History Franchise / HIGHLANDER

15th Mar '17 5:29:40 PM twingle93
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* ParentalAbandonment: All Immortals are orphans.

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* ParentalAbandonment: All Immortals Both Richie and Duncan on ''Highlander: The Series'' are orphans.orphans. Many in the fanbase have used this fact to conclude that all immortals must also be orphans. Whether this is true or not is unknown, and the idea is never mentioned again.
11th Mar '17 2:45:03 PM nombretomado
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* GoodScarsEvilScars: The Kurgan and General Katana. For the latter, the filmmakers applied makeup to the [[RealLifeWritesThePlot already-existing scar]] on MichaelIronside's head, exaggerating its grotesqueness.

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* GoodScarsEvilScars: The Kurgan and General Katana. For the latter, the filmmakers applied makeup to the [[RealLifeWritesThePlot already-existing scar]] on MichaelIronside's Creator/MichaelIronside's head, exaggerating its grotesqueness.
26th Feb '17 8:00:27 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* It all started with a single film: ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' (1986) introduces Connor [=MacLeod=] (Christopher Lambert), an Immortal born in the [[TitleDrop Scottish Highlands]]. In a series of flashbacks, Connor is mentored by Juan Ramírez (SeanConnery), a wise Immortal who teaches him the basics before being beheaded by Connor's sworn enemy, [[BigBad the Kurgan]] (Creator/ClancyBrown). The film's other half takes place in [[TheEighties Eighties]]-era [[BigApplesauce New York City]], where all the world's Immortals, whose numbers are now growing thin, are drawn together to [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne battle to the last man]] [[DuelToTheDeath in a final showdown]] dubbed "The Gathering". By the end of the film, Connor and the Kurgan are the only Immortals left. Connor kills him in a FinalBattle, [[DistressedDamsel saves the girl]] (Roxanne Hart), and gains The Prize.

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* It all started with a single film: ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' (1986) introduces Connor [=MacLeod=] (Christopher Lambert), an Immortal born in the [[TitleDrop Scottish Highlands]]. In a series of flashbacks, Connor is mentored by Juan Ramírez (SeanConnery), (Creator/SeanConnery), a wise Immortal who teaches him the basics before being beheaded by Connor's sworn enemy, [[BigBad the Kurgan]] (Creator/ClancyBrown). The film's other half takes place in [[TheEighties Eighties]]-era [[BigApplesauce New York City]], where all the world's Immortals, whose numbers are now growing thin, are drawn together to [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne battle to the last man]] [[DuelToTheDeath in a final showdown]] dubbed "The Gathering". By the end of the film, Connor and the Kurgan are the only Immortals left. Connor kills him in a FinalBattle, [[DistressedDamsel saves the girl]] (Roxanne Hart), and gains The Prize.
2nd Feb '17 1:46:52 PM Black_Diesel
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29th Dec '16 6:47:11 AM Black_Diesel
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* A ContinuityReboot was announced in 2008, but has been in DevelopmentHell for years. RyanReynolds was attached to play Connor, but has since dropped from the project. [[Wrestling/Batista Dave Bautista]] was cast as The Kurgan in early 2015 and Film/JohnWick co-director Chad Stahelski signed on to direct in late 2016.

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* A ContinuityReboot was announced in 2008, but has been in DevelopmentHell for years. RyanReynolds was attached to play Connor, but has since dropped from the project. [[Wrestling/Batista [[Wrestling/{{Batista}} Dave Bautista]] was cast as The Kurgan in early 2015 and Film/JohnWick ''Film/JohnWick'' co-director Chad Stahelski signed on to direct in late 2016.
29th Dec '16 6:45:59 AM Black_Diesel
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* A ContinuityReboot was announced in 2008, but has been in DevelopmentHell for years. RyanReynolds was attached to play Connor, but has since dropped from the project.

