Highlander - Endgame

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  • Steve Potter
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    THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE FANBOY?! That hardly seems fair.
  • LikaLaruku
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    Like Blockbuster Buster vs The Spoony One?

    Highlander 2 & 4: Fight Club rules apply.

    I haven't seen thins movie, but it doesn't sound so bad, if you have a memory retention problem.

    Hmm, it's been awhile since I've seen a fight scene that wasn't pure CG. Good times....
  • PaladinDemo
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    Spoony would be at a disadvantage since ERod has undergone the Quickening.

    Also. Endgames is fairly good cheese. And should warn ya. Don't watch Spoony's review until after you watch the movie. It involves the blurred sign.
  • Professor_Jack
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    except spoony the God Damned Avatar, and a physical god.
  • PaladinDemo
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    The only advantage I can see Spoony having is the Gunblade. He has an optional range attack.
  • cbjbill
    well he is the greatest swordsman in the world and he also has a anty magic gun that he can use
  • PaladinDemo
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    ERod doesn't posses anything magical.
  • cbjbill
    the quiking is a kinde of magick! and the hammer is inchanted with magick is it not so ya the anty magic gun would work.
  • PaladinDemo
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    What anti-magic gun? I know Insano has a anti-magic field generator, the only gun I seen Spoony use is the Gunblade. Also Relics are a different kind of rule set normally.
  • Sewblon
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    Spoony destroyed The Black-gate with an anti-magic at the end of his Ultima 9 review.
  • PurpleTiger
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    Okay, are you guys really arguing over who would win between two internet personalities in a fight?

    The only reason why I think flies is because ERod makes videos about crossover battles he'd like to see all the time, lol
  • ladydiskette
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    I am not going to lie, a Highlander battle between Spoony and ERod would be pretty awesome. :)
  • Majin47
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    Aside from the fact that all - true - fanboys think that.
  • plaidman
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    We Fanboys must fight until only one remains.
  • Talvrae
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    You didnt pay attention to the first episode of the Tv Serie
    It reference in it the fight betwen Kurgan and Connord... Right from first episode ruining the orriginal movie
  • Linklex7
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    I thought that reference wouldn't be made until Joe told him during the end of the 1st season. I could be wrong.
  • saxonjf  - A reference might be nice...
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    to the Spoony/Pat review of Endgame. It covered a whole lot more of the movie, and a lot of the same jokes were made.

    That being said, it was fun to see another opinion on it. I've never seen anyone say anything nice about Bruce Payne...
  • OtakuR
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    So does that mean you WON'T be reviewing Highlander and the Holy Grail?
  • JumpingGigawatt123
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    Ive never really cared for the highlander franchise but the first one looks pretty cool so ill try to check it out awesome review BB. Also happy one year on TGWTG!
  • J0hnny0hm  - Dang.
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    One of the lesser hated ones you've reviewed, as I don't usually see you give a movie as much praise as this one. Point taken, though. I'll see Highlander at some point.

    Congrats! One year already. That's a pretty sweet thing. Keep it up, E-Rod. =)
  • satireknight
    I can totally agree with you on "Highlander II" and "Highlander: The Source." They don't exist! They never existed!

    This seems to be one of the less hateable ones, since you only seemed to hate specific aspects of it rather than being driven insane by the film overall. It's sad that a movie with such awesome promise was handled carelessly.

    (Although I can sorta see why they killed off Conor - Lambert had visibly aged)
  • El Mariachi_47  - Here we are, Born to be Kings, We're the Princes o
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    Nice job on the review E-Rod! I think you did better than Spooney on his review of Endgame!

    I do enjoy Highlander 3 & 4, as well as the series about Duncan. But nothing beats the original HIGHLANDER!!!!!! Fuckin fanboy squee at the scene of you using Duncan's sword to destroy the Endgame case! THE QUICKENING!!!!!

