Season 5 Episode 10

The Messenger

Aired Unknown Nov 30, 1996 on
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Richie's found a new teacher: an Immortal who preaches a message of peace. An Immortal who believes that all Immortals can lay down their swords and live together as brothers. An Immortal who claims to be the oldest of their kind still alive -- Methos. Will laying down his sword in the name of peace mean Richie will lose his head? And what does this mean for the friend MacLeod already calls Methos?moreless

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  • Feel free to shoot The Messenger

    An imposter of Methos is trying to convince Immortals to abandon violence and give up the game. The real Methos thinks its funny to have an imposter and mocks him. Richie starts to follow him as a converted deciple. MacLeod is annoyed when he falls for a psych ploy. And the real Methos laughs at everyone. GIotW decides to take advantage of everyone being idiots by collecting heads. Up until the Psychotic acid trip spinning in front of a greenscreen Quickening, this is actually a pretty decint episode--one of the best I'd seen in a good while. The ending 5 minutes, however, are incrediblly stupid as a wrap up, and utterly destroy all the effort of the beginning. I was going to give this a 9/10. With that ending, however, 6/10moreless
  • The fundamental question raised by the series is finally acknowledged... almost.

    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?moreless
Ron Perlman

Ron Perlman

The Messenger

Guest Star

Robert Wisden

Robert Wisden

William Culbraith

Guest Star

Awaovieyi Agie

Awaovieyi Agie


Guest Star

Peter Wingfield

Peter Wingfield

Methos aka Adam Pierson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In the end, why didn't the real Methos go with Duncan in order to find Richie faster? The editing of this episode makes it look like Duncan can teleport since Culbraith was still trying to kill Richie by the time he arrived. Why is it that Culbraith only had one outfit?

    • Historically, whites and blacks were not interned together at Andersonville Prison.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • (from the extended scene)
      Methos: Okay, there's this Spanish guy, Alejandro Diego Spinoza...one day he gets called in by the Inquisition for questioning, red hot pincers, tongs, usual drill...now, all he has to do is say no, 'kay, very simple word. They take his home, his money, his lands, but he will not give in.
      Joe: So what happened?
      Methos: He died screaming in agony. But he kept his integrity.
      Joe: You are one calculated son of a bitch.
      Methos: Thank you very much, it's just a matter of anticipation.
      Joe: Really...well have one on me. (pours his drink on Methos' head)
      Methos: What the hell was that for?!
      Joe: Just one of those unforseen dilemmas. I'm surprised you didn't anticipate it.

    • Methos: Look, there are enough people out there who want my head for who I am. Now, I say, if he wants to play Methos let him.
      Duncan: Even if it gets him killed?
      Methos: Yeah. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Look at these boots. What happened to craftsmanship? I only put a thousand miles in them.

    • Duncan: Do you really think peace between us was possible?
      Richie: I'd like to think so.
      Duncan: Would have been nice.
      Richie: You know, I don't even know what his real name was. I mean, I know he wasn't the real Methos. Maybe he wasn't right either, but he was a good man.
      Methos: Listen, I'm sorry I disappointed you, kid.
      Richie: That's okay.
      Methos: Later.
      Richie: Old timer, you got any words of wisdom for me?
      Methos: Nope.

    • Fake Methos: Can anyone live for five thousand years and say they did nothing, risked nothing, merely stayed alive? It'd be pointless.
      Methos: Some might think that that experience is worth saving.
      Fake Methos: I'm not one of them, but we can talk about it.
      Methos: No, I've got a prior engagement, I'm afraid.
      Fake Methos: I, uh, didn't catch your name.
      Methos: No, that's right, you didn't.

    • Joe: I'm gonna go check on this other Methos. Maybe I'll turn something up.
      Methos: Maybe I'll go and buy some socks.

    • Methos: But it's got such a nice ring to it. No more fighting, no more killing, peace and harmony - don't tell me you never fantasized about that? Some young sucker's always gonna fall for it.
      Duncan: Richie has.
      Methos: Voila.

    • (talking about the fake Methos)
      Duncan: I thought you were out wandering the world.
      Methos: Tibet...yak butter plays hell with the digestion. Besides, I've had all the enlightenment I could use.
      Duncan: Maybe you should've kept it to yourself.
      Methos: Sorry, I must have dozed off. What is it we're talking about?

    • Methos: One speech from the wise one and you forgive Culbraith - what's next? Friendship bracelets? The Love Boat?
      Duncan: I didn't forgive him, (the other Methos) just made me think.
      Methos: (cocky) Ooooooohhhhhhhhhhhh, just don't think too long.

    • Duncan: Turning the other cheek will only get you slapped harder.
      Methos: Has a nice ring to it, though.

    • Methos: Hey, grab a beer. There's a cold one in the fridge.
      Duncan: I know - my fridge.

    • Joe: (Richie's) young...young people make mistakes.
      Methos: Yeah, look at disco.

    • Joe: I did some checking on this (fake) Methos flake. (Duncan and Real Methos look at him) The other one.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This is the last of three episodes to feature flashbacks to Duncan's involvement in helping runaway slaves escape (the other two are "Innocent Man" and "The Lamb").

    • Robert Wisden had previously appeared as a different character in the second season episode "The Return of Amanda."