There can be only one (more or less)

February 7, 2010


Lauren says that this post will only be interesting to Brad. You have been warned.

Harken back with me to 1986 when The Highlander came out. It was a glorious movie –loved by all mankind. Now fast forward 4 years when Highlander II: The Quickening came out. It was a loathsome movie –universally despised and hated. Jump forward 4 more years and we get Highlander III: The Final Dimension where the second movie is quietly swept under the rug –completely ignored.

The second movie was so terrible. So illogical (captain). It completely defied understanding. Roger Ebert summed it up this way, “Highlander II: The Quickening is the most hilariously incomprehensible movie I’ve seen in many a long day—a movie almost awesome in its badness. Wherever science fiction fans gather, in decades and generations to come, this film will be remembered in hushed tones as one of the immortal low points of the genre.”

Now jump ahead 3 more years (1997 for those of you keeping score at home). The producer and director absolutely hated Highlander II, so they completely rewrote the story using the original footage.

One final fast forward 13 years (to yesterday). Netflix delivered Highlander II: The Renegade Version (that’s really what they called it). It is still a fabulously bad movie, but it makes sense. It fits in with all the other films. I no longer have to pretend that Highlander II was never filmed and they, for some inexplicable reason called the second movie Highlander III. There’s more information about it at Wikipedia if you’re interested.

Now if someone could just make a sequel to The Matrix.

Oh, and Happy Birthday to Brad. Welcome to middle age.

It was only his 22nd birthday.

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Lloyd Sommerer is a middle/high school teacher who likes to build websites, read books, grow beards, make fun of Lauren’s prototypes and eat the sauce of the picante.

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6 Responses to “There can be only one (more or less)”

  1. Rachel in Cali Said on:

    the big bad guy in the first Highlander movie creeped me out enough to bail on the whole franchise. Happy Birthday Brad -- middle age is AWESOME!


  2. Brad Said on:

    I think I was crying because the hat was pinching my head. Hehe… actually, I have no memory of that incident. I remember seeing the picture at one time or another, but I don’t remember doing that at all.

    And I do think that information about Highlander II is interesting. I’ll have to check out the Renegade Version some time.


  3. Beth Said on:

    It was nice of you to post something only Brad would understand on his birthday…


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