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Methos, "Comes A Horseman"

Last Updated 11/20/2008


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Title:

The Dreams of a Child  

Author:

Jen Erickson

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The Seventh Dimension Highlander Fan Fiction Archive

Reviewed by:

Bizarro7@aol.com

This tale is about a young child who is another witness to the coming of the Horsemen to Cassandra's village in the Bronze Age. It isn't really a story as much as an interesting little vignette, with some vivid imagery. It would probably fare better incorporated into a larger story as an event, or as a flashback within a longer tale.

Title:

What the Night Reveals  

Author:

Jen Erickson

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The Seventh Dimension Highlander Fan Fiction Archive

Reviewed by:

Bizarro7@aol.com

This is another of Jen's stories that seems more of a vignette than a completely plotted narrative. Here we have Cassandra waking from a dream in her Bronze Age captivity, and describing it to a puzzled Master. Although the concept of her prophetic vision of  the future Methos and MacLeod's Dark Quickening is interesting, it doesn't really go anywhere significant story wise, and doesn't influence the future.

Title:

Girl Talk  

Author:

Jen Erickson

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The Seventh Dimension Highlander Fan Fiction Archive

Reviewed by:

Bizarro7@aol.com

A sweet little vignette between Cassandra and Alexa which takes place while Methos is off, helping Mac with his dark Quickening.

This author has a lot of development ahead of her. Her stories still reflect a sketchy, outline feel at times, and certain technical details (such as sentence fragments, shifting point of view within a scene block, between the participating characters...and at one point, even the author herself), still occur with disconcerting frequency. But this author shows tremendous potential; she can choose moments and ideas that are original and paint vividly with them, when she takes the time to do so. I hope she keeps working at it so we can enjoy the process and the results!

Title:

Love Is In The Stars  

Author:

Jen Erickson

URL or contact information:

The Seventh Dimension Highlander Fan Fiction Archive

Reviewed by:

Bizarro7@aol.com

We watch as Methos and Cassandra nearly miss colliding with each other several times through the course of the past 3,000 years. Three years after Bordeaux, the two finally cross paths and circumstances lead them into a cautious civility as they learn who they are and who they've become since the ancient past.

There are some delightful and excellent insights into the characters. The author has a knack for coming up with original ideas and new angles. Some of her best moments are those of dialogue between Methos and his former slave. Unfortunately, these detailed, scintillating passages are sometimes nested between segments of narrative that seem sketchy by contrast; as if she wanted to get past more tedious exposition to reach the interesting parts. At times, these scenes are so thinly written and hurried along that they seem like outlines. I fully expect, however, that this edge will smooth itself out as the author gains more experience in her storytelling.

There are a few typos and grammatical errors, and the point of view often jumps back and forth between characters within a single scene. I believe a proofreading and edit would polish these off in short order. I still enjoyed this story, sentimental idiot that I am for the subject matter. In general, this story illustrates an author with lots and lots of promise, and I hope to see more of her efforts in the near future.

Title:

Cry to Me  

Author:

Jezia

URL or contact information:

Current Whereabouts Unknown

Reviewed by:

Bizarro7@aol.com

The next installment in the Taliesyn story series, the plot of this tale is virtually a carbon copy of VICIOUS CIRCLE by Yummy (see below). A maddened Cassandra menaces Methos and his young Immortal lover, murdering innocent bystanders and her own Watcher in her inexplicably renewed frenzy for Methos' head.

The author's contempt for Cassandra bleeds out of every line in the scene she's in, to the point where the author's comments on the subject become conspicuously intrusive. Taliesyn is a talented psychic; she's a fraction of Cassandra's age, untrained, but can apparently best her in a duel of powers. Methos spends much of the story simply having lustful thoughts about Taliesyn. This story is unfinished, but unless things change drastically, I expect the usual, predictable beheading of Cassandra by either the original character or Methos.

Title:

Hope Remembered: Confidante   

Author:

Janeen Grohsmeyer & Vi Moreau

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Janeen's Fan Fiction

Reviewed by:

Bizarro7@aol.com

This is a collaborative effort, combining the universe of Elena Duran and Janeen's Cassandra. At this pivotal stage in both of their lives, each woman is in a very bad emotional state, and they find themselves sharing each other's company in a stormy attempt to effect some mutual healing. It's a harrowing read, with a lot going on, but I had some difficulty finding the interaction between the two damaged women to be a convincing one. The healing done seemed to be more a pair of independent developments than a mutually inspired event. Still, it made for some very interesting  contrast between the ice of Cassandra and the fire of Elena, an interesting and worthwhile read by a pair of talented authors.

