Highlander: The Raven

Not exactly an image that fills me with a lot of hope...Originally published 1/19/11, updated 11/5/16

Question: What if you set out to make a TV show and every single person involved hated each other with the burning fury of a thousand exploding suns?

Answer: You’d have Highlander: The Raven.

Although Highlander: The Series ran out of gas in its last season, it was still a highly acclaimed series that had a lot of fans. Naturally, that meant that Davis-Panzer Productions saw a chance to make more money out of it. They spent a good chunk of the sixth season of the series testing the waters for a spinoff show, featuring a lineup of new ass-kicking female immortals who would become the next main character. None of the new characters tested well, though, and as a result the producers went back to Amanda, the likeable thief and on and off love interest of Duncan MacLeod. Amanda was beautiful, clever, witty, and had been a fan favorite for six years. The big question was, why did the producers waste so many episodes trying to find an ass-kicking female immortal when they already had Amanda?

The answer, it seems, is this: Elizabeth Gracen was fucking insane.

That’s not to bash Elizabeth Gracen as a person, as she seems to have recovered from her problems in years to follow. But at the time The Raven was in production, she had gone off the deep end – largely through no fault of her own. See, Elizabeth Gracen was Miss Arkansas in 1981, and then Miss America in 1982. Around that time, she had a one-night stand with then-Arkansas governor Bill Clinton. Fast forward to the late 1990s, and Bill Clinton was on trial for abusing his political influence to gain sexual favors out of an array of women. When it came out that Gracen had been involved with Clinton, Ken Starr issued a subpoena to get her to testify. Gracen had no interest in getting drawn into that political shitstorm and managed to dodge testifying by virtue of the fact that Highlander: The Raven was filmed out of the country.

Gracen was dating a guy who seems to have been both a skilled con artist and a complete jackass. This guy, who she lived with, convinced her that he was the U.S. Ambassador to the Cayman Islands and proceeded to fill her already paranoid head with lies. Among other things, he convinced her that her co-star on The Raven, Paul Johansson, was a government plant looking to pump her for information. So this guy, who Amanda was supposed to have a budding romance with in the series, earned the complete ire of Elizabeth Gracen before he even said a word.

Oh, but it doesn’t end there…

Paul Johansson may or may not have been a complete jackass himself. It’s hard to say exactly, since as the series unraveled everyone started pointing fingers at each other and slandering people’s characters. Among other stories, there are rumors that Johansson flirted with Gracen, not realizing that Gracen was convinced that he was a CIA plant. And by flirted with her, I mean dropped his pants on set. Whether this is a result of substance abuse, a bizarre personality, or just slanderous lies, it’s an accusation that only adds to the behind-the-scenes trouble that plagued The Raven. To make matters worse, Johansson wasn’t a terribly good fit in his role as Nick Wolfe, the mortal cop who teamed up with Amanda at the start of the series. He had limited range, he was given bad lines, and his on-screen chemistry with Elizabeth Gracen was understandably abysmal. One of the show’s guest stars was originally brought in only as a one-off appearance but became a recurring character simply because the folks behind the camera desperately wanted someone who could make the audience care about the show, even for a little bit. In the end, Johansson was badly miscast, and the parade of off-screen troubles only helped to magnify that.

Oh, but it still doesn’t end there…

David Abramowitz and Dennis Berry, two of the creative team that had put together the acclaimed original series, returned to the show to try and make The Raven a success. Unfortunately, a German network emerged as a new backer for the series, and money got in the way as it so often does. Because the network had no stake in the original series, they made demands that the new show be changed as much as possible to exist as something separate and different from Highlander. As a result, Abramowitz and Berry wound up spinning their creative wheels, dealing with network pressures that kept the show as a clichéd cop drama rather than a series about immortals. As the series went on, Abramowitz admitted to mentally checking out, creatively and emotionally drained from the fact that, despite being billed as a creative consultant, he had no creative say in the matter. (Sure, that might be spin, but considering that Abramowitz would eventually return as a writer for the excellent Highlander: The Search of Vengeance, I’m guessing that lack of talent was not an issue.) Dennis Berry later stated that he had never had such a bad time on the project. Johansson criticized Berry and the other directors for trying to force chemistry between him and Gracen where there was none, and a miserable time was had by all.

