Season 4 once again builds upon these themes and uses the concepts to develop the characters even more. One of my favorite episodes has to be "Promise" because it is filled with action, passion, and emotion. The story line is basically about Duncan having made a promise back in 1755 in order to save the life of a young friend named Kassim. However, that promise takes a tragic turn when Kassim asks Duncan to assassinate the amazingly cruel dictator ruling in a part of Mid East. Ironically, Duncan denies that request and carries on with his own missions. Later, it would appear clear that he made a mistake as Rachel's life is put in danger and Duncan is faced with a difficult decision. He has to decide to whether honor his promise or do what he believes is right. Now, don't we all go through that in our lives?Read more ›
Season 4 expands the Highlander universe further developing and exploring the backgrounds of the supporting characters such as Joe Dawson, Richie Ryan, Amanda and Methos. In a grand plot twist the most exciting episodes of the season explore the Highlander world when MacLeod turns evil. Behind all this the Immortals' Game rages on...
Here are the contents of each DVD.
Episode 1: "Homeland" - MacLeod returns to the Highlands of Scotland to return a stolen heirloom to it's resting place and while there fulfills an old legend and avenges an old score.
Episode 2: "Brothers in Arms" - An evil Immortal is out to kill Charlie DeSalvo and MacLeod's hands are tied to help Charlie when Dawson reveals his personal connection to the Immortal.
Episode 3: "The Innocent" - Richie and MacLeod take in a "special needs" Immortal after his mentor is killed by an evil Immortal.
Episode 4: "Leader of the Pack" - MacLeod takes on Kanis, an Immortal who uses a pack of Rottweilers to hunt and wear down his opponents.
Episode 5: "Double Eagle" - MacLeod has to keep Amanda and his friend, the Immortal gambler, Kit O' Brady apart as the two hold a 200 year old gambling grudge against each other.
Episode 6: "Reunion" - It's double trouble as Mac has to deal with the child Immortal Kenny AND the Immortal sea captain whom he marooned for over a hundred years on a deserted island in the South Pacific.
Episode 7: "The Colonel" - An Immortal WWI war criminal whom MacLeod had committed to an asylum for 70 years returns with a plan of revenge.
Episode 8: "Reluctant Heroes" - MacLeod is out to settle a grudge he's harbored against an Immortal assassin since the days of Queen Anne's court.
Episode 9: "The Wrath of Kali" - The Immortal Hindu priest Kamir is out to recover Kali's stolen statue and punish all those who defiled her, with or without MacLeod's help.
Episode 10: "Chivalry" - MacLeod and Methos attempt to save Richie from Kristin Gilles, a possessive and lethal Immortal whom Richie's fallen head over heels for.
Episode 11: "Timeless" - Mac must stop Immortal impresario Walter Graham from killing a musical prodigy destined for Immortality.
Episode 12: "The Blitz" - MacLeod must rescue Anne Lindsey from a collapsed subway. He reminisces about the London blitz when he and the woman he loved became trapped in a bomb shelter.
Episode 13: "Something Wicked" - MacLeod must stop Immortal Shaman James Coltec who's become overrun with evil after centuries of taking evil into himself.
Episode 14: "Deliverance" - Can anybody stop a pure evil Duncan MacLeod?
Episode 15: "Promises" - Centuries ago MacLeod promised a favor to the Immortal Kassim and now Kassim is calling in the favor - assassinate a political tyrant.
Episode 16: "Methuselah's Gift" - Amanda's pendant is part of the legendary Methuselah's Stone which legend says will give its wearer everlasting life. Someone wants all the pieces and it just may cost Amanda her head.
Episode 17: "The Immortal Cimoli" - MacLeod tries to protect a newly Immortal two-bit magician from an indiscriminate Immortal headhunter.
Episode 18: "Through a Glass, Darkly" - MacLeod tries to help his old friend Immortal Warren Cochrane overcome his amnesia and uncovers a few dark secrets repressed deep within his memories.
Episode 19 - "Double Jeapordy" - Immortal Morgan D'Staine, a student of Xavier St. Cloud, shows up to gain revenge for his fallen teacher.
Episode 20 - "Till Death" - After 300 hundred years of marriage, Immortal's Robert and Gina Da Valicourt are going through marital problems and it's up to MacLeod and a reluctant Methos to save their marriage.
Episode 21 - "Judgment Day" - Dawson (and MacLeod) are put on trial by the Watcher Tribunal for betraying the Watcher's Oath and causing untold numbers of Watcher deaths.
Episode 22 - "One Minute to Midnight" - MacLeod and Dawson are on the run from the Watchers as an unknown Immortal hunts the Watchers one-by-one.
THE DVD EXTRAS
Anchor Bay continues to dish out the goods with this season's set.
COMMENTARY, NOTES and BLOOPERS
ALL EPISODES include a "behind-the-scenes" featurette, "Watcher Notes" and "Sword Guide." The Notes and Sword Guide provide great background into Highlander cannon and the featurettes provide a great look behind the scenes into production with cast and crew interviews interspersed with scene footage. Also, the MAJORITY of the episodes now include deleted scenes/blooper footage. All in all, this provides for a great extras package.
AUDIO/VIDEO COMMENTARY: Audio and video commentary are available on episodes 2, 5, 9, 11, 13, 17, 21.
DISC 1: Photo Gallery
DISC 8: Bonus material for "Deliverance" episode
1. Actor, Director and Writer Bios: Filmographies for ALL actors, directors and writers involved with Season Four.
2. Scripts: Lines and stage directions for ALL 22 episodes in season four.
3. Trivia Game: Test your Highlander knowledge (or pick some up).
4. Extras: Other nifty production documents such as ratings reports and other documents that detail the production for several episodes including production reports, shooting schedules, prep schedules, call sheets and production maps.
COLLECTIBLES: A mail-in coupon for the Season 4 collector's edition Highlander medallion.
With its martial arts action, adventure, romance and stunning historical backdrops, Highlander has it all. Fans of the series will be pleased as the DVD sets become better with each release. If you've never been exposed to the world of Highlander before check this series out and see what fans have known for years, "In The End, There Can Be Only One" -- and this series is it!!
Highlander season four includes some of the best episodes in the entire show, including two directed by Adrian Paul, the excellent "Homeland" and the wonderfully mysterious "Methuselah's Gift". It also includes the two-part Methos episodes, "Chivalry", and what is arguably the greatest episode of the show, "Timeless" (easily my favorite).
This season features more violence, sex (including some Adrian Paul rear nudity for you ladies), and is much more grim than the other seasons. All in all, though, it's one of the best and most important seasons in the show. [9/10]
Season four has some nice video, although in "Homeland" some grain is very apparent and the picture is quite dark. All the episodes are, once again, presented in their original full frame format. [8/10]
Season four has the same problems as the other seasons as far as audio goes. The remixes sound great, but at many times the music is blaring (although during the opening sequence, I can't say this is bad). It would be nice if Anchor Bay could fix this problem. [9/10]
Highlander season four, like the previous two seasons, is loaded with special features. Watcher Chronicles, interviews, some neat deleted scenes and even some bloopers. There's enough here to keep any Highlander fan entertained for months. Outstanding. [10/10]
Overall, Highlander season four is another great Anchor Bay DVD. They have no rival, no company can be their equal, take me to the future of their work ...
OVERALL SCORE: [9/10]