by Billie Doux
Kronos: "The four of us. Reunited."
Methos: "Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase 'dream team'."
After frantically playing both sides as hard as he could, Methos finally had to make a choice. He made the right one, of course. But we knew he would.
Did Methos change his mind about protecting Duncan from Kronos? Did he actually set up that final duel? I don't think so. (Or maybe he did. Methos is a mystery; it's part of his charm.) I think that maybe Methos thought he could go along with Kronos in order to save his own life, but he simply couldn't help fighting him every step of the way. I've always thought it was a little sad (as well as fortunate, of course) that the Four Horsemen were unable to translate their evil deeds into a viable present day equivalent. The Horsemen were over millennia ago. Methos, the ultimate survivor, changed with the times, but the other three never really did.
Kronos has always been my favorite Highlander villain (with the possible exception of Clancy Brown). Valentine Pelka made Kronos real and memorable. And he was terrific with a sword; that final double duel was one of the best in the series. We got a massive double quickening for two extremely old immortals, and the way Duncan and Methos moaned together as lightning wracked their bodies in tandem was almost romantic. Since Methos rarely showed emotion, I always loved the way he fell to his knees and sobbed at the end. "I killed Silas. I liked Silas!"
This was the 100th episode of Highlander, and the best two-parter of the series. For many fans, it's their favorite. It was certainly the biggest, most ambitious story they ever did. It could have been silly or forgettable. Instead, it was classic.
-- Bronze Age, three thousand years ago. Cassandra, a victim of the Stockholm Syndrome, thought she loved Methos. He obviously preferred her and had a fondness for her. And then he had to give her to Kronos. It explained a lot.
Bits and pieces:
-- Revelation 6:8: "And I looked, and behold a pale horse; and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth."
-- According to the DVD extras, Silas was war, Caspian famine, Kronos pestilence, and Methos was death. Methos did ride a pale horse, just as advertised. Caspian was eating bugs and rodents, and Kronos had a biological weapon he wanted to use to bring on the apocalypse. I can't find a way to relate Silas to war, though. Big axe?
-- This episode's Most Obvious Symbolism: when the Four Horsemen clasped hands and arms, Methos was the last and made them wait. And then he leaned over an obstacle, a table, to do it.
-- I liked the Methos/Cassandra interaction in this one. As much as I didn't like Tracy Scoggins, I wish they had brought her back before the end of the series and explored that relationship a little more.
-- I'm confused about dates. Methos said it had been over a thousand years since they saw Silas; Caspian said that Silas had lived in the woods for two thousand years. How long did the Horsemen ride? When did they break up?
-- I always liked the cleverness of Duncan killing Caspian and then jumping off the bridge before Silas could take his head. Silas should have seen it coming, but he was obviously not that bright. Silas also didn't like the idea of the virus; Methos made a valiant but unsuccessful attempt to talk him around. You should have listened to Methos, Silas.
-- Abandoned submarine base in Bordeaux. Just like a James Bond movie. Kronos's idea of Camelot, according to Methos.
-- We just transitioned from Seacouver to Paris. Yay.
-- This episode was directed by our star, Adrian Paul. Good job, sir.
Methos: "Would I lie to you?"
Kronos: "Have you ever done anything else?"
Cassandra said the same thing to Duncan about Methos, too.
Methos: "Have you read Aristotle's Poetics? No, of course not. You haven't even seen Casablanca. What is the first rule of great drama? Start slow and build."
Kronos: "We think alike. We always have."
Methos: "I doubt that, Kronos. No one thinks quite like you."
Kronos: "You still don't understand, MacLeod. I am the end of time!"
Duncan: "You're history."
Duncan: "What about Cassandra?"
Methos: "One of a thousand regrets, MacLeod. One of a thousand regrets."
Four out of four stars,
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