And believe it or not, it still doesn’t end there…

What about the music? Highlander has always been, if nothing else, a series with some darned good music. We had Queen’s great soundtrack from the original. The series had a lot of good songs in it, as well as a great score that heightened its emotion. Even Highlander III, which eschewed the use of Queen, still hit a high note with Loreena McKennitt’s rendition of “Bonnie Portmore:”

(Yes, that’s just an excuse for me to put in something that doesn’t suck.)

As for The Raven, it had…well, it had a composer who didn’t do his job. Looking  around online, I can’t tell which composer did which episodes, but I could find plenty of reports that indicated that the lead composer of the series, the guy responsible for producing the music, wouldn’t produce music. As one of the series’ editors put it, “It was like pulling teeth to get him to do what had to be done.” And by “do what had to be done,” he meant, “pull himself away from the corner bar and actually earn his paycheck instead of drinking it away.”

From all reports, walking onto the set of The Raven was like kicking a wasp’s nest. No one liked each other, no one enjoyed the project, and even the most talented individuals had off-screen pressures limiting their performance. So with all that going against the show, it had to be pretty catastrophically awful, right? Like Highlander II levels of suck?

Well…um, no.

Don’t get me wrong – Highlander: The Raven is not a good series. The first half of the show in particular is just awful. But it’s the same type of awful as Highlander III – not the franchise-killing “aliens from Zeist” type of bad, but rather the, “these guys just aren’t very talented” kind of bad. The series ran more like a bad cop drama than a show about a 1,000-year old femme fatale. It had plot holes, every tired cliché in the book, and zero character depth or development. But at least it didn’t have aliens from Zeist. (By that way, now bad is the Highlander franchise that fans can perpetually defend any crappy new film or show by stating, “At least they didn’t mention Zeist?”)

The series went wrong in several areas. Let me try to count the ways.

Remember this badass lady? The creators of this show didn't.

Remember this badass lady? The creators of this show didn’t.

For starters, it totally misused Amanda. Fans had seen Amanda develop as a character for six years during the original series. We knew who she was – a charming, self-centered, clever thief with a heart of gold that she carefully hid with mountains of stolen diamonds. She could fight, but rarely did, preferring to avoid battle if at all possible. But then in The Raven, she became much more honor-bound, facing off against immortals, fighting fair, and almost always failing at the heists she attempted. Part of this can be explained away in the first episode, where her selfish actions cause the death of a police officer. However, we also have flashbacks presenting that same noble-esque version of Amanda, such as an instance when she openly challenged a slave owner to a duel. Besting a guy like that through a fight is something suited to Duncan MacLeod, not Amanda. Even if Amanda was against slavery at that point, she likely would have dealt with the matter with stealth and style, not with swordplay. But the series lacked a sense of wit and charm that Amanda so desperately needed. Although Elizabeth Gracen portrayed her with the same effortlessness she had in the old series, this version of Amanda lacked anything clever or graceful to do.

There’s another problem with Amanda, too. Despite the fact that she seems like an independent, ass-kicking woman, she’s really not a very good character from a feminist perspective. Looking at her actions throughout the original series, she lacks any sort of independent nature of her own, despite the fact that she’s supposed to be a lone wolf of sorts. Everything she does in the series is tied to a man – specifically, Duncan MacLeod. Moreover, the series finale demonstrated that any character development she ever had at all came from Duncan, showing her as a cold-hearted, greedy assassin who slept her way into wealth without Duncan’s shining influence. She never bests a man in a swordfight, except one which happens off-screen and another where she kill-steals from Duncan. Except for a couple of episodes that focus on her relationship with Rebecca, she really doesn’t show herself as independent or capable at all – we just sort of buy that she is because, well, it’s Elizabeth Gracen and she’s acting like she’s all kick-ass. Ideally, The Raven should have been a chance to break out of this cycle of Amanda always needing Duncan for everything from fights to character development. The series should have shown us what she does on her own and built her up as a strong character in her own right. But what did they do? They immediately tied her to another man.

Nick Wolfe, showing off a complete lack of gun safety. What a guy!

Nick Wolfe, showing off a complete lack of gun safety. What a guy!

Nick Wolfe is a mortal cop whose partner dies because of Amanda. He gets paired up with her in solving some crimes, and hilarity ensues. And by hilarity, I mean a lot of bad acting and boring diatribes from a guy who makes Adrian Paul look like Laurence Olivier. Wolfe has absolutely no character of his own – he’s one-dimensional to the extreme and made up entirely of bad cop clichés. Worse, he serves not only as Amanda’s love interest, but also her moral anchor, supposedly keeping her on the straight and narrow. If you ever saw a chase scene from Law & Order, a movie where a guy has to disarm a bomb, or a scene where someone has to go undercover in a casino, watch that instead. Nick Wolfe does all those things, and he does it in the most boring way possible. The only fun that can be derived from most of his scenes is naming off all the movies his character is ripping off from as he speaks.

