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Highlander: Brothers in Arms

Joe: "I owe you my life. Not his."

All about Joe. How he lost his legs in Vietnam, how becoming a Watcher gave him reason to live. And about the immortal who saved his life.

Andrew Cord was interesting and complex. What he did for Joe – carrying him on his back for sixteen miles – was deeply heroic as well as physically extreme, even for an immortal. But did that make him good? No. He did it because Joe was one of his men. At the start of the episode, Cord killed that poor woman in order to save another of his men from getting court martialed. Devoted to his soldiers while waging war, perhaps, but in the end, evil.

Duncan won on points in this battle of the old friends, because Charlie was by far the better man. Charlie's death scene was surprisingly touching and effective. I think it was because Duncan finally told him the truth in those last moments, like he had promised. And like any major Highlander character, Charlie got a montage. Well, okay, more of a multiple flashback, but still.

Duncan and Joe both lost an old friend in a particularly painful way. Bound to put a crimp in their friendship.


— 1968 Vietnam. Joe stepped on a mine. His immortal sergeant Andy Cord saved Joe's life.

— 1995 the Balkans. Charlie discovered he had gotten defective armament from... who else, Andrew Cord. Again with the long arm of immortal coincidence.

Bits and pieces:

— We're back in Seacouver.

— Joe's nickname back in Nam was Boy Scout.

— Dueling to the death in the paintball court. What did that symbolize? That immortals play the game. That those who live by the sword, etc., etc. Cord was maniacal, even at paintball. Cord was all about battle, even when there was none to be had.

— Andrew Cord was the twenty-third evil immortal with a K/C name.

Three out of four stars,

Billie Doux knows that there can be only one. And that's Methos.

1 comment:

  1. The best part of this episode was Joe’s backstory, of course. I liked Wolfgang Bodison’s portrayal of Cord. It made you want to know his backstory. But why couldn’t Duncan - or Charlie - just tell Joe “Cord sold defective ammunition that got hundreds of people killed and murdered Mara in cold blood?” Poor Joe.


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