Title:

Lea (Note: this story is written in German)  

Author:

Nanette DuChevallier

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Lea

Reviewed by:

Ladylaut

The main characters of this story are Methos, Cassandra and Lea, with Joe and Duncan as minor characters. The theme of the story is forgiveness.

Methos is confronted with his past when Lea appears in Paris. She had also been taken by the 4 Horsemen together with her sister Cassandra, but had ended up in the tent of Kronos. Methos is stunned when she tells him that she has forgiven him, while Cassandra is still out to kill him. Actually she almost succeeds in this story but is stopped by Lea. Lea, however, is on a quest for revenge herself. After only three days of marriage her husband had been killed by another immortal in Sydney. This other immortal turns out to have been Cassandra, who had not recognized her sister and had shot her husband in order to stop him from calling the police. Lea kidnaps Cassandra and Methos (she takes Methos only because he happens to cross her way while she is getting Cassandra to a safe place.) When confronted with her deed, Cassandra begs for forgiveness and tells Lea how sorry she is about what happened in Sydney. Lea reveals that she started hating Cassandra much earlier, when she did not come back to save her after Cassandra's escape from the camp of the Horsemen. Cassandra then asks Lea how she should have saved her from the Horsemen all by herself. In return Lea asks Cassandra how Methos should have saved her from the Horsemen all by himself. This opens Cassandra's eyes and she is willing to talk to Methos, finally thanking him for saving her in Bordeaux. Lea, too, realizes that hate and revenge have cost her ten years of her life and have only brought her pain and bitterness, so she lets Cassandra go free.

Title:

A Thousand Years  

Author:

Rach

URL or contact information:

Current Whereabouts Unknown

Reviewed by:

Shomeret@aol.com

"A Thousand Years" by Rach is an unexpected story. The flashback scene showing the link between Cassandra and Rebecca is refreshing, and the way Methos and Cassandra end up relating to each other in the present is especially wonderful for fans of both these characters. Rachel says that this is her sixth attempt at this story. I am glad to say that she has definitely nailed it this time round.

Title:

A Love of Death  

Author:

Roxanne Longstreet

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Roxanne’s World of Writing Madness

Reviewed by:

Shomeret@aol.com

I generally don't like the stories where Cassandra tortures or enslaves Methos. I don't find them credible in terms of Cassandra's character. She'd challenge him, but she wouldn't sink to that level. She'd be no better than BA Methos then. Her reaction in this story is very credible to me and Methos is exactly as I would like him to be. Maybe so much vulnerability from Methos is unbelievable for some Methos fans, but I think that Methos gets to the crux of the matter when he says in this story that Cassandra is the only one with a right to judge him.

Title:

Changed Utterly  

Author:

Janeen Grohsmeyer

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Janeen's Fan Fiction

Reviewed by:

Shomeret@aol.com

Janeen Grohsmeyer's "Changed Utterly" is her best portrayal of Cassandra yet. Some have criticized Janeen's Cassandra for being such a victim. In this story Cassandra tells Duncan how much she detests her victimhood and her unending sense of personal trauma. This is what will allow her to emerge from victimhood. It is the first step toward reclaiming her power. 

Another wonderful aspect of this story is the way it connects Prophecy and the AAA arc establishing a cohesive interpretation of the original prophecy about Duncan that includes Ahriman. Janeen also brings alive the possibility of Richie as a redemptive hero in a very convincing way.

I also have to say that this is the most wonderful Duncan angst fest that I've read since MacGeorge's Endgame. 

Title:

Changed Utterly  

Author:

Janeen Grohsmeyer

URL or contact information:

Janeen's Fan Fiction

Reviewed by:

Bizarro7@aol.com

Another installment in Janeen's epic history of the woman named Cassandra, this one takes place somewhere between Hope Triumphant #1 and #2, at the eve of the Millennium. Duncan, wandering after the events at the end of the series, finds his way back to the Highlands. Cassandra is waiting for him there, and she answers many of the questions raised by the events of his life leading up to the present. As always, Janeen paints a haunting, lyrical tale that evokes the atmosphere of time and place, and tugs and the heartstrings like a harp. This is as good as any she's done before, but there is evidence here that both she and her characters are growing along with the epic. Highly recommended reading!

