Highlander: Eye of the Beholder


Gabriel: "You know what they say. Breaking up is hard to do."

Gabriel Piton once loved women as well as beautiful things, but eventually he began seeing mortal women as beautiful things. Do all immortals eventually devolve into serial killers? How long was Gabriel killing the women he used to love? Was it a new development? Was he fooling Duncan all along?

I particularly liked that Duncan cried after he killed Gabriel. One of the things I've always liked about Duncan as a character is that he has the strength to make the really hard decisions. Seriously. How hard must it be to behead an old friend?

Lots of Richie in this one. Richie was actually playing with Duncan's sword, and asking for fencing lessons. If Richie is indeed a potential immortal, why won't Duncan at least start giving him fencing lessons? Duncan emphasized over and over that Richie was out of his depth with those dangerous immortals, and probably thought that giving him a sword would make Richie even more impulsive and reckless. Although, come to think of it, Richie did pretty well here, what with setting guys on fire and all, and pretending to be blind in order to steal a cop's gun.

High fashion is pretty much lost on me. Maya looked like she was wearing torn up Kleenex. Tessa was wearing earrings the size of key chains, and the mystery clue was an earring the size of a Christmas tree ornament. But we did have some cool imagery. Piton chased Maya into a roomful of headless dressmaker dummies. And when Duncan killed him, his headless body fell onto a spill of red silk.

Flashbacks:

— 1786 Paris. Duncan and Gabriel and the swordfight looked like something out of The Three Musketeers. Duncan had a long ponytail and was wearing yellow striped taffeta. Again, not a look that many actors can pull off.

— 1803 London. The second flashback had Duncan in bed with a duchess while Piton was stealing. This episode showed another side of Duncan: that he spent some serious time as a party animal.

Bits and pieces:

— This week, Richie's throwaway girlfriend was a French model. A step up.

— Gabriel's occupation through the centuries was as a dress designer. Another interesting immortal occupation.

— Duncan, in a purple shirt, did scenic tai chi on the banks of the Seine.

— During the runway scene, "She Drives Me Crazy" by the Fine Young Cannibals is playing. A little in-reference to Xavier St. Cloud.

— Richie grew up in Seacouver and never ate shellfish?

Two out of four stars,

Billie
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Billie Doux knows that there can be only one.

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