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17 July 2006 @ 07:44 pm
'Family Tree'  
Highlander Season One

Family Tree, Air Date: October 1992

Richie tries to track down his parents and runs afoul of a female crime boss, and Duncan comes to his help while pondering his own life among the MacLeods. ~ recap and quotes via tv.com


Quotes below the curtain





(coming back to life in front of his family)
Duncan: It is a miracle!
Ian MacLeod: It is the work of the demon master from the world below!
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Richie: You never found out who your real parents were?
Duncan: No. But after a couple of hundred years...you get over it. One day so will you.
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Duncan: There's a proverb in Northern India: If you go hunting tigers, be sure you're prepared to find one.
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Duncan: My father couldn't understand what had happened.
Richie: Who could? Man, he musta freaked. I mean, there you were all of a sudden, on your feet again - zombie in a kilt!
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Next up will be Free Fall. Look for it next week.

 
 
 
pat: beautifulpat_t on July 18th, 2006 05:01 am (UTC)
"zombie in a kilt" - lol. I love it.

I really need to go back and watch this. And I will. One thing - Duncan knew the guy wasn't Richie's father because he knew Richie was immortal. But he couldn't tell Richie or Tes why he knew. Well he could have told Tes but he chose not to.

And you know that remark about him being only human cut Duncan very deeply even though he acted like it didn't matter.

More later when I've rewatched this - okay?
Ith: Tea Girlsithildyn on July 18th, 2006 05:03 am (UTC)
I'll look forward to it :)
holde_maidholde_maid on July 18th, 2006 03:27 pm (UTC)
I thought the "father"'s role was quite an interesting and well-rounded one. I mean, the character is not one-sided, but has regrets, good intentions and weakness of character all at once. Might have made an interesting recurring role. Only I'm not so sure the was filled to reach its optimum - though that might be the German dubbing's fault.
Roberta: Scalesrobi_travels on July 18th, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC)
Family tree
I just re-watched this last week. I agree that Duncan knew Jack was not Richie's Dad because of the immortal thing.

Generally observations, some of which have been noted earlier about season 1:

AP does look damn good in the earlier episodes.

The women's clothes are very dated. But the men's except for the vest (and maybe an odd double breasted suit), are really not. Why is that? I mean even the hair seems only dated for the women and screams 80's / early 90's. At least in the 70's men had bad hair and sideburns too.

Thought the acting by the women gambling boss was bad.

Agree Jack was able to convey very human qualities of conscience pangs throughout the story - very understated performance which the character needed. He almost changes completely in his scenes with Duncan (obviously aware he cannot fool this guy).

Favorite line had to be the first fight scene with the DeLouise brother (not sure which one), when Duncan responds - "from the people who invented it".

Overall, the series was still trying to find its footing. In my opinion that really did not happen until Methos arrived on the scene.

Roberta

pat: hotpat_t on July 18th, 2006 06:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Family tree
That was Peter Deluise. And he's another reason I loved this episode. He was always my favorite in Jump Street. Very sexy guy - even when he's breaking someone's fingers.

And Duncan MacLeod was one hot fella as well. Very very sexy men in this episode.

The female boss was an overdone something - bad acting - bad hair - bad make-up. Just not up to par with the other performances.
macgeorge1macgeorge1 on July 18th, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Family tree
Overall, the series was still trying to find its footing. In my opinion that really did not happen until Methos arrived on the scene.

I have to disagree. The series really began to find it's footing with "Run for Your Life" in the second season, which then included such terrific episodes as "The Fighter". Things were still uneven, but they started taking on larger themes, and the whole series became much more serious and thought-provoking.

Methos' appearance was a milestone, certainly, bringing a real depth and ensemble feel to the series and to the cast because not only was the character fascinating, but PW brought great chemistry to it, and he and AP instantly recognized the potential and played off each other extraordinarily well.

But it was the thematic writing that elevated this series into a different category than your standard fantasy/adventure fare, and that came with David A. in the second season.
holde_maidholde_maid on July 18th, 2006 09:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Family tree
The series really began to find it's footing with "Run for Your Life" in the second season (...)
it was the thematic writing that elevated this series into a different category than your standard fantasy/adventure fare, and that came with David A. in the second season.


