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Highlander Rewatch

Zardnaar

Legend
There can be only one. I'm talking about the TV show.

Currently doing a Highlander rewatch. It's on Amazon prime. Also rewatched the original movie.

It screened from 1992-98 iirc. I was 14 it 15 when I watched it and I loved the theme song Princes of the Universe.

It's quite cheesy but kinda enjoying it. Season one is a bit spotty but season two starts developing a metaplot and the secondary characters.

It does follow a bit of a formula. Villain of the week, flashbacks to a previous point in history. Probably fails all sorts of purity tests. For example the women in it tend to be more like Bond girls.

Its quite clever in some ways if expanding the Highlander films. For example it has a lot if morality type episodes or the difficulty of being an immortal from the female point of view eg your husband gets old and dies. It covers things like new immortals being created and child immortals.

Adrian Paul in the lead does a reasonable job and has a bit of charisma. Acting can be cheesy here and there.

There's also a lot of faces from guest actors that turn up in Babylon 5, Star Trek, Farscape, Star Gate, Continuum etc.


IMDB gives it a 7.2/10 and this is a fair score imho. It's not great although a few episodes are very good but it's better than what I thought it would be.
 

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pukunui

Hero
I liked the original movie, although it is very dated now. The second movie was awful and ruined everything that made the first one good.

I still think it's funny, though, how they had a Scotsman playing a Spaniard with a Scottish accent and a Frenchman playing a Scotsman with a French accent. LOL.
 

Zardnaar

Legend
I liked the original movie, although it is very dated now. The second movie was awful and ruined everything that made the first one good.

I still think it's funny, though, how they had a Scotsman playing a Spaniard with a Scottish accent and a Frenchman playing a Scotsman with a French accent. LOL.

Yeah lol. TV show seems to have aged better.

They're quite good at world building and character development.

Amanda and Metho's add something to the show.
 

The last season and a half or so lost its verve. The best villain was Kalas, though the Horsemen were intriguing. The few forays into, like, demons and such didn't really fit. And then they basically spent the last season doing backdoor pilots for a spin-off, before finally doing Highlander Raven.

My mom had that one on DVD. For about fifteen years. She never opened the boxed set. Elizabeth Gracen was awesome, but the show's material just wasn't that inspired, and the male lead was cable chaff.
 

Zardnaar

Legend
The last season and a half or so lost its verve. The best villain was Kalas, though the Horsemen were intriguing. The few forays into, like, demons and such didn't really fit. And then they basically spent the last season doing backdoor pilots for a spin-off, before finally doing Highlander Raven.

My mom had that one on DVD. For about fifteen years. She never opened the boxed set. Elizabeth Gracen was awesome, but the show's material just wasn't that inspired, and the male lead was cable chaff.

Yeah I vaguely remember it going to crap towards the end.

Amanda via Grace stole the show.

Watching the horseman episodes.

Kalas was good, season 3-5 was the peak I suppose.
 






Mad_Jack

Explorer
Highlander Raven.

My mom had that one on DVD. For about fifteen years. She never opened the boxed set. Elizabeth Gracen was awesome, but the show's material just wasn't that inspired, and the male lead was cable chaff.

I was actually really sad that The Raven wasn't a better show - it could have been decent if they'd been able to do the show they wanted to instead of what the European investors wanted to see. If you watch the extras in the dvd box set, there was all kinds of ridiculous drama (some of it tragic and some entirely avoidable if people had been communicating) going on behind the scenes that basically doomed the show.

Re: Highlander movies 2-4 : Like the first one said, "There can be only one."
 

Zardnaar

Legend
I was actually really sad that The Raven wasn't a better show - it could have been decent if they'd been able to do the show they wanted to instead of what the European investors wanted to see. If you watch the extras in the dvd box set, there was all kinds of ridiculous drama (some of it tragic and some entirely avoidable if people had been communicating) going on behind the scenes that basically doomed the show.

