Highlander: Season 5, Episode 19

The Modern Prometheus (12 May 1997)

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Duncan visits Lord Byron and the Shelleys, inspiring Mary Shelley to write 'Frankenstein.'



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Episode credited cast:
Don Foran ...
Jerry Garrity
Tracy Keating ...
F. Braun McAsh ...
Hans Kershner
Michel Modo ...
Jeffrey Ribier ...
Mike Paladini
Christopher Staines ...
Adam Pierson / Methos


Lord Byron, the famous poet, is immortal, and in modern day he has become a music star. It comes to the attention of Duncan, Methos, and Joe that he is luring aspiring musicians into his world of drugs and reckless living, with the musicians usually winding up dead, and Duncan decides to put a stop to it. In flashback to 1816 Switzerland, Byron and Methos inspire Mary Shelley to write "Frankenstein". Written by page8701

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The episode "The Modern Prometheus" suggests that Mary Shelly was inspired to write Frankenstien by seeing an immortal Lord Byron "die" in mid-battle and apparently be revived by The Quickening (becoming the lightning that famously animates her novel's creature). However, the method of lightning to reanimate dead tissue was invented for the films, not the novel. See more »


Lord Byron: You're the guy in the audience, and I'm the guy on the flying trapeze, who do you think's having more fun?
Adam Pierson: Who do you think will live the longest?
Lord Byron: Who cares?
Adam Pierson: You used to care... there was a time when you were reaching for the heavens.
Lord Byron: There is no Heaven, only an illusion for fools and innocents.
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Gregor's Ghost
30 October 2013 | by (Jacksonville, Fl.) – See all my reviews

The only reason I gave it as high as 5 stars is because this episode's historical flash-back storyline is about Methos's past, not Duncan's. That in itself makes this episode worth seeing. Other than that, just re-watch the season 2, episode 2 "Studies in Light".

I do like the concept that Mary Shelly's inspiration for Frankenstein originated by her witnessing an immortal's beheading, and the resulting Quickening, with all that lightening, bringing the winning immortal, Lord Byron, back to life after his fatal injuries. But, the present-day Lord Byron was nothing but a Gregor clone.

If one has to be an Immortal Artistic Genius, please let them be a painter or sculptor or such. Not a Poet/Rock Star!

At least then you don't have to listen to them talk!

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