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Highlander: Take Back the Night

Ceirdwyn: "More blood does not make it better. Never will."

The point of this episode was that, even though mortal lovers die too soon, love is always worth it.

The immortal Ceirdwyn (interesting name, cool face tatts), old friend and former lover of Duncan's, thought her fifteen years with Steven were worth the pain. Duncan took her advice, and now Anne is on her way to Paris. That could be interesting, although it probably would be more interesting if I liked Anne. Where's Amanda these days? And what about the whole "I couldn't handle another Tessa" issue?

The A plot, with Ceirdwyn chasing the men who killed her mortal husband, was predictable and uninteresting. Was Duncan right to stop Ceirdwyn? It was her husband who died, and I don't see those muggers as a huge loss to society. Yes, indeed, killing someone doesn't bring your loved one back, but what would Duncan do if he had identified the mugger who killed Tessa?

I thought Richie's latest foray at the track would be dull as well, but maybe the writers realized that they were boring us. Surprise, Richie actually died. In public. Uh oh.


— 60 A.D. Britain. Ceirdwyn's first death (I assume) during a battle defending her village. What was with the spiral tatts the people had on their faces? I wonder if that was historically correct? It made the flashback more interesting, at least. The entire flashback was magenta-tinted, too, which was different.

— 1746 Scotland. Duncan was on the run with Bonnie Prince Charlie (after Culloden, I assume) and stopped by to see Ceirdwyn, who dressed Charlie in drag to hide him.

— There was a second 1746 flashback showing Duncan in a fury, killing redcoats for revenge. Obvious parallel to what Ceirdwyn was doing in present day.

Bits and pieces:

— "Some of us don't live forever." Just a bit petulant of Steven, one might think. Except he almost immediately got killed by a mugger, so he was right.

— I liked the Joe/Anne scene in his bar.

— A naked Richie managed to get across Paris to Duncan's barge without being seen. I wouldn't have minded seeing some of that.

This one just didn't do much for me. Maybe it was because it followed two much better episodes with two more interesting immortals.

Two stars,

Billie Doux knows that there can be only one.

1 comment:

  1. There is zero chemistry between Anne and Duncan. I like Anne on her own and it was interesting at first to watch her practical, no-nonsense, outspoken personality collide with the outrageous supernatural world of the immortals, who have to accept that there are secrets and truths they aren’t meant to know, for now. But Duncan does not seem to be in love with Anne. It feels like a rebound relationship, which is frustrating because it’s out of character for Duncan to get into a rebound relationship with a mortal he respects. I actually didn’t mind Tessa as a character even though I agree that there was no where for her, or the relationship, to go story-wise. She wasn’t believable as an artist (giant bagels, LOL) but she was sensual and romantic, unlike Anne. I liked the sophisticated bohemian life she and Duncan built. And when he said that every time he looked at her it felt like the first time, it felt earned and true. I guess for a 400-year-old immortal, 12 years would still be a honeymoon period. And he made Tessa feel seen every day for 12 years.


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