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* A ContinuityReboot was announced in 2008, but has been in DevelopmentHell for years. RyanReynolds was attached to play Connor, but has since dropped from the project.
project. [[Wrestling/Batista Dave Bautista]] was cast as The Kurgan in early 2015 and Film/JohnWick co-director Chad Stahelski signed on to direct in late 2016.
14th Dec '16 12:13:12 PM Xtifr
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* ''Film/HighlanderIIITheSorcerer'' (1994) -- [[LousyAlternativeTitles alternatively titled]] '''''Highlander: The Final Dimension''''' -- ignores the second film and the TV series, making it a direct sequel to the original film. It turns out that The Kurgan was ''not'' the only [[BloodKnight savage]] Immortal out to claim Connor's head, as Kane (Mario Van Peebles) and two {{Mooks}} were trapped in a cave for 400 years and so didn't quite make it to The Gathering. The Gathering did happen anyways, though, as Kane and company were considered by whatever governs Immortals to be "dead" as they were trapped [[RocksFallEverybodyDies in a cave under a rock slide with no air,]] allowing them to be resurrected as if the universe were saving them for a sequel. Despite following a similar formula to the first film, ''Highlander 3'' was better received than ''The Quickening''.[[/index]]

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* ''Film/HighlanderIIITheSorcerer'' (1994) -- [[LousyAlternativeTitles alternatively titled]] '''''Highlander: ''Highlander: The Final Dimension''''' Dimension'' -- ignores the second film and the TV series, making it a direct sequel to the original film. It turns out that The Kurgan was ''not'' the only [[BloodKnight savage]] Immortal out to claim Connor's head, as Kane (Mario Van Peebles) and two {{Mooks}} were trapped in a cave for 400 years and so didn't quite make it to The Gathering. The Gathering did happen anyways, though, as Kane and company were considered by whatever governs Immortals to be "dead" as they were trapped [[RocksFallEverybodyDies in a cave under a rock slide with no air,]] allowing them to be resurrected as if the universe were saving them for a sequel. Despite following a similar formula to the first film, ''Highlander 3'' was better received than ''The Quickening''.[[/index]]



* '''Reunion''' -- As it turned out, Wingfield wasn't burned out on playing Methos just yet. In 2008, he released a ShortFilm starring himself with fellow ''Series'' co-stars Jim Byrnes and Elizabeth Gracen, depicting the characters 10 years after the series finale. Wingfield shot the entire episode [[NoBudget in his house]] (and it shows), but as far as send-offs go, it still beats ''The Source''.

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* '''Reunion''' ''Reunion'' -- As it turned out, Wingfield wasn't burned out on playing Methos just yet. In 2008, he released a ShortFilm starring himself with fellow ''Series'' co-stars Jim Byrnes and Elizabeth Gracen, depicting the characters 10 years after the series finale. Wingfield shot the entire episode [[NoBudget in his house]] (and it shows), but as far as send-offs go, it still beats ''The Source''.



* '''WesternAnimation/HighlanderTheAnimatedSeries''' (1994-1996) mostly ignores the established canon, though Connor [=MacLeod=] and Ramirez (from the original film) both make an appearance. It takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where the Immortals have agreed to a truce. Once everyone else has taken the oath, however, a {{jerkass}} Immortal named Kortan [[ILied takes advantage]] of the binding truce to become [[TakeOverTheWorld ruler of Earth]]. Several centuries later, new Immortal Quentin [=MacLeod=] is born. He is [[CurseEscapeClause not bound by the oath]], making him the sole warrior able to face Kortan. His mentor Vincente Ramirez leads him on a quest to find the other Immortals and receive their knowledge, before Kortan does. Tagging along is Clyde of the Dundee, Quentin's adoptive sister. The series eventually spawned a game ''Highlander: The Last of the [=MacLeods=]'' for the ill-fated UsefulNotes/AtariJaguar CD. Seriously.[[/index]]

