Highlander-The-Series

I read somewhere or heard an interview that all of the quickenings in Highlander (TV series) were designed to reflect the personalities of the immortals who had died and so a more evil immortal would have an explosive and wild quickening.  It’s interesting too because the writers didn’t really tell the actors what a quickening felt like, Elizabeth Gracen asked if it was like an orgasm but was just told that it felt however she imagined it (or something like that, it’s been some years!) but they also adapted their reactions to quickenings based on the immortal they received it from.

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Methos screencaps * buzz face

I love Methos’s “buzz face”.

It’s a testament to Peter Wingfield’s acting, I think, that there are a lot of layers even to something this simple: not just fear, but suspicion and a surprisingly high level of vulnerability, like this is one of the moments you see Methos at his rawest, when he’s rapidly calculating which of the available options will give him the highest chances of survival.

He’s amazing.

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?

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.


Although i m very busy finishing my animation projects, I ve spent a good amount of time watching this historical fiction series called “Outlander”.
I liked a lot the Scottish setting and accent and overall it was quite entertaining to watch,
So i ve made a pixelated fan art of the two main characters (Claire and Jamie), also since it’s two of them I am considering this as worth two days of “Pixell’al giorno”.

31- 32: Claire and Jamie.

Now that Beauty and the Beast is becoming popular again...

Now that Beauty and the Beast is becoming popular again I want to draw attention to the annoying misinterpretation that started as an online joke.   People have misdiagnosed Belle as having Stockholm Syndrome.  At first it was said as a joke but people who don’t really understand the nature of Stockholm Syndrome latched onto it as a valid theory and it’s very annoying.

First, the idea that she has Stockholm Syndrome diminishes real cases of Stockholm Syndrome, which is a lot more psychologically damaging and potentially sinister than merely sympathizing with a captor.  Real depictions of Stockholm Syndrome in Disney include Quasimodo and his relationship with Frollo and Rapunzel with Mother Gothel in Tangled.  Another media representation of Stockholm Syndreom is with Cassandra and her enslavement by Methos in Highlander: The Series.   Methos started off as an evil immortal who initially broke Cassadra’s will so that she was submissive and docile. When she snapped out of it she fled into the night.  Centuries later after Methos had reformed he begged her forgiveness and personally told her that he had induced Stockholm Syndrome in her.

Acting as if Belle is a victim of Stockholm Syndrome not only diminishes a strong and well developed character but it degrades and dismisses the very serious affects of Stockholm Syndrome.  Often with real cases of Stockholm Syndrome the victim becomes seemingly complacent in their captivity.  Their will is so suppressed that they become intent on appeasing their captor.   They become not only afraid to escape but also unwilling to escape because it’s not what their captor wants.  The Beast would not have been able to release Belle if she had actual Stockholm Syndrome.  In some severe cases the captive becomes so dependent on the captor that it becomes difficult for them to make even the simplest of choices without them.  It takes years of therapy to work through it.   It’s not something that should be taken lightly.

If three is any syndrome depicted in Beauty and the Beast it’s actually Lima Syndrome, the theoretical direct opposite of Stockholm Syndrome and it’s not necessarily a bad thing.  It is a condition in which the captor sympathizes with his or her prisoner and ultimately releases them. 

In the case of Beauty and the Beast you might as well call it “No longer a douche syndrome” and it manifests when The Beast frees Belle out of sympathy and love.  However a more dangerous example of Lima Syndrome is what Dr. Harleen Quinzel (Harley Quinn) felt for The Joker, and ultimately lead to her helping him escape in the 1990s Batman animated series.

 So please… Enough with the misinformation about Beauty and the Beast and Stockholm Syndrome.  It distracts from the moral of a beautiful story and diminishes real cases of the syndrome. 

It’s almost like when people think The Little Mermaid depicted a character giving up everything for a man, which requires ignoring that Ariel sang “Part of your world” (about how she wanted to be part of the human world) before she ever saw Eric. Eric just became the icing on the cake / the last straw.  

Please don’t “reinterpret” classic works of literature by deliberately rewriting aspects of them or omitting content so suit your narrative.   It does more harm than good and it’s not funny or edgy. 

Denis Lawson lands role in ITV drama Victoria

Denis Lawson has signed up to star in hit period drama Victoria.

The New Tricks actor, 69, will appear as the Duke of Atholl, who welcomes Victoria and Albert to the Scottish Highlands, in the second series.

Denis Lawson in Victoria (Mark Mainz/ITV)

Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes reprise their roles as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in new episodes of the drama, which has also enjoyed huge success in the US.

Jenna Coleman stars as Victoria (Matt Crossick/PA)

Viewers will see Victoria as a working mother, learning to balance her responsibilities as both parent and Queen, while Prince Albert is still struggling to find a role for himself in the next instalment.