    Score another Latin brother for Channel Awesome!!!
  • Mentski
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    I thought common consensus was that the TV series was set after the movie, and retconned Connors defeat of the Kurgan from the prize to a really big quickening.

    Even so, Duncan killing Connor is still a load of old bull. Anyone that watched the Cartoon knows he died by the hand of Kortan...
  • El Mariachi_47
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    Also Duncan's sword was given to him by a samurai during the 1800s. His sword has an ivory hilt with a DRAGON head. (Season 3 episode 1) Ramirez's sword predates Duncan's and was made by a genius Japanese blacksmith sometime before 1000 A.D. and was given to Connor. (Highlander 1) Connor's sword features an ivory hilt with a TIGER head. The two makers of the swords are most likely related...
  • 3DMaster
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    Lion-head actually.
  • AVPGuyver21
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    Endgame to me was a complete lie. None of the stuff in the trailer was in the movie!
  • Linklex7
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    Oh yeah, I remember. The trailer made it seem like Kell was some sort of magical demon. Cause one of the scenes had Conner slicing Kell in half and then suddenly each half forms a new person. Then another scene where he stops a sword flying at him by just sticking out his hand. I remember asking why weren't these in the movie.
  • TheNitsguy  - Happy 1yr!
    Another great review E-Rod! Pulling out the highlander sword at the end was so badass! And congrats on the one year anniversary buddy! You quickly became my favourite reviewer on the site, as I believe I mentioned before :)

    As for the movie, I loved watching the Highlander TV series growing up, and I remember loving Endgame when I saw it because it seemed more like an extention of the series than a sequel to the movies.

    The scene that bugged me the most was when blue-lips killed all his henchmen at the table, I kept thinking that Donnie Yen should've fought back, even just a little! After looking at the dvd special features, though, Donnie was supposed to fight back, but then realize it was useless against such a strong opponent, and cut his own head off so his energy wouldn't be passed. They couldn't pull off the prosthetics in time, though, so that was cut. Too bad.

    I remember the dvd commentary being really good too! Apparently the movie production was rushed because their opening date was pushed up, you can tell they were disappointed and wished they could do more.
  • PaladinDemo
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    Now I need to watch that Rowdy Roddy Piper episode.
  • st_jane_ambulance
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    ContinUity. :)

    Great review; I love that clip from DeadAlive.
  • thorondragon
    highlander does sound itnersting, but when i watched it is was grossly dissapointed. mainly because while, yes, the story is good and the combat great, i never got the impression anyone gets stronger from a quickening. you never see them with any advanced abilities at all, so you get no evidence that it did anything else other than a big lightning bolt. you would at least expect energy projection of some minor level with what happens durign a quickening.

    though i do see another plot hole in the first movie. what would happen if a non immortal killed and immortal? and yo ucannot tell me that no immortal was ever decapitated in batytle by a human being. and wouldn't that totally break the cycle of violecne to begin with?
  • MrAngryPants
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    A mortal beheading an immortal was covered in the series. Basically if there is another immortal close enough they will receive the quickening. If there is not well no one really knows for sure what happens but I figure it could either be lost forever or just lost until there is only one and the receive the power of all immortals ever.
  • plaidman
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    What I gathered from the TV Series is that yes if there is another immortal nearby then yes they will recieve the Quickening, but if there wasn't then nothing happens and the immortal just dies taking all of his powers and knowledge with him. I say this is because in one episode and immortal was about to get his head chopped off by a rougue group of Watchers and he was screaming his head off about about being afraid that he'll die and not be able to pass on his knowledge to a future generation.
  • thorondragon
    interesting. though wouldn't that have it that theu ltimate quickening could not happen? a fragment would be completely missing. it would be like losing a piece of the puzzle, you may be able to see what it actually looks like, but never the whole picture.

    still doesn't explain what exactly kind of power is being transfered. seriously, not signs of increased power at all really. and skill is not enough in a world with guns. an immortal would jsut have to use a gun to gain the total advantage over his enemy. immortal or not, it is not possible to fight if bullets blow our both of your kneecaps.
  • CavernofRecollection  - Well....
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    Good review, though not as good as Spoony's, but when it comes to Highlander, no one reviews it like him.