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* '''WesternAnimation/HighlanderTheAnimatedSeries''' ''WesternAnimation/HighlanderTheAnimatedSeries'' (1994-1996) mostly ignores the established canon, though Connor [=MacLeod=] and Ramirez (from the original film) both make an appearance. It takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where the Immortals have agreed to a truce. Once everyone else has taken the oath, however, a {{jerkass}} Immortal named Kortan [[ILied takes advantage]] of the binding truce to become [[TakeOverTheWorld ruler of Earth]]. Several centuries later, new Immortal Quentin [=MacLeod=] is born. He is [[CurseEscapeClause not bound by the oath]], making him the sole warrior able to face Kortan. His mentor Vincente Ramirez leads him on a quest to find the other Immortals and receive their knowledge, before Kortan does. Tagging along is Clyde of the Dundee, Quentin's adoptive sister. The series eventually spawned a game ''Highlander: The Last of the [=MacLeods=]'' for the ill-fated UsefulNotes/AtariJaguar CD. Seriously.[[/index]]



* '''''Anime/HighlanderTheSearchForVengeance''''' (2007) is an {{Anime}} unrelated to any of the films or other adaptations. It starts in AD 125, somewhere in RomanBritain. A small village is wiped out by Roman troops led by Immortal Marcus Octavius. He is a WellIntentionedExtremist who thinks an Empire is [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans necessary to build a utopian society]]. This battle leads to the rise of another Immortal, Colin [=MacLeod=]. He is mentored by Amergan, the ghost of a druid. Colin devotes his life to seeking vengeance by killing Octavius. The film follows them in brief scenes taking place during a period of two millennia. The film was a critical hit and is thought to have a far more complex plot than most of the live-action sequels.

