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