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21 August 2007 @ 09:26 am
HLS4: 'The Blitz'  
Highlander Season Four

The Blitz, Air Date: February 1996

ER trauma surgeon Anne Lindsey responds to the call for help after an explosion devastates a subway station, but when a subsequent explosion rocks the station, Anne is trapped. MacLeod remembers WWII London where he and the woman he loved, reporter Diane Terrin, were trapped in a bombed air-raid shelter during the Blitz, running out of time and air. MacLeod is desperate to rescue Anne before he loses her like he lost Diane.


Next week: Something Wicked

 
 
 
Full Circlesteelvictory on August 21st, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
Strangely enough, this was the first episode I ever saw of Highlander. I had no idea who any of these people were or why the same guy was in the past and the present, but the historical stuff made me tune in the next week.

Haven't looked back since. :)
Ith: Forever Knight - Janette Hatithildyn on August 21st, 2007 05:25 pm (UTC)
I don't actually recall the first ep of HL I saw. Something mid first season. I do remember my first ep of FK though! Close Call about twenty minutes in. Then Curiouser and Curiouser -- boy was I confused!
pat: Peter youngpat_t on August 21st, 2007 06:02 pm (UTC)
The first episode I ever saw was "Turnabout". I thought that guy (Duncan) was so hot. The first show that hooked me into the fandom was "Messenger". That's when I realized how excited I was when I saw the name "Peter Wingfield" come up on screen as being in the episode.

"Blitz". I actually like this show. Alot. I like the woman he was with in the flashback. She had guts and she was gorgeous. I think Duncan really cared for her too and I can see him being madly in love with her if they had lived.

But what a moron Anne was to go down there as far along as she was - with no medical equipment or meds or help - or a way to get anyone out. She would have been more useful at the site to deliver medical care once the people were evacuated. But I loved the way Duncan went in after her and the delivery scene. I loved the way they interwove the flashback and the present during the delivery and the music. It was lovely.

And Duncan gave her the house. Made me sniffle.
airforcegrrl on August 21st, 2007 08:51 pm (UTC)
This epi always makes me cry. (sniffle) It's making me cry right now thinking about it.

...excuse me (sniffle sniffle tears)
macgeorge1macgeorge1 on August 21st, 2007 09:25 pm (UTC)
My original episode description and complete commentary is at:
http://www.wordsmiths.net/MacGeorge/episodes/Season4/Blitz.htm

But I thought I'd include a summary of comment David Abramowitz and Adrian made with the DVD collection:

David Abramowitz says that this episode disappointed him the most. The concept was great, that Duncan would survive, but with guilt and with pathos and pain was what they wanted to show. But the story just didn’t play with the spirit and poignancy that Abramowitz wanted. He had great hopes for it, though, to have a story with a moment in it where the mortal believed that they weren’t dying alone, that they’re facing it with you (meaning Duncan), “but that you know in your heart you’re going to wake up again and they’re not.” It was a great opportunity for drama.

Adrian says this episode presented a no-win situation. Duncan knew she was going to die, but that he would survive, was heart-rending for him, but the only way Duncan could make sense of it was to make her passing “as gentle as possible.” He thought the flashback story was great, and if they could have just stayed in the flashback it would have been a better episode. The present story was necessary, but it was confined in a tunnel and there “was nothing you could really do”, where the flashback had a lot more depth and breadth to it. The problem with the flashback, AP says, is that it was intercut with the present day story, and when you have a constrained amount of time to tell the story, you don’t get to see the development between the characters, therefore you don’t care as much about them.

My own summary was: Well, I liked the flashback. I liked Diane and her outrageousness. I liked the look of them, and of Dashing!SecretAgent!Duncan. And that sex scene on the roof, even without showing any real skin, generated a *lot* of heat. The final scene as Diane dies in Duncan’s arms is really nicely played - sad and poignant and lovely, especially knowing Duncan will eventually wake up alone.

