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Published January 21st 2015
Fans of the movies, will love this TV series
"I am Duncan MacLeod, born 400 years ago in the Highlands of Scotland. I am Immortal, and I am not alone. For centuries we have waited for the time of the Gathering, when the stroke of a sword and the fall of a head will release the power of the Quickening. In the end, there can be only one."
These are the opening lines of the Highlander TV series, which followed the popular motion pictures Highlander in 1986 and the sequel Highlander 2: The Quickening in 1991, followed by the Queen song "Prince's of the Universe", very appropriate for a show about people who never die. Where the movie's followed Connor MacLeod, the TV series follows Duncan MacLeod who is from the same clan as Connor. In fact Christopher Lambert makes an appearance in the very first episode and muses, "I'm Connor MacLeod, same clan, different vintage."
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Duncan MacLeod is played by Adrian Paul, who fits into this role perfectly and the scenes between himself and Christopher Lambert's Connor, show this off really well.
The series opens with Connor making a visit to Duncan to tell him that the final battle for the Immortals, the Quickening is approaching fast. Duncan has never wanted to be involved, hoping instead for a somewhat "normal" life with his lover and soul-mate Tessa, who knows his immortal secret, but has never fully understood it, but Connor reminds him of the one fact that follows them both, eventually they cannot avoid the inevitable battles to come with other immortals hoping to become "The One".
The first series introduced some pivotal characters to audiences. Firstly there was Richie Ryan, introduced in the first episode, a street kid who initially tries to rob Duncan and Tessa, but Duncan takes him under is wing and gets him off the street, and the three become a formidable team. Then in episode 18, we meet Amanda, one of Duncan's many ex-lovers. Amanda is the ultimate trickster – an acrobat, a thief, sassy and strong. She's 1500 years old ad knows how to get by on her wits and sex appeal.
One of the fascinating things about this and subsequent series, is how they manage to travel back throughout Duncan's 400 year history and all over the globe with what was no doubt a smallish TV show budget.
I would have to say that if you're a fan of the Highlander movies, then you will want to get into this TV series.