Highlander : Personal Canon

Personal Canon

So, which parts of the Highlander franchise - the films, series, novels, comics, etc. - do all you fans out there consider part of your personal canon?

In my case, I only consider the first film completely canon. I'm also willing to accept the series for the most part, but only by ignoring the bits that conflict with the film and imagining that it takes place before the film instead of after it.

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So in your version, Duncan has died before Highlander the movie?

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So in your version, Duncan has died before Highlander the movie?
That's the way the series should have been made….

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Yep. There can be only one!

You are entitled to my opinion, whether you want it or not!!

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Yep. In my canon, the events of Endgame more-or-less occurred as they did in the "real" canon, just before the original movie and with Connor and Duncan's roles reversed.

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In my canon, Highlander II happened in Connor's imagination while doing quaaludes in the 70s. Endgame happened in a dream Connor had after he got drunk with Brenda to celebrate winning the Prize….

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Since every sequel in the Franchise ignores / blows out of the water parts of the original, I don't consider any of them to be canon.

Overall, I say original movie + series, though you have to ignore Connor being the last Immortal. The series was, for the most part, internally consistent (though I can point to some exceptions, like the two different stories of how Duncan got his sword – Season 1, Episode called "Free Fall" with guest star Joan Jett, Duncan tells her the story of his sword. Then, Season 3, Episode 1 ("The Samurai"), we get a totally different version. There were probably a few others I could have expounded upon once upon a time, but I'd have to watch the whole series over again.

I started out this post by saying that the only sequel I considered canon was "Endgame," to a degree. Then I started to expound on what things did not qualify as canon with Endgame and realized there was more "not canon" than "canon," and anything 'canon' was established in either the original movie or the series.


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Since every sequel in the Franchise ignores / blows out of the water parts of the original, I don't consider any of them to be canon.
Like the movie or not, Highlander 3 is the only sequel that can be considered canon. Connor was still the only one who won the Prize at the end of the original film….

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But he didn't really win the Prize, since Mario Van Peebles and his henchman were trapped and couldn't participate in the Gathering.

It's not much different than the series, where Connor "thought" he'd won the prize, despite the fact that cousin Duncan and countless other immortals were still out there.

Both contradict the ending of the film, since apparently knowing what everyone is thinking, being able to communicate with Ramirez's ghost and being able to grow old / reproduce didn't really happen or, at least, didn't mean he'd won.

To answer the original question, the first movie is the only one for me.


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But he didn't really win the Prize, since Mario Van Peebles and his henchman were trapped and couldn't participate in the Gathering.
Magically sealed in the cave by Nakano, essentially removing them from the Game. Connor had the Prize. This is why he immediately knew something was wrong when the cave was breached, even though he was nowhere near it. It was taken away from him when the cave was breached. It was pretty much like Highlander 2 when more Immortals showed up….

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That's right, sorry.

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Jan, the title of the thread is "Personal Canon." There are no wrong answers; just what each individual fan takes as canon. Don't take it too seriously, since it's all fiction anyway, okay?

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OK. No big argument here. Just having a discussion.

Your statement was that every sequel has blown parts of the original out of the water, so none of them could actually be canon. I believe that it can be easily argued that Highlander 3 is the only sequel that does not blow parts of the original out of the water. So by your logic, it can be considered canon.

At the end of the day, we all have to pick and choose what the canon is. Obviously, that's what the producers did with each subsequent product….

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I mostly prefer the first movie's canon and wish the tv series had tried to stick to it, possibly by setting the series in the 80s prior to the gathering or by using a floating timeline where the final battle between Connor and the Kurgan happens in 1996 rather than 1986. I hate that the series trivialized the events of the movie and then later killed off Connor who was supposed to be the last surviving immortal.

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In answer to the question, my personal canon includes the original movie, Highlander: The Final Dimension, and the novel, Highlander: The Element of Fire….

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My personal canon is original film and endgame.

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Highlander is like a multiverse. The Prime universe is just the first movie (or the Movie + HLII Director's Cut). Then there is the universe with HL + HLIII. Then there is the TV series universe seasons 1 and 2 which don't fit into the movie universe at all (including the first movie). Then there's HL The Series season 3-6 which is in a different universe from Season 1 and 2. Then there is the animated series which goes with something perhaps or nothing. Then there's the Highlander Anime universe which doesn't go with anything. Yeah. Highlander canon.

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Pretty much the same. The series with the original film and Endgame as the bookends is what I would probably consider my personal canon.

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I'll go with:

Highlander: Element of Fire

Highlander: The Series

Highlander: The Final Dimension (ignore any talk about the Prize and have it be just another battle)

Highlander (the only one that feels like a true ending)

I agree with you, that I see the 1st movie as taking place after the series, which is appropriate since it never got a proper ending anyway. Only gap is what happened to Duncan between the show and movie.

I like FD being before the 1st one, b/c Connor seems to be getting his *beep* together in that movie, right before the Gathering. Fits his character. I guess Endgame could be included as the explanation as what happened to Duncan, but with major rewrites. Remove the awful fight between the 2 and have Duncan killed by Kell and his gang violating the rules and ganging up on him. That causes some kind of natural disaster that Connor takes personally b/c of Duncan's death and kills Kell and onto FD.

Steadfast he opened his mouth, but nothing came out. What a wash out.

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only the first is canon to me, and worth my time, even though adrian paul was quite a decent lead.



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The First movie is the only one I accept as Canon.

That said I also accept the series, just in an alternate universe. They can't exist in the same one and were never intended to.