    And Phyllis Diller...what a woman.
  • qazox
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    Only good thing about this movie (besides Edge ;)) it basically killed the franchise.. so we don't have to put up with it anymore.

    The 1st movie was enough and the TV series wasn't bad. That's all the Highlander we should have ever had.
  • Moon Spirit
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    Happy 1st anniversary of being on Channel Awesome E-Rod. Keep on bustin'!
  • Animikean
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    Nice shout out at the end, Diller deserves her respect :D
  • sirpycon
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    not sure if this was mentioned, but Connor never gave Duncan his katana. Duncan's was given to him by a Japanese warrior when Duncan was washed up on Japan in umm 1700's sometime. There is no relationship between the two.
    The henchmen, in my opinion joined Kell because they were given a choice - join me and work as my bitch or i will kill you right now. not much of a choice though.
    and also the continuity of the hightlander movies is in order that they came out
  • Axel Osbourne
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    Ok, I have to go fanboy for a second, and I'm already kicking myself for it, but I was a big Highlander fan back in the day, and I have to address somethings said in this review. If there are any women reading this, please look away, and don't view my moment of shame.

    Highlander the series was not a pequel, nor was it ever implied to be such. In fact, Joe Dawson reminds Duncan of the fact that Conner took Kurgan's head, showing that it does take place after the film, but ignoring the fact Connor was the last and winner of the prize, and hoping nobody would notice.

    Also, Connor didn't give Duncan his sword, it was given to him by a samurai that took him in and trained him (which was shown later in the series. It just happened to look like Connor's (Yeah, I know it's dumb, I'm just explaining it, I didn't write it)

    Ok, I'm done, and now I feel dirty. DON'T JUDGE ME!
  • Linklex7
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    I think Erod knew that the series wasn't a prequel. He was just building to the joke that Connor (who had already won the prize) would get killed off. Think about it. If you came into the pilot episode of the tv series after watching the movie, you might also think it might be a prequel cause of Connor showing up and saying the gathering was happening. That fan would ask himself "didn't Conner already win that one?" As much as I love Conner, he should've have never been on the series, or at least he should've been recast. That way it would seem like it was in its own world and continuity (and I use that term loosely). By having Lambert in the show playing the same character it established that it took place in the same world at the movies which retconned the original ending.
  • Volare3  - This is actually really good.
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    Not the movie, exactly, no THIS review has become my favorite Blockbuster Buster episode ever. My sister LOVED the TV franchise and we used to watch it together back when she had it on VHS. I never got to see any of the films so you can bet I'll track down the first one at the very least. You really showed some fanboy cred with relating this movie to its source material and how it interacts (aka effs up) the continuity.

    Also, I love the alliteration gag (although some fall flat occasionally) at the end of these reviews. Yeah, I said it. I'm not embarrassed to admit that.
  • MrAngryPants
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    So I felt I need to post because I feel BBB got a few bits of Highlander lore wrong. The series was not meant to be a prequel, at least not as soon as Duncan Met Joe Dawson. I say this because Dawson mentions that Conner killed The Kurgan (Something along the lines of doing the world a favor by killing him).

    I also believe the creators of the series explained away the gathering from the original movie as being one of the gatherings. Every unspecified amount of time or so there is a gathering where immortals feel compelled to go to a certain spot and fight each other. This I think is mentioned in the Pilot episode of the series but I could be wrong. It is also explained that the series is kicking off another at the time of another gathering which is why so many immortals are in the Northwest at that time.

