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Do the Words Compulsive Obsessive Mean Anything To You?
Watching Methos in Highlander: The Series, one begins to obsess. Next, the obsession expands to more Peter Wingfield characters.
I’ve explored recurring circumstances, wardrobe, tropes, and even the meaning of Methos itself.
Yet, at some point I lost steam in collecting these particular observations in PW work;
I simply watched new guest spots in episodes and whole feature films without noting my obsessive subjects for this page! I’m so ashamed of myself.
Now I need your help!
Send me your compulsion/obsession/instance you’d like to see given attention on my Strange Observations Page.
Now, on with the Observations...
Although I’ve been able to upgrade my screen captures with newer digital sources in 2020,
for many years these observation examples were illustrated thanks to wonderful HL:TS screen cap contributers: Cyn, Eng, Bethany, and Ursula!
Technique, my good man
Kristin in Chivalry
Silas in Revelation 6:8
Morgan Walker in Indiscretions
Viper, About Face (So, obviously this isn’t Highlander and Pete (as criminal mastermind Giles Seaton) is not beheading an Immortal, but he’s still got the cringey long blade!)
According to Highlander swordmaster F. Braun McAsh, the backhanded beheading stroke Methos used on Silas (and on Kristin in Chivalry... AND on Walker in Indiscretions) is a result of Bronze Age weapons being shorter and less sharp.
The backhand that starts over the head develops enough power to compensate for this.
I guess Methos hasn’t changed his sword technique much in 3000 years!
— this strange observation borrowed from The Methos Chronicles “Not To Be” transcript page at methos.org
So we could say that in Methuselah’s Gift he wasn’t going to go through with killing Amanda.
Threatening Caspian in Comes a Horseman
And Alternative-Universe Fantasy Methos didn’t behead Richie backhandedly either. Not To Be
Highlander, Chivalry (Methos: Someone had to.)
Highlander, Revelation 6:8 (Methos: I killed Silas! I liked Silas!)
Highlander, Indiscretions (Methos: Just because I don’t like to fight doesn’t mean that I can’t)
Don’t Lose Your Head
WE knew our beloved Methos was never in any REAL danger... Didn’t we?
Duncan MacLeod, Methos
Duncan MacLeod, Methos
Duncan MacLeod, Chivalry
Duncan MacLeod, Deliverance (ya know? I’m sensing a dangerous theme here...)
An Evil Watcher, Methuselah’s Stone
An Even More Evil Watcher, Methuselah’s Stone
Kronos, Comes A Horseman
Steven Keane, Forgive Us Our Trespasses
Alternate-Universe Fantasy Duncan (with Kronos’ sword), Not To Be
Even in Queen of Swords he’s not completely safe from the blade!
Dr Helm is lucky it’s just his friend the Queen... this time.
On The Road Again
I’m very interested in more screen captures and detailed information about everything Methos/Adam Pierson is seen driving. Years/Makes/License Plates.
Just, in case you were wondering. Methos drives a Black Mercedes in Endgame. It’s a rental. (screen cap contributed)
Finalé Part 2 (Silver Volkswagen Bug Convertible)
Timeless (Blue and White Volkswagen minibus/van, yikes!)
Deliverance (Dark Gray Volvo Wagon mid 80s, Euro License plate 4611 XL 92)
Methuselah’s Gift (A Gray Volvo, newer than in Deliverance though. Euro License plate 5044 ZQ 92)
Through a Glass, Darkly (yet another Gray Volvo Wagon. Still late 80s, Euro License plate 113 LD).
Peter Wingfield DVD Episode Commentary: “Nothing’s safer than a Volvo.”
Comes A Horseman (Black GMC Jimmy 199? older than 1995, License Plate 147 E45 ?)
Indiscretions (Black Range Rover 1994 or 1995, License Plate 6332 W 75)
I absolutely love this sweater Methos wears in Highlander: The Series!! I want one. I hope I find one someday just like it!!
Revelation 6:8 (You’d need a security blanket article of clothing, too, for horseback riding hunting demented brothers)
The Watcher Tattoo
The Watcher Tattoo bears the Greek letter W in a circle. The Greek letter W is also a symbol for the astrological sign of Aries (the ram)!
Chivalry (left wrist)
Timeless (right wrist) (“I’m, uh, Adam Pierson.”)
One Minute To Midnight (Back on the left wrist) (“Hey, I wear one of these too!”)
I’m Not An Alcoholic; I’m A Drunk. Alcoholics Go To Meetings
Mythos is a Greek beer, the only domestic brand in widespread national distribution.
It’s a light, straw colored lager with a thick head and is sometimes compared to a pilsner in taste.
The brand was introduced in 1997 by Mythos Brewery Ltd., which also imports other European brands of beer.
Observation submitted by: “Allyson”
Methos (“have a beer”!)
