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Highlander: The Series - Season 2 (Anchor Bay) Review




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Rating
Video:   6/10
Audio:   7/10
Extras:   6/10

Don't lose your head!
by Gord Lacey (All reviews)
8/07/2003

"He is immortal. Born in the highlands of Scotland 400 years ago, he is not alone. There are others like him; some good some evil. For centuries he has battled the forces of darkness, with holy ground his only refuge. He cannot die unless you take his head, and with it his power. In the end, there can be only one. He is Duncan MacLeod, the Highlander."

That's the brief intro to the second season of the show. The 1986 movie staring Christopher Lambert as the Immortal Connor MacLeod spawned a sequel, 1991's Highlander II: The Quickening and the show, which premiered in October of 1992. Adrian Paul (The Colby's, War of the Worlds) is Duncan MacLeod, a clansman of Connor's and fellow Immortal. The first season saw him running an antique store with his girlfriend Tessa (Alexandra Vandernoot) until they packed up and moved to France with Ritchie Ryan (Stan Kirsch) who now works with them, and is a friend. Disturbed by the death of his friend, and fellow immortal Darius, Duncan spends most of the second season consumed with rage. We're also introduced to his Watcher, Joe Dawson (Jim Byrnes), and Charlie DeSalvo (Philip Akin), the owner of a martial arts studio MacLeod buys.

Video

Highlander was a low-budget show shot with 16mm, and the DVDs reflect this. The picture is grainy and contains dust and other debris. The picture quality of the second season equals that of the first.

Audio

While the soundtrack might have been remixed to Dolby Digital 5.1, this isn't anything that'll blow you away. I found the music droned out the dialog on the first season, but that problem has been fixed for the second. Rear speakers are still underutilized though. The 5.1 track sounds better than the Dolby Stereo track, which is also provided.

Extras - How we rate extras

Photo gallery (59 photos)
Still photos from the second season of the series.

Intros to episodes (1:02:18)
Bill Panzer and David Abramowitz give some background to each episode in the second season.

Deleted Scenes/Outtakes (26:14)
These are deleted scenes and outtakes from selected episodes.

Adrian Paul Commentary
Adrian Paul (Duncan MacLeod) provides commentary on episode 7 and 8. Adrian jokes and talks about the show gives away a lot of trivia.

Video Commentary (38:09)
Much like the video commentary on Hercules: Season One, Adrian Paul was taped while providing commentary on the two episodes. This should be considered a "best of" for the commentary tracks.

Featurette (40:54)
Adrian Paul, Stan Kirsch & Alexandra Vandernoot talk about how they got their roles, the relationships between their characters, and the show. This is very good, but I found the audio was quiet. Please note that this is a Best Buy exclusive and can only be found at Best Buy, or Best Buy owned stores.

The following extras are found on a CD-ROM
Scripts
All the scripts for the season.

Actors & Directors
All this information was taken from the Internet Movie Database.

Shooting Schedule
This is the shooting schedule for 3 episodes: Studies in Light, Turnabout and Unholy Alliance. This is displayed in a webpage.

Trivia Game
10 random questions are asked.

Summary

Watching this season was very interesting for me since days before starting it; I met Adrian Paul at the VSDA show in Las Vegas. Please read the special report on why Adrian Paul was at the show. This show is really growing on it. I found it odd that everyone liked Tessa because I found her rather annoying. The introduction of Joe and Charlie was welcomed, and I feel they added more to the story rather than confusing it.


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