Blood of Kings: A Highlander Podcast Episode 11 - Samurai

August 29, 2016

“You cannot save honor with a lie.” - Hideo Koto

 One of the core elements in Highlander is the study of how Immortals, both good and evil, incorporate the lessons of their pasts and apply them into their lives moving forward. In many cases, Immortals learn from their previous experiences and in turn, forge those moments into their very being which becomes part of their Quickening.

 In arguably one of the TOP 10 Highlander Episodes of all time, Season Three’s THE SAMURAI, Duncan MacLeod meets a mortal man, a Samurai named Hideo Koto, who teaches him not only the “Way of the Warrior” but also what it means to be an HONORABLE man and to live by that very code. It is a lesson that Duncan will carry with him for the remainder of his immortal life; represented by the bequeathed Koto family Dragon Head Katana that Duncan has faithfully wielded for over 200 years as a symbol of his vow to its original master.

 Please join us, your Blood of Kings hosts Kevin “The RaiderNerd” Reitzel and Norman “Starfighter” Lao, as we look deep into one of the most poignant moments in Highlander as THE SAMURAI challenges us to find the moral and the meaning of honor, how it applies to this episode in terms of Highlander canon, and how it has bound Duncan MacLeod to a code that has shaped his very essence as an Immortal.


Blood of Kings: A Highlander Podcast Episode 10: Band of Brothers, the Episode that Saved Highlander

August 23, 2016

In this episode of Blood of Kings, we are going to pay a very special honor and focus to what has been hailed as the episode that “changed the landscape of Highlander" and saved the show in the eyes of the audience. We of course are talking about Season One, Episode 13 - Band of Brothers.

 Spirituality and consequences for one's action are at the very center to the tonal development of Highlander and when done right, can elevate Highlander, in any of its forms into truly spectacular storytelling. Here on Blood of Kings we are always looking for when we can really focus on one of these core meanings of Highlander and in this case: How Immortals, like Duncan and Darius, reflect on the fragility and precious gift of mortality.

 Kevin and I also chose this episode for a very special reason. This is our first ANNIVERSARY episode. EPISODE 10 - DOUBLE DIGITS!!! And we would like to thank everyone that has supported us from all the way back to our Fandom Flashback 5-Part Highlander series to now and to all of the fans on the Blood of Kings Facebook page. Almost 500 strong, we cannot thank all the listeners enough for believing in us, supporting us and giving us the inspiration and momentum to keep bringing you Highlander discussion as we can here on Blood of Kings and The Fandom Podcast Network. Enjoy!


Blood of Kings: A Highlander Podcast Ep 09 Clancy Brown at Highlander 4K Premier in Edinburgh Scotland!

August 16, 2016

Blood of Kings proud to present our special guest Erin Gill who took her own Highlander pilgrimage through Scotland. This fantastic trip included several Highlander filming locations. Erin also experienced her own "Fandom Quickening" during the highlight of her trip when she attended the Highlander 4K Movie Premier at the Edinburgh film festival in Edinburgh Scotland on June 18th, with special guest Clancy Brown (aka The Kurgan), whom she spoke with personally!

Blood of Kings : A Highlander Podcast Ep 08: Clan MacLeod Castles

August 9, 2016

Part 2 of 2. Kevin Reitzel is back from his Watchers assignment trip to the Highlands of Scotland where is visits the “Clan MacLeod Castles”. In this second part of his trip, Norman continues his interview with Kevin as he describes his in depth adventures to visit the original Highlander movie Connor Macleod
Castle filming location, aka the “Eilean Donan Castle”, which is actually
the real home to the Clan Macrae. Kevin also reveals his trip to the real Clan
Macleod Castle, Castle Dunvegan on Isle of Skye, Scotland. You will get hear
the interesting history of both these real working castles and the tour that Kevin took inside both of these beautiful Scotland landmarks.

Blood of Kings: A Highlander Podcast - Episode 07: Homeland

August 1, 2016

Part 1 of 2. Kevin Reitzel is back from his Watchers assignment trip to the Highlands of Scotland. In this episode Norman interviews Kevin as they discuss the Highlander TV episode “Homeland” (Season 4 ep1), directed by its star Adrian Paul,  and Kevin's trip to Scotland where he visited the Highlander filming locations of “Homeland”. This includes Kevin’s trip to Castle Tioram (aka Duncan MacLeod’s Castle) and the small and historical town of Glenfinnan, on the shores of Loch Sheil. In this episode we also discuss the personal journey of Duncan MacLeod in the episode of “Homeland”, Adrian Paul’s personal challenges making the episode, and Kevin’s adventure to find these locations. Join the Blood of Kings hosts as they rediscover “Homeland”.