By Kevin J. Guhl
To those unfamiliar with Highlander
, the special effects light show that occurs whenever one sword-wielding immortal chops off the head of another may look like a bombastic, electric-powered orgasm. To fans of the Highlander
franchise, these displays also look like bombastic, electric-powered orgasms. But fans also recognize these dramatic, one-man (or woman) lightning storms as the Quickening - the transference of the power and knowledge of a beheaded immortal to the opponent who did the deed. A Quickening can be a mystical, exhilarating conclusion to the action in a Highlander
movie or TV episode. But it can also de done so poorly as to launch viewers into fits of chortles when that was clearly not the intent. Here are the five most awesome Quickenings ever depicted in Highlander
, and thankfully there were many great ones from which to choose. Also listed are the five worst Quickenings, all of which do a good job of conveying why Highlander
fans are often just as embarrassed as enamored with their franchise. Special thanks to the members of the Highlander Community Forum for sharing their suggestions for this list. THE WORST:5) "Line of Fire"