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With that said; here is my idea of what should go on in a Highlander reboot
(yes, I suck at making up names)
The film opens in a warehouse, there is a reporter, Stacy, talking to a mob boss. We see the mob boss looking out the window as a motorcycle pulls up. The boss tells his henchmen to shoot the guy. One of the two guards shoots the motorcyclist down, but when he gets close to him, the motorcyclists gets up and kills the guard. The suited motorcyclist then kills the other guard and the boss comes down to fight him. The two get into a big sword fight, and the boss gets his head chopped off. A quickening happens.
Cut to Conner and Ramirez going onto the sight later that day. They are feeling out the resident energy of the quickening. Ramirez directs Conner in detecting what happened. Conner follows to the signs to see Stacy, she is hiding behind a turned over box, in a warehouse full of corpses. Conner sees her and is in shock, Ramirez asks what is wrong.
Flashback to Scotland, two clans are fighting. People are dying left and right, but Conner survives the battle and takes off the rival leader’s head. The head of Conner’s clan is jealous that Conner stole his glory. Back at the village for celebration, Conner starts hitting on the leader’s sister, who looks amazingly like Stacy. After the party, the leader follows Conner, stabs him and throws him off a cliff.
We see Conner resurrect himself underwater and make it back to shore. He looks at his wound and sees that it is fully healed. He goes up to the leader and kills him. He then goes to the sister’s house, who is all freaked about because she thought that Conner is a demon back from the dead. He convinces her he is not.
Back in modern times, Conner is at one of Ramirez bachelor pads, and they are questioning what Stacy saw. As she describes it, four men burst into the apartment and start shooting it up. Ramirez and Conner beat them, but Stacy wonders how anyone knew they were there. Ramirez tells her that their type can sense the area where another one is.
Cut to the past, where Ramirez is standing on a hill, walking towards Conner’s village. About ten years have passed since the last flashback, Conner is the same age, but his wife (the previous leader’s sister) is now looking older. Ramirez walks into Conner’s hut and Conner says that he felt him coming. Ramirez tells Conner about others like him. He says that immortals are damned not to live normal lives; Ramirez tells Conner that he’s unable to have children, and that he’ll never age. Positions of leadership are not for ones like them. Conner says why bother with consequences if he’s immortal. Ramirez says he’ll bring everyone in danger. Ramirez and Conner then get into a practice fight, during which, Ramirez pulls Conner’s sword through his heart. Ramirez then resurrects and tells Conner that there is only one way to kill their kind.
Back in the present, Stacy is trying to convince her boss to publish the story of what she saw, but the newspaper boss refuses to let her publish the story as is. Conner and Ramirez are outside, waiting, Ramirez is sure that three signals in the area is enough to draw someone there. The motorcycle rider from the first scene comes over and takes off his helmet, it’s Kurgan. Conner is going to attack, but Ramirez stops him. They notice that there is a sniper on the rooftop pointing a powerful rifle at them.
Suddenly Conner is shot and Ramirez attacks. The newspaper boss hears the shot in his office and looks down to see the immortals fighting. He tells Stacy to leave, and gets a rifle to take out the sniper. Meanwhile Kurgan and Ramirez fight until Kurgan gets the upper hand and slices Ramirez throat. Some of the energy seen in the quickening escapes from his neck. Conner regains consciousness just long enough to see this, but before Kurgan can deliver the killing blow, the newspaper boss shoots the knife from Kurgan’s hand. Kurgan flees on his motorcycle. Stacy runs out after the shooting is done and lifts up the dagger, seeing the name of a nearby church scratched onto it. Conner tells her it is a message.
Flashback to Conner at his wife’s side as she dies, he tells the people of the village that he is leaving soon, and walks off with Ramirez, who was waiting for him to leave. As they are about to take a boat, they look back and see fire in the distance. Both run to the village and see that it is in flames. Conner sees a giant man in the flames, killing the wounded.
Conner rushes to fight it, but the giant throws him around, Ramirez pulls him away from the fight and brings him to a place of pagan ritual. Ramirez looks worn out and kneels before the giant. The giant strikes a blow, but just centimetres before the sword takes off Ramirez head, the giant falls over in pain, and a powerful, different version of the quickening happens. When Conner asks what happens, Ramirez just says that they don’t fight on Holy ground.
The newspaper boss, Stacy, Conner and a wounded Ramirez are all going to the church. Stacy asks the boss why he didn’t kill the Kurgan with his rifle. The boss responds that highlanders may only wound others with a blade, or their will be consequences. The boss asks how this happened, but Conner tells him that if you cut the neck but don’t fully decapitate an immortal, they can remain wounded up to three days. The boss stays in the car to guard Ramirez, and the others go into the church. Once there Kurgan taunts them and says that there are less than 30 immortals left in the world, the prize is in his reach.
