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*Why did the Kurgans eyes dilate near the end before Connor decapitated him.



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** Someone I watched the film with once claimed burning a cross used to be a rallying call to war. I have no other source to corroborate that information, so take it for what it is.


* What would have happened if Kastagir had actually killed the Kurgan? [[FriendOrIdolDecision would he and Connor then try to kill each other? Or would they decide their friendship is more important than the Prize after all?]]
* In the TV show, Ritchie is given a rapier by Duncan as his first sword. But rapier's are light, stabbing weapons, not ideal for decapitations. Obviously they change that for the show since Ritchie has a few kills under his belt with it, but why give Ritchie a sword that's impractical against heavier blades that other immortals use, like longswords, or katanas?

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* It does indeed seem proper neck wounds don't heal correctly, as demonstrated by the Kurgan and Kalas. The reasons for this, aside from being dramatically appropriate, are never addressed.
* What would have happened if Kastagir had actually killed the Kurgan? [[FriendOrIdolDecision would he and Connor then try to kill each other? Or would they decide their friendship is more important than the Prize after all?]]
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** Possibly. Maybe the same force that compelled them to travel to the "faraway land" of New York would have compelled them to fight, as well. Maybe not. One of the strengths of the franchise is its mystery, and the weakest entire are invariably those that try and solve those mysteries.
* In the TV show, Ritchie is given a rapier by Duncan as his first sword. But rapier's are light, stabbing weapons, not ideal for decapitations. Obviously they change that for the show since Ritchie has a few kills under his belt with it, but why give Ritchie a sword that's impractical against heavier blades that other immortals use, like longswords, or katanas? katanas?
** Rapiers are best at thrusting, but they can still cut quite devastatingly. Those blades are long, with a lot of edge to slice through tissue as you draw or push the blade along the neck. Now, they're not ideal beheading weapons (not heavy enough in the blade, especially near the tip, to be really choppy), but then katanas aren't ideal for beheading, either ([[KatanasAreJustBetter despite what some claim]]). And the franchise has always skirted around just how difficult lopping someone's head off actually is, so pretty much anything with an edge and sufficient length can do the job.


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** Younger Immortals are always being portrayed as at a distinct disadvantage. Duncan in the first season was very nervous about taking on Greyson, who had a millenia on him if memory serves. Younger Immortals have to work hard and fast to train up to a level where they can defend themselves, and even they have to avoid certain notable badasses, like Xavier St. Cloud.



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** [[https://youtu.be/V56dVFBCQcc Shadiversity tackled a similar question not long ago]], though in the context of men vs. women in sword fights. In short, swords are great force equalizers, largely negating the significant advantages one enjoys in hand-to-hand combat if you're taller, heavier, and stronger than your opponent. But ''reach'' remains a significant factor. Kenny will never have the kind of reach an adult has, so will still be at a significant disadvantage. He could try to compensate with a larger sword, but then his weapon is all out of proportion to his body, and he has to contend with its increased weight (swords aren't as heavy as people think, but weight is still a factor. . . and how is going to conceal a sword as tall as he is?). His younger body can't attain the levels of muscle mass and conditioning an adult can. So yes, if he tries to fight an adult in a straight duel like we see most Immortals do, he's very likely to lose.



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** Except the rule only applies to Immortals. Mortals are perfectly free to fight and kill on Holy Ground, even Immortals (exhibit A, Darius and his head). Presumably, an Immortal attacked by mortals on Holy Ground would be free to defend themselves. The rule is often stated as "we (Immortals) can't fight on Holy Ground," but really seems to be closer to "Immortals can't fight each other with the intent of taking a head on Holy Ground." Exibit B, Highlander 3, Kane attacks Connor in a Buddhist shrine, but in that exact spot immediately prior Connor had been kendo sparring with a mortal friend.

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** Kurgan also killed somebody in New Jersey the same week. When the NYPD are in the garage looking at Fasil's body one of them mentions an identical murder.

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** Also, Kurgan didn't stab him in the chest, but in the belly. Gut wounds like that can take ''days'' to kill someone, and it usually isn't the wound itself but things from your intestines leaking into places they're not supposed to be. With modern (at the time) medical care, it's entirely likely he survived and recovered.

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*If Nash defeats Fasil in Madison Square Gardens, why do the police keep saying Fasil's body was found in New Jersey?
*When Connor sets off for his first battle, why is the cross on top of the church in the background on fire?


* how the heck did the ex-marine Kirk Matunas not die when the Kurgan stuck him in the chest and lifted him off the ground doesn't make sense.


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* How did the ex-marine Kirk Matunas not die when the Kurgan stabbed him in the chest and lifted him off the ground?
** People can live through some pretty extreme injuries, more than most people would expect, especially if they can be given prompt medical attention. Obviously he was rushed to hospital and straight into surgery.

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*how the heck did the ex-marine Kirk Matunas not die when the Kurgan stuck him in the chest and lifted him off the ground doesn't make sense.

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* In the TV show, Ritchie is given a rapier by Duncan as his first sword. But rapier's are light, stabbing weapons, not ideal for decapitations. Obviously they change that for the show since Ritchie has a few kills under his belt with it, but why give Ritchie a sword that's impractical against heavier blades that other immortals use, like longswords, or katanas?
* How would younger immortals born in this day and age feasibly be able to survive the Game, let alone win it, unless they cheat? Ritchie was lucky having Duncan train him up even before his immortality kicked in, but Duncan was raised in a time where you would know at least someone had combat training with a sword, and could get training in swordplay, and so he has 400 years or so of practical combat and wartime experience. Nowadays, unless you have access to a good dojo, or mortal teacher, or immortal teacher who won't kill you out of hand, you aren't likely to get the thorough combat training you'd need to use a sword, and even then, you're likely to be up against people with literally centuries of experience under their belt.



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** Nothing stopping an immortal with an impractical weapon disabling and disarming their opponent, and then using their own sword to take their head. If say you didn't have your sword with you but someone comes at you, you duck into a janitors closet, grab a broom to use as a makeshift quarterstaff, and somehow manage to win the fight, you can't take their head with a broom, but their own sword is a different story.

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* What would have happened if Kastagir had actually killed the Kurgan? [[FriendOrIdolDecision would he and Connor then try to kill each other? Or would they decide their friendship is more important than the Prize after all?]]

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* Why does the Kurgan's voice permanently change after he gets a SlashedThroat? It's implied that immortals can [[HealingFactor just heal everything Wolverine style, except for an actual beheading.]] The only way this makes sense is if his throat somehow didn't quite heal right, in which case why doesn't this happen with any other immortal's injuries (such as Connor having scars from being shot multiple times.)



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** For what it's worth, [[https://archiveofourown.org/works/1066624 this crossover fic]] (warning for slashiness and high rating, but most of it is a perfectly good, gripping story) makes an excellent stab at a practical explanation, taking the Pompeii mention and running with it in an interesting world-building direction.

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