Re: Highlander movies 2-4 : Like the first one said, "There can be only one."

I'm liking the show better than the first movie.

All the other movies though terrible
 

cbwjm

Hero
Highlander 3 I thought was good because it seemed to ignore the second one (which would have been better as some sort of stand alone scifi).

The 4th was continuing on from the series where the focus was on Duncan rather than Conner, still a good watch but it effectively ignores the previous films.
 

Zardnaar

Legend
Highlander 3 I thought was good because it seemed to ignore the second one (which would have been better as some sort of stand alone scifi).

The 4th was continuing on from the series where the focus was on Duncan rather than Conner, still a good watch but it effectively ignores the previous films.

I didn't mind 3 but it was 1995 iirc and I was 17 or so. Probably just looked good to part two.
 

Orius

Adventurer
It wasn't bad, it was the kind of thing one could expect from TV at the time, before story arcs became everything. Season 3 through Season 5 was generally the strongest part of the series.

I think the show really did the whole concept of immortality better than the films. Even the first film was kind of weak, but it really didn't have the time to explore Connor's life. The series gives us a much better look at Duncan's life. Then again, Duncan seems to be a much better adjusted immortal than Connor. Connor seems to hate being immortal and seeing everyone he cares about die. Duncan handles it better, he loses people he cares about too, but he accepts it as part of being immortal. Duncan's main regret is generally that he can't have children as an immortal, but it doesn't consume him like Connor's loneliness.

The first half of season one was kind of weak. There was too much stuff that tried to copy the film, and many of the stories were weak. It got better when the action shifted to Paris in the second half. I think Tessa was a weak character though, she usually just ended up playing the damsel in distress for Duncan to rescue, or she'd be angsting about him fighting another immortal. The series picked up in season two, the Watchers were an interesting addition and I always liked the stuff about Duncan mentoring Ritchie. And the series was able to do both serious and lighter episodes well.
 

Zardnaar

Legend
It wasn't bad, it was the kind of thing one could expect from TV at the time, before story arcs became everything. Season 3 through Season 5 was generally the strongest part of the series.

I think the show really did the whole concept of immortality better than the films. Even the first film was kind of weak, but it really didn't have the time to explore Connor's life. The series gives us a much better look at Duncan's life. Then again, Duncan seems to be a much better adjusted immortal than Connor. Connor seems to hate being immortal and seeing everyone he cares about die. Duncan handles it better, he loses people he cares about too, but he accepts it as part of being immortal. Duncan's main regret is generally that he can't have children as an immortal, but it doesn't consume him like Connor's loneliness.

The first half of season one was kind of weak. There was too much stuff that tried to copy the film, and many of the stories were weak. It got better when the action shifted to Paris in the second half. I think Tessa was a weak character though, she usually just ended up playing the damsel in distress for Duncan to rescue, or she'd be angsting about him fighting another immortal. The series picked up in season two, the Watchers were an interesting addition and I always liked the stuff about Duncan mentoring Ritchie. And the series was able to do both serious and lighter episodes well.

Yeah this is how I see it. Tess was there for exactly that.
 

Mercurius

Legend
While I'm not a big fan of "remake-extravaganza" that speaks to the lack of originality in Hollywood, I think Highlander is one film that is due. Javier Bardem as Ramirez?
 

practicalm

Explorer
I think the show does a good job world building. It would be interesting to run it as a campaign where a group of immortals and or mortal companions deal with the evil immortal of the week or just complications for being immortal.

Or if you merged Highlander with Dresden Files and now you have a real complicated universe on your hands.
 

Zardnaar

Legend
I think the show does a good job world building. It would be interesting to run it as a campaign where a group of immortals and or mortal companions deal with the evil immortal of the week or just complications for being immortal.

Or if you merged Highlander with Dresden Files and now you have a real complicated universe on your hands.

I did like the world building, better than a few modern shows.

Getting towards the end if season 5. Something about the devil and I remember this is when the show goes downhill.
 
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