heaven, and now Witchblade. (If only the writers of
Witchblade had written the series! Not to mention if the series would've
those kind of effects.) I just pick and choose what fits with my personal
vision of highlander. Watch it yourself and make up your own mind- it is
definately worth it.
Final Words: Quit making the idiotic movie sequels. Give Methos his own show and set it entirely in the past.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Season Four of Highlander is a great place for new viewers to start on this incredible series. The Characters are defined and the cast and crew are comfortable with each other in the concept they have created. Duncan MaCleod has gone through hell in the previous three seasons losing almost everything several times to both immortal and human villains. Unfortunately, for Duncan, the one enemy he hasn't faced yet is himself and the one thing he hasn't almost lost or given up is his mind. It is hard for a genre series to pull off the good guy gone bad concept but, highlander does it beautifully and the episodes are so well contained with in the one hour time frame in this season that new viewers wont be completely lost.
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