The Modern Prometheus

Lord Byron, the brilliant Romantic poet, is alive and well and living the decadent life of a rock star. He lives life way over the edge and has taken some promising young musicians over the edge with him. When following in Byron's footsteps tragically ends the life of Dawson's protege, MacLeod is faced with a decision - is the beauty and genius that is Byron worth the cost? 

Alternative title(s): Lord Byron And The Undead 
French title: Byron, l'ange noir 
German title: Das Leben der Boheme

memorable lines from Modern Prometheus

Byron: "Next time preserve your ignorance for one more deserving than I."

Byron: "Life, my friend, is in the details. I want almonds, not cashews. Almonds. Roasted, unsalted." He snaps his fingers, shooing him off. "And fetch me my women. Tall, beautiful women with long black hair. I know you want to make me happy." 

Byron: "It's good being the star."

Byron, sighing: "Oh, that's better. Immortality gets pretty damn dull after the first couple of centuries, doesn't it? What's the secret, Doc? What do you do when there's nothing left but the dark, cold emptiness that stretches out for centuries behind you?" He looks in the mirror. "And when you look in the mirror, all that you see is the abomination that you are . . ."

Byron: "Well, of course they don't get it. They never will. Because they're dead inside and they don't even know it." Comes over to the edge and kneels in front of Mike. "The world is full of small men with small dreams." Grabs his shirt. "What do you want, Mike? Are you ready to grab onto life with both hands and squeeze it 'til it screams for mercy?"

Byron: "My task is done, my song has ceased, my theme has died into an echo. It is fit."

An interesting thing to notice is how  how lush everything looks in the flashbacks and then how the quality of film seems to degrade and the color washes out in the present day sequences, reflecting Byron's inner life. 

A Bit of Trivia:

An injury occured an episode of Highlander and that was sustained by Adrian Paul, who got cut over his right eye, (again, requiring only one stitch), during the filming of The Modern Prometheus. He put this down to the fight sequence at the end being filmed at the end of a 16-hour day that had seen Adrian doing everything, as he was directing the episode. Adrian and Jonathan Firth were moving between patches of light and dark, which required a three-second break in the choreography to allow their eyes to adjust to the different light levels and Adrian got hit on a move he had added, where he was grappling with Byron's cane and then spinning in a blind turn. They had rehearsed it 20 times, but in the third take of the fight, Adrian missed the cane and was so intent on grabbing it that he didn't block. Braun said that he had never been injured himself in a fight he had choreographed, although he did get hit in the face with a hammer in a play he was doing, which broke his nose. He said that Jonathan Firth had a habit of putting power into the last move of a sequence, which was not uncommon habit amongst actors and he had driven Braun's sword from his hand when their first rehearsed the fight.

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