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* '''''Anime/HighlanderTheSearchForVengeance''''' ''Anime/HighlanderTheSearchForVengeance'' (2007) is an {{Anime}} unrelated to any of the films or other adaptations. It starts in AD 125, somewhere in RomanBritain. A small village is wiped out by Roman troops led by Immortal Marcus Octavius. He is a WellIntentionedExtremist who thinks an Empire is [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans necessary to build a utopian society]]. This battle leads to the rise of another Immortal, Colin [=MacLeod=]. He is mentored by Amergan, the ghost of a druid. Colin devotes his life to seeking vengeance by killing Octavius. The film follows them in brief scenes taking place during a period of two millennia. The film was a critical hit and is thought to have a far more complex plot than most of the live-action sequels.
14th Dec '16 12:11:58 PM Xtifr
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* It all started with a single film: '''''Film/{{Highlander}}''''' (1986) introduces Connor [=MacLeod=] (Christopher Lambert), an Immortal born in the [[TitleDrop Scottish Highlands]]. In a series of flashbacks, Connor is mentored by Juan Ramírez (SeanConnery), a wise Immortal who teaches him the basics before being beheaded by Connor's sworn enemy, [[BigBad the Kurgan]] (Creator/ClancyBrown). The film's other half takes place in [[TheEighties Eighties]]-era [[BigApplesauce New York City]], where all the world's Immortals, whose numbers are now growing thin, are drawn together to [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne battle to the last man]] [[DuelToTheDeath in a final showdown]] dubbed "The Gathering". By the end of the film, Connor and the Kurgan are the only Immortals left. Connor kills him in a FinalBattle, [[DistressedDamsel saves the girl]] (Roxanne Hart), and gains The Prize.
* '''''Film/HighlanderIITheQuickening''''' (1991) borrows liberally from both ''Film/BladeRunner'' and Tim Burton's ''{{Film/Batman}}'' by flashing-forward to [[BadFuture the year 2024]]. Connor is a wealthy man, having parlayed The Prize (the ability to read the minds of all the world's mortals at once) into building a vast planetary [[DeflectorShields force field]] to repair the [[GlobalWarming ozone layer]]; the downside is that the entire planet is now [[AlwaysNight permanently dark]]. In addition, the Immortals are revealed to be [[HumanAliens space aliens]] from planet Zeist, while the evil General Katana (Creator/MichaelIronside) has come to Earth to kill Connor off. While it enjoyed a much bigger budget, it was panned by critics, scorned by the fans and rode high on "Worst Movies Ever" lists for a long time. It should be noted however, that these bizarre changes were due to ExecutiveMeddling and the film running out of budget halfway through shooting. Several years after the theatrical screening, the director re-edited the film into ''The Renegade Cut'' for release on home video -- ''twice''. The edits had all references to Zeist removed. The troubled history of the film's production is explained in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMcXvG_DoiY this mini-documentary.]]
* '''''Series/{{Highlander}}: [[RecycledTheSeries The Series]]''''' (1992-1998) follows the life of Duncan [=MacLeod=] (Adrian Paul), an Immortal who happens to be a kinsman of the movies' Connor [=MacLeod=]. The series was originally intended to be a {{prequel}} to the first movie (resolving the continuity issues the screen was plagued with), being about the larger body of Immortals in the time of the Gathering coming together and doing combat in the large scale ladder match that would ultimately lead up to Connor [=MacLeod=] versus the Kurgan. After the first season it became clear that the Series was doing quite well in its own right. This made the canonicity of the original film, and the inevitable necessity of Duncan's death, problematic. The first film as straight canon began to fade from the Series continuity; Currently in the Series' fandom, the original film is considered to be canon apart from Connor winning The Prize. Naturally, The Game is still ongoing. (Events suggest it may ''never'' end, due to millions of people harboring the 'potential' to become immortal.) The series introduces the Watchers, a [[AncientConspiracy mysterious group]] which has observed and chronicled Immortal activities throughout history. It also coined the term "The Game", which refers to the Immortals' ongoing battle. For the most part it was well-received and internally consistent.
* '''''Film/HighlanderIIITheSorcerer''''' (1994) -- [[LousyAlternativeTitles alternatively titled]] '''''Highlander: The Final Dimension''''' -- ignores the second film and the TV series, making it a direct sequel to the original film. It turns out that The Kurgan was ''not'' the only [[BloodKnight savage]] Immortal out to claim Connor's head, as Kane (Mario Van Peebles) and two {{Mooks}} were trapped in a cave for 400 years and so didn't quite make it to The Gathering. The Gathering did happen anyways, though, as Kane and company were considered by whatever governs Immortals to be "dead" as they were trapped [[RocksFallEverybodyDies in a cave under a rock slide with no air,]] allowing them to be resurrected as if the universe were saving them for a sequel. Despite following a similar formula to the first film, ''Highlander 3'' was better received than ''The Quickening''.[[/index]]
* '''''Highlander: The Raven''''' (1998-1999) was a short-lived [[SpinOff spin-off]] of the TV series and centered on Amanda (Elizabeth Gracen), Duncan [=MacLeod=]'s sometime love interest. By all accounts [[http://screamsheet.wordpress.com/2011/01/19/highlander-the-raven/ a disastrous shoot from start to finish]], making it the ''[[Creator/TerryGilliam Lost in La Mancha]]'' of spinoffs.[[index]]
* '''''Film/HighlanderEndgame''''' (2000), the fourth film to be made, followed on from the TV series continuity but attempted to incorporate the events of the original film into its {{backstory}} as well (although ultimately it ended up contradicting both). Duncan and Connor [=MacLeod=] team up to face Jacob Kell (Bruce Payne), a [[ChewingTheScenery scenery-chewing]] Immortal with a [[ItsPersonal massive grudge]] against Connor. ''Endgame''[='=]s poor editing left fans confounded and casual viewers completely adrift. Like ''The Quickening'', ''Endgame'' saw an extended cut which gives it at least some semblance of order. Notable mainly for being the one where [[spoiler: Connor is KilledOffForReal.]].
* '''''Film/HighlanderTheSource''''' (2007), released as a [[Creator/{{SyFy}} Sci-Fi Channel]] [[Film/SyfyOriginalMovie Original Movie]], marks (probably) the final appearance of Duncan [=MacLeod=] and the rest of the TV series' gang. Following an [[AfterTheEnd apocalyptic event]], the dissolution of the Watchers, and a lot of other, [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot more interesting stuff not explored in this movie]], Duncan, Methos (Peter Wingfield), and the last few immortals on Earth go on a quest to find "[[TitleDrop The Source]]" of immortality. Standing in their way is The Guardian (Cristian Solimeno, the only actor who looks like he's [[HamAndCheese enjoying himself]]). All of it culminates in yet another final battle in which Duncan wins what may be the lamest interpretation of The Prize yet -- [[BabiesEverAfter he gets to be a daddy]], which means the whole point of the game was one [[GainaxEnding gigantic, cosmic case of penis envy]]. Amazingly enough, it does not directly contradict ''Endgame'' -- though ''II'' and ''III'' are still out of luck. WordOfGod is that it was AllJustADream.[[/index]]