Title:

Invictus

Author:

Loligo

URL or contact information:

MacBeta Poetry Wheel

Reviewed by:

Bizarro7@aol.com

A rare solo Cassandra story with impact. We learn about a critical stage in her development as an individual and a sorceress, and come to realize that when Methos allowed her to escape back in the Bronze Age, he may have inadvertently created and released a deadly weapon on mankind.

Title:

The Black Rose

Author:

Tiffany Baer

URL or contact information:

The Seventh Dimension Highlander Fan Fiction Archive

Reviewed by:

Bizarro7@aol.com

An interesting tale with some interesting and realistic original characters, this is a sequel to the earlier story entitled "Who Wants To Live Forever" by the same author. Methos has abandoned his dying lover, Laura Donnelson by pretending to have been killed in her presence. He doesn't want to go through another Alexa experience. When it's clear he's miserable at the separation, MacLeod and Richie convince him to return to the dying woman and let them spend her remaining time in love.

As it turns out, Cassandra has been nursing the woman's mother for years and is comforting the doomed Laura. When Methos returns, the expected conflict breaks loose. Here we run into a contradiction in the author's view of Methos. While she has him wrestling with doubt throughout the story about the specter of Horseman Death, and how it might very much be a part of him, she paints Cassandra as a cruel bitch for pointing out this very thing. At one point, Methos goes "Bronze Age" (much like the scene at the Jimmy) and gleefully confesses his crimes to the horrified Laura, and within the same scene, Cassandra is being unreasonable when she expresses skepticism that he's changed. Which is it? How can Cassandra be wrong, when Methos is angsting over the very same issue? Laura rejects Methos for his past of mass murder, rape, cruelty and pillage, but still manages to feel Cassandra spoke rather cruelly to Methos. The author very conveniently neglects to have Laura (who is an inveterate eavesdropper) discover the fact that Cassandra's anger might have been motivated by the fact that she personally was one of the victims of the Horseman. Despite this lapse in internal logic, the author does manage to create a somewhat sympathetic view of Cassandra, even with the obligatory fixation on fake fingernails.

The story is well written, apart from an occasional tendency to lessen the impact of good dialogue by over-explaining its impact or meaning in the surrounding text. There is a fondness here for odd thoughts in parenthesis, something that should have been delivered in the text instead as it draws attention to the writer, not the story. As I've said, the story was good, and had elements of great originality. Oddly enough, I found the moment of greatest impact in the entire story to be the unexpected reunion between Laura and her heretofore hateful mother, as the daughter nears her death.

I consider it ironic that there was a set-up for some potential that was lost. One of the key points of the story centered around Methos, grieving over the fact that he seemed to perpetually bring Death to the women he loved in his long life. For some reason, it never occurs to him that he might at least make amends or peace with the one woman in his five thousand year existence who isn't likely to die, in favor of just regarding her as a "monster." Funny, I thought he was thinking of himself as the "monster," throughout. Once again, no matter what the circumstances, it's simply unacceptable to consider Cassandra as a victim.

Title:

A First One

Author:

Jennifer Peters

URL or contact information:

A First One

Reviewed by:

Bizarro7@aol.com

Your standard Mary Sue Young Immortal story, this one set in Outer Space (Babylon 5 Universe). The protagonist, barely reaching beyond her first death, becomes Methos' student. They are obviously destined for deep romance--but wait! First, she must prove her love by beheading Cassandra. Nothing to it. Only the setting has changed from the usual story of this species. The wasted potential of this crossover tale is almost painful.

Title:

Way of the Witch

Author:

HonorH

URL or contact information:

The Seventh Dimension Highlander Fan Fiction Archive

Reviewed by:

Bizarro7@aol.com

The author takes a different approach in this re-telling of the events of CaH/REV, starting all the way back from the Bronze Age. Everything is from Cassandra's point of view. In this well-crafted and well-written tale, the author postulates that Cassandra may have been in control of the events all along from behind the scenes, even back when she was a captive slave. There are some wonderfully evocative moments in this version, and some interesting concepts for thought. Although I couldn't quite bring myself to believe that Cassandra had this degree of manipulative control, this was a very intriguing tale.