Finalé Part 1
Finalé Part 2 (toasting Kalas’ death and destruction of Watcher CD Database)
Timeless (cute waitress!)
Timeless (“what if Alexa doesn’t like me?”)
The Messenger (Joe: I did some checking on this Methos flake.... the OTHER one.)
The Modern Prometheus (drinking AND driving horses...)
The Modern Prometheus (an inspiring port with Lord Byron)
The Men’s Room, Episode 4 (toasting with mom; Tom’s a child of divorce)
Cold Squad, Season 3
Queen Of Swords, The Serpent (no quiero mas vino español...)
Queen Of Swords, The Serpent (Dr Helm: I also wear a three piece suit to get drunk in California.)
Holby City (popping the bubbly; “I’m gonna be the drunkest man in the world”)
Holby City (days of wine and roses... with your brother’s wife!)
Knocked Him For A Loop
Highlander, Chivalry (Methos: Great! You knock me on my bum because I make a bad joke! Very macho.)
Highlander, Deliverance (Methos: This is holy ground! Whatever evil is inside you, you cannot do this.)
Highlander, Deliverance (Methos: I hope you’re insured...)
Highlander, Deliverance (Methos: I’m too old for this.)
Noah’s Ark (Vet Tom Kirby: Watch out for badger traps!)
Noah’s Ark (Stupid ostrich. “Amazing how they kick forward...”)
Queen of Swords (Doctor Robert Helm)
QOS’s Dr Helm got whacked so often, fans formed the Naughty Nurses to tend to his constant hurts.
Don’t Point That Thing At Me
Go Ahead, Make My Day. Obsession suggested by Dea
Highlander, Forgive Us Our Trespasses (Methos: You are SUCH a pain in the ass)
Highlander, Indiscretions (Methos: I’ll cover you. Go on!)
Highlander, To Be
Highlander, Not To Be (same gun, new disguise)
Alternate-Universe Fantasy Methos also has a gun in Highlander, Not To Be.
Viper, About Face (upscale carjacker)
The Sentinel, Foreign Exchange (not Peter’s best work, but then they didn’t give him much to work with.)
The Sentinel, Foreign Exchange
First Wave, Shadowland
Queen of Swords, Death to the Queen (Aaahh, lovely flashbacks to the good ol’ war days)
Queen of Swords, Fever (Shoot him, please? Grisham is B-A-D)
Queen of Swords, Vengeance (Gotta still adore flashbacks, though the disguise is bad.)
Queen of Swords, The Serpent (Spending our only ammo on a snake? Really, Doc?)
All in a Name
Meanings of the Name Methos
et·y·mol·o·gy \ n, : the history of a word shown by tracing it or its parts back to the earliest known forms and meanings both in its
own language and any other language from which it or its parts may have been taken.
Here is the email that got it all started at GotMethos@egroups.com.
“Does Methos have a meaning??
It’s an old name; one that isn’t heard of nowadays, but the writers must have got it from somewhere.
It isn’t just made up is it? It must stand for something like, to die for, or God’s gift to women, or something.
I am sure you can all think of something that Methos can stand for.”
myth \ n, 1 : a legend often describing the adventures of superhuman beings that is usually part of a people’s religion and that attempts to describe the origin of their customs or beliefs or to explain mysterious events
2 : a person or thing that exists only in the imagination
3 : a popular belief that is false or unsupported
Duncan: Oh come on, Joe. Methos doesn’t exist. The oldest Immortal; he’s a legend. He’s like, well, Adam and Eve.
Duncan: I just didn’t think you existed.
Methos: Ah, it’s good to be a myth.
Duncan: Yeah, no one hunts for a myth.
Which leads into my next theory on the name Methos.
Myth --> Mythos --> Methos
Liz, joining in for once...
“yeah, i myself always thought Methos came from Mythos. Greek for... story, I believe.
::frantically racking brain for something latin teach said this semester:: (he spoke Greek too)”
meth·od \ n, 1 : a way, plan, or procedure for doing something 2 : orderly arrangement
Caspian: You have a plan?
Kronos: I have a few thoughts. I have a few dollars, enough for a start. Now we have Methos; now we have a plan.
Methos: What did you have in mind?
Silas: Methos, you look troubled.
Methos: Just thinking.
Silas: Ah, you were always good at that, eh? Well, after all these years, you still are.
Methos means “thought” or “thoughts” in many people’s minds (including mine).
Prometheus, in Greek mythology, one of the Titans, known as the friend and benefactor of humanity, the son of the Titan Iapetus by the sea nymph Clymene or the Titaness Themis.
Prometheus and his brother Epimetheus were given the task of creating humanity and providing humans and all the animals on earth with the endowments they would need to survive.
Epimetheus (whose name means afterthought) accordingly proceeded to bestow on the various animals gifts of courage, strength, swiftness, and feathers, fur, and other protective coverings.
