Friday, January 30, 2009

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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Highlander Season Six

Okay, I know what they were thinking... spin-off.

I haven't watched season 6 episode 10 because I simply can not bear to watch it. The last three episodes, including this one, have been job interviews. Unfortunately it was all archetype and no soul. I expect more of the same.

What happened to the fabulous writing? I think it died sometime mid season 5. I realize it's too late. I realize these are old shows and it's way too late. Breaks my heart.

It's not as though it would be impossible to do "immortal female crime fighter" and do it well. But didn't they have the first clue what made Highlander so great? What made Highlander great is that the immortals are tragic figures. The episode where Mary Shelly conceives of Frankenstein got it right... so who ever wrote *that* episode understood it. The immortals are tragic. Either they suffer and endure loss after loss after loss... or they become monsters.

It wasn't *just* that Adrian Paul is the sexiest man alive, but that Duncan MacLeod was simultaneously victorious and wounded, a superman and fragile. And he was best when he loved mortals... Tess or Joe. Amanda is great, but it's not the same. Methos carried those wounds. So did Darius. Richie hadn't had time yet.

They could have done a female immortal and even made her a crime fighter, or body-guard, or bounty-hunter, or spy, and done it so it worked. If the primary focus to start hadn't been to show how kick-ass she was, and if her primary motivation for the profession wasn't to do good in the world.

Live to Kill, or Kill to Live... as one of the writers who actually understood, put it.

The obvious reason to be in a profession like that is the excuse to carry weapons, know how to get false papers and new identities, and keep track of those who might want to kill you.

Or put her at the stage the psych immortal described... when the killing finally overwhelms her and she starts to run, and run, and run, to escape it. But she can't.

That's loneliness and tragedy, being chased by those demons.

I can't watch the last episodes. I have to go back and watch something from season one, to get the foul taste out of my mouth.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Season Six...

And I'm dreading it. I don't even want to watch.

Spoilers, if you care.... For the end of season five.

Duncan is crazy again, and killed Richie. Did we just do this? Didn't he just go nuts and kill his friends? Couldn't they think of something new?

Worse, worse... last episode of season five and Duncan is thinking he might be crazy, and Methos and Joe think he's crazy, and Richie calls and says he saw Joe when Joe is standing right next to Duncan and it seems the most important thing would be that Richie was seeing things too... so why doesn't Duncan say so? Methos and Joe are standing right there. And Duncan runs off without saying anything. And kills Richie.

This is about as dumb as, "Let's split up."

"I think I'm going crazy, but rather than stay with people I trust, I'm going to run around alone and do who-knows-what."


And I was thinking that those writing Highlander were actually rather good.

Monday, January 05, 2009


So... this is sort of fun.

Update: Oops! Yes, doesn't work outside the US. The link is to the season 5 episode 10 of Highlander, in which Duncan MacLeod and a beautiful female Immortal, along with a German who has an eye-patch but doesn't look all that much like Tom Cruise, attempt to blow up Adolf Hitler.