Written by creator and executive producer Daisy Goodwin, the second season will see the monarch face new challenges at home and abroad.

Denis Lawson’s character welcomes his royal visitors (Mark Mainz/ITV)

Scottish actor Lawson will appear in scenes filmed at Blair Castle, in Perthshire.

Dame Diana Rigg has joined the regular cast as the Duchess of Buccleuch, the young Queen’s new Mistress of the Robes.

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anonymous asked:

I started following your blog for Bellarke but then read ACOTAR & ACOMAF bc of all your posts on them & naturally I am now obsessed :)) So seeing as we seem to like similar things I was wondering if you could recommend any books!!

Ah yay! Getting people into new books is probably my favorite thing in the world, so I’m happy to oblige! Here are some fun reads:

YA Fantasy/Sci-fi Lit:

  • The Katerina Trilogy by Robin Bridges (Imperial Russia + supernatural things including necromancers, wizards, vampires, werewolves, zombies + slightly star-crossed lovers)
  • The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa (Fae + star-crossed lovers)
  • The Lunar Chronicles by Melissa Meyer (sci-fi retelling of fairy tales + complex characterization and worldbuilding)
  • His Fair Assassains by Robin LaFevers (ancient France + assassains + political intrigue/conflict + mythology / triggers: sexual assault, abuse, mentions of incest)
  • Starcrossed Trilogy by Josephine Angelini (greek mythology + modern day + star-crossed lovers)
  • anything by Tamora Pierce (medieval world + well-developed female characters and worldbuilding/plot)

Contemporary YA Lit:

  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (fandom culture + freshman year of college love story + family drama)
  • The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen (a guy and girl both in on-hold relationships fall for each other + dealing with/resolving family issues) 
  • Anna & the French Kiss (+ the sequels) by Stephanie Perkins (really unique stories / the first one is about a girl going to boarding school in France + making friends/falling for one of them)
  • Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly (modern day coming-of-age + dealing with trauma/loss/grief + music & history + slight time-travel element / triggers: suicide, depression, mental illness)
  • Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt (funny story about exes taking a road trip to college together and realizing they’re not over each other)
  • anything by Ally Cater (secret spy school series, art thieves series, embassy row series)

New Adult/Romance Novels (aka mature ratings):

  • Off-Campus series by Elle Kennedy (really fun college aus basically + interesting characters + smut / triggers: sexual assault mentions)
  • Jill Shalvis’ series (small town modern day romances / note: her early Lucky Harbor novels are my favorites)
  • The Highland Guard series by Monica McCarty (early era Scotland + secret revolutionary warrior troupe + very formulaic stories + my guiltiest guilty pleasure but really really entertaining light reading)
  • Courtney Milan’s series (Regency era romances + well-developed female characters + light stories with actual plots)
  • Erin Knightley’s series (Regency era romances + unique female characters)
  • May McGoldrick’s series (early era Scotland + fun romance stories)

Just had a really great conversation with the husband about why we both couldn’t get into the Harry Potter fandom. General upshot, we were just a little too old and missed the boat with relating to the characters, but also we had already formed significant relationships with fiction literature when we were at the formative age that was very different than he HP series. For me especially, the tonal shift from being cartoonish to being very serious after book 4 felt like a “rug pull”; I didn’t sign up for this hardcore shit when I started reading the series. Also, we both found the world depicted in the stories to be way more fucked up in an almost mundane way than we had experienced in other fantasy genres.
For reference, I spent a lot of time reading Xanth and the Dragon Riders of Pern series when I was a teen, and had been obsessed with the Highlander movie/series, The Last Unicorn, The Dark Crystal, and Star Trek as a kid and teen. (Mike is a Star Wars, Tolkien, Wheel of Time, and Dune nerd)

bkwrm523  asked:

Andy loves the Highlander movie series, so he gets pissed when I tell him that Highlander 2 is one of my favorite bad movies to make fun of. He's mostly pissed because he has no rebuttle. It's vastly entertaining to watch

IT’S SO BAD!!!

My Mum was a HUGE cinephile. Highlander was her favourite - her fave line? “I’ve got something to say: it’s better to burn out than to fade away”

Holy Christ did she live that. She and I both are horrified and shocked by your enjoyment of highlander 2.

The best terrible movie I can think of? Fuck… the 80s were filled with them too… hmm…

Gotcha…? adventures in babysitting…?

You know, I don’t know who or what you are Methos, and I know you don’t want to hear this, but you did teach me something. You taught me that Life’s about change, about learning to accept who you are, good or bad. And I thank you for that.
—  Duncan MacLeod, in the final epilogue of the Highlander: The Series.