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Highlander: Season Six (February 7/04)

Despite a rabid fan following, season six would mark the end of the Highlander sage (on the small screen, anyway). Adding insult to injury, season six only features 13 episodes - instead of the usual 22. Nevertheless, there are some stellar episodes here and the show's final episodes effectively wrap up the series.

If you've ever seen one of the Highlander movies, you've already got a pretty good idea of what the show is all about. Immortals have been given the gift of (not surprisingly) immortality, and can only be killed via decapitation. As you might expect from the signature line of the franchise ("there can be only one"), Immortals become even more powerful once they've killed a fellow Immortal. As such, series protagonist Duncan MacLeod (Adrian Paul) spends a lot of time caught up in battles - though there are other elements present in the series.

Duncan does have a few Immortals on his side - Methos (Peter Wingfield), Richie (Stan Kirsch), and Amanda (Elizabeth Gracen) - who often assist him on his various quests, while a mysterious Watcher (played by Jim Byrnes) keeps tabs on Duncan's movements (as we learn in the opening credits, Watchers have been tracking Immortals for hundreds of years).

These 13 episodes offer up the sort of storylines that fans have come to expect out of the series, while the last two present a bizarre variation on It's a Wonderful Life - as Duncan is allowed to see what life would've been like for his family and friends had he not been born. It's an unusual but fitting conclusion, and also features the return of Roger Daltry as Duncan's spirit guide.

Highlander: Season Six probably won't hold much appeal for viewers new to the world of Highlander, but the set is certainly worth a recommendation for fans - if only for the astounding amount of bonus features that are included.

 

About the DVD: As per usual, this set is packed with supplemental materials. Each episode is accompanied by either a commentary track, behind-the-scenes footage or deleted scenes. The set also includes six extensive featurettes and an entire disc devoted to CD-ROM content.
© David Nusair