Highlander A-Z

The Highlander A-Z (part one: A-M)

OK, here we are. My Highlander A-Z. It's not comprehensive (but I'm adding to it all the time), but it is (touch wood) grammatically correct. It first appeared in the late, lamented Cult TV magazine and comes with an equally un-comprehensive timeline. Enjoy, and feel free to e-mail me your comments. You can contact me by clicking here.

Duncan with Joe Dawson and Methos.

Amanda and Duncan take up ballroom dancing.A is for...

Ageing. Immortals age normally until their first 'death', then stop abruptly. One (Kenny) has been stuck at the age of ten for 800 years, allowed to look but sadly never old enough to touch (or stay up late). A is also for... Amanda, who is so popular with other Immortals they go out of their way to track her down; and Ahriman, an ancient demon who Duncan is fated to meet from the moment he's born. Unfortunately for the Highlander, defeating Ahriman (who appears as enemies from Mac's past, allowing for the likes of Horton and Kronos to make reappearances despite being dead) will only come at a cost.

B is for...

Buzz. All Immortals give off a 'buzz' that betrays their presence to other Immortals close by. This not only makes it impossible for them to sneak up on each other, but probably causes some serious headaches when a large group convene. B is also for... Lord Byron. Yes, the Lord Byron is an Immortal, and friend of Methos. In 1997 he's a rock singer, but his obsession with fame leads to a final confrontation with Duncan. As he himself once said, "All tragedies are finished by a death." His, in this case.

C is for...

Cassandra, the "Witch of Donan Woods" who Duncan first met as a 13 year-old boy. They met again to fulfil a prophecy and indulge in some rumpy-pumpy in 1995. C is also for... Connor MacLeod, the original Highlander discovered that he wasn't the only Immortal left after all when he slipped into the TV universe in 1992. What a downer that must have been; Regan Cole, an immortal-cum-bounty hunter (and one of five female immortals given an entire sixth-season episode to themselves), and Ceirdwyn, a 1300 year-old Celtic Immortal with a dislike for Romans.

Darius encounters Duncan at WaterlooD is for...

Darius, an Immortal who had a touchy-feely Quickening after centuries as a warmonger and became a monk. D is also for... Dodgy Accents (just listen to American stars trying to pull off an English accent); Joe Dawson, Duncan's personal Watcher and high-ranking member of The Watchers (see W); and Charlie DeSalvo, a mortal friend of MacLeod's who owns the Dojo in Seacouver that MacLeod moves to after Tessa's death. He, along with Joe Dawson, also neatly fulfills any American series' requirement of featuring an ex-army veteran as one of its regulars.

E is for...

The Executioner, or Kalas. The Immortal equivalent of the Singing Nun had few friends in the monastery he was living in the 17th Century, mainly because he beheaded them all whenever they left the sanctuary of Holy Ground (see H). Lost his voice to Duncan's sword. Not a nice chappie.

Hugh Fitzcairn and a young MacLeod travel Europe.F is for...

Flashback. You're often treated to flashes from Duncan's past, usually involving other Immortals and, you've guessed it, beautiful women. No wonder Connor is jealous. F is also for... Hugh Fitzcairn. Of 12th Century English vintage, the foppish Fitz was one of Duncan's best friends (unsurprising, considering their shared passion for wine, women and song). It's also for... The Four Horsemen. Four Immortals: Methos, Kronos, Caspian and Silas, terrorised mankind for centuries from the Bronze Age on. They returned in 1996 with a predictable 'destroy the world with a deadly virus' gag.

G is for...

The Game, the term used to describe the ongoing battle between Immortals to get 'a head' of the others, so to speak. G is also for... The Gathering, the period when all surviving Immortals will be drawn together to battle for The Prize (see P); and Glenfinnan, Scotland, birthplace to the MacLeod clan.

H is for...

Holy Ground. No Immortal may take the head of another on Holy Ground. H is also for... James Horton, Watcher who's decided that all Immortals are evil and must be wiped out through his renegade organisation the Hunters; and Rebecca Horne, a sort of Mother Teresa to younger Immortals (only without the wimple on her head).

I is for...

Immortal. Immortals, like Duncan Macleod, Hugh Fitzcairn and Xavier St Cloud cannot be killed unless they are beheaded. The Immortal can be "killed" temporarily, but will revive and heal. Any wounds and scars are also healed, and they are immune to disease. Being sterile, Immortals have little need for birth control and so tend to put themselves about a bit. Well, Duncan does anyway.

MacLeod during his brief stay in Japan.J is for...

Japan. Macleod was shipwrecked there in 1778. His rescuer, Hideo Koto, was forced to commit Hari-Kiri as a result of harbouring an outsider in the isolationist empire. Still, Duncan did get his katana out of it, and has carried the sword ever since. It's also for... Claudia Jardine, a superb (but precocious) pianist whose latent Immortality is triggered by her impressario, Walter Graham, with potentially tragic results.

K is for...

Roland Kantos. Kantos learned Cassandra's magic 'power of persuasion' voice technique before using it to try and take Duncan's head as part of an ancient prophecy. K is also for... Kanwulf, Viking pillager and scourge of the MacLeod's, and loads of other baddies (Kurgan, Kern, Kenny, Kalas, Karros, Kristov, etc).

L is for...

Lost Quickenings. If an Immortal is beheaded with no other Immortals close by, his Quickening (see Q) is 'wasted'. L is also for... Luther, an Immortal who pursued the fabled Methusaleh's Stone (see M), killing his - and Amanda's - mentor Rebecca Horne in the process; and and Little Deer, Duncan's Sioux lover who was murdered along with her tribe by white men in 1878.

Duncan faces a severe case of split personality.M is for...

Duncan MacLeod of the clan Macleod, the Highlander. M is also for... Methos, the oldest living immortal - at least 5,000 years old; Mako, the first Immortal to be beheaded by Richie; Devon Marek, the first pre-Immortal that Duncan encounters (he doesn't stay pre-immortal for long); and Methusaleh's Stone. Once owned by Rebecca Horne and divided among her students, it is rumoured to give the bearer immortality (so why Luther was after it is anyone's guess).

 

 

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