What's a fanlisting?


A fanlisting is simply an online listing of fans of a subject, such as a TV show, actor, or musician, that is created by an individual and open, and free, for fans from around the world to join. They are just a place where you can have your name listed along with other fans of the same subject.

 

What's this fanlisting about?


Just what the title says - it's about the relationship between Duncan MacLeod and Tessa Noel.

 

Who are they?


Once upon a time there was a tv show called Highlander: the series. The series was about an Immortal called Duncan MacLeod (played by Adrian Paul) and, as his name suggests, he was the titular Highlander. At the beginning of the series our Immortal Boy Scout was living with a mortal French artist, Tessa Noel (played by Alexandra Vandernoot).

I'd like to say that the two lived happily ever after, but alas, that was not to be. Still, despite the tragic events and everything that followed in subsequent seasons, the first two seasons of Highlander always hold a special place in my memories, mostly due to the Duncan/Tessa pairing.

 

The Duncan/Tessa Timeline

1592 - Duncan MacLeod is born
1622 - Duncan's first death
1958 - Tessa Noel is born
1980 - First meeting, in Paris
1983 - Duncan tells Tessa of his Immortality
1993 - Duncan proposes to Tessa
1993 - Tessa is killed

 

Why 'Inspirational'?


Well, because that's how I find the relationship between the two of them. At the beginning of the series Duncan and Tessa had already been together for 12 years. Despite this, they were still very much in love with one another and they weren't afraid to show that love.

The two of them weren't perfect by no means but what I found refreshing was that they were not only lovers but also friends, that they trusted one another, and perhaps rarest of all, that the relationship wasn't constantly in turmoil because of any third parties etc. I've found that most television shows, if they show well established romantic relationships at all (and by well established, I mean a couple that has actually been together for many years as opposed to one of those on again - off again couples some shows seem to thrive on), the writers in an attempt of trying to make the relationship interesting (I assume) constantly tear the couple in question apart only to bring them back together again at some point. Triangles seem to be an all time favourite method for this. But all that achieves is, IMO at least, that sooner or later the viewers just don't give a rat's behind about the couple and/or about who'll eventually end up with whom.

With Duncan and Tessa I felt the writers didn't take this easy and lazy way out. Instead, they gave us a solid, mature and strong relationship which I personally, never found boring.