I have to agree. The introduction of the Watchers as a counterpart to The Game (which offers too little variance) and themed episodes together made the series much more complex and interesting.
Though of course without Methos it would never have been what it eventually became. :-) He added so much depth.

Actually, keeping Kronos alive longer would have added even more, very likely. I wonder why they wasted him.
Roberta: Scalesrobi_travels on July 19th, 2006 02:36 am (UTC)
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"Actually, keeping Kronos alive longer would have added even more, very likely. I wonder why they wasted him."

Have to agree on this one. Kronos was a great character. The Horsemen story should have been 3 or 4 episode story. Or, better yet and entire season Arc - kind of like Wiseguy did. No doubt Kronos would have put Sonny Steelgrave and Mel Profitt to shame and they were both fantastic bad guys you loved to hate (or love depending on your attitude).

Roberta
kethali on July 19th, 2006 03:00 am (UTC)
Re: Family tree
Actually, keeping Kronos alive longer would have added even more, very likely. I wonder why they wasted him.

Because, while Kronos himself made for a great villain, he was undeniably tied with the entire notion of the Horsemen--and the idea of a few men, even immortal men, conquering the world in this day and age is... well, laughable. No one would buy it. Even the thing with the virus, such as it was, barely worked as a supporting story for the Duncan/Methos conflict. Just like the thing with Kalas exposing all Immortals through some sort of computer miracle was nearly impossible to digest. My point is, the audience isn't that stupid--willing to let something like that go as a shortlived 'eh', maybe, but that's about it. And I think the writers/directors were pretty aware of this, which was to their credit.
Robertarobi_travels on July 19th, 2006 03:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Family tree
"and the idea of a few men, even immortal men, conquering the world in this day and age is... well, laughable."

Have to disagree on this one. Seems to me a "few" men are very capable of conquering the world (or at least causing mass panic and war) in this day and age (just look around at recent events). And, if those men, being immortal, view humans as slaves or playthings, know they cannot be killed by their own poison, and have no conscience, well it very well could work.

The problem with the story arc was that the time needed to build the belief in the ability of these men to carry out the deed was not there. Had they started small in a few places, spread word of a virus that morphed into a pandemic (think ebola, SARS, or the bird flu) by making sure it spread, increased panic, impacted world economic markets via the increased crime rates, health cost, building cost if they were using bombs, too., and numerous other factors, it would be possible to get the world or a good part of it cowtowing. Self preservation and greed make for strange alliances in world politics after all.

Roberta

holde_maidholde_maid on July 19th, 2006 07:30 pm (UTC)
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I see where you're coming from, though I don't necessarily agree. Frankly, if the general public buys the DaVinci Code, I don't see why they wouldn't buy into Immortals trying to conquer the World.
Which, btw, they wouldn't have to actually accomplish. It would have been quite interesting to see Kronos' reaction at failure, in fact. Such an experience might have rendered him even more dangerous and more difficult for Methos to handle. :-)
Either way, the stress would certainly have had to be put on the interpersonal conflict, not the conflict between the Horsemen and the world at large. ;-)

Oh, and I totally agree on the Kalas thing - I thought that was a little weak, too.
Robertarobi_travels on July 20th, 2006 06:30 pm (UTC)
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"Which, btw, they wouldn't have to actually accomplish."

Agreed, it was the effort that was the catalyst in the story not its success or failure.

"It would have been quite interesting to see Kronos' reaction at failure, in fact. Such an experience might have rendered him even more dangerous and more difficult for Methos to handle. :-) "

Most definitely, megalomaniacs generally do not recognize failure and the reprisals to the Horsemen, those around them and the general public could have been interesting.

"Either way, the stress would certainly have had to be put on the interpersonal conflict, not the conflict between the Horsemen and the world at large. ;-)"

Yep, for all its touching on history HL was all about the personal relationships and impacts not the "global" impact of events. I think that was what made it a success. And Kronos could have added much complexities to the relationship dynamic in HL.

Roberta
Roberta: Scalesrobi_travels on July 18th, 2006 09:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Family tree
"But it was the thematic writing that elevated this series into a different category than your standard fantasy/adventure fare, and that came with David A. in the second season."

David's writing definitely brought the level of the show and themes up a number of notches in both artistic and intellectual arenas. But there were still missteps.

Had Warner Stocker not died, I think other possibilities may have presented themselves sooner with the Darius character, but the Methos character got everything to gel.

Roberta