The Highlander A-Z

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Adrian Paul is Duncan MacLeod in Highlander: The Series

Welcome to my Highlander A-Z. It's an expanded version of an article published in Cult TV magazine, which was published by Future Publishing in 1997. When I was thinking of how to use my free Web space, I hit upon the idea of using the content from that article as a basis for this site. Consequently here it is.

The site is split into two main sections: The A-Z itself, and a Timeline chronicling all of Duncan's travels and adventures since his birth. As I've stated elsewhere, neither are particularly comprehensive, but hopefully I'll find the time to add to the content in the coming months.

 

Highlander

The entire Highlander universe stems from the feature film Highlander, which was made in 1986. Starring Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery and Clancy Brown, it told the story of an ever-diminishing group of Immortals, men who had survived for hundreds, even thousands, of years, forced to duel down the ages until only a few remained to battle for the Prize. Immortals could only be killed by decapitation, and the film followed the life of one Connor MacLeod, born in the Highlands of Scotland in 1536.

I could go on and chronicle the film in great detail, but it's a must-see film. Tragically the same cannot be said for its two sequels, Highlander II (The Quickening) and Highlander III (The Sorceror). The second angered fans of the original by claiming the Immortals were alien - an interesting concept, but one let down by incredibly poor execution. With a bit of thought (and a few throwaway lines) it might have persevered, but... The third is merely a poor re-make of the first, with baddie Mario Van Peebles apeing original villain Clancy Brown down to sharing the same voice (and tonsil movements)! It's only saving grace is that it's better than Highlander II, which is in no way a recommendation.

To a new universe

Into all of this comes Highlander: The Series. This is set in an alternative universe to the movies, and chronicles the adventures of Duncan MacLeod. At first, Duncan was merely a Connor wannabe (Christopher Lambert even made a guest appearance in the pilot to 'hand over the reins'), but as the show as progressed over six seasons, he - and the series - have made an invaluable contribution to the Highlander mythos. The idea of The Gathering, the time when a few are left to battle for the Prize, was conveniently dropped after the first season, and Immortals have been cropping up with alarming regularity ever since. It seems the slogan for the series is There Can Be As Many As You Like. But enough wibbling, read on...

 

Connor MacLeod with clansman Duncan.

Table of contents

The Highander A-Z

An A-Z of terms, characters, places and other things related to Highlander: The Series.

The Highlander Timeline

A journey through Duncan's history, from 1592 to the present. Now updated and split into two parts: 1592-1800, and 1800-the present.

Highlander Links

Links to other Highlander-related sites.

Cult TV

A little bit of blurb about the magazine this A-Z originally appeared in.

Coming soon!

* A map of Duncan's travels, covering his trips from Scotland to Europe to the Far East to the Americas. Boy the man can get himself around. (This is happening, I promise!)

* I'm considering covering the three movies in more detail. More info when I get it.

 

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