    Lastly, the swords of Connor and Duncan are actually different. There was also an episode of the series where Duncan shipwrecks on Japan and is taken in by one of samurai there. That samurai starts to teach Duncan his martial arts and starts to train him on who to properly fight with a sword. The samurai is then ordered to kill himself for taking in a Gaijin which was forbidden at that time. Duncan helps him commit seppuku and is given the katana he uses until it is broken in The Source.
  • Linklex7
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    I forgot about that episode. Joe does mention how Conner did the world a favor by killing Kurgan.
  • thedoctornw
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    Ha, I should have read all the comments before making my own--glad I'm not the only one who remembered Joe's Kurgan reference! Pretty sure it's made when Duncan first meets Joe & the Watchers, after the rogues kill Darius...
  • plaidman
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    I know about that episode however, I would like to point out that the continuity of this show is kinda all over the place as Duncan mentioned in an episode before that one that he recieved the sword as a gift from a fellow clansmen (Conner) and I believe that is what Blockbuster Buster is refering to in this review.
  • Larry
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    She betrayed him? He stabbed her in the chest when she slept on their wedding night. Without any warning. Also it makes as much sense to side by the enemy of your ass-hole husband as with him. Why make your wife immortal if you eventually will have to kill your wife to "win the game". Under the circumstances having your spouse being a mortal must be the better choice. At least you will have probable decades of love. At least when Constantine killed that girl momentarily she had consented to it, even tough C. was a bit of an ass-hole by not revealing the method. But there was a discussion. The first introduction to the whole bloody world if the immortals Duncan's wife had was a pointy thing in her chest, on her wedding night, while she slept. No matter how big the supernatural gift was, I would be a little sour towards the giver if I got that introduction.
  • Axel Osbourne  - Reply to Larry.
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    Well, he could always let her win if it came down to them. But yeah, Duncan was kind of a douche for not even giving her a choice (to put it lightly).
  • InOzWeTrust  - Fanboy you say
    So as a supposed fanboy I need to point out some things.

    1) Immortals psychically sense other immortals even before they have turned. So there is not a "somehow he sensed it and killed her" it's fact within the series.

    2) The watchers, taken directly from the opening "I am a watcher a member of a secret society of men and women who observe and record but never interfere." So they do not care who wins, good or evil they record the history of immortals for posterity knowing or rather fearing they may all be gone and all traces of their secret history is lost.

    3) If Rachel is a main character in the first movie yet dies in the opening scene here this should be the first cue that it takes past after the original film and the ending was retconed for the series. Thanks to Axel Osbourne for pointing out that Dawson knew about Kurgan further proving this as I forgot entirely about this scene.

    4) As for the psychic awareness of the super-quickening you could infer that such an ability could be developed after Duncan's battle with Ahriman. Admittedly purely an excuse since such an event did not occur in the series but Duncan does seclude himself to attain a heightened sense to resist Ahriman's illusions after killing Richie.

    5) Hate to point out a plot hole you make when you make your plot hole spiel at the end. But yeah, Methos is alive so that final prize winning quickening is just a regular quickening of a powerful immortal. Thus there isn't any implication that the game has ended. Especially since they didn't even hint that Amanda had been killed another recurring Highlander character.

    So yeah. BB I have hopes for you, even enjoyed some of your reviews but you cannot claim fanboy and mess up tidbits of a series I haven't seen in nearly a decade and still remember clearly.
  • Linklex7
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    Great review, ERod. Though Highlander 2 isn't considered to be the worst movie in the franchise anymore. You ask any Highlander fan what they consider to be the worst movie and the majority of them would say Highlander 5: The Source.
  • laughterandcandy
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    To me, you have to look at every movie, series, etc after the first Highlander as an alternative universe. Otherwise your mind will go crazy trying to explain how any of that pieces together. Hint: It won't. Although I will compare some points to the original cause that's where we get the basics from. Most of these movies don't even make sense within the rules of their own movie anyway.