The unoriginal writing didn’t end at Nick Wolfe, either. For a show that had the name Highlander, it had almost nothing at all to do with immortals. The first half of the series was almost entirely rejected plots from NYPD Blue. Amanda’s flashbacks were rare and tangential when they did appear. Even guest stars from the old series like Philip Akin (Charlie DeSalvo from the second through fourth seasons, a totally different character in one episode here) couldn’t make anyone give a damn about this series. Worst of all, when immortals did appear, they just sucked. We got none of the history we had with bad immortals from the previous series. We didn’t even get someone who could delightfully chew the scenery like Mario Van Peebles did as Kane in Highlander III. We got characters that were just as bland and incompetent as Nick was. One episode’s big villain is an immortal who has figured out a mathematical algorithm that takes all the immortals in the world and tells him who he needs to kill and in what order to become the last one. Yeah…there’s a guy whose big schtick is that he plays the fantasy football version of immortality. Forget the fact that no one can calculate how a swordfight to the death is going to turn out due to all the variables involved – it’s already been plainly established that no one knows how many immortals there are. Even the Watchers, who have a massive database on all known immortals, have a lot of holes in their system. I’d love for the guy to make it most of the way through his list, then get ambushed by Methos, who most immortals don’t know exists.

Oh yeah…that guy? He fights Amanda and loses. But we don’t know how, because the battle happens off-screen. Oh, but there are still quickenings in this show, mind you – they just tend not to all go to Amanda. Nick winds up getting two decapitations himself – one where he’s chasing an immortal through a glass factory. In said instance, he shoots a pane of glass, the glass then falls in one straight sheet, and it decapitates the immortal who is apparently standing under it with his neck angled just right. In a later episode, Nick defeats one of Amanda’s old enemies by beheading him with a sword. Yeah. This stupid fucking know-nothing douchebag with a badge and a gun picks up a freaking sword that he has received no training in using and decapitates a guy with centuries of experience. Both those fights get shown on-screen. To be fair, Amanda does get a few on-screen wins as well, but just as many of her fights, if not more, occur off-screen. Yeah, I’m actually going to play the sexism card here – even when these guys are trying to make a show about an ass-kicking woman, they have a white knight testosterone junkie ride in to save the day, while the few times the woman actually accomplishes something on her own are kept off-camera.

Now you've done it. Jim Byrnes is going to have to get up off the couch and save your crappy show.

Now you’ve done it. Jim Byrnes is going to have to get up off the couch and save your crappy show.

By now you might be saying, “Wow, why are you bitching about this so much when you were just saying that it’s not all that bad?” Well, that’s because about halfway through the series, the show does get markedly better. It’s still not great, mind you, but it does start to resemble Highlander instead of a rejected pilot for a cop show. I personally set it around episode 13, “The French Connection.” The episodes starts off with the death of a Watcher. Yeah, a Watcher. You know, those guys from that other, much better Highlander series? That finally showed that the series had some connection with the actual premise of the franchise. “The French Connection” also features Jim Byrnes as a guest star, playing Joe Dawson. And man, he still rocks. Even with a bad script and limited screen time, he makes the show interesting. Also returning to the cast for this one was Valentine Pelka, who played Kronos of the Four Horsemen in the original series. He plays a different immortal here, but he has the same charisma and is the first decent villain in the series. Amanda’s flashback to when she first met him actually shows some consistency with the character that had been previously established and ties into the current events. It’s like suddenly people remembered how to make a Highlander show!

At the same time that it rejuvenated the series, Jim Byrnes’ appearance highlighted a problem that The Raven had: it had no human connection. In the old series, the mortals grounded the show through their interactions with the immortal world. We had Tessa, an antiques dealer and artist. We had pre-immortal Richie, a common street punk, as well as Charlie DeSalvo, who was like an older version of Richie who made something of himself despite his troubled background. We had Joe Dawson, the owner of a book shop and then a blues bar. These were characters who seemed real. By comparison, The Raven only had Nick and his partners. Nick was some insane supercop who never did anything wrong and had the same unyielding moral code as Duncan MacLeod. Who can relate to that? The other mortals in the series never got enough screen time to develop as decent characters. So you had a show about immortals, with no real ties to the mortal world, but you also had one of the show’s backers insisting that you downplay the immortality part of the series. By “The French Connection,” we at least have a show that can focus on immortality, even if our only sympathetic mortal leaves after a one-off guest appearance. It’s like the series found its footing, while the writers finally remembered what kind of character Amanda was. A few episodes later even emphasize the consequences of Amanda’s selfishness through the years, giving her real character development and a reason to change besides, “The man tells me to be good.”

