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Highlander: The Lesson by Trevor Baxendale

01/09/2009. Contributed by Sue Davies

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pub: Big Finish. 1 CD 60 minutes. Price: CD: 9.99 (UK), Download: 8.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-84435-358-3. cast: Adrian Paul and Trevor Cooper.

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This is another incarnation for 'Highlander'. It has exhausted its welcome as a film or DVD. It has tried itself out on the television. Now it wants to build on its fanbase and get out some adventures on audio.

For the purposes of continuity, Duncan Macleod took the sword from Connor Macleod to make a TV series and now it is Duncan (actor Adrian Paul) who brings his life to the audio by Big Finish Productions.

Macleod narrates the story of meeting with and fighting Pieter Gatlan. Every ten years, Pieter seeks out Duncan and defeats him in battle. Every ten years, both of them are stronger and, in the intervening period, Duncan is trying to live his immortal life. He cannot understand why Pieter lets him survive again and again. He tries to elude him but somehow he is always tracked down no matter what part of the world he fled to. As we follow Duncan through his life, he meets others who may also seek to be 'the only one.'

The story is set between 'Endgame' and 'The Source' both of which have been recorded as the death of Highlander after a protracted rattle. Universal critical condemnation has followed every film since the first but the fans continue to cling on to the hope it can be revived.

It's difficult to do in this talking format. The story needs to be dynamic and so does the narrator to make it a worthwhile experience. This first in the series lacks that force that would make me want to continue listening. In order to widen its appeal it needs a more dynamic storyline. There are more to follow and hopefully they will pick up the pace and develop the mythic potential. If so, there is no reason why it cannot re-build itself and at long last live up to its original magic.

Sue Davies

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