Based on the big-screen pix, syndie series "Highlander" depends on the belief that there are "immortals" among us. Slicker attempts with same theme in past (e.g., "Immortal" with the late Christopher George) have tried and found immortality to be short-lived, even by TV standards; there's not much here to make one think this one will fare any better.

Based on the big-screen pix, syndie series “Highlander” depends on the belief that there are “immortals” among us. Slicker attempts with same theme in past (e.g., “Immortal” with the late Christopher George) have tried and found immortality to be short-lived, even by TV standards; there’s not much here to make one think this one will fare any better.

Majority of dialogue in the flat story is trite (mortal g.f. to immortal b.f.: “The problem is, even when you’re 400 or 420 you’ll still look 35. You make me sick”). In this age of high tech, special effects better be pretty special, but the budget strain shows here. Performances are earnest — one too much so — but not enough to convince viewers there’s more here than meets the droopy eyelid.

Duncan McLeod (Adrian Paul) is the “Highlander,” a good immortal who’s been battling evil immortals for past 400 years. He’s tired of it. Been tired of it for some time. He has an ongoing thing with antique dealer Tessa Noel (Alexandra Vandernoot). Narcissistic evil immortal Slan Quince (Richard Moll) shows up, as does clan member and mentor Connor MacLeod (guest star Christopher Lambert) and the sword fights are on.

Apparently each time a kill is made, the victor absorbs the vanquished’s strength. Object is to get rid of either the good or evil because it’s mentioned a couple of times.

“Only one will be left.” That one will have the power to rule the planet. How this all came about and how many are out there’s never covered. “The Game” is talked about between the two old-timers but never explained. “Rules” crop up now and then. At one point Tessa asks, “Why? Does anyone know why?” Good question but no one has an answer.

Paul, whose face strongly resembles the younger Sean Connery, is stalwart but , with this script, is fighting more than a villain. Vandernoot is attractive, Lambert has a few good isolated moments, Moll takes it over the top.

Highlander

(Sun. (4), 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., KTLA)

Production

Filmed in Canada by Goodman/Rosen Prods. in association with Gaumont TV for Rysher Distribution. Exec producers, Christian Charret, Marla Ginsburg, William Panzer, Peter S. Davis; co-exec producers, Steven Maier, Sheryl Hardy, Guy Collins; producers, Garry Goodman, Barry Rosen; supervising producers, Kevin Droney, Philip John Taylor; director, Thomas J. Wright; writers, Dan Gordon, Droney; story by Droney; based on the character created by Gregory Widen.

Crew

Camera , Manuel Teran; editor, Don Paonessa; production designer, Stephen Geaghan; sound, Mark Holden; music, Roger Hellon; theme composed/performed by Queen.

Cast

Cast: Adrian Paul, Alexandra Vandernoot, Stan Kirsch, Christopher Lambert, Richard Moll, Wendell Wright.
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