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"Highlander Season Two, an 8-disc DVD Collection, collects the entire 22-episode second season (1993-1994) of the syndicated action series based on the cult-favorite film.THE STORYIn Season 2 MacLeod and friends uncover a deadly plot against the Immortals in the form of a secret society who's recorded the Immortal game over the millennia. A renegade sect now seeks to destroy the Immortals at all costs. As the season progresses McLeod and company's lives change forever as a major character dies and revelations are made about another. Behind all this the Immortal's Game still continues...THE DVDS:Here are the contents of each DVD.Disc 1:Episode 1: "The Watchers" - Investigating Darius' murder, McLeod comes across the Watchers, a secret society that's observed and recorded the Immortal's Game for thousands of years.Episode 2: "Studies in Light" - McLeod visits renowned photographer Linda Plager, an old flame from 50 years previous who is now terminally ill.Episode 3: "Turnabout" - McLeod protects his friend, mild-mannered Immortal Michael Moore, from the Immortal psychopathic murderer Quentan Barnes. All is not what it seems though.Disc 2:Episode 4: "The Darkness" - LANDMARK EPISODE. McLeod and Richie's lives become changed forever!!! MacLeod saves Tessa from a renegade Watcher. Episode 5: "An Eye for An Eye" - McLeod must train Richie in the Immortal arts after the Immortal terrorist whose husband he killed swears revenge. Episode 6: "The Zone" - McLeod and Charlie take on Canaan, the ruthless OverLord of Charlie's boyhood neighborhood "The Zone."Disc 3:Episode 7: "The Return of Amanda" - Amanda and McLeod take on a corrupt FBI agent who's after Amanda.Episode 8: "Revenge of the Sword" - McLeod and Charlie aid Jimmy Sang, the upcoming martial arts action star who's at odds with the Asian mob.Episode 9: "Run For Your Life" - Carl Robinson, a former slave whom McLeod saved from the KKK 80 years ago, has written off the entire world as racist. McLeod helps him restore his faith in himself and the world while saving him from the Hunters.Disc 4:Episode 10: "Epitaph for Tommy" - When a bystander is killed during McLeod's battle against another Immortal, he sets out to find out more about the deceased man and discovers a high-level corporate scandal.Episode 11: "The Fighter" - McLeod meets up with his old friend, Immortal boxing manager/fighter Tommy Sullivan. When Tommy's rivals start turning up dead Mac soon realizes his old friend is no longer the man he once knew.Episode 12: "Under Color of Authority" - Against McLeod's advice Richie protects a woman on the run from an Immortal bounty hounter.Disc 5:Episode 13: "Bless The Child" - While camping in the mountains, McLeod and Charlie aid an Indian woman fleeing with a baby from a group of men.Episode 14: "Unholy Alliance, Part I" - Xavier St. Cloud returns along with a group of mercenaries (led by Horton) who aid him in killing other Immortals. Their next target - Duncan McLeod.Episode 15: "Unholy Alliance, Part II" - McLeod tracks Xavier back to Paris for a final showdown.Disc 6: Episode 16: "The Vampire" - McLeod takes on Nicholas Ward, an Immortal who once posed as a Vampire.Episode 17: "The Warmonger" - Only McLeod can stop the Immortal Drakov, a political puppet master who ruthlessly runs an Eastern European country - but why does he choose not to?Episode 18: "The Pharaoh's Daughter" - McLeod becomes caught in the middle of a 2000 year old grudge between Cleopatra's former handmaiden and the former Roman General who betrayed her.Disc 7:Episode 19 - "Legacy" - McLeod and Amanda avenge the death of her teacher Rebecca Horne and secure the mysterious stones she protected.Episode 20 - "Prodigal Son" - Richie Ryan returns to McLeod for help after being pursued by an Immortal who refuses to face him.Episode 21 - "Counterfeit, Part I" - Horton unleashes his master plot to kill McLeod once and for all. McLeod is wary of a motorcyclist who saves Richie from Horton's Hunters.Episode 22 - "Counterfeit, Part II" - McLeod meets Lisa Millon, a woman who is a dead ringer for Tessa. Is it too good to be true?THE DVD EXTRASLike the first season, this DVD set clearly has one of THE best DVD extras packages you'll ever see.COMMENTARY, NOTES and BLOOPERSALL EPISODES include commentary from producers Bill Panzer and David Abramowitz and "Watcher" notes. The commentaries provide great insight into each episode's production. The "Watcher" notes give more insight into "Highlander" canon with reference to events and characters. In addition, several episodes also include deleted scenes/blooper footage.ADRIAN PAUL COMMENTARYDisc 3's episodes also include audio and video commentary by series' star Adrian Paul. Decent stuff.COLLECTIBLES AND CONTESTSThis DVD set includes a collector's edition Highlander medallion. You can mail away for a medallion holder that comes with Season One's medallion. Also included are entry forms for the Highlander sweepstakes contest.DISC 8: EXTRASIncluded on Disc 8 are:Trivia Game: Test your Highlander knowledge (or pick up some).Director and Actor Bios: Filmographies for ALL actors and directors who appeared in/worked on Season Two.Scripts: Finalized shooting scripts for ALL 22 episodes in season two. A Highlander completist's dream as it includes all the lines and stage directions. Shooting Schedules: Another nifty production document that details the shooting schedule for several episodes. More great insight to the film biz.THE VERDICTLovers of action-adventure and romance are bound to fall in love with this series. The "historical" flashbacks to earlier time periods in the Immortal's lives are awe-inspiring. The martial arts and swashbuckling action will fix most people's action cravings and the countless romantic "love scenes" featured in the series will reel in the ladies too. If you've never been exposed to world of Highlander before check this series out and see what Highlander fans have known for years, "In The End, There Can Be Only One" -- and this series is it!!Highest Recommendation"
Melissa McCauley | North Little Rock, AR | 06/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Season Two marks a turning point in the Highlander series, when the writers finally break out of the territory established in the original Highlander movie and introduce new ideas. The Watchers are introduced, a secret society of people who have been watching and recording the Immortal's deeds for centuries. While I can't help but wonder if this idea was liberally borrowed from Anne Rice's books, the Watchers quickly became my favorite aspect of the show, especially the tentative and growing friendship between Duncan McLeod and his watcher, ultra-cool guy Joe Dawson. It really adds depth to Duncan's character to see him interact with someone not in "the biz" from whom he has nothing to hide. In fact, Dawson may know McLeod better than anyone ever has, including Duncan himself. The abrupt death of Tessa during Season 2 may be upsetting to some fans, but her presence in McLeod's life stagnated the character, and now he is free to go out in new and exciting directions."
