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  • 4-3: The Colonel, Reluctant Heroes, The Wrath of Kali

    Discuss these Season 4 episodes:

    The Colonel
    Reluctant Heroes
    The Wrath of Kali
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    "Really? We are trapped in a room with a machine that can cut off my head. Now that's a longshot."
    --Connor MacLeod in Peter Bellwood's original Highlander II script

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    All of them nicely shot episodes, with good performances all-around. However, the first two are rather mundane storylines. Kali, however, is a firm favorite of mine, mostly because of Kabir Bendi, best known as Sandokan and from the James Bond film, Octopussy. Its a delightful episode that is, unfortunately, betrayed by its forced ending that enables a fight and a Quickening. Nevertheless, its entertaining and lots of fun.

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    • #3
      I've always liked "The Colonel." Especially the battle scenes, with..."It's a Long Way to Tipperary"? And I get a kick out of the way Mac is hanging in there, when Killian has him locked in that cell, at least seeming supremely confident that he'll be able to get himself out! And then he has to accept help from Joe...

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      • #4
        Episode links courtesy of Cinedigm.



        Episode 73: "The Colonel"

        A really interesting idea, a really lame episode. The potential in the villain's backstory is ruined by shameless overacting and a lack of genuine menace. The episode looks pretty, especially the flashback, but it's rather boring. Amanda's subplot felt very "Richie story" to me, especially with the contrived new friend. The only thing that worked was the reunion of Joe and Mac under Amanda's influence--this subplot almost made the episode worth watching, but it could have used far more development.
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        "Really? We are trapped in a room with a machine that can cut off my head. Now that's a longshot."
        --Connor MacLeod in Peter Bellwood's original Highlander II script

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        • #5


          Episode 74: "Reluctant Heroes"

          Well, there are worse ways to kill an hour. The episode has a rather fun and smarmy villain, the other guest stars are good, and Richie gets to be more rational than Duncan.
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          "Really? We are trapped in a room with a machine that can cut off my head. Now that's a longshot."
          --Connor MacLeod in Peter Bellwood's original Highlander II script

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          • #6


            Episode 75: "The Wrath of Kali"

            This is another one of those few-and-far-between, "Why couldn't the whole series be this awesome?" episodes. Great acting, great direction/cinematography, great concept, great script, great villain, great Quickening...just brilliant.
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            "Really? We are trapped in a room with a machine that can cut off my head. Now that's a longshot."
            --Connor MacLeod in Peter Bellwood's original Highlander II script

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            • #7
              Another thought about "The Colonel": As I recall, we've been told that the writers initially meant to have the abducted young woman (the "Amanda wannabe") killed. They changed the plan because fans were complaining the series was getting too dark! I'm surprised that any TV series would pay that much attention to feedback they were getting from viewers...not sure whether it was a good or bad thing. Where this episode was concerned, the writers thought that with Amanda's foolish encouragement of the young woman's admiration and emulation of her not having caused a death, there wasn't a good enough reason for Amanda's leaving town (and, of course, leaving Mac).

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