The following is my review of the Season 5 episode, "The Messenger." I'm reposting it here because it asks a very basic question about the show that I'd really like to see discussed/answered.
Am I the only person who's ever wondered why there can be only one?
Finally, five seasons in, somebody in the show notices what I noticed in the first episode - that the Game, in and of itself, is insane. The question is finally raised here, "Why can't we just... stop playing the Game?" And the show does a good job of answering the question - it certainly gave me food for thought.
Unfortunately, the far bigger question, in my mind at least, has still not been addressed, and that is, "Why does the Game exist in the first place?" This is a fundamental part of the Highlander mythology that has simply never been addressed. And by that, I don't mean that it's never been sufficiently answered - I mean that the question has never been acknowledged AT ALL.
Five seasons in, I still have yet to see anything that could refute my theory that some alien race saw Immortals as a threat, so they invented the Game as a ruse to convince all of the Immortals to kill each other off, so they wouldn't be a threat anymore.
Things are truly sad when THAT is the most logical explanation for the show's mythology.
And in that sense, this episode was disappointing. Because it ALMOST asked the fundamental question (I don't even care if the question is never answered - at this point, I would settle for the question being ASKED, at least once in the show's lifetime), but didn't.
Otherwise, the show was quite good. Any show with Methos is quite good, of course, and the Watchers chronicles for both Methoses on the DVD are hilarious. And it did raise an interesting question - does it matter if the messenger is a liar or insane, as long as the message is a good one?
That's it. Any comments (even, "Yeah, I've wondered that too") are welcome