My all time favorite movie is Highlander
. I saw it when it first came out in 1986 and was hooked. What entralled me so was the movie's uniqueness, the concept of immortals battling down through the centeries, all playing the "Game" for the "Prize." I watched it many times over enjoying each viewing as much as the first. Then came the sequels, for those that have seen them enough said, for those that have not, don't. Highlander 3 was certainly not as bad as 2, but they should have stopped at the first one. Here is the alternate ending to Highlander 2: the Quickening
. Just watching it makes me want to take my own head.
I think where they went wrong was trying to explain who and what the immortals really were. What was so fascinating about the original was speculating on how an immortal came to be, what were the origins of the quickenings, and what the prize really was. How did it all start? I have read some really good fan fiction on these topics. Highlander 2 took all the magic away (for me anyway). Sometimes the viewer should be left wondering, free to make their own interpretations of the movie.
I am a fan of the Highlander series
starring Adrian Paul as Duncan MacCleod, Conner's kinsman. Now there are some continuity problems but I got past them because the series was so enjoyable. The first season was a little shaky but as the seasons progressed it got much better. Season three was probably the best as it introduced Methos
the 5000 year old immortal, a legend even among immortals. His character added alot of depth and breadth to the series. What I found most enjoyable about the series was you got a peek into the daily lives of the immorals and the mortals that knew their secret. Not every episode was a fight to the death, some where about events outside "The Game". If you have not watched the series give it a shot, add a season to your Netflix queue.
A final note, I heard they are considering a remake of the orginal Highlander, here is the link
. I have mixed feelings about this. I know with the new technology, CGI, etc, they can make it more visually appealing, but can they do justice classic scenes like the conversation between Connor and the Krugan on holy ground (click here
to see it in all its glory)? I guess we shall see.
A little Highlander trivia, can anyone tell me what was on the sign on the top of the building where Connor and the Kurgan had their last battle? A glenmorangie on the rocks to anyone with the answer.