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  • 3-2: The Cross of St. Antoine, Rite of Passage, Courage

    Discuss these Season 3 episodes:

    The Cross of St. Antoine
    Rite of Passage
    Courage

  • Mr.Slash
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    The Cross of St. Antoine - OK episode for me. Durgan seemed to be more content not to fight and would have ran had Duncan not pulled the swerve.

    Rite of Passage - Fun episode. Michelle gives us a glimpse of a newbie's life and what many have probably thought about if they were given immortality. Axel gave a good fight at the end.

    Courage - My favorite episode of the season. It tells a good story and the fight at the end is BRUTAL. Duncan gets sliced across the neck and this is one of the few times I feel we see genuine FEAR in his eyes.

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  • David McMurdo
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    I find "The Cross of St. Antoine" to be a pretty average episode, and it's a great example of how too often the series would introduce a character (in this case Joe's girlfriend) out of nowhere and then try to make the audience care about their fate. Would have been nice to have been introduced to her earlier.

    "Rite of Passage" is pretty decent I think.

    I rather enjoy "Courage" (though I think the title is a little weird). I really like the performance of the actor who plays Brian Cullen. That makes the episode very enjoyable for me. I like seeing the antagonism between Brian and Richie too. Might have been nice to have had more relating to Richie's own former experience with the dark side of that kind of life. Maybe he shouldn't have been so unsympathetic towards Brian. After all, we know for a fact that he grew up around people who'd have had similar problems, some of whom he'd have no doubt have counted as friends at some point.

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  • Wilusa
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    Of course, I don't think we can ever forget the stories connected with "The Cross of St. Antoine"! In case anyone may read this who doesn't know...

    It was originally meant to be shot in France, and it would have aired in the previous season. But there was a contractual reason why a script by a Canadan author couldn't be shot in France. The producers had thought it would be OK because the man was actually living in L.A. But no, it couldn't be shot in France! And the plot required Amanda, but she couldn't - contractually - do another episode in Canada that season. So it had to be held back.

    Then, when they were filming, Jim Byrnes lost an argument with the producers. Joe Dawson was supposed to be telling Mac about a woman he'd begun seeing, and was really falling for. Jim wanted to say, "Her name is Lauren - she's an art historian." The producers insisted it be the other way around: "She's an art historian - her name is Lauren." Jim argued that for Joe, her name would have been more important than her profession. But hey, her profession was more important for the plot!

    Then...they weren't willing to pay for this Lauren's having a single line of dialogue. When Joe was seeing her being killed, she could scream, but not any actual word.

    Joe was supposed to be trying to break the glass in a door with his cane, so he could hopefully get to her. While it was intended he wouldn't get to her in time, the glass in the door was supposed to be a kind that would break when Jim hit it a certain way. But it didn't! (Picture him trying again and again to break the darn thing.) Turned out the special "breakaway glass" they'd ordered had broken in transit. And to pay for it, they'd had to give up the idea of using a horse in a procession!



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  • Tootsie Bee
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    Episode 50: "Courage"

    Good episode, even if Duncan kills a friend yet again. The final fight is nice and gritty, and this is another great-looking episode. The only downside is Dr. Anne, who manages to suck the life out of every scene that she's in. Oh, and I'm not quite sure why we went into a 2001-esque time warp when Cullen hit the bus.

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  • Tootsie Bee
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    Episode 49: "Rite of Passage"

    Lovely little episode. It had a little bit of Lost Boys and a little bit of Ghost, and I was quite satisfied with it, even if it's another Duncan Knows Best episode.

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  • Tootsie Bee
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    Cinedigm has uploaded the series to YouTube.



    Episode 48: "The Cross of St. Antoine"

    A great villain with truly interesting character development, Joe getting to shine, Amanda joining in the fun, a great fight, a perfectly-rendered Quickening (complete with footage from Highlander II), and possibly the best cinematography in the show up to this point. Love it, love it, love it!

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