HIGHLANDER: ENDGAME

Highlander: Endgame was pilloried by fans and critics alike on its release in September, 2000. A lot of this was no doubt due to the appalling amount of cutting that Dimension Films did, leading to a film with most of its best bits on the cutting room floor. Even now I can't understand why it ever thought an 87-minute film would work - if nothing else, it's tantamount to a rip off.
   Luckily for me, I didn't see the film until the 101-minute version was released on DVD. By that time, my expectations were rock bottom after the critical lashing the film had already received. While not overwhelmed by the film when I eventually saw it, I've come to look on it as a valid part of the Highlander mythos, although certain bits work better than others. At least in this version we see why Jacob Kell is the way he is (and that he's not some cartoon-type villain with no reason for acting why he does), plus we even get to see Methos with some chunky dialogue and Joe Dawson makes an appearance too.
 


The opening scene simply states: 'New York, 10 years ago'. As Highlander: The Series debuted in 1992, the film could not have been set in the year 2000 because Duncan meets Connor in the series' very first episode. It's my belief the film is actually set in the 'future', the year 2002. That eliminates any inconsistencies with this date.
I think a lot of fans would have been dismayed by having Duncan marry Kate, when he's clearly had closer relationships with other women - Tessa and Amanda being two of them. There's also the episode where he's cursed by his gypsy lover who reads his palm and sees that he'll never marry (B4, The Darkness). Now this is the only second season episode I haven't seen, so I may be wrong here, but the gypsy lover cursed Duncan in 1842, whereas he was married in 1715, 130 years before he met her. Unless he'd had his marriage to Kate annulled, he was still legally married in 1842, and therefore unable to marry again anyway. I actually think this part of the story works really well - he only knows her for three years from first meeting to marriage night, and then she walks out on him. You could then argue that this fact isn't mentioned in the series because his actions still humiliate and embarrass him, plus he's sure that his current lovers would not want to know about this darker episode from his past.
The Sanctuary is a particular problem for many, and even I'm not too sure about it. That's more a criticism of the Watchers themselves, for not situating it on Holy Ground (whatever Kell insinuates, I don't think he'd break the Holy Ground rule, although he's happy to stretch it). The concept of the Sanctuary itself is fine with me - after all, we didn't even know the Watchers existed until the end of the first season of the TV series.
The flashbacks between Duncan and Connor are perfect, and fit in seamlessly with Duncan's timeline. I especially liked the comment made by Duncan in Ireland about it being the end of Scotland - he'd just come back from Queen Anne's court after the Act of Unification between England and Scotland, hence his depression, plus it set him up for his role in the Battle of Culloden in 1746.


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