Film: Highlander II: The Quickening
The past is now space. Or the other way around. It depends on the version you are watching.
"Nicely played, MacLeod, but the game's not over yet."
— General Katana
Continuing from Highlander
, Connor McLeod is now mortal... in the future! Now an old man, memories deep within him surface and remind him of his past in the planet Zeist, where a vengeful enemy plots to destroy him once and for all. Also, his long dead mentor Ramirez is resurrected.
This film has the examples of:
- 108: Connor mentions that he was shot 108 times after his body is brought inside the shield facility.
- Alan Smithee: Russell Mulcahy tried to have himself credited as such, but he was threatened with a lawsuit if he attempted to petition the DGA to remove his credit from the film.
- Alien Sky: The sky has this reddish cloudy color, thanks to MacLeod's barrier machine.
- Aliens Steal Cable: While not exactly stated, General Katana has knowledge of The Wizard of Oz, sports drafts, and highschool reunions, implying he watches Earth TV.
- Amazing Freaking Grace: The Renegade Cut of the film inserts a bagpipe version of "Amazing Grace" during Ramirez's final moments. Considering he IS played by Sean Connery...
- An Arm and a Leg: Katana gets his hand cut off in a sword fight right before MacLeod chops off his head.
- At the Opera Tonight: Connor attends a performance of Gotterdammerung, during which he has a flashback to his past.
- Amusingly, he sees the opera in a building simply labeled "Opera"
- Big Bad: General Katana.
- Call On Me: Connor MacLeod calls Ramirez to his side, despite him being dead since the first film.
- Canon Discontinuity: This sequel is ignored by the following ones.
- City Noir: This is how the year 2024 looks in the film. "No sun, no stars, only heat and humidity."
- Cyber Punk: The film goes for a Cyber Punk motif.
- Descending Ceiling: There's one of these with a rotating blade attachment, it shreddes Ramirez.
- Did You Get a New Haircut?: After McCloud regenerates back into his younger self, he visits an old scientist friend of his who notices something different. "Have you had a facelift?"
- Doing In the Wizard: The film reveals that Immortals are aliens from the planet Zeist. The director's cut has them as time-traveling precursors from the prehistoric past. Both explanations met with Canon Discontinuity due to unpopularity.
- Flipping the Bird: A random bar patron flips Connor off right before bashing him over the head with a bottle.
- Groin Attack: Katana dispatches the sleazy corporate guy he was working with by grabbing and crushing his nuts and sending him falling to his death.
- Hollywood Fire: Connor MacLeod is hit by a fuel truck that promptly explodes. Even given the fact that he is immortal and heals quickly, he should have been vaporized given the heat created by the fire, But no... he strides out of the fireball completely unharmed, accompanied by dramatic music and a wind that causes his Badass Longcoat to blow behind him.
- Human Aliens: The immortals from Zeist.
- Idiot Ball: Katana picks up a massive idiot ball. Connor is old and probably going to die in the next 10 years from natural causes. General Katana, despite waiting for the last 500 years for the exiles to do whatever it was they were doing and finally claim the prize, decides that killing Connor is paramount and sends his mooks to try and kill him. Instead of waiting a few extra years for the guy who is nearing death, has no means of interstellar travel and no interest in returning, to die, he sends his insane and incompetent mooks to try and kill him. They instead get killed, which turns Connor young and immortal again. So the villain then heads to Earth to face off in person, instead of sending less incompetent mooks to kill him.
- Its All Aboutme: Katana is convinced that Connor is just biding his time before launching his revenge attack, even though he's been mortal for decades and would more likely have returned immediately if he was going to. Even his own minions point this out. When they finally meet face to face and it turns out Connor had long stopped caring about him and is only angry now because he screwed up his retirement, he looks completely baffled.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: After Katana manages to make a train go over 700 miles per hour and crash through a wall, killing everyone aboard, he steps out, opening the door and seeming to look at the audience, he says "Last stop" and laughs.
- Let Me Get This Straight: The film has this exchange that almost seems like a lampshading on just how stupidly convoluted the rules of immortality have become:
Louise: Okay, now let me just see if I can get this straight. You come from another planet, and you're mortal there, but you're immortal here until you kill all the guys from there who have come here... and then you're mortal here... unless you go back there, or some more guys from there come here, in which case you become immortal here... again.
Connor: Something like that.
- Load-Bearing Hero: Ramirez uses up his life force to hold up a giant spinning wind turbine.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: General Katana.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Connor brings Ramirez Back from the Dead simply by screaming his name. He also regains his Immortality (de-aging 40 years in the process) after beheading one of General Katana's mooks. But the kicker would have to be Ramirez rewinding time to allow Connor and Louise to escape Blake's spinning fan Death Trap.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Connor has no way of taking out the shield, until General Katana sends his mooks to try and kill Connor decades after he becomes mortal, because he's worried Connor would return to try and kill him. During the altercation with the mooks, Connor beheads one of them and as a result, regains his immortality, and becomes young again.
- Nonindicative Name: General Katana doesn't carry a sword even remotely similar to a Katana, nor does he ever show off his army even though he's suppose to be a general.
- Off with His Head!:
- The Game starts again when Connor beheads one of the two mooks sent after him.
- Gen. Katana is defeated by a beheading.
- Out of the Inferno: Connor MacLeod gets hit by a fuel truck. Fortunately, he's just regained both his youth and immortality, allowing him to stride out of the resulting fireball unharmed, dramatic music blaring, long coat blowing, sword clenched in his hand, Christopher Lambert doing his best "badass face" (okay, vacant stare, but it is Christopher Lambert).
- A Planet Named Zok: Planet Zeist - which is a real street name in Germany. Zeist is actually a town in the Netherlands.
- Re Cut: When the flm ran over time and budget, the suits just couldn't wait to screw this pooch. The main difference between the Theatrical Cut and the Renegade Cut is that the immortals are NOT from freakin' space, but from the ancient past and predate humanity. The planet Zeist plotline was so clumsily added that it created one massive logic hole concerning MacLeod's reactivation of his immortal nature. This was handled in the Theatrical Cut with what had to be the worst explanation scene ever. Both have since been released on DVD.
- San Dimas Time: The edited version replaced "The Planet Zeist" with "The Distant Past" and walked right into this trope.
- Shaped Like Itself: MacLeod goes to see the Opera in a building marked Opera.
- Space Is Magic: In an inversion, aliens coming to Earth gain immortality (though they seem hugely long lived already) for as long as there's more than one of them.
- The Titling: Used for the subtitle.
- Unflinching Walk: An example of this would be Connor MacLeod's regeneration, which is followd by him walking out of an explosion.
- Waking Up at the Morgue: Used by Connor and Ramirez to sneak into the shield facility. When they wake up, they snarkily compare how many bullets they took getting "killed"note .