Highlander: Little Tin God

Larca: "They choose to worship me. And in return, they are cared for. Is that not a god's covenant with his chosen?"
Duncan: "I think you've been in the jungle too long."

An immortal with a serious Jesus complex. It's only surprising there aren't more of them out there.

Larca was despicable, and actually deserved a century and a half of entombment along with being taken out by Duncan, but I also found it hard to believe that anyone living in the 1990s would believe Larca's bull. Let's see. I'm raised from the dead by a guy with long hair in a long, white gown, and he tells me I have to kill some jogger with a sword because he's the devil. Were Derek and the other recruits just a bit too gullible, perhaps?

As usual with a not-that-great episode, there was fun stuff to recommend it. Here, it was the Reverend Bell, Joe, and the Watcher lore. I liked how learning about immortality made Reverend Bell question certain precepts of his religion. I liked how he stormed Larca's abandoned church with a gun in one hand and a sword in the other. I thought he was going to die and I really didn't want him to, so it was great that Joe ended up recruiting Bell into the Watchers. It just fit.

We've never been told what the consequences would be if immortals fought on holy ground. I always assumed it was an honor sort of thing. Joe told Duncan about a legend concerning two immortals fighting on holy ground... in Pompeii, 79 AD. So there would be cosmic consequences, huh? That's interesting. Sort of massively theological, which fit well with the rest of this oddly religious (or irreligious) episode.

Flashbacks:

— 1830 Peru: During a trek in search of ruins, Duncan encountered Gavriel Larca, an immortal with Christmas cookie earrings who was a god to his people. Apparently, Larca lost control of his worshipers because he started to believe his own press. I guess that's the danger of godding as a profession.

Bits and pieces:

— Larca started as a lawyer. That doesn't surprise me.

— Duncan got Inca symbols with his quickening.

— Derek was sent away to be mentored by Carl Robinson. How lovely.

— Note from later: OMG! Patchy from Lost! and Roger Cross played Derek!


Quotes:

Duncan: "How do you watch a pirate?"
Joe: "You become one. Hey. Who says a watcher can't be a pirate? Say your guy likes the opera. You go to the opera."
Duncan likes opera. I bet Joe speaks from experience.

Derek: "If you're god, you don't need us."

Joe: "You know what he said? That some of the gods and prophets of history were immortals with delusions of grandeur like Larca?"
Duncan: "He was just upset."
Joe: "Yeah, but is it a possibility?"
Duncan didn't think so, but it's an intriguing idea. And it showed that Bell was smart and open-minded.

One star for Larca. Three for Reverend Bell and Derek. Does that make two stars?

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

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