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The Modern Prometheus 

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


Adrian Paul


James Thorpe

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Episode credited cast:
Jim Byrnes ... Joe Dawson
Katie Carr ... Claire Clairmont
Jonathan Firth ... Lord Byron
Don Foran Don Foran ... Jerry Garrity
Tracy Keating Tracy Keating ... Mary Shelley
F. Braun McAsh F. Braun McAsh ... Hans Kirshner
Michel Modo ... Maurice
Adrian Paul ... Duncan MacLeod
Jeffrey Ribier Jeffrey Ribier ... Mike Paladini
Christopher Staines ... Percy Shelley
Peter Wingfield ... 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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12 May 1997 (Canada) See more »

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Did You Know?


Mary Shelly's novel "Frankenstein" was first published in 1818. Charles Robert Darwin was born 12 February 1809 and died on 19 April 1882. His famous study of evolution was published in 1859 and by 1870's, the scientific community and a majority of the educated public had accepted his theory of evolution as fact. Darwin's father was named Robert Waring Darwin (30 May 1766 - 13 November 1848), and was a prominent medical doctor.

The "Fantasmagoriana" was first published in 1812 and was read by Lord Byron, Mary Shelley, Percy Bysshe Shelley, John William Polidori and Claire Clairmont at the Villa Diodati in Cologny, Switzerland during 1816 and is believed to have inspired much of the gothic literary works that came out of that meeting. See more »


Mary Shelley's actual inspiration for Frankenstein came from propaganda being spread about Charles Darwin, and a French translation of a German horror tale, Les Fantasmagoriana. See more »


Duncan 'Mac: Cut the crap, Mike's dead because of him.
Adam Pierson: No, Mike is dead because of Mike.
Duncan 'Mac: The kid idolized him... maybe he didn't pull the trigger, but he sure as hell put the gun in his hand. To live like me, you have to be like me, come on Methos, Mike couldn't do that, he wasn't Immortal.
Adam Pierson: And that is not Byron's fault.
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