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  • "He is Duncan MacLeod... the Highlander. Born in 1592 in the highlands of Scotland, and he is still alive; he is Immortal. For 400 years, he's been a warrior... a lover... a wanderer... constantly facing other Immortals in combat to the death. The winner takes his enemy's head -- and with it, his power. I am a Watcher, part of a secret society of men and women who observe and record, but never interfere. We know the truth about Immortals - in the end, there can be only one. May it be Duncan MacLeod... the Highlander." The series revolves around Duncan MacLeod, one of a race of mysterious beings born into the Earth by no known means. Adopted as orphans, they live normal lives until they die violent deaths, at which point they become Immortal. At this point, they cease aging and gain the ability to heal almost all mortal wounds. The one sure way to kill an Immortal is by decapitation, which unleashes all of the Immortal's life force. If nearby, another Immortal can absorb this life force, gaining the dead Immortal's essence and growing more powerful. Immortals are destined to move through the world until some mysterious forces compels them to come together in "The Gathering" and join in one final battle against each other to the death. The last surviving Immortal is prophesied to receive some great prize, perhaps derived from the combined essence taken from all of the deceased Immortals. Related shows: Highlander: The Raven (a spin-off starring one of the Highlander characters) and Highlander: The Animated Series (the animated future version of the show). FUN FACTS: Rules of the Immortals: (A) When Immortals fight, they fight one against one - no mortal or another Immortal may assist in a fight. (B) No fighting may take place on Holy Ground. It is considered to be sanctuary and is a place where talks between enemies can safely occur. (C) An Immortal can't strike another during the Quickening (D) Immortals can't fight in public places in front of mortals (E) An Immortal can sense the presence of a nearby Immortal, meaning that they can never be taken by surprise. (F) In the end, there can only be one. Theme Songs: Princess of the Universe by Queenmoreless

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  • S 6 : Ep 13

    Not To Be (2)

    Aired 5/16/98

  • S 6 : Ep 13

    Not To Be

    Aired 5/15/98

  • S 6 : Ep 12

    To Be (1)

    Aired 5/9/98

  • S 6 : Ep 12

    To Be

    Aired 5/8/98

  • S 6 : Ep 11


    Aired 5/2/98

  • Cast & Crew
  • Adrian Paul

    Duncan MacLeod

  • Stan Kirsch

    Richie Ryan

  • Jim Byrnes (I)

    Joe Dawson

  • Alexandra Vandernoot

    Tessa Noel

  • Philip Akin

    Charlie DeSalvo

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  • Quotes (754)

    • Tessa: The problem is, even when you are 400, or 420, you'll still look 35! It makes me sick! Duncan: Good skin runs in my family. There's nothing I can do about it.

    • (while sword fighting) Connor: A mere pin prick. Duncan: By my count you look more like a pin cushion.

    • Connor: Duncan. Duncan: Connor. (Connor leaves) Tessa: You didn't say goodbye. Duncan: We never do.

    • Duncan: Tessa, you've already met Connor MacLeod. Connor: I'm a friend of Duncan's from the old neighborhood.

    • Tessa: What have these last dozen years meant to you? A summer fling? R&R? 'Sorry darling but I must head back now,'...Damn you! Damn your Gathering! Damn your whole race!

    • Richie: (after he sees sees Duncan behead Slan) Chill, man. Just pretend I'm not here.

    • Richie: I really do appreciate this second chance you're going to give me to become a useful member of society.

    • Richie: I'm on, like, uh, America's Funniest Home Videos, right?

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    Notes (266)

    • The show's theme song is Princes of The Universe by British rock band Queen, who wrote the soundtrack for the first Highlander movie.

    • The footage of the sword duel between Duncan and Conner is the same the first time they fight and the time Richie watches in.

    • Flashback: American Indian Village 1872

    • Christopher Lambert guest stars in this episode as Connor Macleod. Although they don't go much into their past together, they later elaborate on Duncan and Connor's history together in Highlander: Endgame.

    • Flashback: Highlands of Scotland 1622

    • The holy ground that Kiem Sun lives in is in reality the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver.

    • Flashback: China 1780

    • Flashback: American Civil War, 1862

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    Trivia (105)

    • In the movie, Immortals simply could not die - even temporarily - unless their head is cut off. That was changed in the series to allow Immortals to be "killed" then come back to life. Anything that kills a human will temporarily kill an Immortal.

    • Mildly contradicts the first movie insofar as there Connor can breathe underwater - here, he "dies" and Duncan has to bring him up and have him come back to life.

    • During the conversation between Duncan and Richie, about the candy store, Duncan asks "What part of town was this in?". When he asks this we can see a milk bottle in front of him with the top on. We see the bottle a few seconds later with the top off, although no-one has removed it.

    • When Richie and Duncan are having the conversation about the candy store, Richie goes to the fridge for a nearly full jug of juice. When he comes back to the table, he pours two small glasses. When we next see the jug, it is nearly empty, even though he didn't pour that amount of juice.

    • When Duncan first enters Mrs. Gustavson's bar, bright lights suddenly shine on her and Clinch as he opens the outside doors. The problem is, the doors are clear glass, not wood or anything that would block daylight in the first place.

    • When Leo is climbing through the forest towards the cabin, to witness the "lightning," the collar of his shirt is closed. When the camera angle changed to show him hiding behind the log, the collar is open and we can see a red undershirt.

    • When Comanksi describes Felicia, he says she is five foot four, Joan Jett who played Felicia is actually five foot five and a half.

    • When Comanski comes to question Richie about Felicia over the death of Devereux, we see Richie is wearing a red cord around his neck. The cord is knotted to his right, but when the camera switches to behind him, we can see the knot at the back of his neck.

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    Allusions (38)

    • Duncan: Did he also see a guy in a bad costume and a long cape? An allusion to the famous superhero Batman whose first comic book appearance was in 1939 and has also appeared in cartoons, TV series and films.

    • Richie: Damn, Sir Lancelot! After watching Connor and Duncan spar with their swords, he concludes that the two are friends. Lancelot was Arthur's friend at first according to legend, but was later exiled from Camelot.

    • Richie: Fantasy? Oh, you mean where you and the knights of the round table.... The Knights of the Round Table are part of the King Arthur legend. They were a group of knights who upheld justice with their swords.

    • Road Not Taken The episode title comes from a Robert Frost poem, The Road Not Taken: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--I took the road less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.

    • Leo: Looked like something from Gone With The Wind. This is a reference to the civil war love story Gone With The Wind written by Margaret Mitchell, and later made into a movie of the same name.

    • Richie: If someone starts playing the banjo, I'm out of here! Alluding to the movie Deliverance.

    • Duncan: Matsumuni was a genius. The character Matsumuni was the man who made the katana Connor McLeod got from Ramirez in the original Highlander movie.

    • Cominski: Commander, next time you plan some of this Rambo crap. Rambo is a character from a series of movies by the same name. In these movies Sylvester Stallone played a expert military commando.

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  • Fan Reviews (44)
  • eye of the beholder

    By FredDawes1776, Jul 20, 2013

  • This series = My love

    By NeveyB, Nov 24, 2012

  • Set in an alternate timeline where the events of the movie are the beginning of The Gathering, not the end, this show opens up and explores the possiblilities of the world invented in the first movie.

    By MagellanTheCat, Mar 21, 2010

  • a really good sci fi show that i watched all the time

    By cube2k8, May 07, 2010

  • This is one of the greatest sci-fi television shows of all-time bar none. Christopher Lambert played an impressive Highlander in the movies, but I truly feel that Adrian Paul was born to play this role.

    By CansisKid, Jul 19, 2009