    E-Rod brought up some points that Spoony didn't, which I appreciate. I could see immortals working together to defeat other immortals, like Kel was doing with his gang. But why were they seem so blindly loyal to him? They will eventually have to kill off one another and their boss to gain the prize.

    I will definitely disagree on the Quickening having no expectations. It was the (supposidly) direct sequel after the first one, which was so gloriously fun and made enough sense to be enjoyable. Quickening? Nope. Neither version, Zeist or the edited version, make any sense.

    And I would also disagree on Quickening being the worst. Is it awful? Oh God yes. Every movie sequel to the original is terrible. But hey, at least we get Sean Connery and campiness. I had more fun watching all of the movie sequels compared to the last, Source. At least in End Game, we had enjoyable swords fights.

    Kel and Faith/Kate did have weak motivations. She was with Kel because...what, she wanted to kill Duncan for springing immortality on her without talking to her? Kel was in the first movie. Dunno if he was Bruce Pain but he was the only nice guy in Conner's village who helped him escape when everyone was against him.

    In EndGame...he was a priest, or worked for him (Was that even in the original...?). Conner killed his mentor (or father maybe...?) so now he wants to kill or torture Conner...You see why I'm hesitating? Kel's motivations make no sense and once again, the sequels screwed up someone from the original like they did Conner in this. Why go emo and put yourself in a coma then? He's been alive for hundreds of years, has watched people die many times. Why that time? Again, he wasn't like that in the original at all and it was the same time period. It doesn't make sense for his character.

    Although to be honest, Final Dimension made me angrier because it was so very much ripping off the first one. Source just made...my soul want to weep in exhaustion of this poor series...
  • Linklex7
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    I'm glad I'm not the only one who for about Highlander The Source. Though I wish I could forget that train wreck. lol. As bad as Highlander 2 was, at least the franchise managed to survive it. The same could not be said of it after The Source was released.
  • plaidman
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    Actually the guy who helped out Conner in the first movie was an older MacLeod by the name of Angus. Not Kel.
  • thedoctornw
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    Awesome review, dude! But I have to pick a nit (ewwww) with you:

    The TV series was very obviously an alternate universe take on the franchise. When it starts off you could easily call it a prequel--however, there is a specific line when Duncan first meets Joe, where Joe says something like "When your cousin Conner killed the Kurgan, he did the world a great service." In this way they kept the core concept of the movie (a race of immortals with rich backstories who interact with and try to kill each other), but introduce their own MacLeod and establish their own continuity.

    This, btw, is why I think Highlander: Endgame didn't have a number appended to it, unlike the previous sequels--it was clearly a continuation of the TV series universe, and not the movie universe that had already been butchered by 2 & 3 (I mean 3--there was no 2, as you said :P).

    And so, on its own merits, I enjoyed Highlander Endgame, despite its flaws. Well, except for Duncan's wife Kate--but then, it's not like the TV series established Duncan labored under a gypsy curse that said he would never marry--OH WAIT! :P
  • Shadowcrone  - there should have been only one
    i loved the first movie. i have watched it several times. the fight scenes were great and had some tension. i only watched a couple episodes of the series it was ok. this movie i tried to watch but got soo pissed off that i could only make it through bits and pieces. highlander 3 was ok but it basically retold the 1st movie. plus the first movie introduced us to the kickass theme song.
  • Touché  - Adrian Paul as Connor MacLeod
    Its true, Adrian Paul was originally hired to play Connor MacLeod for the series, the series at that point was suppose to be a prequel to the first movie but only loosely so.

    Adrian didn't want to play Connor because he didn't want to take away anything or be judged against Christopher Lambert. So they invented Duncan who is 50 years younger.

    Another reason they killed off Connor rather then Duncan was Aging. Christopher looks ancient in this movie, it was bad make up and design as he looks pretty much the same now over a decade later.

    Overall Endgame suffered for the rushed production time, bad if not horrible editing and shitty storytelling.
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