The Highlander A-Z

Your definitive guide to the Highlander TV universe
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WAR & PEACE
For over 200 years Father Liam Riley hasn't wielded a sword or taken part in The Game. It was the bargain he struck with God in returning for sparing the life of a woman he accidentally shot while fighting for King and Country in the American Colonies. But the son of the woman wants his head, and when Amanda makes a startling confession, Liam is prepared to hand it to him without a struggle...

Production Notes
bulletProduction number: 98121-221
bulletOriginal US airdate: 15th May, 1999
bulletWritten by: Catherine Porciuncula
bulletDirected by: Brian Grant
bulletGuest Cast: Robert Cavanah (Father Liam Riley), Benedick Bates (Sean), Josephine Butler (Lizzie Tynan), Janet Spencer-Turner (Emma); David Fleeshman (Harry), Dawn Steele (Brynn), Pete Thias (Dieter),
bulletWith the participation of: the band Boxer

Flashbacks
bullet1776, New York, British American Colonies
Discover the reasons why Liam Riley left the Game to enter the Church during the War of American Independence, and then find out exactly why Sean holds a grudge.

Other Immortals
bulletLiam Riley
bulletSean
bulletDieter
bulletBrynn

Trivia
bulletBenedick Bates' roles on TV are few and far between - he's better known for this theatrical roles (see here), and being the son of Alan Bates.
bulletDawn Steele may have been relegated to a supporting co-star role here (her first recorded role in the IMDb), but she's since become a major face on British television, with starring roles in Monarch of the Glen and more recently the excellent Sea of Souls.
bulletOn at least two occasions during this episode Amanda is able to sneak up on Liam without appearing to trigger his Immortal sixth sense.

Verdict
Parts of this episode work, but other parts don't. The main story is competently executed, if (flashback aside) a little thin, but the additional sub-plots - disgraced British journalist wants a scoop, and Nick's run-in with Sean's presumably Immortal pals - add nothing to the mix, resulting in something of a decidedly mixed bag, the sum of which is less than its individual parts. 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)


  Text copyright 2007 Nick Peers, Images copyright Panzer/Davis