THE ROAD NOT TAKEN

Production number: 92108-3
Original US airdate:
12th October, 1992
Written by: Terry Nelson
Directed by: Thomas J Wright
Guest Cast: Soon-Teck Oh (Kiem Sun); Dustin Nguyen (Chu Lin), Christianne Hirt (Angie); Wendell Wright (Sergeant Powell), Kim Kondrashoff (Forks), Alan C Peterson (Bartender), Paul Stafford (Officer #1), Lisa Bunting (Woman Hostage)



A deadly herbal drug takes the life of Richie's friend, and MacLeod suspects the source of the drug is another Immortal, Kiem Sun, who has long sought to perfect such a drug and remove its lethal side effects for the betterment of mankind. But a disciple of Kiem Sun's is using the drug for his own gain, and MacLeod and his old friend must track him down.

Flashbacks

1780, China: Duncan is first shown travelling in the Far East when he encounters Kiem Sun for the first time in China.

Other Immortals

Kiem Sun

Interesting facts

+ This episode is the first to highlight Duncan's intricate back-history. His encounter with Kiem Sun leads on to his meeting with May-Ling Shen in season three's 'They Also Serve' (C12).
+ Kiem Sun is the first Immortal to survive Duncan's sword - however, the fact the pair parted on bad terms does not suggest that the producers had abandoned the idea of the Gathering at this point. It could merely have set them up for a later confrontation.
+ Duncan re-visited Kiem Sun in China in around 1880.

Verdict

A good solid episode (especially by season one standards) that marries some strong characterisation with the series' ability to see 'bad' Immortals in more than just one light. B-


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