The Stochastic Game

Ramblings of General Geekery

Highlander Reboot Update

Some updates to the Highlander reboot have surfaced on io9 via Collider and, as a fan of the original movie1 and TV series, I’m carefully excited:

Anyone who knows anything about the property knows it has a lot of meat to it. It’s a good property. It’s got a lot of potential. We’re just trying to figure out the best way not to fuck it up.

I do indeed hope they don’t fuck it up. Of course, they need good historical flashbacks and proper sword-fight choreography and over-the-top music2 and all that, but there’s more to it.

To me, the key element of the Highlander franchise is that it’s a mix between vampires and battle royale:

  • From vampires it obviously takes the whole immortality thing, but it removes the almost obligatory “_vampirism as sexual intercourse/harassement_” sub-text. Immortals in Highlanders can represent whatever theme or metaphor you want, and from that angle they might be more similar to X-Men or something. It’s especially interesting given the fact that, in Highlander’s case, you can look at societal changes through the lens of century-spanning history.

  • From battle royale it takes the “_there can be only one_” goal, and turns it into a catchy slogan, even. But since the game is played over the course of centuries or more, there’s a lot more politics than pure combat and violence – another thing you often find in vampire stories too, by the way. It means that all the interesting themes of friendship and betrayal that are touched upon in Battle Royale or Hunger Games can be explored deeper here.

This is all a lot more conductive to a TV series than a bunch of movies in my opinion, so my guess is that it’s the form it will eventually take.


  1. THERE’S ONLY ONE MOVIE LA LA LA LA I CAN’T HEAR YOU LA LA LA 

  2. I might not forgive them if they don’t use “_Princes of the Universe_” somewhere in there. I don’t want to hear anything about Queen’s soundtrack being cheesy or whatever, you’re just wrong, it’s totally awesome. My only regret is the omission of their “_New York, New York_” cover from the original movie soundtrack. 


The cat went outside so we managed to finish this year’s Christmas Cat Playground! Only a ground level this time (it wasn’t very conclusive last year) but note the kids’ new idea of a chimney to insert toys!


I’m not done with this year’s Christmas Cat Playground yet but Lestat has already entered it and I’ve been waiting a long time to resume construction 😅


Vim and Mercurial

Edit: since the original publication, I added a paragraph on vim-signify and a few other little tips based on some #mercurial IRC feedback.

I already mentioned Vimwaysadvent blogging about Vim, but here’s some more commentary on one of their entry, namely the Vim and Git one. It was quite good so I figured I would write a “Vim and Mercurial” one!

Since Samuel (the original post’s author) did a good job with the overall article structure, I’m going to totally plagiarize it.

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