Season 5 Episode 9

Little Tin God

Aired Unknown Nov 23, 1996 on
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Episode Summary

Derek's faith in God helped save him from a violent life on the urban streets. When the young gospel singer is killed in a drive-by shooting, he awakens in the arms of God and is given the gift of eternal life. But what's he to do when that God recruits him as a warrior in the Holy War against Satan...and Satan turns out to be Duncan MacLeod?moreless

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  • Good set up. A villain with a brain, using gullible pawns.

    Poser immortal recruits (first kills) immortals, convinces the gullible dweebs that he is their god, and they his chosen angels/warriors, and sets them out against Vertran immortals without teaching them the rules--the fight on holy ground (no kills/quickening), they attack in groups instead of one-on-one, and they don't know the saying that there can be only ONE. Actually a pretty clever scheme--all you have to do is find the gullible pre-immortals. Not quite Highlander, but at least interesting. The new Quickening effect for the season seems to be custom-tailored burn patterns in the ground based on symbols appropriate to the decedent.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Trivia: This is the last time in the original series that a person becomes Immortal in the present. The next time it happens is the Raven episode "Dead on Arrival."

    • When Duncan fights Larca it's clearly daytime. Then, after a rapid Quickening, it's already night.

    • When Duncan first arrives in the village in Prue, Larca tells him that the girl doesn't understand him when Duncan tries to talk to her in English. Yet later in the episode where every one is sick, we see the same girl is seen talking to Larca in English.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Duncan: Who are you?
      Derek: An angel of the Lord.
      Duncan: Yeah, and I'm Father Christmas. Move!

    • Duncan: You have no idea what you are, do you?
      Derek: I told you.
      Duncan: Yeah, you're an angel, so what does that make me?
      Derek: You know who you are... Satan.
      Duncan: (laughing) I'm the devil? You believe that? All right Bright Eyes, if I'm the devil, why did I bring you to holy ground?

  • NOTES (6)

    • Flashbacks: Peru, 1830.

    • Although credited, Stan Kirsch does not appear in this episode.

    • In this episode we see the most living Immortals gathered at one time and place of any time in the series: Duncan, Derek, Larca, Enrique, and Luke.

    • Andrew Divoff had previously played a different, mortal bad guy in the first season episode "Bad Day in Building A."

    • This episode also makes reference to a rumoured event in the year 79 A.D., when the Watchers believe that an Immortal may have taken another Immortal's head on holy ground... the only reported instance of this ever having happened, apparently. This is, of course, a reference to the real-life eruption of Mt Vesuvius, a volcano that destroyed the city of Pompeii in-- you guessed it-- 79 A.D.

    • A rumor that circulated about a year before Highlander 4: Endgame's release suggested that the fourth Highlander film's plotline might mirror that of this episode, with a ruthless and powerful Immortal convincing young newcomers to the Game that he is their resurrector. Obviously this proposed plotline was eventually dropped from the film.