Highlander is one of my favourite movies. But I’ll be the first to admit it’s a rather flawed movie at times. The biggest issue is the scene where the Kurgen and Ramirez go at it at Connor’s house and cause it to explode. But other than that, it’s a top notch 80′s action movie with some cool sword play, great mythology, and a rocking Queen soundtrack.
For those not familiar, Highlander is the story of an immortal, Connor MacLeod, who goes through the centuries finding other immortals and takes their heads; and with it their powers. The goal is for there to be only one and achieve The Prize. The immortal villain, The Kurgen, slices through heads to make sure he is the last immortal so he can rule mortal men, with only Connor as the one who can stop him.
Now even though they are immortal, they can still “die”. If they get shot, or fall off a cliff, they die, but then wake up a few hours later. In fact, their immortality cannot even start until they die the first time.
The caveat is in order to take another man’s head, the person must be alive. So it’s not like you can “kill” them and slice off their heads before they wake up. I mean, you COULD, but then you wouldn’t get their powers and experience the Quickening. But whose to say you couldn’t give them a few good crippling, non-lethal, shots with a gun, and have them bleed all over the place while you calmly sliced their heads off? Sure, there is no honor in that at all, and I’m sure there must have been at least one episode of the tv series that had a villain knock off an immortal or two in that fashion.
(Actually, now that I think of it, that’s similar to what happened at the beginning of Highlander 4)
So despite all that, the Kurgen, as retched as a villain as he was, did have a sense of honor when it came to fighting. He even gave Connor a somewhat headless salute at the very end.