A few changes really helped
Stephanie R. Martin | Post Falls, ID | 04/04/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A few changes can be seen in the second season, which improve the box set. First, instead of three tri-fold booklets, all the disks are help together in one large fold out box. They also have one less disk, only eight in this season, and the eighth disk is all the special features. The introduction for each disk is nice, and is an improvement over the simple splash screen from season one. It features a rock version of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, with a few clips from the introduction. Instead of a still for each episode, you have to go directly into them to see the stills. However, the extras are still there, Watcher Chronicles, the Q for the Quickening, and all that. There are still three episodes per disk, except for the seventh disk, which has 4 episodes, leaving the eighth free for special features. There are more special features on this disk, although it's still lacking a little. Trivia, Director and Actor Bios, Shooting Schedules and the scripts for all the episodes are all on the eighth disk. Cast interviews or character profiles would have been nice."
The other MacLeod is back and better than ever.
Tom Benton | North Springfield, VT USA | 02/01/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If the first season was about finding the show's footing, the second season of Highlander was all about perfection. Now, Anchor Bay returns to the spotlight with the complete second season of Highlander: The Series in an 8-disc DVD collection.THE SERIESThe show's first season ended with a semi-cliffhanger, leaving fans praying for a second season to fill in the blank. Well, their prayers were answered; the first episode, "The Watchers", picks up right where the first season finished. "The Watchers" introduced the secret band of men and women who record the Immortals' lives (hence the episode's title), the Watchers, who late become a key part of the series. Jim Byrnes makes his first appearance as series regular Joe Dawson here in what is definitely one of the greatest episodes of the series. But if you think that's great, there are even more masterful episodes in this pack: there were great single episodes like "Studies in Light", as well as two outstanding two-parters, "Unholy Alliance" and "Counterfeit", the season finale.For season two, everything that was wrong with the first season was fixed here. There are much more interesting characters (Joe Dawson, James Horton, etc.), better swordfights and Quickenings; as well as a huge improvement in episode enjoyability. Season two also had the greatest amount of changes in Duncan's life; everytime you think it's all good, something horrible happens - but that just makes it more interesting, doesn't it? [8/10]THE VIDEOWhile the first season featured some slight grain, most of that has been cleared for season two. The episodes are presented in their original full frame format and look terrific. I can't find anything to complain about. [9/10]THE AUDIOThe second Highlander remix is, like the first, presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. As you watch the opening sequence, hear the mystic sounds surround you, and then Queen's "Princes of the Universe" blast through the speakers, you can help but feel in heaven. Again, the music and speaking is occasionally unbalanced, but nothing as serious as in the first season. [9/10]THE EXTRASThe second season of Highlander is no disappointment in the extras area. It again features the Watcher Chronicles, as well as interviews with the cast and crew. Especially interesting is the audio and video commentaries by Adrian Paul. There is also plenty of deleted/alternate scenes. Of note also is the enormous improvement in DVD design over the first season. The menus are awesome. [9/10] I have to say, Anchor Bay has never once disappointed me. And now, with Highlander: Season 2, it remains that way. This DVD is even better than the first season - and I thought that DVD rocked!OVERALL SCORE: [9/10]
----------------------------------------------------------------THE SERIES: [8/10] Everything the first season was, and so much more.
THE VIDEO: [9/10] I haven't got a single complaint.
THE AUDIO: [9/10] The music and speech are now somewhat balanced. Another rockin' remix.
THE EXTRAS: [9/10] All the goodies from season one, as well as interviews and audio/video commentary from Adrian Paul. Excellent.
OVERALL SCORE: [9/10] Another outstanding DVD from Anchor Bay. Highlander has never been so good.- Thomas Benton"
Couldn't be better
Scott D. Nelson | South Bend, IN United States | 09/26/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Anchor Bay has done a beautiful job packaging these DVD sets. Whereas the first season had an entire disk devoted to bloopers and such, this one has several cut scenes (not necessarily bloopers) right there on each disk with the corresponding episodes. The Darkness, of course is the most gut-wrenching episode of the entire series, in my humble opinion, making this season, in particular one of my favs. If you're a Highlander fan at all, these DVDs are "must haves"."