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Fic(?): Dawson sets the record straight

Fandom: Highlander

Summary: An in-character response by Joe Dawson to a meta discussion that has been going on about Duncan MacLeod.

Rating: PG for cussing

Disclaimers: The concepts and characters herein are the property of Davis/Panzer Productions. giandujakiss and killabeez's words are their own.

Author's Note: Unbeta'ed, and I'm not even sure whether to call this a piece of fanfiction. No offense meant to either meta author.

Joe Dawson here. I figure anyone with an opinion about Duncan MacLeod knows who I am, so I'll skip the introductions.

I read the two posts by giandujakiss, and killabeez's response on the Watcher boards. Yeah, I stay on top of everything at HQ that has to do with my Immortal, given the organization's history with him.

I can see that both ladies have done their research. Some might think I'm biased, but the fact is, I know Duncan MacLeod better than anyone else. So I figured I'd have my say here.

The thing to realize about MacLeod is that he's just a man. A good man; the best I've ever known. But not a white knight, not a story-book hero, and certainly not a monster.

Giandujakiss talks about MacLeod as a violent killer, and that just ain't so. Now, I know MacLeod's head count. I wrote the damn reports you researchers are reading. But I also Watched MacLeod for twelve years while he stayed out of the Game. He and Tessa were happy together. Then Slan Quince arrived, threatened Tessa's life, and dragged him back into the Game. Mac almost left Tessa behind and abandoned the life they'd made together, just to keep out of the Game. Because those were his only choices. Run away whenever an Immortal shows up, hide out on Holy Ground, or stay and fight. Mac stayed. I can't hold that against him.

It seemed like every few weeks some fool Immortal was showing up and trying to take his head. There were times when when he Challenged an Immortal that he didn't need to. But those were the times when he needed to do it to save Mortal lives. As one of the Mortals he saved, I ain't complaining.

Giandujakiss accuses Mac of taking Mortal lives. Does she realize how hard Mac works to use non-lethal force, even when he's attacked? This is a guy who got himself and Amanda shot just so that a crooked Fed could face Mortal justice. I Watched him when he came out of the courthouse after he'd taken out a group of terrorists who had threatened him, Tessa, a bunch of civilians, and a little girl. The man walked all the way home, like he couldn't bear to be in car with Tessa and Richie after what he'd done.

Giandujakiss says he killed Watchers. MacLeod killed a Watcher, yeah. He killed James Horton, after the third time James tried to kill him. The only reason Mac had to do it was because my aim was off. Maybe next time, we can police ourselves a little better, and he won't have to.

Killabeez brought up Byron. Mike's death was a tragedy. Byron's? I'm not shedding a tear. And if Killabeez is right, and killing a man in anger is enough to let a demon into your soul ... Ol' Nick could have had mine back in the jungle when I was 18.

Look, I've seen Duncan MacLeod at his best, and I've seen him at his worst. I've felt his katana prick my throat when he was caught in a Dark Quickening, and I've seen him beg for death over Richie Ryan's corpse. How can I call him the best man I know, after all that? Simple.

He tries. Every goddamned day, after more than 400 years, Mac gets up and tries to do the right thing. Not the easy thing. Not the best thing for him. The right thing. How many of us can say that? And MacLeod's done it through the worst that life and the Game can throw at him.

You don't have to agree with me. Call MacLeod all the nasty names you want. You researchers can debate good and evil, whether a Challenge is a murder, and how many Quickenings fit on the head of a pin. You can do it 'til you're blue in the face, fresh out of ink, and your computers need an upgrade. I got no problem with hypothetical discussions.

But just in case anyone gets the bright idea to step over the line and do something about the Big, Bad MacLeod - I'm Watching.

Does that sound like a threat?

What a fuckin' shame.


( 22 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 24th, 2007 11:16 am (UTC)
Well, Joe, what can I say? You're absolutely right - whatever other problems I may have with his choices, Mac always does try to do the right thing, even at risk to himself. Well said.
Jan. 25th, 2007 03:28 am (UTC)
*grins* Nod, agree, and back away slowly from the Joe. It's safer that way.
Jan. 24th, 2007 11:17 am (UTC)
Oh, and ... *cough* ... If I'm going to go down in the Watcher Chronicles, you should know that, umm, it's giandujakiss, not giandukiss. *sheepish grin*
Jan. 24th, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
Ack! Sorry! I have a terrible time spelling your name properly, for some reason.
Jan. 24th, 2007 02:39 pm (UTC)
You are just so awesome. *g* I could practically hear Joe growling. I love his protectiveness, at the end, so much!

