By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)
There can only be one Highlander movie, and that’s the original. This film’s cult appeal lies in the music and how immorality can be a curse. The finer points which included Ancient Celtic beliefs on taking and owning an opponent’s severed head were probably added later. To do so means possessing their power. “The Gathering” these Immortals felt the calling to was not limited to one culture. Whoever survived to become the last gained knowledge to help advance humanity. But they must feel the pain of everyone who died by their blade and face their ghosts. If they survived this trial known as “The Quickening,” then the winner becomes mortal with the powers of ESP.
I’m rather worried that the reboot of this franchise will not live up to everything the original offered. The sad fact is that studio executives wanted to crank out this product as cheaply as possible and hire talents considered hot properties back then. Nothing has changed over the years.
Attempts to reboot the series have had its hurdles. While the original producers seem to be okay with it, not everyone in the fandom community is, myself included.