Another review of this story immediately follows…

Title:

The Way of the Witch

Author:

HonorH

URL or contact information:

The Seventh Dimension Highlander Fan Fiction Archive

Reviewed by:

Shomeret@aol.com

This first person Cassandra story is an amazingly fresh approach to the character. In this story she is neither a stereotypical nor a victim. She may not be totally sympathetic, but she definitely comes across as independent minded and pragmatic. Her feelings about Methos are unusual, to say the least. Perhaps this version of Cassandra is more capable of understanding Methos. I was particularly delighted to see that a woman trained Cassandra in this tale. We can always use more strong female immortals.

Title:

Kaddish

Author:

Teresa Coffman

URL or contact information:

The Seventh Dimension Highlander Fan Fiction Archive

Reviewed by:

Shomeret@aol.com

In this story Cassandra is in therapy with Rabbi Grossman, a character borrowed with permission from Sandra McDonald, in an attempt to deal with the psychological fallout of her recent ordeal with the Horsemen in CAH/REV 6:8. Teresa Coffman handles the situation with sensitivity toward both Cassandra and Methos. Cassandra shows vulnerability, righteous anger and inner conflict. This is a very moving and authentic portrayal, especially for rape survivors. There was also some insight into the nature of Cassandra's gift and its limitations. I believe that this is the best story dealing with a reconciliation between Methos and Cassandra that I have seen on the net.

Another review of this story immediately follows…

Title:

Kaddish

Author:

Teresa Coffman

URL or contact information:

The Seventh Dimension Highlander Fan Fiction Archive

Reviewed by:

Bizarro7@aol.com

The third installment in the story begun by Sandra MacDonald in "Yom Kippur" and continued by Teresa in "Communion." We rejoin MacLeod, who is firmly entangled in the continuing therapy David Grossman is conducting on Cassandra, off in New York. Grossman pressures Mac to bring Methos to them so the therapy can progress. Methos understandably balks, and MacLeod is forced to stand surrogate for him in a harrowing role-playing session. Great characterizations and dialogue and superb atmosphere grace this tale and make it equally grim and touching. Unfortunately, the final showdown at Notre Dame between former Master and Slave takes place from MacLeod's point of view, at a distance, so we are not privy to what is said or done, and I was left a little dissatisfied. Nevertheless, the ending was poignant and I highly recommend this story.

Title:

Personal Revelation

Author:

Ishtar

URL or contact information:

The Seventh Dimension Highlander Fan Fiction Archive

Reviewed by:

Bizarro7@aol.com

Alone in Mac's loft, Methos broods about what happened in Bordeaux and tries to figure out why Cassandra was pivotal to what happened--both in the Bronze Age and now. He comes to an intriguing conclusion involving the shift of power between himself and Kronos and the loss of personal freedom. An interesting reflection.

Title:

Second Chances

Author:

K'Immieluvr

URL or contact information:

Daire's Fanfic Refuge

Reviewed by:

Bizarro7@aol.com

Somehow, Kronos has escaped beheading in Bordeaux and convinces MacLeod that he's had a light Quickening and reformed. He manages to convince him so well, in fact, that when Cassandra comes after Kronos, Mac kills her to defend him. Methos is unconvinced, and so am I. I simply can't believe Mac would fall for this, or that Cassandra would try to kill Duncan to get to Kronos, or that Duncan would kill her to save him. The ending is grim. I had a strong sense of the other characters of the story being bent out of characterization in order to make the plot of this story work and leave Kronos triumphant. It wasn't necessary. The premise was a very good one. The rendering is somewhat disappointing.

Title:

Redemption

Author:

Beck McLaughlin

URL or contact information:

Ashton Press Fan Fiction

Reviewed by:

Bizarro7@aol.com

I found this to be a terrific story, told on a professional level. It begins as every one of those Cassandra-captures-and-tortures-Methos tales, but this time it's done delightfully right.

Everyone is in character, and the staging is vivid, almost cinematic. She gives special attention to authentic characterization of Methos; his dialogue, his mannerisms, his thoughts. Her portrayal of Methos as initially defiant and pragmatically unrepentant of his ancient deeds rings true. So do Mac, Joe and the other familiar characters. Unlike many Methos stories, they were given fair time and superb dialogue and action in their involvement in the tale.

Beside Cassandra's vengeance, another great plot lurks within this tale, ripe with interesting and realistic original characters and the epic sweep of legendary history. You can't help but enjoy this treat. Read this story!