When it came time to create a being who was to be superior to all other living creatures, Epimetheus found he had been so reckless with his resources that he had nothing left to bestow.
He was forced to ask his brother’s help, and Prometheus (whose name means forethought) took over the task of creation.
To make humans superior to the animals, he fashioned them in nobler form and enabled them to walk upright. He then went up to heaven and lit a torch with fire from the sun.
The gift of fire that Prometheus bestowed upon humanity was more valuable than any of the gifts the animals had received.
Because of his actions Prometheus incurred the wrath of the god Zeus. Not only did he steal the fire he gave to humans, but he also tricked the gods so that they should get the worst parts of any animal sacrificed to them, and human beings the best.
In one pile, Prometheus arranged the edible parts of an ox in a hide and disguised them with a covering of entrails. In the other, he placed the bones, which he covered with fat.
Zeus, asked to choose between the two, took the fat and was very angry when he discovered that it covered a pile of bones. Thereafter, only fat and bones were sacrificed to the gods; the good meat was kept for mortals.
For Prometheus’s transgressions, Zeus had him chained to a rock in the Caucasus, where he was constantly preyed upon by an eagle. Finally he was freed by the hero Hercules, who slew the eagle.
“Prometheus,” Microsoft® Encarta® Online Encyclopedia 2000
http://encarta.msn.com © 1997-2000 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Methos: What will you call your story, Mary Shelley?
Mary: Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus.
As an extra note, Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote Prometheus Unbound.
Just a random IndoEuropean name that means nothing beyond its sound itself
Methos, the man, most likely originated as part of a now extinct and forgotten IndoEuropean tribe. His name, if it is also traceable back that far, could mean something in that language.
If that is true, we’ll never know. Because to the best of his recollection, the ROG does not remember anything before he took his first head 5000 years ago give or take.
Myth? Story? Method? Thought? God’s Gift To Women?
My stab at it. Nicking the throat only to prove a point, but then gloating about it and getting myself thrown to the dojo floor once again!
A foregone conclusion that a hottie like Peter Wingfield is going to get some lip-locking action in his scenes.
Soldier, Soldier, Ep01 “All the King’s Men”
Soldier, Soldier, Ep02 “Fun & Games”
The Men’s Room, “Part 4” (Tom’s got a girlfriend... or more than one!)
Uncovered movie (Max is such a slimeball! Just look at her face, wow! Hopefully Pete’s not a method actor...)
Noah’s Ark (Tom and Liza in Ep04)
Noah’s Ark (Tom and Clare in Ep05). Time to let HR know you’re into your co-worker!
Highlander, Indiscretions (Dr. Benjamin Adams and Charlotte, in 1808)
Highlander, Not To Be (Adam Pierson and Jillian - another watcher, in Duncan’s Alternate-Universe Fantasy)
Cold Feet (an extramarital fantasy with an author: “Now pass the soap.”)
Queen of Swords (Camilla, the former fiancée, has arrived out of nowhere in California!)
Queen of Swords (Señorita Tessa isn’t brave enough to kiss the Doc but the Queen worked up the nerve)
Bliss, S03E01 “Guys and Dolls”
Bliss, S03E03 “Tying Up Gerald”
Riverworld (Richard Burton and Allegra “Destroying the world as we know it works up quite an appetite.”)
Riverworld (Dick schemes and gets around while looking for a way out of Purgotary)
Holby City (Dan and Louise, his brother’s wife! “Trouble... and you know it”)
Holby City (Dan and Maddy, even if it’s just a dream sequence: “Because I’ve always loved you!”)
Paging Dr. Wingfield
“I was gonna be a doctor, now I play one on TV!!!” (and now PW is semi-retired from acting and a working anesthesiologist in California!)
Medics (Alex Taylor, med student) (screen cap contributed)
Murder Most Horrid (Giles)
Highlander, Indiscretions (Dr. Benjamin Adams, in 1808, New Orleans)
Highlander, The Modern Prometheus (Dr. Benjamin Adams, 1816, Switzerland)
Methos was Byron’s Teacher and Mary Shelley’s Doctor
Noah’s Ark (Vet Tom Kirby, England)
Cold Feet (Conrad Gordon, marriage self-help book author)
The Damn Deal (Dr. Pat Haig, actress Elizabeth Gracen’s creation in her 1997 film; but his scene is not a part of the 2014 edit released by Flapper Films) (screen cap contributed)
The Outer Limits (NSA scientist Dwight Borden works WITH doctors)
First Wave (Dr. Rook, a torture specialist... also an alien!)
Queen Of Swords (Dr. Robert Helm, a Brit doing the best he can in 1817 Spanish California)
Holby City (Surgeon Dan Clifford, works in a London hospital, seduces other medical personnel, natch!)