I was surprised that Abramowitz never acknowledged the fact that the whole present-day plot premise was mega-dumb, and made an already shaky character look terminally stupid and thoughtless. Adrian got a lot closer to a correct analysis in his commentary when he said the two stories didn’t work particularly well together because they didn’t allow time to develop the relationships between the characters, so you had less invested in them and it made the whole thing less effective. Like Adrian, I would have preferred to see an entire episode concentrated on the characters in the flashback.

The nicest moment in the present day plot is Duncan’s hesitant explanation of why he wanted Anne to have the house. Clearly, what he wanted to say, but couldn’t was that he wanted them to have “a part of me.”
pat: HL PW Enigmapat_t on August 22nd, 2007 02:46 am (UTC)
I so agree with all of this. I said Anne was a moron. But I liked the flashback alot. And I liked the woman in the flashback. She would have been a great love for Duncan if she had lived. And the end when Duncan gave them the house was very nicely done.
jotribejotribe on August 27th, 2007 03:06 am (UTC)
Ack! Single doctor going down into an emergency situation. With no backup. No emergency team. And nine months pregnant! uh huh. yeah right. Sometimes the dumb was just too dumb. Couldn't they find another way for Duncan to deliver her baby?

The flashback was definitely the best part. Which is sad when you realize that we knew Anne so much better, and still didn't care. I did like Diane too. She was just the kind of independent and sexy woman Duncan likes. And she and duncan were very sexy together. I felt Duncan resisting getting too close with her while he was a spy. But he was seduced. Sadly all he could do was ease her into death with beauty. Which was very in character.
amberleewriter on November 9th, 2007 05:19 am (UTC)
I think this post will catch me up with all the ones I missed while on the road. (Not that I think my comments will generate much discussion at this point.)


I agree with the assessment that the "present day" storyline is the weakest link in this episode. Frankly, I never liked Anne. While I understand the creation of her as a concept -- from an intellectual standpoint pairing a doctor with Duncan allows for some interesting possibilities from a writing standpoint and the exploration of a life/death dichotomy -- but she just never worked for some reason. Every time she was part of an episode I wanted to fast forward.

The fact that I really liked the flashback story in this episode only made the ridiculousness of the "present day" premise stand out in harsh relief. Anne, as a doctor, would have known better to go down there in the first place (much less to do so at her advanced stage in the pregnancy). It completely threw me out of any form of suspension of disbelief.

As for the flashback - what fun! Certainly it was sad, but Diane was great. It made her death all the more poignant as she seemed such a great match for Duncan (everything, IMHO, that Anne was not). One of the most difficult things, to me, about being an Immortal is the fact that those you care for will die while you continue on. To me, one of the most interesting things is how any Immortal could manage to stay sane and/or not succumb to bitterness and despair over time given this fact. Many of the "bad guys" (like Grayson) seem reasonable to me if, for no other reason, this one fact. When you watch mortals die over and over and over again it must, at some point, seem that their existence (and your involvement with them) is futile. Even Connor seems to have a certain level of distance he keeps between himself and other mortals due to the fact that he knows he must ultimately watch them die (or that the nature of the game will place those he cares for in the path of danger).

Duncan is one of those Immortals who manages to retain some portion of his "humanity" and continually allows himself to become involved with mortals in spite of the knowledge that it can only end in some kind of heartache (either for him or for the mortal). In other episodes he is placed in situations where the issue of his inability to have children is also brought up as a point of difficulty. There is a part of Duncan which seems to long for a "mortal" life and having him deliver Anne's child -- having her name the child for the woman Duncan viewed as a mother -- and to have him give Anne and Mary the house all emphasize both his longing for family and a desire for lifestyle which he knows he can't ever have. Is this part of what makes him "good?" Is losing this sympathy or desire for mortal life part of what turns Immortals "bad?" Is it part of what keeps an Immortal "current" and engaged in the changing world around them? Unclear but something this episode always makes me wonder even as I shake my head at Anne and think the writers must have needed to pass the pipe that day.