Season 5 Episode 11

The Valkyrie

Aired Unknown Feb 01, 1997 on
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In 1944, Ingrid Henning had the chance to kill Adolf Hitler and failed. She's been atoning for that failure ever since by killing dictators, tyrants, racists, and fascists who might have the potential to become as dangerous. MacLeod has a chance to stop her before she kills more mortals, but by stopping her, does MacLeod commit the same evil for which he's judged her guilty?moreless

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  • You may not have heard this, but there were a group of people called Nazis back in World War Two, and they were EVIL!

    There were these people called "Nat-zees", m'Kay? They were bad, m'Kay? Racism is also bad, mm'Kay? Facism is really bad, mm'Kay? Bigotry is bad too. So, this is our morality lesson episode with a "what if someone had succeeded in killing Hitler earlier in the war. Can you tell that the show is running out of ideas?

    We don't get any real substance or ongoing story elements. As far as I can tell, nothing in this episode is ever referred to again.

    Generally just a space waster, rather like typing anything further about this episode. If it weren't for the 100 minimum, I'd have stopped typing 2 sentences ago.moreless
  • An old friend of Duncan's is killing up-and-coming dictators before they come to power. Duncan feels great moral conflict.

    This is one of the best Highlander episodes. The regular characters give strong performances, but the show is almost stolen by the guest stars. Jan Triska is riveting as the wise but world-weary detective and Musetta Vander is very strong as the Immortal who decides that she can't just watch history unfold any more.

    Highlander was always strongest when it wrapped the swordplay and banter up inside a moral dilemma. Here they take one of the classics - would you have killed Hitler if you had the chance? - and give it a distinctive Highlander twist: Duncan and Ingrid did try to kill him, but failed. Now we find that Ingrid "has been making up for it ever since". Then combine it with a second moral dilemma, which is distinctive to the Highlander universe: Immortals can easily escape from Mortal justice by "dying" at convenient times, so Duncan can't just push the problem off onto the authorities to solve. If his old friend has to be stopped, then he has to stop her. And we all know there's only one way to do that.moreless
Musetta Vander

Musetta Vander

Ingrid Henning

Guest Star

Jan Triska

Jan Triska

Nicolae Breslaw

Guest Star

Fulvio Cecere

Fulvio Cecere

Alan Wilkinson

Guest Star

Peter Wingfield

Peter Wingfield

Methos aka Adam Pierson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (11)

    • Duncan: So what Breslaw was saying about the murders was true?
      Ingrid: They weren't murders. They were assassinations. There's a difference.
      Duncan: The end result is the same.
      Ingrid: Yes, but some people deserve to die. That's the difference.

    • Inspector Breslaw: Never gets any easier ... the killing I mean.
      Duncan: Maybe it's not supposed to.
      Breslaw: Maybe if I die a little tonight ... it will even things out between me and God.
      Duncan: I hear Wilkinson's speech is back on for tomorrow night.
      Breslaw: This time he is on his own. When I was a little boy everything was black and white, good and evil, you see. Then I grew up and discovered that there was only gray. I'm sorry I had to kill your friend.
      Duncan: The Ingrid I knew I'll never forget. But the one you killed, I don't even know who she was. You did what you had to do.
      Breslaw: But was I right? If this fascist scum Wilkinson becomes your President in the next 5 or 10 years, how am I going to sleep at night?
      Duncan: I would have made the same choice.

    • Joe: Ingrid Henning.
      Methos: Ask Joe about her.
      Duncan: I don't have to ask him about her, I know her, she failed to kill Hitler in '44 and she's been making up for it since.

    • Methos: It is the ultimate in arrogance to think that one person can alter the course of history.
      Duncan: You can't deny that had she killed Hitler, thousands of lives would have been saved, maybe even millions?
      Methos: Yeah, and if you'd killed Hitler in '43, like Rommel wanted, maybe Germany would've won the war.

    • Methos: You okay?
      Duncan: Ingrid asked me something before she died.
      Methos: They usually do.
      Duncan: She said, "What was the difference between her killing them and me killing her?"
      Methos: Good question. Right up there with chicken and egg.
      Duncan: So what are you saying? There is no answer?
      Methos: No, there is an answer. The real question is whether you're ready for it. Stefanovich killed, and Ingrid judged him. Wilkinson killed, and Ingrid killed him. Ingrid killed, and you judged her.
      Duncan: So, who judges me?
      Methos: You hungry?

    • Joe: You know, you really can be an arrogant pain in the ass sometimes.
      Methos: Guilty as charged.

    • Duncan: You mind telling me what you find funny about all this?
      Methos: Not exactly funny, but, uh...pretty entertaining, yeah.
      Joe: Just what is so entertaining?
      Methos: MacLeod tussling with another of his moral dilemmas.
      Duncan: You know there are times I really don't like you.
      Methos: That's okay - sometimes I don't like myself.

    • (Ingrid Henning enters)
      Methos: Time to go.
      Duncan: She's a friend.
      Methos: Listen, when they carry a sword and I haven't been fully introduced, I get shy.

    • Duncan: Since when are you my attorney?
      Methos: Whatever you need: lawyer, doctor, Indian chief - I've got paperwork to cover it all.

    • Methos: Look at this. It's an exhibition of Greek antiquities.
      Duncan: Oh, yeah, I can't wait. A two thousand five hundred year-old garage sale.
      Methos: Listen - some of this stuff could be mine.

    • Duncan: You're an old cynic.
      Methos: I try.

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    • Title
      The Valkyrie are the fierce but just female demigods of Norse legend, charged with escorting the souls of the valiantly slain to eternal bliss in Valhalla. Brunhild (particularly) was Chief of the Valkyrie, but betrayed and punished for her love of a mortal and for neglecting her duty as inflictor of Odin's wrath.