The series even ended fairly strongly, with the last few episodes providing hints that Nick was a pre-immortal and then confirming it with the series finale. There Nick is poisoned and Amanda shoots him, giving a violent death to trigger his immortality and save him. Although the revelation is dealt with well, I have a slight issue with the way in which Nick becomes immortal. It’s the first time in the franchise that I know of that someone actually spells out the rule that immortals only become immortal if they die a violent death, and it makes no sense. I guess that someone wanted to explain why immortals are always young and in fighting condition rather than old guys who died in their bed of a stroke at the age of 90. But was anyone really bothered by that detail? Really? Besides, the whole “must die a violent death” rule is not internally consistent. Nick wouldn’t have become immortal had he died of poison? Then how the fuck are you immortal, Amanda, when you died a plague? How can you introduce a plot detail like that with no one realizing that it invalidates the origin of your own main character? Worst of all, this is the one thing from The Raven that got carried over into the rest of the franchise, resulting in one of the most wall-bangingly stupid parts of the next movie, Highlander: Endgame.

Edit: So, Elizabeth Gracen herself pointed out that my memory was completely bollocks on Amanda’s origin. She died during the plague, but she died because somebody brained her with a club – definitely a violent death. So the entire struck-out text above represents an area where I was totally wrong. Rather than remove the text entirely, I’m just going to leave it here as a reminder that people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. </Edit>

Setting aside the nitpicks and focusing on what’s good about the ending, Nick gets ticked off that the price for eternal life is survival via chopping people’s heads off and leaves Amanda behind. The series ends on an appropriately bittersweet narration from Nick, where he muses, “What room is there for love, when there can be only one?”

And thus we have the one single season of Highlander: The Raven, a trainwreck of a production that somehow managed to churn out a few enjoyable episodes despite that fact. At the time it was canceled, part of me wished that the series could get a second season, hoping that it would find its legs and pick up like its predecessor did. That part of me didn’t know about the behind the scenes problems that plagued the series. I guess it’s best for the series to have ended on what for it was a strong note rather than implode utterly under the feuds and mismanagement that had hurt it so much. With problems coming in the form of everything from a greedy network to Bill Clinton, The Raven was doomed from the start, and any good moments that can be pried out of the wreckage are just a happy bonus.


15 Responses to “Highlander: The Raven”

  1. Oh, wow, supernegative 🙂 Well, I disagree about some of your points. I don´t know much about the behind the scenes problems but I personally loved the character of Nick. Yes, he was this boy-scout in first episodes. But to see the immortal world through the eyes of the mortal, who has a strong moral code, was interesting. And the episodes before the finale, where he basically jumped into the immortal world, with hints that he is immortal himself, were really good. I am sorry that it didn´t get at least one more season, because Nick could have ingored immortal rules but it would be certainly interesting to see how he would deal with them after he became an immortal. Also, I think that chemistry between Nick and Amanda was great, despite the problems between actors. And I disagree that Paul wasn´t a good actor. He got better with time (while Adrian Paul was still the same wooden person til the end). But hey, opinions differ and I am glad to read something about The Raven.

  2. Christina Lane Says:

    I think E. Gracen’s problems during the filming of the Raven were caused by her since acknowledged psycho former boyfriend/sociopath. By the same token, Randy Quaid is being victimized in the same way by a similar sort of psycho who has seriously damaged him, poor ignorant man. Just my comment, but what do I know …LOTS !!!!!!!!!

  3. Just ran across this while searching for a detailed account of the meltdowns. I laughed, it was a good read. I’m not 100% sure but I don’t think Amanda died of the plague. I believe she was stoned to death by the men who caught her stealing from a house where victims of the plague lived. It was frowned upon to steal from homes of plague victoms. She was actually stealing bread I think.

  4. last week i thought about the raven, and i miss it a little. i’m sure the series would have become great if a chance were given to it.
    i was also wondering why amanda became such a badass in the raven.
    maybe she became weak because of her age. when rebecca died, she told to duncan that the more she lived, the more she was scared to die. if we consider the period where she approach the honorable age of 1000 years, she started to become dependant to people like her “husband” and if she were strong she was easily loosing her self-confidence when she faced them.
    it changes completely from the time where she seemed to like swords, for example with christina.

