“Free Fall,” originally aired October 31, 1992. Nostalgia and spoilers within.
JOAN JETT JOAN JETT JOAN JETT. J.O.A.N. J.E.T.T. WHEE.
Synopsis: Guess what? A stranger waltzes into MacLeod and co.’s life briefly, then commits suicide, and it turns out she’s immortal! Oh noes! MacLeod, of course, takes her in (her being Felicia Martins AKA JOAN JETT DID I MENTION THAT?? YOUR CH-CH-CH-CHERRY BOMB). She begins her training because HOLY CRAP, SHE’S AN IMMORTAL, so we get some lovely training and immortal etiquette lessons. Meanwhile, there’s this random big guy who seems to be chasing Felicia. Flashback explains why: she killed his family a century or so ago. WHAT. SHE WAS ALREADY IMMORTAL? Yes, yes, clever Felicia is tricking MacLeod et al., and it’s pretty clear that she’s planning on killing everyone MacLeod cares about before she beheads him. Sadness. Of course, MacLeod’s crew assumes the guy is evil and Felicia is innocent. They figure out the truth, though, and Tessa gets to hold her own while Richie gets kidnapped for once. Felicia is defeated (but, like Kiem Sun, not killed. Duncan is being selective), the end.
THEY PLAY JOAN JETT AND MORE QUEEN SONGS.
Sometimes, I’m glad I started watching the show near the end of its run, because it never really crossed my mind that female immortals would be a shock. But this is our first one! And what an amazing first one. While “The Gathering” was movie!lite, and not always in a good way (being a psychopath is a side-effect of being an Immortal, right?), this episode gives me positive movie vibes with the awesome rock music and the visuals of the bad guy. It is just a pleasant romp of an episode. Is there anyone better they could have gotten for the first female immortal? What do you think, readers?
EVERYTHING FROM JOAN JETT IS MANNA FROM HEAVEN.
Until next time! Be well!