HL Reviews - "Chivalry" & "Timeless"
I'm impressed with the USPS.
Last Monday (5/31) I ordered the the season 4 DVD's for Highlander: the Series. Amazon sent me an email confirmation on 6/3 (Thursday) saying that they've shipped it out. According to the post office's tracking service, it arrived sometime on Saturday, 6/5. Though, I didn't see the package at my doorstep until yesterday afternoon, since I normally come and go by car/garage instead of the front door.
I think that was the fastest that anything I've ordered has ever gotten to me. It didn't even take the standard 5-9 business days! ^_^
*wonders if ossian got his package yet*
So after getting the DVD's, I watched 2 episodes yesterday. It's pretty noticeable from the packaging and the quality of the extra stuff (like interviews and extra footage) that 1) the show wasn't really high budget and 2) it was done in the early days of that kinda thing. (HLtS went off the air like in '95.) I mean, the lady who was talking about the makings of the show was reading her lines off a script in her lap! I'm guessing they got her to do that part at the last minute or something. :p
But what do I care? I only got the thing so I could drool at Peter Wingfield/Methos anyhow. ^_^
"Chivalry" is an episode that pretty much encapsulates what I dislike about Duncan as a character, apart from any fangirl allegiances. He's pretty much the type of guy who might be a pretty face (if you like "tall, dark, and broody") and good in bed, is *not* the kind of guy a girl would look for in a long term relationship. He's capable of attachments, but not commitment. And, he's the typical un-sensitive oaf when it comes to breaking up. I mean, (paraphrased) "I don't love you; I wanna get together with your servant girl; let's just be friends"? Ouch. Just... ouch. And he wonders why she tried to stab him with a sword. If a man is only charming when he "loves" you or is trying to get something from you, well, excuse me if that's not the kind of man that I would like or admire.
Methos, in this episode, pulls off very well the whole mysterious-with-a-hidden-agenda air about him. He might claim to be "just a guy", but those of us with eyes and ears for subtext and tone know better. ^_~ Heck, even the studio people admitted that they were surprised by Wingfield's performance and the layers he added to every word Methos said - they hadn't planned it, but they recognized what came out and liked it. Of course, we never find out exactly what Methos' agenda was, though I have a few speculations. But those out there who wonder where Methos gets his fandom rep of being a all-knowning manipulative puppetmaster... well, look no further.
"Timeless" is one of those lighter and more humorous episodes that nontheless manages to preserve the gravity of the themes and situations. But really, how can an episode *not* be amusing when you have Mr. Stud-boy Duncan himself out in drag and falsetto? *laughs*
My favorite part though was the romantic subplot with Methos. Y'know, for someone born and bred in ancient times before the invention of romance, he sure does a good job of it. Some quotes (somewhat paraphrased):
Alexa: "I'm dying. You see, don't you? We can't go out tomorrow." Methos: "Absolutely. We'd better make it tonight."
Joe: "Just leave her alone." Methos: "Joe, I didn't ask for your opinion. I know she's dying, okay? You are *all* dying! Twenty years, Six months. What's the difference?" Joe: "Don't you get it? She's trying to protect herself. Protect you." Methos: "Yes, I get it. Now tell me where she lives."
Alexa: "Plane tickets to Paris?" Methos: "Anywhere you like. Everywhere, if there's time." Alexa: "It's not that easy." Methos: "Yes, it is. You spend whatever time you have left dying or you spend it living — with me."
Now *that's* romance. Now that's *commitment*. After this ep, how can anyone say that Methos isn't a girl's dream guy? *sighs dreamily*