History Franchise / HIGHLANDER

14th Nov '15 11:14:09 PM nombretomado
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** "The Quickening" is probably the second most parodied subtitle after "Electric Boogaloo". RogerEbert spent a third of the televised review time complaining about how stupid a subtitle he thought that was.

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** "The Quickening" is probably the second most parodied subtitle after "Electric Boogaloo". RogerEbert Creator/RogerEbert spent a third of the televised review time complaining about how stupid a subtitle he thought that was.
2nd Oct '15 10:47:41 PM Angelus25
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* '''''Film/HighlanderTheSource''''' (2007), released as a [[SyFy Sci-Fi Channel]] [[MadeForTVMovie 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 Watcher's Council, 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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* '''''Film/HighlanderTheSource''''' (2007), released as a [[SyFy Sci-Fi Channel]] [[MadeForTVMovie 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 Watcher's Council, 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]]
18th Sep '15 1:18:42 AM TheWanderer
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** The series has quite a few. The biggest is probably Xavier St. Cloud, who in his first appearance tried to use poisonous gas against his opponents and later had hired mercenaries shoot his opponents and took their heads while they were recovering and helpless, but he was far from the only one. Just a few of the other examples seen in the series included an Immortal trapped forever in the body of a young boy who would get other Immortals to take him in and then kill them after they lowered their guard around him, a guy who used a pack of huge attack dogs to injure and wear down his enemies, one Immortal who got his Watcher to fall in love with him and used her knowledge of Immortals to strike at times when they would be unarmed and helpless, an Immortal who led his enemies into a booby trapped base, bad guys with hypnotic powers, two Immortals attacking one target at the same time and planning to kill their enemy while he's receiving a Quickening if he does manage to defeat one of them, a guy who [[ColdSniper snipes]] his targets and takes their head before they can recover, and so on.



** At one point in the series Amanda tries to point out that this is likely to happen if either Duncan or his current opponent (a good guy who has a genuine beef with Duncan) dies fighting the other. Both are good men with lots of friends who will try to avenge them if they die. If the ball gets rolling, it's almost certain to never stop.



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%%* EvilIsHammy* EvilIsHammy: This is in effect for nearly all the notable villains, but ''especially'' the Kurgan from the first movie.



** Although this may be justified as the Immortal style of swordplay is very different from the mortal's idea of "find a vital place and stab it." To an Immortal, there's only one vital place, and merely poking it isn't enough; you need a good, firm, unimpeded swing. Furthmore, the ''really'' old Immortals have an incredibly high tolerance for pain and stabbing or slashing barely slow them down. In fact Duncan himself seems very fond of disarming his enemy first before deciding to take their head or not. Conversely, Connor was only able to beat the Kurgan by wearing him out and inflicting enough minor wounds on him quickly enough that it slowed him down at the final moment.

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** Although this may be justified as the Immortal style of swordplay is very different from the mortal's idea of "find a vital place and stab it." To an Immortal, there's only one vital place, and merely poking it isn't enough; you need a good, firm, unimpeded swing. Furthmore, Furthermore, the ''really'' old Immortals have an incredibly high tolerance for pain and stabbing or slashing barely slow them down. In fact Duncan himself seems very fond of disarming his enemy first before deciding to take their head or not. Conversely, Connor was only able to beat the Kurgan by wearing him out and inflicting enough minor wounds on him quickly enough that it slowed him down at the final moment.



%%* HollywoodHistory

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%%* HollywoodHistory* HollywoodHistory: This franchise isn't meant to teach accurate history. Most of the time you'll be getting BroadStrokes or TheThemeParkVersion.



** Discussed in the original, when Brenda carbon-dates the ivory in the handle of Connor's katana back to 500 BC, loooong before folded-steel katanas had been developed (''steel'' was new to the scene in India then). According to Ramierez, the sword was forged by Masamune (presumably an ancestor), and was probably the first steel katana ever made.

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** Discussed in the original, when Brenda carbon-dates the ivory in the handle of Connor's katana back to 500 BC, loooong before folded-steel katanas had been developed (''steel'' was new to the scene in India then). According to Ramierez, Ramirez, the sword was forged by Masamune (presumably an ancestor), and was probably the first steel katana ever made.



* ScaryImpracticalArmor: The Kurgan (and later Kane) are seen wearing this dring their glory days.

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** Several Immortals from the series, most notably Kronos, have facial scars. Presumably wounds on the face get treated similarly to throat wounds.
* ScaryImpracticalArmor: The Kurgan (and later Kane) are seen wearing this dring during their glory days.



* SyntheticPlague: In the series, Kronos plots to unleash one of these more or less ForTheEvulz.