And if Killabeez is right, and killing a man in anger is enough to let a demon into your soul ... Ol' Nick could have had mine back in the jungle when I was 18.

Ahh, but you're not the Champion, my dear. ;)
Jan. 25th, 2007 03:49 am (UTC)
Glad it hit the spot, Killa. And, see, you wading back into the old debate inspired me!

You're right about Ahriman not wanting Joe's soul, of course. But he would never judge another man for something he's guilty of himself.
Jan. 25th, 2007 06:18 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's The Joe...*g* up close and personal.

One thing--you don't think Ahriman didn't try for Joe's soul? Seems to me Joe had to fight off at least two serious assaults on his faith in both MacLeod and his own integrity--but refused to sell his soul despite great Temptation...
Jan. 26th, 2007 02:49 am (UTC)
I know I've gotten Joe right once I get the thumbs-up from you, Cath!

True true. The legs themselves are one thing. But that internal vision Joe once had of himself and his possibilities...
Jan. 25th, 2007 03:36 pm (UTC)
But he would never judge another man for something he's guilty of himself.

So very true. I think I tend to buy into Duncan's view, that Immortals need to be held to a higher standard because of the power they hold. (Spider-man moment, hee.) I'll have to think about that some more.

You know, I've been holding on to your vid, and have watched it a couple times without coming up with much more to say than, I like the changes! I'm sorry, I really didn't mean to hold on to it so long. :( But I do, I like the changes. My critical brain seems to be used up with work, at the moment, I'm afraid.
Jan. 26th, 2007 03:00 am (UTC)
Joe (in my head, anyway) is rather an extreme case, in that he sees Immortals as people, and judges them that way. Interesting people, full of secrets. Good people, bad people, insane people, annoying people .... people. People with a whole bunch of candles on their cakes and a culture that encourages fights to the death.

Joe gets himself into trouble when he under-estimates just how far that is from other Watchers' views.

Duncan, and pretty much everyone else, sees and judges Immortals by different standards than Mortals.
Jan. 26th, 2007 03:01 am (UTC)
You know, I've been holding on to your vid, and have watched it a couple times without coming up with much more to say than, I like the changes!

*grins* Then I'll give "Life Among the Watchers" a final look-see and kick it out of the nest this weekend.
Jan. 24th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
Great Joe voice!
Jan. 25th, 2007 03:49 am (UTC)
Thank you, mmapmaker!
Jan. 25th, 2007 12:52 am (UTC)
very joe...
Jan. 25th, 2007 03:49 am (UTC)
Thanks much!
Jan. 25th, 2007 03:04 am (UTC)
Oh, cool, fic-meta, or whatever it is.

Heh heh. We're all Watchers.
Jan. 25th, 2007 03:53 am (UTC)
Joe mutters, "Punk researcher Watchers."
Jan. 25th, 2007 04:21 am (UTC)
::comes through, reads, grins, buys the Watcher a couple beers and sneaks away again::

(Great Joe voice, hon!)
Jan. 26th, 2007 03:06 am (UTC)
Thanks much, Rhi!

BTW, I was thinking the other day about how an Immortal's birth culture would influence them through the ages. I flashed on that scene from "Line War", where Jameson is hiding out from his line sibs in a library and looks up the history of the word loyalty (I think) to see what it might mean to Owain. Great stuff!
Jan. 26th, 2007 04:01 am (UTC)
I'm fleshing out a short LaCroix and Constantine piece now (vaznetti's fault, long story), because it was that or write one with a Roman woman immortal. And I'm still tempted because... yeah. I think they're birth culture is a huge influence on immortals.

All of which is to say, thanks, glad you liked it!
Apr. 17th, 2015 07:22 am (UTC)
This is brill. I love your Joe voice. So growly and spot-on. <3

And Joe's right: Duncan tries. Every damned time.
Apr. 17th, 2015 10:27 pm (UTC)
Wow, I had forgotten all about this meta-fic! Thanks so much, esteefee, it was an unexpected pleasure receiving this comment.
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