Highlander-The-Series

tartangirl13  asked:

Out of curiosity, why Lord Byron is suddenly proper highland Scottish in Bloodlust and Bonnets? I know his mother was from Aberdeen and he spent some time there as a kid but thats hardly the Highlands... (I loved the series btw! She is properly fierce 😍)

Ooh good question, thanks for this!

Byron in the comic is a representation of the Victorian, fetishised idea of a Scotsman: kilt-wearing, sword-wielding, poetry-spouting. The shortened/simplified kilt that he wears is itself a Victorian invention, part of the romanticisation and commodification of Scottish culture by the English aristocracy & bourgeoisie of the mid-1800s. So he’s kind of a mash-up of lots of different things - the popular “celebrity” persona of the real-life Byron, the Romantic Scotsman trope and also 20th century comic superheroes 😊

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Methos (Highlander) Fan Video - Complications

Source: tes5000

Methos is for sure my favorite character from the whole Highlander franchise. How can he be 5000 years and stay so aloof, charming and perfect? Even after all those thousands of years he rode with Kronos, Silas and Caspian…


His scene with Alexa is one of the few where my little heart just melted, it was so cute, and he got me at “Because the alternative is unthinkable”

http://youtu.be/oHbcJXmHQcs

But then the moment I loved him was when he confessed his crimes to Duncan.

http://youtu.be/lasBd-Sad4w

“I killed. But I didn’t just kill fifty, I didn’t kill a hundred. I killed a thousand. I killed TEN thousand! And I was good at it. And it wasn’t for vengeance, it wasn’t for greed. It was because… I liked it. Cassandra was nothing. Her village was nothing. Do you know who I was? I was Death. Death — Death on a horse. When mothers warned their children that the monster would get them, that monster was me. I was the nightmare that kept them awake at night. Is that what you want to hear?!”

There should have been a series dedicated to this character, it was a goldmine! And what did they do? Highlander: The Raven. I mean, what the flying fuck.

Anyway, love Methos, love Peter Wingfield and it was the best part of Highlander.

Well, that and the Kalas episodes. But that’s for another day.


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Methos screencaps * Finale part 1

I don’t suppose this problem has a name, does it?

I really love how young he looks in these episodes - he’s playing the part of the grad student to a T, complete with atrocious dress sense (not sure if he’s wearing the red trousers in this scene, but the many layers are very studenty) and very 90s hair.

(I’m at a con today! Couldn’t quite work up the enthusiasm for trawling through AO3 for a rec, so you get pics instead.)

Highlander was a really great show. Especially for the 90s.

Reasons:

  • It had a lot of really strong female characters.
    None of them were main characters (unless you count Tessa) but several were recurring and they were all strong and pretty badass. They do all end up sleeping with Duncan but can you really blame them?

  • Pretty good amount of diversity.
    Charlie DeSalvo (half black, half italian) is just one of the many POC in the show. I list him specifically because he was a recurring character. 

  • Respectful of other cultures/religions/races.
    At least as far as I can tell/remember (I just started re-watching season 3) it seemed to be pretty good about being true to a culture during a specific time period.

    The time period matters because Highlander has tons of flashbacks that take place all over the world throughout all of history. I’m watching the episode “The Samurai” right now and a lot of it takes place in (I THINK) Feudal Japan and is where Duncan learns how to fight and gets his Katana and learns Japanese culture even though he’s a “barbarian.” (BTW the Samurai the episode is named for is NOT Duncan in case you were wondering.)

    Part of what makes Duncan such a formidable foe in the show (often winning against immortals much older than him) is his hand-to-hand combat and sword fighting skills. This episode is where we find out where he learned everything that makes him so impressive. 

    The immortals in the show have clearly lived just about everywhere. Part of this is for convenience of the story but part of it makes sense, they can’t stick around forever or people would notice their lack of aging. 

  • Shades of gray.
    Highlander had plenty of good vs. evil but it also had a lot of muddy gray middle ground story lines where no one really came out a winner. 

I just feel that Highlander was pretty ahead of its time in a lot of areas. In others it was SO NINETIES. The technology (or lack there of), the fashion, THE HAIR, almost all of the background music (not including Queen), and worst of all there is a lot of over acting. Do you really need to be yelling right now? Is it really that big a deal? I didn’t think so. 

I actually would really love for Highlander to get a reboot. A current Highlander would be really cool. Instead of just re-casting the original characters they could create news ones (kinda like they did for the series after the movie). The main character could be woman who I imagine would be bisexual. After living that long I think anyone’s sexual orientation would get at least a little blurry. Gina Torres anyone?

What I want is a Highlander the series reboot

with a cameo from Adrian Paul and Peter Wingfield (who, sorry, cannot play their characters anymore) as old immortal mentors or something like that (Adrian Paul could play Darius and Peter could play Joe it would be amazing)

and I want Duncan and Methos to be canon because goddammit it’s 2016, we deserve a queer!Highlander and, honestly, Methos was already queer as hell and Duncan….well Duncan is passionate enough.

also trans!Richie who is running away from home and finds acceptance and shelter with Duncan and Tessa.

I need a reboot.

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The final montage, the last moments of Highlander the Series.

Loreena McKennitt’s Bonny Portmore