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* SyntheticPlague: In the series, Kronos plots to unleash one of these more or less ForTheEvulz. ''Search For Vengeance'' had Marcus planning to use one in order to wipe out people he deemed unfit of being part of his perfect, orderly society.
11th Sep '15 7:02:45 PM ErikModi
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* WeaponOfChoice: Each Immortal uses a different style of sword, usually related to what they grew up using. Some are very exacting about what kinds and qualities of sword they'll use. Notably, Xavier St. Cloud uses a katana in his first appearance, but switches to a lighter rapier in his second. Makes sense, since his first appearance ended with him losing a hand, and rapiers are easier to use one-handed than katanas.
7th Sep '15 12:14:16 PM nombretomado
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* CaptainErsatz: The X-ternals, a group of mutants in Marvel's X-Men comics, were obviously based on the Highlander concept: they had powers that could only be accessed after they "died" and came back to life. Cannonball of the NewMutants turned out to be one. All of them were wiped out by Selene (herself an ancient immortal.) Rumor is that Marvel decided to get rid of them before they got sued.

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* CaptainErsatz: The X-ternals, a group of mutants in Marvel's X-Men comics, were obviously based on the Highlander concept: they had powers that could only be accessed after they "died" and came back to life. Cannonball of the NewMutants ComicBook/NewMutants turned out to be one. All of them were wiped out by Selene (herself an ancient immortal.) Rumor is that Marvel decided to get rid of them before they got sued.
13th Apr '15 7:30:44 AM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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*** While Connor and Duncan both prefer katanas, it is mostly for sentimental reasons(Connor's belong to Ramirez, and he took it when his teacher was killed, and Duncan's was a gift from a man who saved his life). Other Immortals are shown to carry a large number of different types of sword. The ones that show up more than once aren't always using the same sword from episode to episode either.

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*** While Connor and Duncan both prefer katanas, it is mostly for sentimental reasons(Connor's belong belonged to Ramirez, and he took it when his teacher was killed, and Duncan's was a gift from a man who saved his life). Other Immortals are shown to carry a large number of different types of sword. The ones that show up more than once aren't always using the same sword from episode to episode either.
13th Apr '15 7:30:22 AM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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*** While Connor and Duncan both prefer katanas, it is mostly for sentimental reasons. Other Immortals are shown to carry a large number of different types of sword. The ones that show up more than once aren't always using the same sword from episode to episode either.

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*** While Connor and Duncan both prefer katanas, it is mostly for sentimental reasons.reasons(Connor's belong to Ramirez, and he took it when his teacher was killed, and Duncan's was a gift from a man who saved his life). Other Immortals are shown to carry a large number of different types of sword. The ones that show up more than once aren't always using the same sword from episode to episode either.
11th Apr '15 9:50:02 AM Dravencour
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A [[LongRunner long-running]] HistoricalFantasy [[SeriesFranchise franchise]] about a rare collection of beings known as The Immortals. They can live forever, but with a catch -- When one Immortal [[OffWithHisHead takes the head]] of another, the winner gets the loser's power, while the beheaded Immortal is dead for good.

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A [[LongRunner long-running]] HistoricalFantasy {{Historical|Fantasy}} and UrbanFantasy [[SeriesFranchise franchise]] about a rare collection of beings known as The Immortals. They can live forever, but with a catch -- When one Immortal [[OffWithHisHead takes the head]] of another, the winner gets the loser's power, while the beheaded Immortal is dead for good.
17th Mar '15 10:02:24 PM Saurubiker
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* As it turned out, Wingfield wasn't burned out on playing Methos just yet. In 2008, he and two other ''Highlander: The Series'' alumni (Jim Byrnes and Elizabeth Gracen) released a ShortFilm entitled '''Reunion''', 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''.
* And apparently someone has bought the rights to (insert drumroll here) [[TheRemake remake the original]] ''Highlander''. The script for the remake was written by the screenwriter of the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' films... [[ThisIsGonnaSuck *Sigh*]]

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* '''Reunion''' -- As it turned out, Wingfield wasn't burned out on playing Methos just yet. In 2008, he and two other ''Highlander: The Series'' alumni (Jim released a ShortFilm starring himself with fellow ''Series'' co-stars Jim Byrnes and Elizabeth Gracen) released a ShortFilm entitled '''Reunion''', 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''.
* And apparently someone A ContinuityReboot was announced in 2008, but has bought been in DevelopmentHell for years. RyanReynolds was attached to play Connor, but has since dropped from the rights to (insert drumroll here) [[TheRemake remake the original]] ''Highlander''. The script for the remake was written by the screenwriter of the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' films... [[ThisIsGonnaSuck *Sigh*]]
project.
17th Mar '15 4:23:37 PM Saurubiker
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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 [[TheObiWan 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. This film is currently undergoing preparations for a remake.

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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 [[TheObiWan 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. This film is currently undergoing preparations for a remake.



* '''''Series/{{Highlander}}: [[RecycledTheSeries The Series]]''''' (1992-1998) follows the life of Duncan [=MacLeod=] (Adrian Paul), an Immortal who happens to be a cousin of the movies' Connor [=MacLeod=] (then again, who isn't?). 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.

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* '''''Series/{{Highlander}}: [[RecycledTheSeries The Series]]''''' (1992-1998) follows the life of Duncan [=MacLeod=] (Adrian Paul), an Immortal who happens to be a cousin kinsman of the movies' Connor [=MacLeod=] (then again, who isn't?).[=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.
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