Kurgan leaves, but some of his non-highlander minions come in the church and go on a shooting spree. Conner can’t fight back, but Stacy doesn’t want to kill anyone. Eventually, Conner convinces her to use the gun her boss gave her. And shoots two of the minions, causing the last one to flee. Conner and Stacy give chase, but stop when they see that their car is on fire. Suddenly, the bosses head rolls onscreen off of a building and we see Kurgan gaining a more powerful quickening. When Stacy asks why Ramirez wasn’t killed, Conner tells him that Kurgan wants him to stay alive to slow down the heroes.
Flashback to the Napoleonic wars, where Conner and Ramirez decide that they need new identities, so they go off to fight in the war, and die. Their bodies resurrect in a pit that the dead are thrown into. They are only seen by one lone priest, who is played by the same actor who played the crime boss in the beginning of the film. Ramirez remarked how they can purposely slow down their bodies to be in the state of death longer.
They go to Japan, where they train by watching a samurai, but another pair of samurais stop them and refuse to let them go until they fight to the death. Conner doesn’t want to kill people he’s never met before, and the samurai tell them about a fabled prize for the last of their kind standing. Conner then beat them and wins, and asks Ramirez why he mentioned the prize. Ramirez said that he tried for the prize years, and killed many innocent immortals because of it. But more immortals kept showing up, so the prize would always be out of his reach. He’s atoned by helping Conner learn about the ways of the immortals.
Back at the apartment Ramirez keeps asking Conner to kill him. Conner refuses. When Stacy asks why kill him if he’ll recover, Conner says it is because when you kill an immortal, you get the skills powers from that person, and any previous immortals he’s killed. Stacy asks what would happen if a human absorbed a quickening, and Conner says he doesn’t know. Conner then goes out to look for Kurgan.
Conner is now in occupied France during World War Two, he is posing as an American (who were neutral at the time) and making his way across Europe. During the trip, he runs across Kurgan who is dressed as a Nazi and killing some civilians. Conner tries to stop it, but instead of taking out his gun, Kurgan fights Conner hand to hand, telling him he knows what he is. It turns out that Kurgan is about 100 years older than Conner and has been steadily going for the prize. He says that he can smell his old master on him, and Conner thinks of the giant that destroyed his village. They finally fight with swords, but Conner beats him and slices his neck open, but doesn’t finish him. He tells him that he doesn’t want to become what Ramirez once was.
Ramirez and Stacy are at his pad, he’s healed, but not fully healed. Just then Kurgan breaks in and attacks him. Stacy fights for a bit, but she is no match and gets knocked out. Ramirez is having trouble walking, but he puts up a good fight before being decapitated. The biggest quickening of the film (so far) happens. Kurgan looks at the unconscious Stacy.
Conner is shown feeling out an immortal’s energy, and finds one in a noose in a factory, the guy is constantly brought back to life, just to be strangled and die again, and again. Conner realizes that this was a trap and cuts the guy down as he races back to the apartment. Conner finds a dagger with the name of the warehouse from the beginning of the movie on it.
Flash back to 1986, as Ramirez and Conner ask why they each just had to fight six battles in the same city. The newspaper boss comes in and tells them that as the numbers of immortals dwindle, they’ll gather closer and closer to each other and become more aggressive. When asked how he knows this, the newspaper boss admits that he was one of the earliest immortals, dating back to pre-history.
Conner goes to the Warehouse for a final showdown. He sees that Kurgan has already killed all of his minions; he tells Conner that the other immortals aren’t as old as them, and he could easily beat any of them for the prize. Conner refuses to fight, and says that enough people have died, but Kurgan stabs Stacy and says that if Stacy has a chance at living, he has to fight. So the epic battle happens, and Conner is thrown from a three story ledge, knocking his head on concrete. Kurgan says he can’t feel Conner’s essence, but he goes to cut Conner’s head off anyways, but Conner was faking and starts the second round of the fight, which he wins. But when the quickening happens, he goes over to Stacy and transfers some of the energy over to her. This heals her and brings her back from near death.
They are about to leave when Stacy gets shot in the head and the immortal that Conner saved from the noose wants to kill him. Conner doesn’t have his sword, so it looks as if he could be killed but then Stacy shoots the guy and Conner takes his sword and chops the head off.
Stacy says she now knows what happens when a mortal directly absorbs the full force of a quickening, that size, and
the film ends.
And that’s my first attempt of doing a Highlander reboot. Fans of the original may notice some major differences from the first film, including the rules regarding immortals and the quickening. If you have thoughts, and or a Highlander fan (or someone who wants to be one) let me know! If you have any legitimate complaints (or compliments) or advice don’t be afraid to share.