Season 1 Episode 13

Band of Brothers

Aired Unknown Feb 13, 1993 on
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Darius, an ancient Immortal, priest, and friend of Duncan's, sends word that his one-time protege and master swordsman, Grayson, is now stalking Darius' other students -- among them, possibly, MacLeod. Grayson, disillusioned that his former comrade-in-arms has become a man of peace, is killing Darius' mortal students to gain revenge. Grayson goes after peace activist Victor Paulus and Duncan must protect him despite the fact that Grayson is his superior in swordsmanship.moreless

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  • Duncan involves himself in a conflict between two ancient Immortals, despite being out of his depth. The good guys win, more by luck than otherwise.

    This is one of the best episodes in the generally weak first season. It has a good villain-of-the-week plot, a lot of memorable dialog, and a rare view of Duncan un-confident of his ability to prevail.

    We meet Darius, an Immortal priest who will be pivotal in the rest of the first season. Darius' old lieutenant and current enemy, Grayson, is killing Darius' mortal students so as to lure Darius off of holy ground and kill him.

    Darius appeals for Duncan's help, and Duncan gives it, even though he thinks he is outclassed by Grayson and would probably lose if he fought him. When the fight finally comes, Duncan wins, but mostly by luck and shear refusal to give up.

    We say goodbye to Randi McFarland, the annoying newswoman who is sure there is something strange about Duncan but never gets close to guessing his secret. She would have been fun to have in future seasons, but somehow it was not to be.

    Duncan, Tessa, and Richie end up in Paris in a reasonably believable way. This was a problem that the series had every year - the production deal had half the filming done in Vancouver BC and half in Paris, so they had to think up a reason to move the main characters twice a year.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Watch the shots of Duncan fighting the church robber carefully. As the camera cuts between the two men, you can see they are both facing the street with the church at their backs, even though the fight starts with Duncan facing the church. The production crew couldn't use long shots of Duncan that would show the street behind him because it was too modern looking to fit with the flashback so instead they used closeups and had Adrian Paul move to a different position while still facing the street with the church at his back. (look for the caged well that is behind both men no matter where they're "really" supposed to be.)

    • The battle where Duncan meets Darius is supposed to be Waterloo, but it took place in June of 1815. There is no official on-screen dialogue identifying the locale as Waterloo but the Watchers CD Chronicles does so. An unexpected snowstorm in Vancouver during the filming is the reason for the glitch.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Duncan: Need a ride?
      Randi: Wherever you're going.
      Duncan: Excuse me?
      Randi: I mean, all I have to do is stick with you, you'll lead me to a breaking news story.
      Duncan: I'm just lucky that way.
      Randi: Come on, MacLeod. If the FBI and the CIA were half as good as the outfit you work for, I'd sleep better at night.

    • Duncan: Well, how goes the battle?
      Darius: Why does that matter to you? Napoleon may lose a campaign, Wellington may win a great victory, but if they really won or lost their reputation, these men have been robbed of their most precious possession forever. You shouldn't be taking part in this tragedy.
      Duncan: I was raised a warrior. I choose battles I believe to be just.
      Darius: Oh, I'm sure. You're quite loyal to your convictions and compatriots. But I wonder what these men think about that, about convictions and compatriotism now.

    • Darius: I wasn't always a priest, you know. When I was a young man the first thing you had to do when introduced to a woman was compliment her father's horse.

    • Darius: Grayson! You believed in me once.
      Grayson: I didn't change. You did.

    • Duncan: It's a good job, huh.
      Tessa: Great job.
      Duncan: Good, I like being kept.
      Tessa: Kept?
      Duncan: I'm going to hang out on the barge, catch up on my reading while you bring home the bacon.

    • Richie: So what makes this Grayson guy different from the others?
      Duncan: He's almost 1.400 years older than I am. He's one of the few ancient Immortals left. He's been a warlord most of that time. You don't just go up to him with your sword and say, "En guard, fool."

    • Grayson: I shall hunt down your proteges one by one until you sicken of it and come out of sanctuary to fight me.
      Darius: Would it please you that much to destroy me?
      Grayson: Immensely.

    • Victor: This is the second time you have saved my life. Why are...who are you?
      Duncan: I'm a friend of Darius.
      Victor: You didn't learn (to fight) from Darius!
      Duncan: Well, I wasn't much of a student.

  • NOTES (6)

    • The actor and series swordmaster who played the brigand leader, Peter Diamond, was immortal Iman Fasil in the original Highlander movie - his character here is no relation.

    • This episode was filmed in the transition between Canadian and French filming. The production crew couldn't afford to fly James Horan to Paris for only one scene, so in the opening scene with the conversation between Grayson and Darius, they filmed Horan in Vancouver and Werner Stocker in Paris, each separately doing their half of the conversation, and then edited the two tapes together to make it seem as if they were meeting face to face.

    • Originally the producers wanted to cast a physically ugly actor to play the role of Darius, contrasting his spiritual beauty with his exterior. The German financiers insisted on casting Werner Stocker - nobody regretted the choice.

    • This is the first episode where an Immortal's Quickening altering another Immortal's personality is mentioned.

    • Flashback: Napoleonic Wars

    • This is Amanda Wyss's last episode. She stays behind in America and continues to be a reporter.


    • Title
      The Bard of Avon, a.k.a. William Shakespeare, has contributed many episode titles to Highlander. This one comes from Henry V: We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he to-day that sheds his blood with me; Shall be my brother...