Title:

Archangel, Avatar, Armageddon - I Remember You, Richie Ryan

Author:

Katana MacTroll & Deb Luv MacBunns

URL or contact information:

The Seventh Dimension Highlander Fan Fiction Archive

Reviewed by:

Bizarro7@aol.com

A prime example of a piece of fan fiction that needed editing before it was ready for release to the web. Large segments that would have made for entertaining scenes remain undeveloped and sketchy, tantalizing us with their unrealized potential. The narrative is simplistic and badly in need of description on almost everything, resulting in some wasted opportunities to make the events and dialogue come alive. Grammar and spelling errors abound. In short, from a technical standpoint, this story gets a "D"--which is a shame, because this post-Archangel story had some clever concepts to offer the reader.

Title:

Things Left Unseen

Author:

Mandi Gordon

URL or contact information:

Things Left Unseen

Reviewed by:

Bizarro7@aol.com

A very quick vignette (post REV) that could well have been a credible Eurominute in the episode itself. Short and bittersweet, it begs for development into a lengthier story. I understand the author has ambitions to eventually do this.

Title:

Time and Again

Author:

Chardion

URL or contact information:

The Seventh Dimension Highlander Fan Fiction Archive

Reviewed by:

Bizarro7@aol.com

Mac, Methos and Cassandra are all having dreams about a pair of Bronze Age twins. It turns out that one of them, Ceyda, belonged to Methos, and while she was his slave, they were in love. Despite the fact that Methos thought she had been a mortal, Ceyda turns out to be alive and guess what? They're still unrequitedly in love with each other. Enter the evil missing twin, who menaces the lovers and is beheaded for hating Methos (turns out she was in love with her own master, Kronos, and regards Methos as responsible for everything). Cassandra's sole function in the story seems to be luring Methos and MacLeod to Ceyda, who is her friend. Why Methos would take Cassandra's invitation to go anywhere when she's refusing to give any explanations of who and where and why is unexplained. Which gives you an inkling that our favorites seem out of character throughout the story. The evil twin sister beheads Cassandra offstage (we are never given an adequate explanation of why). Happily ever after ending, and all that. Ceyda skirts dangerously close to being a Mary Sue, at certain points. Overall, the story suffers from poor crafting of structure and dialogue, and probably would have benefited from a solid editing. Sample dialog:

"I thought she'd killed you."

"No."

Title:

What If -- XIII

Author:

Tessa Rae

URL or contact information:

The Seventh Dimension Highlander Fan Fiction Archive

Reviewed by:

Bizarro7@aol.com

An installment of a "rewritten" HL series, the sole purpose of this exercise seems to be re-working CaH and REV to include a slash relationship between Methos and MacLeod, and Methos and Kronos. Toward that end, the tale takes a few sharp turns. I feel this purpose could have been accomplished without warping MacLeod, Methos, Cassandra and everyone else out of character, but the author apparently had an agenda, and this needed to be done to hammer the events of these two episodes into her mold, even if it makes the characters look bad. I did not find this pleasant reading. Methos does much internal whining. He curses like a sailor, using the "f" word or some other obscenity in almost every line of dialogue or reflection, especially toward the end. Kronos loses his delicious edge, more concerned with recapturing Methos for his body than his mind; and Cassandra is warped into a teeth-gnashing, snarling cliche, referred to throughout the story by everyone as the "bitch." Naturally, much is made of how very little she has to hate Methos for. All in all, the extension of this series seems a waste of bandwidth.

Title:

The Voice of Death

Author:

Janeen Grohsmeyer

URL or contact information:

Janeen's Fan Fiction

Reviewed by:

Bizarro7@aol.com

This particular installment in Janeen's HOPE series has something of a difficult challenge. It has the unenviable task of telling the entire span of of Roland Kantos' life, as it related to Cassandra and the Horsemen. This ties up many of the loose ends created by both the series episodes and enlightens us on how things came about they way they did, both in the series and in Janeen's HOPE universe. Since Roland is basically a massively screwed-up psychotic, however, it makes for a difficult narrative. We hop from century to century, event after event, and the story is somewhat less intense and personally involving than the other installments because it's almost impossible to identify with Roland. He's repellant, and his lifelong obsession with punishing Cassandra (and ultimately anyone else who betrays him) reveals how he's not only responsible for much of the events of PROPHECY and the Horsemen episodes; he's personally responsible for screwing up much of society over the past twenty-five hundred years, partly because of his hatred for Cassandra and partly because of the encouragement of Kronos. As always, this is dark and painful reading; Cassandra is a dark and tormented figure in a grim universe in Janeen's series. But this installment is a must-read if you are reading the rest.

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