NOT TO BE

Production number: #97613
Original US airdate: 11th May, 1998
Written by: David Tynan
Directed by: Dennis Berry
Guest cast: Stan Kirsch (Richie Ryan), Roger Daltrey (Hugh Fitzcairn), Martin McDougall (Liam O'Rourke), Peter Hudson (James Horton), Valentine Pelka (Kronos), Alexandra Vandernoot (Tessa Nöel); David Hoskin (Andres Seguy), Lisa Butler (Jillian O'Hara), Olivier Vitran (Tom), Eva Gord (Customer)



Liam O'Rourke still holds all the cards, but Duncan's too busy sorting out a crisis of his own - one which could ultimately cost him his life.


Flashbacks


None per se, although we witness how Richie became Immortal without Duncan's presence, and see how Methos was taken in by Kronos.

Other Immortals

Richie
Amanda
Methos
Hugh Fitzcairn
Kronos
Liam O'Rourke


Interesting facts


+ Martin McDougall guest starred in a second-season episode of the improving BBC series Bugs.
+ In an alternate universe where Duncan doesn't exist, Tessa is trapped in a loveless marriage, Horton has twisted the Watchers to his will, Joe is a drunken bum, Richie is unaware of who he really is, and Methos has been taken in by Kronos after nearly being caught by Horton...
+ The episode ends with a superb five-minute homage to the entire series. Pity my video recorder fouled up at this point.


Verdict


It's hard to be too churlish about this stunning episode, which ends the series on a real high after a distinctly lacklustre final season. But, be over-critical I shall - it still drags a bit in places, but at least Duncan looks vaguely interested to be there. A-


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