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Highlander: The Series - Season Five
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It seems that as far as Hercules, Xena and Highlander are concernes, Anchor Bay can't make up it's mind how many disks to put in a set, how to put the disks in the set, or how to produce the set itself.
The last box sets in all three series were half an inch thinner than all the others, making these last packs look very odd when put next to the others. This is mostly due to a new box design that Achor Bay is now using which puts two DVDs in a single plastic case, one overlapping the other, instead of one case per DVD which had been the case up till then.
This may seem like a small gripe, but at the price these sets are going for, they should all look the same. It's particularly irksome for Highlander, because up until season five this was turning out to be one of the finest looking DVD collections ever, but with the new size for Season Five the whole thing looks like a mistake or a new series. In short, it looks like hell!
The other part of the complaint is the number of disks. It's eight, it's nine, it's ten! The seasons all have more or less the same number of episodes, why does the disk count keep changing? In one box set the tenth disk is in a thin cardboard enveloppe and tucked in the package, in another it has its own plastic tray like the DVDs!
Come on Anchor Bay, pick a system and stick to it, how hard is that?
I don't know how much money they saved making this last change to the two disk trays, but I'm sure it wasn't enough to warant the change. If you want to look at a disk that happens to be at the bottom, you have to take the other disk out. With ten disks, looking for you favorite shows can become difficult, messy, and potentially you could damage a disk.
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As in the previous season, Highlander season 5 begins with a tale of Duncan's childhood. Through present day events and flashbacks, " Prophecy" shows us a whole new breed of older immortal with powers that certainly would have helped the character of Methos (Peter Wingfield) in earlier seasons, mind control over humans and younger immortals through a powerful form of hypnotic suggestion. We are introduced to the character of Casandra, the first immortal that Duncan (Adrian Paul) ever came into contact with as a child and a fabled witch in his native village. "Prophecy" as befits its title foreshadows the entire season we later find, even to the point of making minor mention of Connor MacLeod, Duncan's distant cousin and the hero of the original Highlander movie. While some may not see the referencing of the original movie for the first time since the pilot for the series as foreshadowing, to me it stands as a statement from the producers that all bets are off.
It is easy to forget that there is now a "chosen one" prophecy hanging over Duncan's head as you get into the season. After his failed attempt to kill Richie Ryan (Stan Kirsch) during his "Dark Quickening" (the "good guy gone evil through no fault of his own" scenario of the previous season), Duncan must make amends with his former pupil or push him away. Relations are still strained with Joe Dawson, his former Watcher now friend and Methos shows up in enough episodes this season that the producers must have been thinking spin-off.
The penultimate season of Highlander has the usual mix of comedic episodes interspersed with the serious. Highlights of the lighter episodes include the return of Roger Daltrey as Hugh Fitzcairn in an entirely "historical" episode entitled "The Stone of Scone" and a "Bonnie and Clyde" style romp with the spin-off character Amanda (Elisabeth Gracen) and her former partner Cory Raines (Nicolas Lea) making Duncan's life miserable both in present day and the past in "Money No Object." The Funniest moments from the season come from an episode entitled "Dramatic License" in which a female author has published a romance novel about Duncan and an exaggerated account of some of his many exploits.
Foreshadowing plays a huge role in this season and the Prophecy that was told in the opening episode starts to come into play in the darker episodes of the season. In "Comes a Horseman" and "Revelation 6:8" we find that Methos has been hiding an a secret of his ancient and evil past that could end up destroying the world. "Double Jeopardy" uses the Highlander master craft of the flashback to reintroduce us to one of the series original and deadliest villains, who may not be dead after all, Xavier St. Cloud (Roland Gift). Finally, "Archangel", the finale, introduces the deadliest threat to immortals yet which may very well Satan himself.
One of the lesser points of the show's later years was that it delved deeper into the realm of fantasy, bringing in witches and even a Zoroastrian space demon (!). Season five begins with one such episode, entitled "Prophecy", which introduced the character of Cassandra (played by Tracy Scoggins), a five-hundred-year-old witch whom MacLeod briefly met as a child. We explore the after-effects of MacLeod's Dark Quickening (from the season four episode "Something Wicked") in "The End of Innocence", a great episode that shows Richie's loss of trust in Duncan. Carl Robinson, the character from season two's "Run For Your Life", returns in "Manhunt" (as well as a young Eric McCormack), while - naturally - Amanda returns for many an episode. The high point of the season is undoubtedly the two-parter which delved into Methos' dark past, beginning with "Comes a Horseman" and ending with "Revelation 6:8". These two episodes are often thought to be the best of the whole show, and I must say I agree. These are just a few of the great episodes in this season, which also includes the entirely flashback episode "Stone of Scone", as well as the beautiful "Duende", and intriguing "Modern Prometheus". We're left with a cliffhanger for the season - "Archangel", the first of the Ahriman trilogy, which forsees the coming of a space demon whom Duncan alone can defeat. If it sounds horrible, it's because it is.
One of the best parts of season five is not simply the jump forwards in script quality, but the evolution of the characters. They seem much more three-dimensional in this season, and are also placed in difficult situations which makes us think, "What would I do in this situation?"
Of course, the real reason to love this season is the many appearances of Methos. (Wink wink.)
If you were introduced to the show through the DVDs, you're in for a real treat with this season. For you longtime "Highlander" fans out there, sit back and enjoy what may be the best season of the entire show.
Those episodes were filmed during season 4 but didn't air in the US until season 5, hence the confusion.
We see more of Duncan's past as characters such as Cassandra and Melvin Korin, otherwise known as Kronus (more on him later), reappear in Duncan's life. We see a change in the relationship between Duncan Macleod and Richie Ryan. We find out more about Methos (more on that later too) and we get some new interesting characters!
There were two comedy episodes that I just loved. Both involved Adrian Paul and Elizabeth Gracen. While "Dramatic License" was a good one, the duo is even funnier when they have Roger Daltry with them as Hugh Fitzcain in "The Stone Of Scone."
Back to Methos and Kronus, they made a huge impact in the Highlander universe when Duncan discovers from his friend/lover Cassandra that Methos was a murderer, rapist, killer, etc. over 5,000 years ago along side Kronus as part of The Four Horsemen in the episodes "Comes A Horsemen" and "Revelations 6:8." Duncan must now stop this band of immortals while deciding whether or not to kill Methos in order to prevent their evil from walking the earth again!
Personal Note: I hope I am not the only one that feels this way but those two episodes should've been a feature film! Had it had been, it could've rivaled even the original Highlander as the best film of the franchise!
Back to Season 5, the relationship between Duncan and Richie comes to a shocking and tragic end in the final episode called "Archangel." The ramifications are felt throughout Season 6.
Overall, this is (in my view) the best season of Highlander! Just for the Horsemen episodes, its worth the money alone and may be the ONLY season I would pay more than $40 for! To quote an earlier reviewer, if you buy only one season of Highlander, this is the one to buy! Highly recommended!
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