THE VALKYRIE

Production number: #96510
Original US airdate: 27th January, 1997
Written by: James Thorpe
Directed by:
Richard Martin
Guest cast:
Peter Wingfield (Methos), Musetta Vander (Ingrid Henning), Jan Triska (Nicolae Breslaw); Fulvio Cecere (Alan Wilkinson), Martin Evans (Colonel Stauffenburg), L Harvey Gold (Igor Stefanovich), Peter Hanlon (Karl Brandt), Patrick Keating (Adolf Hitler), Dean Balkwill (David), Jim Leard (Detective Frayne), Noah Heney (Brownshirt), Raoul Ganeev (Guard)



Ingrid Henning is an Immortal with an obsession: in 1944 she failed to kill Hitler and has atoned for it ever since by killing dictators, tyrants, racists, and fascists who might have the potential to become as dangerous. Mac has a chance to stop her killing mortals, but would he be guilty of the same evil by taking her head?

Read full episode synopsis (at Jinnafore's site).


Flashbacks


1935, Berlin, Germany: Duncan arrives in Berlin at the behest of British Intelligence to monitor the rise of Nazi Germany.
1944, Berlin, Germany: Duncan joins Ingrid and Colonel Stauffenberg in a Berlin bar to plot the assassination attempt on Hitler.
1944, East Prussia: Duncan witnesses the botched attempt to assassinate Hitler with that bomb-in-a-suitcase.

Other Immortals

Methos
Ingrid Henning


Interesting facts


+ The plot to kill Hitler is based on fact (although whether British Intelligence would have been involved in a plot to kill Hitler in 1944 is more debatable), just as the later fifth-season episode 'The Stone of Scone' (E16) is inspired by true-life events.
+ There is some speculation that this is the first time that the fictional city of Seacouver (which exists halfway between Seattle and Vancouver, hence the name) is mentioned officially in the show.


Verdict


By the standards of the fifth season it's a little disappointing, but on its own merits is another fine morality play, with Duncan's dilemma thoughtfully played out. B+


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