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* It all started with a single film: '''''Film/{{Highlander}}''''' ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' (1986) introduces Connor [=MacLeod=] (Christopher Lambert), an Immortal born in the [[TitleDrop Scottish Highlands]]. In a series of flashbacks, Connor is mentored by Juan Ramírez (SeanConnery), a wise Immortal who teaches him the basics before being beheaded by Connor's sworn enemy, [[BigBad the Kurgan]] (Creator/ClancyBrown). The film's other half takes place in [[TheEighties Eighties]]-era [[BigApplesauce New York City]], where all the world's Immortals, whose numbers are now growing thin, are drawn together to [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne battle to the last man]] [[DuelToTheDeath in a final showdown]] dubbed "The Gathering". By the end of the film, Connor and the Kurgan are the only Immortals left. Connor kills him in a FinalBattle, [[DistressedDamsel saves the girl]] (Roxanne Hart), and gains The Prize.
* '''''Film/HighlanderIITheQuickening''''' ''Film/HighlanderIITheQuickening'' (1991) borrows liberally from both ''Film/BladeRunner'' and Tim Burton's ''{{Film/Batman}}'' by flashing-forward to [[BadFuture the year 2024]]. Connor is a wealthy man, having parlayed The Prize (the ability to read the minds of all the world's mortals at once) into building a vast planetary [[DeflectorShields force field]] to repair the [[GlobalWarming ozone layer]]; the downside is that the entire planet is now [[AlwaysNight permanently dark]]. In addition, the Immortals are revealed to be [[HumanAliens space aliens]] from planet Zeist, while the evil General Katana (Creator/MichaelIronside) has come to Earth to kill Connor off. While it enjoyed a much bigger budget, it was panned by critics, scorned by the fans and rode high on "Worst Movies Ever" lists for a long time. It should be noted however, that these bizarre changes were due to ExecutiveMeddling and the film running out of budget halfway through shooting. Several years after the theatrical screening, the director re-edited the film into ''The Renegade Cut'' for release on home video -- ''twice''. The edits had all references to Zeist removed. The troubled history of the film's production is explained in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMcXvG_DoiY this mini-documentary.]]
* '''''Series/{{Highlander}}: ''Series/{{Highlander}}: [[RecycledTheSeries The Series]]''''' Series]]'' (1992-1998) follows the life of Duncan [=MacLeod=] (Adrian Paul), an Immortal who happens to be a kinsman of the movies' Connor [=MacLeod=]. The series was originally intended to be a {{prequel}} to the first movie (resolving the continuity issues the screen was plagued with), being about the larger body of Immortals in the time of the Gathering coming together and doing combat in the large scale ladder match that would ultimately lead up to Connor [=MacLeod=] versus the Kurgan. After the first season it became clear that the Series was doing quite well in its own right. This made the canonicity of the original film, and the inevitable necessity of Duncan's death, problematic. The first film as straight canon began to fade from the Series continuity; Currently in the Series' fandom, the original film is considered to be canon apart from Connor winning The Prize. Naturally, The Game is still ongoing. (Events suggest it may ''never'' end, due to millions of people harboring the 'potential' to become immortal.) The series introduces the Watchers, a [[AncientConspiracy mysterious group]] which has observed and chronicled Immortal activities throughout history. It also coined the term "The Game", which refers to the Immortals' ongoing battle. For the most part it was well-received and internally consistent.
