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For some reason, I did not watch this series when it first ran. I'm not
sure why because it is the kind of show I love: scifi/fantasy/adventure,
starring a cute guy with an accent...I did see the movie years ago and liked
I started watching Highlander this year on Spike TV. They did not air
the episodes in order, and I missed them sometimes, so after the first run I
started renting them on netflix.com I think I have watched all of the
first three seasons now. One day I hope to buy them and watch them all again, in
If you like shows like Hercules, Xena, Alias, La Femme Nikita, Star Trek,
etc. then you will probably like this show. Some of its stories were not
that great, but please remember it was a syndicated show and so they did not
have the same production values or budgets as a primetime or cable show.
What matters is that it is a really fun show and has some great actors on it.
For those who have no idea what Highlander is, it is about immortals who live
among humans. They fight with swords to the death (they can be killed by
having their heads chopped off). Their slogan is "there can be only one",
and presumably that last one will rule the earth. The hero in the show,
Duncan MacLeod, doesn't want to rule over humans. He likes us and wants to
protect us. He avoids fighting with other immortals, but does fight when
he has to. His story is the ultimate tragedy because he constantly loses
all of his friends and loved ones to death. He has to worry about
outliving people he loves, but most of them die violently in one way or another.
His mortal friends become victims of the immortals, and sometimes the immortals
he has to kill are his friends, but they have gone mad or have some other reason
they want to fight him. He has no choice but to kill them, and yet he
values life greatly. It pains him to take a life.
Besides all of that, the fascinating part of the show is when Duncan flashes
back to the past. He has lived for 300 years, so he often reflects back on
places he lived and people he loved. He traveled all over the world
through the centuries. The show is very good about getting the period
costumes and surroundings right, from what I can tell.
Like most series, as the seasons progressed, the show got better and more
complex. Duncan's girlfriend gets killed in the second season, so he gets
more dour (even for a Scotsman!). Eventually he finds love again., a few
times in fact. He moves a few times, too, so the series changes locales.
The sword fighting is great, but for me the interesting parts are the characters
and the stories. Most of the stories are very good. There are some
lighter moments, some fun stories, but most of the show is sort of sad, much
The actor who played Duncan, Adrian Paul, is very versatile. He can do
drama, comedy, action, and romance, all equally well. He does a variety of
accents, too. I think he should be the next James Bond, personally.
I love the theme song, which is by Queen. I never get tired of hearing it.
There is a lot of background music by Queen, too. Also, there are a few
rock stars who guest star as immortals, such as Joan Jett, Roland Gift, and
The DVD's have good extras, such as interviews with the cast and bloopers.
I thought some of the sound of the shows was muted, but I have also felt that
way about seeing them on Spike TV, too, so it may have something to do with how
they were filmed.
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