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07 August 2007 @ 11:34 am
HLS4: Chivalry  
Highlander Season Four

Chivalry, Air Date: December 1995

Nearly 350 years ago, MacLeod was the devoted lover of Kristin Gilles, a beautiful Immortal who taught him to be a gentleman. When he found another love, Kristin refused to let him go, killing his new lover. Now Kristin is sharing her bed with another new Immortal full of potential -- Richie. Methos, who knows MacLeod has never been able to kill Kristin because of his strict code of honor, has arrived in town to watch the fireworks as MacLeod tries to convince Richie that his new-found love is dangerous.


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macgeorge1macgeorge1 on August 7th, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm back from my extended trip west, so I thought I'd respond to this so folks wouldn't think I'd utterly fallen off the face of the earth.

My entire original commentary, with episode descriptions and a lot of discussion is at:
http://www.wordsmiths.net/MacGeorge/episodes/Season4/Chivalry.htm

(Please to be noting that, should one happen to move one's cursor over the screen capture at the beginning, one might notice that the little hand appears. It's not just there so simulate feeling-up Duncan's rather fine posterior.)

My summary comments are: Obviously, this is a terrific episode, as we get so much more exposure to Methos (and to Duncan, for that matter ) than we got in the “Methos” and “Finale” episodes. We don’t really learn a whole lot more detail than we knew before, but we do get a peek under some of the layers of his complex personality, and it is fascinating. Ann Turkel was a powerful presence on screen, and Kristin’s domination of Young!Duncan and Young!Richie was quite believable. Lots of television episodes, when they leave unanswered questions about motivation and character, are frustrating and feel incomplete. That is not the case with this one, even though more questions are raised by Methos’ actions and words than are answered. What they managed to do was leave us satisfied with the story, but eager to learn more and see more of Methos.

I thought Duncan’s inability to kill Kristin had little to do with chivalry. I think it was that Kristin had been his teacher, and teachers held a special place of honor in his mind. And he *had* allowed himself to be kept by her only to fall in love with someone else despite all she had done for him. He felt a sense of debt, of obligation and of guilt for his own less-than-honorable treatment of her. It was about chivalry only in the sense that Duncan couldn’t ignore that lapse in his own behavior, which played directly into Kristin’s own fears and insecurities.

This episode combined all the elements I like best about Highlander. Great visuals (yes, in every sense of the word ), exciting action, snappy dialogue (yes, Methos does get all the great lines), and the exploration of a complex issue that uncovers the cracks and flaws and humanity in what otherwise might be considered heroic characters.

Ith: Methos - Laughithildyn on August 7th, 2007 10:32 pm (UTC)
This episode combined all the elements I like best about Highlander. Great visuals (yes, in every sense of the word ), exciting action, snappy dialogue (yes, Methos does get all the great lines), and the exploration of a complex issue that uncovers the cracks and flaws and humanity in what otherwise might be considered heroic characters.

Me too :)

Welcome home, BTW. Hope you had a good birthday!
Robertarobi_travels on August 7th, 2007 11:25 pm (UTC)
Have to agree with all the comments above. This is a great episode because of the return of Methos. Not to mention the nose painting (God I love how is eyes crinkle - does anyone know if that was scripted?)

It is also an intriguing episode. What does a 5,000 year old man really care about? What motivates him? Certainly nothing to date justified him traveling across the US from Paris to tell Duncan Kristen was in town. He could have called. Why be concerned at all? So many whys?

Roberta

Ith: Methos - Sacrificeithildyn on August 7th, 2007 11:50 pm (UTC)
Because Duncan was an immortal he could trust being friends with. I think Methos was ready for immortal friendship again. When he's been with the Horsemen, yeah, they were bad dudes, but they were also family, and he knew they watch his back. I think Methos missed that sense of companionship.
pat: HL Duncan not happypat_t on August 7th, 2007 09:30 pm (UTC)
Well, there's not much left to say after MacG's great commentary. Except, to me, this is the episode where we see more of the *real* Methos and not just Adam Pierson. It's where he dared to be himself to Duncan (and to the audience). And we get the nose painting scene (yes, I'm shallow).
Ith: Methos - Mythithildyn on August 7th, 2007 10:30 pm (UTC)
Who doesn't like the nose painting? This is one of my favourite episodes exactly for that -- we start to get to know Methos.
The other Weird Alaeron_lanart on August 8th, 2007 10:12 am (UTC)
Nothing to add from a commentary point of view, but I have to say that this episode has some of the best dialogue, and not just between Methos and Duncan (you kind of expect that). It's also the episode that was responsible for starting me writing fanfic way back when; all due to Richie's comment about racing Starships in 400 years. It's definitely in my top 5 Highlander episodes of all time.
Ithithildyn on August 8th, 2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
I love that Richie line myself :) Part of the reason I'm very fond of writing space age set stories.
Jennifer/Gail: Methos_swordlferion on August 9th, 2007 06:38 am (UTC)
I was going to put a comment in here with my thoughts, and discovered I'd written 28k worth of plain text. Not going to put that here in however many comments it would take.

I posted it to my own journal here.

I love this episode. Can you tell?