  5. I’ve been slowly watching this show and I’m down to the final two episodes. It does suddenly get watchable later in the season (didn’t they switch filming to Paris right around then?) but the first twelve or so episodes were nearly impossible to sit through. And I’m a massive Highlander fan who. For a long time, S3 and S5 of the original show were my favorite seasons of any show ever.

    • the second part was clearly “highlanderesque”. we could enjoy the true meaning of the show, not crappy stories about cops, detectives and other bullshit.
      if they would have started the season that way, i’m sure there would had been at least three seasons. but the change happened too late.
      amanda was older, we could have looking back in a longer time laps than duncan.
      i’m sure we would have discovered an amanda who was a fighter, but approching her 1000 years, would have started to fear death. but as we could see she came back to the battle.

      • And it would be great to watch Nick and Amanda getting along as immortals. It could have been an interesting relationship. Shame.

      • yep,they were having more and more feelings, however, i’m sure it would have taken at least two seasons for them.
        the second season would have focused on nick’s anger. he isn’t want to become immortal, so he would have run away from amanda. nonetheless, a freaky immortal would force him to get along with amanda who would have learned to him how to use a sword and some martial arts.

        such a shame, it stopped after a half season. because for me the first half doesn’t count.

  6. Wow! I just found this! Very interesting ideas and observations. I have no idea if this is still active, but I’d love to add my two cents to the conversation, ’cause I miss Amanda!
    E. Gracen
    aka Amanda

    • We are indeed still active, and I’d love to have your two cents, because I too miss Amanda. All of my comments and ranting come from the stance of an outsider and a fanatic, so any insight or corrections you can offer would be terrific!

    • first of all, sorry. it’s been long time i haven’t used english.

      time has gone by, and i’m very angry they didn’t continued the show. the first part was so dumb since german producers wanted a cop show. germans are fond of cop shows. the second part was so thrilling. i loved it so much. we were back to highlander’s basics. this show would have needed at least three seasons.
      they’re currently replaying highlander on french tv, and i’m so fed up by some misogynistic traits of duncan mc leod. amanda always finds a way to be in trouble. thank god duncan was here to save her.
      how could she be able to live for 12 centuries if she was so weak?
      her master Rebbecca was more than 3300 years and very powerful. if her husband wouldn’t had been taken in hostage(because her pupil was scared of her), she would have certainly won the last fight.
      in the raven, we have immortals facing other immortals and that’s it. they was a sort of equality. they were all trying to survive and that’s it.
      amanda’s millennium anniversary might has scared her a little bit. i guess this is why there was a time she was scared to fight. becauseif we look back to her life. she was a bad ass during 17th or 18th centuries.

      i would like to add something and maybe it’ll be boring for some of you. but i sometimes wonder how it would have been if the show continued after the cliffhanger.

      the day after nick became immortal, he’s still mad at amanda. She meets him in their loft.
      he doesn’t find that becoming immortal is appealing. he tells amanda that she became immortal accidentally, but she chose for him. since he met immortals before becoming one of them, he observed the best and the worse of this world. And he was happy to be mortal for sure.
      Amanda proposes him to start his training, so he’ll be able to face danger. He declines and start to pack his bag. “where the hell are you going?” yelled Amanda. “none of your business” said nick with a lifeless voice.
      Amanda opens a closet and takes a case. She opens it and handle an English bastard sword, with a pommel made of gold.” The day I met you, I knew it would have happened sooner or later”, she said tending the sword to nick. “this is Richard lionheart’s sword. He was a great king and a great man and your chivalrous side make me think of him. At least take it with you. But it would be better to learn how to use it.” she said with a little of sadness in her voice.
      “I don’t want that thing” he said without looking at her. Nick starts to leave, showing his back to Amanda. An edgy Amanda holds the blade next to nick’s throat( like the scene the first time they met)and tells “how are you going to deal with all those who will be pleased to behead you?”. “do me this favor” he replied without moving a lash.
      Amanda drops the sword and lets him go.
      And of course, I imagined the rest where nick learns to use his sword but it won’t be with Amanda.

    • A longtime Highlander fan, I finally watched the Raven series and just now got to the last episode. I agree with most of the observations above. (I have no comment on any behind-the-scenes issues and I’m more interested in the development series itself.)