All the movies have major continuity problems either with the first film or the series so I don't accept them. I'd probably be willing to accept them if all they weren't varying degrees of terrible.

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I think the best way to phrase my personal opinion of the franchise and it canon…

There can be only one.

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First, I must say that the original Highlander (1986) movie is a stand-alone classic.

However, although I know that Highlander II: The Quickening and Highlander: The Source are the two unloved and unwanted stepchildren of the franchise, I actually like them both. And as the Renegade Version/Director's Cut/Special Edition of The Quickening removes the entire 'aliens from the planet Zeist' aspect, it's occurred to me that The Quickening and The Source could fit together in the same continuity. So here goes (Note that this timeline only contains the events of The Quickening and The Source, and unless it is stated on-screen that something happened in a specific year, I've placed events whenever I choose. I've also decided that The Prize and The Source are not the same thing);

A long time ago, before recorded history… a mighty civilization rises, ruled over by General Katana, who belongs to a race of immortals living alongside normal men. Opponents to his reign are exiled to the future, scattered throughout time. As a side effect of being displaced from their proper time-period, they are also rendered immortal. If they seek each other out over the centuries and fight until only one survives, that remaining individual will receive The Prize. He or she can choose to either grow old and die in the future, or return to their original time period in the ancient past.

The last great rebellion against Katana's rule is led by Ramirez and Connor MacLeod. Both are captured and exiled. Using the civilization's advanced technology to gaze into the far future, Katana learns that Connor eventually wins The Prize. He sends assassins Corda and Reno to kill Connor, and when they fail he travels to the future himself. He does not return.

Subsequently, due to many wars and various disasters both natural and man-made over several centuries, the civilization eventually falls. All it's knowledge and technology is lost and as time passes there is eventually no trace that it ever existed.

Some time later, an approaching planetary alignment causes the remaining immortals from this era to seek out The Source, accompanied by a mortal woman who has a psychic connection to it. Arriving at the exact site of the alignment, the two remaining immortals are confronted by another immortal warrior, who has been appointed by The Source as it's Guardian. Only an immortal who defeats The Guardian is deemed worthy of gaining access to The Source, but while one immortal battles The Guardian, the other tries to access The Source anyway, but is unable to do so. The immortal battling The Guardian manages to kill him, but fails to do this before the planetary alignment ends. Having been exposed to the power of The Source but without gaining full access to it, both immortals are cursed: the immortal who slew The Guardian becomes his replacement, while the other is doomed to slowly decay over the course of several millennium.

Recorded history begins. The exiled rebels from the past start to arrive, and The Game commences. The sole remaining original immortal continues to age and deteriorate, eventually becoming immobile. He is found by a religious order, who care for him and name him The Elder.

The mid-1960s: in preparation for the next planetary alignment, the mortal woman who had a psychic connection to The Source is reincarnated. Her parents name her Anna.

The early 1990s: Anna meets and marries Duncan Macleod. Only after they are married does Duncan reveal that he is immortal and cannot father children. Feeling betrayed because Duncan knew how important having a family was to her, Anna leaves him.

Due to decades of pollution, the ozone layer above the Earth is destroyed and fatalities due to skin cancer increase by the hundreds of thousands. Connor's mortal wife Brenda is among the victims. With hospitals unable to cope and seemingly no solution to the crisis, public unrest and mass protests across the globe lead to widespread rioting and looting that engulfs several countries. In many parts of the world, governments fall, law and order breaks down and society descends into chaos.

The mid-1990s: another planetary alignment is fast approaching, and The Guardian awakens. Most of the remaining immortals - including Connor and Duncan - consider The Source to be nothing more than a fairy tale, but Zai Jie, Reggie Weller, Giovanni and Methos join forces to seek it. Duncan also joins the quest when informed by his mortal friend Joe Dawson that Anna is assisting Methos and the others. The immortals learn of The Elder's existence and have an audience with him. He warns them that as they approach the location of The Source, they will become mortal. The group eventually discover that the exact site of the alignment is an island in Eastern Europe. Unfortunately, when order in that region started to collapse and the governments of several surrounding countries could no longer run their prisons, the most dangerous and violent inmates were dumped on the island, left to fend for themselves, and have become cannibals to survive. Meanwhile, The Guardian has been hunting the group, and Zai Jie, Joe, Reggie (who fails to recover from his wounds due to becoming mortal) and Giovanni fall victim. On the island The Guardian kidnaps Anna. Methos leads the cannibals away so Duncan can pursue The Guardian to the site of the alignment, where Anna has already gained access to The Source. Duncan fights and defeats The Guardian but does not kill him, thereby dooming him to remain The Guardian until the time of the next alignment. Duncan then joins his wife within The Source.

Rendered mortal by their exposure to The Source, Duncan and Methos are removed from The Game. Duncan and Anna learn that she is pregnant.

The late 1990s: Connor wins The Prize, but instead of returning to the past he honours his promise to Brenda to save the human race from the increased solar radiation, Using his new ability to influence people's minds he persuades the world's leaders and scientists to work together.

1999: the electromagnetic shield to protect mankind from solar radiation is activiated.

2024: Connor is now an old man. He is contacted by environmental terrorist Louise Marcus, who has learnt that The Shield Corporation is covering up the news that the ozone layer has repaired itself. Corda and Reno arrive from the past, their presence rendering Connor immortal again. He fights and manages to kill them both, and their Quickening restores his youth. Katana arrives and seizes control of The Shield Corporation. Connor eventually confronts and kills Katana, then uses their combined energy to bring down the shield.


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