* '''''Film/HighlanderIIITheSorcerer''''' ''Film/HighlanderIIITheSorcerer'' (1994) -- [[LousyAlternativeTitles alternatively titled]] '''''Highlander: The Final Dimension''''' -- ignores the second film and the TV series, making it a direct sequel to the original film. It turns out that The Kurgan was ''not'' the only [[BloodKnight savage]] Immortal out to claim Connor's head, as Kane (Mario Van Peebles) and two {{Mooks}} were trapped in a cave for 400 years and so didn't quite make it to The Gathering. The Gathering did happen anyways, though, as Kane and company were considered by whatever governs Immortals to be "dead" as they were trapped [[RocksFallEverybodyDies in a cave under a rock slide with no air,]] allowing them to be resurrected as if the universe were saving them for a sequel. Despite following a similar formula to the first film, ''Highlander 3'' was better received than ''The Quickening''.[[/index]]
* '''''Highlander: ''Highlander: The Raven''''' Raven'' (1998-1999) was a short-lived [[SpinOff spin-off]] of the TV series and centered on Amanda (Elizabeth Gracen), Duncan [=MacLeod=]'s sometime love interest. By all accounts [[http://screamsheet.wordpress.com/2011/01/19/highlander-the-raven/ a disastrous shoot from start to finish]], making it the ''[[Creator/TerryGilliam Lost in La Mancha]]'' of spinoffs.[[index]]
* '''''Film/HighlanderEndgame''''' ''Film/HighlanderEndgame'' (2000), the fourth film to be made, followed on from the TV series continuity but attempted to incorporate the events of the original film into its {{backstory}} as well (although ultimately it ended up contradicting both). Duncan and Connor [=MacLeod=] team up to face Jacob Kell (Bruce Payne), a [[ChewingTheScenery scenery-chewing]] Immortal with a [[ItsPersonal massive grudge]] against Connor. ''Endgame''[='=]s poor editing left fans confounded and casual viewers completely adrift. Like ''The Quickening'', ''Endgame'' saw an extended cut which gives it at least some semblance of order. Notable mainly for being the one where [[spoiler: Connor is KilledOffForReal.]].
* '''''Film/HighlanderTheSource''''' ''Film/HighlanderTheSource'' (2007), released as a [[Creator/{{SyFy}} Sci-Fi Channel]] [[Film/SyfyOriginalMovie Original Movie]], marks (probably) the final appearance of Duncan [=MacLeod=] and the rest of the TV series' gang. Following an [[AfterTheEnd apocalyptic event]], the dissolution of the Watchers, and a lot of other, [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot more interesting stuff not explored in this movie]], Duncan, Methos (Peter Wingfield), and the last few immortals on Earth go on a quest to find "[[TitleDrop The Source]]" of immortality. Standing in their way is The Guardian (Cristian Solimeno, the only actor who looks like he's [[HamAndCheese enjoying himself]]). All of it culminates in yet another final battle in which Duncan wins what may be the lamest interpretation of The Prize yet -- [[BabiesEverAfter he gets to be a daddy]], which means the whole point of the game was one [[GainaxEnding gigantic, cosmic case of penis envy]]. Amazingly enough, it does not directly contradict ''Endgame'' -- though ''II'' and ''III'' are still out of luck. WordOfGod is that it was AllJustADream.[[/index]]
30th Sep '16 7:06:28 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** General Katana carries one to complement his VillainBall in ''Highlander 2''. For no apparent reason, he sends a couple of assassins to Earth after [=MacLeod=], then goes himself. Never mind that [=MacLeod=] won The Game ''years'' ago and had no intention of going back to Zeist - within less than a decade, he'd be dead by old age. Instead, the new arrivals make him immortal again, makes him young, and also alerts him ahead of time that he has to deal with Katana. One of the assassins even ''points out'' how pointless this is, and gets smacked for it. [=MacLeod=] practically [[TheyJustDidntCare spells it out]] for Katana what a huge, stupid, meaningless mistake stirring up this trouble really was.

