Season 2 Episode 4

The Darkness

Aired Unknown Oct 23, 1993 on
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Episode Summary

A Watcher-Hunter is stalking Immortals, kidnapping their loved ones to force them into a fight on his terms...and Tessa is the next one to be kidnapped.

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  • This episode is a very moving one as Duncan loses the closest person to his heart, but not the way we thought it was going to happen.

    This episode starts as we see an immortal gets killed by apparently a mortal who cheats by turning off all the lights and cutting the immortal's head by using a device that enables him to see in the dark.

    We then cut to Duncan and Tessa's life and somehow it is foreshadowing of what's to come.

    Duncan asks Tessa to marry him, but we the audience almost guess this marriage will not happen as we see in a flashback thata gypsy had predicted to Duncan that he would never marry.

    Tessa gets kidnapped and we probably all thought that something was going to happen to her then. Of course we knew that Duncan couldn't die. After all he is the Highlander.

    I think the most shocking part of the episode is that Tessa doesn't get killed by something related to immortals, but by a thief. Even though there was in danger everyday because she was living with an immortal, it is not that that kills her, but everyday life.

    Another shocker is that Richie is an immortal! Who would have thought.

    The last moment of the episode when Duncan remembers the moments he had with Tessa with the "Dust in the Wind" song byt Kansas, is heartbreaking.

    The episode ends with one of the best lines out of Duncan, as he tells Richie: "Watch your head!"moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Although Mac says he's never been married and the gypsy says he never will be, in the movie Highlander: Endgame, it is shown that he was married in the past, albeit shortly.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Richie: Do you see any attraction for me in the very near future?
      Greta: Not likely. I sense you're not looking to have a serious relationship.
      Richie: No, but I can live with frivolous.

    • Carmen: MacLeod, you will bury many women. But you will marry none. You will always be alone, do you hear me? Alone!

    • Duncan: I've been around a long time, Rich.
      Richie: Four hundred years, I'd say that's quite a bit of time, yeah.
      Duncan: Yeah, but sometimes I feel even older than that. I've seen so many things, I've fought so many battles. People become part of your life and then they....they just die. It all stays with you, Rich, you live with it. Their hopes, their dreams, their pain, their love. Tessa makes me feel so young. Every time I see her, it's like the first time.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Dust In The Wind
      This song plays over Duncan's montage about his life with Tessa, and is one of the very few times that non-incidental/non-Queen music is played on the show. A mega-hit for the art rock band Kansas in 1977, its bittersweet theme on the transience of the material, mortal world was very appropriate for the loss MacLeod felt for his beloved Tessa.