      Indeed the producers really dropped the ball on Amanda and missed some great opportunities to use Gracen’s talent to explore a character who has walked the earth for over a MILLENIUM. We have seen Amanda be more nuanced and conflicted.

      Amanda had always shown a devil-may-care attitude, but she is a person who has pretty much seen humanity go through the same cycles over and over, and has seen people making the same choices and mistakes over and over. Of course going to act like she doesn’t care. And of course she’s a thief. What better way to get an adrenalin high to feel alive instead of weary. (Compare Amanda to the vampires of Jarmusch’s “Only Lovers Left Alive” suffering through the unbearable ennui of their neverending existence.) I think if writers and producers had been free to play with the real implications of what it would mean to one’s humanity to have witnessed that much human history first hand, there’s so much more they could have done.

      The character Nick is the main reason I never watched the series when it originally aired. Honestly, the opening monologue for the credits was so downright awful, I was afraid the series would ruin Amanda for me.

      Plus, the “supercop” trope had been everywhere and overdone, especially with Toronto-based series: “Forever Knight” (vampire cop) and “Kung Fu: The Legend Continues” — where poor Chris Potter had to utter the line: “I’m not my father. I don’t do kung fu. I’m a cop. That’s what I am. That’s what I do.” (And in fairness, he made the line credible.)

      Nick needed to be an ordinary schmoe caught up in the whilrlwind of something impossible. His character was ill-conceived and terribly written. In the episode 19, The Manipulator, he shot and killed a Watcher… and was upset about it? “I killed a man!” he yells at Amanda. Yeah… and in the same episode, he shot dead something like 4 guards at some Eastern Bloc leader’s estate while trying to steal a laptop. Those four guys weren’t villains. They were just doing their sworn duty — kinda like cops, really. But no remorse about their corpses at all. I rolled my eyes so hard with that line, I caught a glimpse of my own tonsils.

      Yes, there was desperate need for a touch of ordinary humanity to give the audience some kind of relatable character through whom to experience the world of the Immortals. Amanda’s elderly friend, Lucy Becker, had so much potential for the series in that respect. Like Connor MacLeod’s adopted daughter (scenes mostly cut) from the original Highlander movie — he raised her from a toddler until she was old and grey.

      I loved the ambiguous relationship and closeness between Amanda and Lucy. Until they provided Lucy with a back story, it was wonderful to speculate about whether she had been a surrogate daughter, best friend, or even ex-girlfriend. You could see first-hand a close relationship that had clearly spanned decades with one of the pair becoming old and the other not at all. What a wonderful/tragic glimpse at the life of an Immortal.

      If Nick had been an ordinary, idealistic, beat cop in uniform who was overwhelmed by the knowledge of Immortals’ existence, maybe it would have worked. If Nick had been a much older, gritty, jaded veteran detective that could have been interesting too (because then you’d have a guy who thought he’d seen it all, and now his world is upside down). But it never worked with that meathead Nick running around like Batman while nagging Amanda like he was her moral superior — not when he’s shooting innocent guards.

      It was a pleasant surprise to see Elizabeth Gracen in “Coherence” a couple years ago. That movie was one of those little flicks that takes a great simple premise and does so much with it. It was an added bonus for geeks to have Buffy and Highlander cast members in it.

  7. Robert Albrecht Says:

    You say you want a second season yet trash the series completely. You sir are part of the problem. I would love to see what happened to Nick Wolfe as his character was quite interesting. His morality would make for an interesting issue to overcome when taking heads.

    • I didn’t want them to trash the series completely. As I mentioned, the show was getting better. It still had a ways to go, but when it got canceled I thought it was finding its footing.

      There probably could have been decent stories told about Nick, but he needed something to make him interesting. I think the show’s biggest problem early on was that they shoehorned Nick into everything when Amanda was a much more fascinating protagonist. Near the end of the series, they focused on Amanda more and the show benefited as a result.

      • Ha! I can’t believe this is active again! Makes my heart warm! We are going to have a big old fashioned HIGHLANDER reunion in LA in the fall, so I’m very excited to talk about the show again and to see all the loyal fans. I just started watching the new season of GAME OF THRONES, and I keep wondering why the hell Adrian Paul hasn’t been cast in one of those roles. He’d be perfect! I’m also jealous of the great female characters in the series. It ain’t HIGHLANDER, but it tickles that part of my fancy!
        I miss Amanda… the RAVEN … and Paris!

        Elizabeth Gracen

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