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** General Katana carries one to complement his VillainBall in ''Highlander 2''. For no apparent reason, he sends a couple of assassins to Earth after [=MacLeod=], then goes himself. Never mind that [=MacLeod=] won The Game ''years'' ago and had no intention of going back to Zeist - within less than a decade, he'd be dead by old age. Instead, the new arrivals make him immortal again, makes him young, and also alerts him ahead of time that he has to deal with Katana. One of the assassins even ''points out'' how pointless this is, and gets smacked for it. [=MacLeod=] practically [[TheyJustDidntCare spells it out]] out for Katana what a huge, stupid, meaningless mistake stirring up this trouble really was.
7th Sep '16 1:08:37 PM spasskysteve
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* '''''Film/HighlanderIITheQuickening''''' (1991) borrows liberally from both ''Film/BladeRunner'' and Tim Burton's ''{{Film/Batman}}'' by flashing-forward to [[BadFuture the year 2024]]. Connor is a wealthy man, having parlayed The Prize (the ability to read the minds of all the world's mortals at once) into building a vast planetary [[DeflectorShields force field]] to repair the [[GlobalWarming ozone layer]]; the downside is that the entire planet is now [[AlwaysNight permanently dark]], but nothing's perfect. In other news, the Immortals are revealed to be [[HumanAliens space aliens]] from planet Zeist, while the evil General Katana (Creator/MichaelIronside) has come to Earth to kill Connor off. While it enjoyed a much bigger budget, it was panned by critics, scorned by the fans and rode high on "Worst Movies Ever" lists for a long time. It should be noted however, that these bizarre changes were due to ExecutiveMeddling and the film running out of budget halfway through shooting. Several years after the theatrical screening, the director re-edited the film into ''The Renegade Cut'' for release on home video -- ''twice''. The edits had all references to Zeist removed. The troubled history of the film's production is explained in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMcXvG_DoiY this mini-documentary.]]

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* '''''Film/HighlanderIITheQuickening''''' (1991) borrows liberally from both ''Film/BladeRunner'' and Tim Burton's ''{{Film/Batman}}'' by flashing-forward to [[BadFuture the year 2024]]. Connor is a wealthy man, having parlayed The Prize (the ability to read the minds of all the world's mortals at once) into building a vast planetary [[DeflectorShields force field]] to repair the [[GlobalWarming ozone layer]]; the downside is that the entire planet is now [[AlwaysNight permanently dark]], but nothing's perfect. dark]]. In other news, addition, the Immortals are revealed to be [[HumanAliens space aliens]] from planet Zeist, while the evil General Katana (Creator/MichaelIronside) has come to Earth to kill Connor off. While it enjoyed a much bigger budget, it was panned by critics, scorned by the fans and rode high on "Worst Movies Ever" lists for a long time. It should be noted however, that these bizarre changes were due to ExecutiveMeddling and the film running out of budget halfway through shooting. Several years after the theatrical screening, the director re-edited the film into ''The Renegade Cut'' for release on home video -- ''twice''. The edits had all references to Zeist removed. The troubled history of the film's production is explained in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMcXvG_DoiY this mini-documentary.]]
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