The Highlander A-Z

Your definitive guide to the Highlander TV universe
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THE MANIPULATOR
Nick and Amanda are hired to protect a casino from robbery only to be outfoxed by an Immortal friend of Amanda's - a thief whose rule of not killing sits badly with the veteran Interpol detective who's hot on his trial. Which side will Amanda side with? And how will Jeremy react?

Production Notes
bulletProduction number: 98119-219
bulletOriginal US airdate: 1st May, 1999
bulletWritten by: Andre Jacquemetton
bulletDirected by: Brian Grant
bulletGuest Cast: Miles Richardson (Vladimir Rankov), Guy Lankester (Tim Helfet), Richard Durden (Anton Novak), Agathe De La Boulaye (Christina); Daniel Briquet (The Duke of Bourgogne), Patricia Kessler (Duena)

Flashbacks
bullet1565, Bourgogne, France
Amanda is tutor to the Duke of Bourgogne's daughter, Christina. Rankov is an emissary for the Duke of Savoy, charged with proposing a marriage (and obtaining dowry) to end the emnity between the two duchies. But Rankov is profiting from the war, and has no intention of ending it.

Other Immortals
bulletVladimir Rankov

Trivia
bulletMiles Richardson is the son of the late Ian Richardson, who appeared in the original series (F3, 'Sins of the Father'). He has numerous theatre credits, a few on-screen credits and even an audio credit in the Gallifrey spin-off series of Doctor Who audio adventures. Miles is currently a member of the RSC, and you can read a recent interview with him here.
bulletGuy Lankester is similarly better known for his theatres roles, and was a 1994 finalist for the Ian Charleson Award.
bulletRichard Durden on the other hand is a veteran of the small and big screen, with a string of guest-starring roles throughout his career - see here for his full resumé.

Verdict
A one-dimensional villain with no redeeming qualities coupled with an uncharacteristically noble Amanda in the flashback combine to undermine this story, despite some neat interplay between our two main stars. No fault of the actors - the problem is in the script.
C+

 


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Toronto episodes
R1: Reborn (C)
R2: Full Disclosure (B)
R3: Bloodlines (C+)
R4: Immunity (C+)
R5: So Shall Ye Reap (B+)
R6: Birthright (B-)
R7: Crime & Punishment (B-)
R8: The Unknown Soldier (A-)
R9: Cloak & Dagger (B+)
R10: Passion Play  (A-)
R11: The Devil You Know (B+)
R12: A Matter of Time (B-)

Paris Episodes
R13: The French Connection (C+)
R14: The Rogue (B)
R15: Inferno (B+)
R16: The Frame (B+)
R17: Love and Death (B-)
R18: Thick as Thieves (B)
R19: The Manipulator (C+)
R20: The Ex-Files (B-)
R21: War & Peace (C+)
R22: Dead on Arrival (C)


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