Adam's Universe: The Methos Essay: Canon, Fanon, Shmanon... by ReneeMR
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Once upon a time I happened to be home on a Saturday night. (Wow,
right around Valentine's Day of '97.) Anyway, I was flipping through
the channels and all of a sudden there was this--voice. And being
the accent-slut that I am, I had to hear more.

Then I noticed the voice was issuing from a very nice looking young
man. Very nice, thinks I. Well, things happened and I got a bit
distracted. Didn't notice cutie for a while. Until I looked up and
saw this--vision.

A warrior with half his face painted blue. Commanding. Dangerous.
Incredibly sexy.

A figure out of my dreams. Literally. (I swear, I knew someone just
like him in a past life...)

And so, I got my very first taste of what took four years to develop
into a full-blown case of Methos-Obsession.

Why did it take so long to manifest, you may wonder? Well, it could
be because I didn't realize Methos was more than a one-shot. You
see, I didn't like 'Highlander.' I know, I know. :Sighs and shakes
head::

I didn't even watch the reruns. 'Cause I still didn't know that
Methos was a recurring character.

The turning point, however, eventually came. I was getting seriously
pissed off at my favorite role playing game. In an effort to save my
sanity a friend--thank you, Sissy!--mentioned she had read a slash
piece of 'Highlander' fanfiction. And that she didn't care for the
M/DM dynamic.

I went, 'Huh? Slash? What? Where?' And that, as they say, was that.
I started reading. In March of 2001 I began writing a very
interesting (unfinished) semi-MarySue. And read more slash.

By that time, of course, the SciFi channel had discontinued reruns
of 'Highlander.' Thank all the gods for people who had websites.
Especially Methos.org and Jinjofore's site.

It took me until the middle of July 2001 to publicly post my very
first piece. A Musefic.

I've since gotten all six seasons of the series. What a revelation
that's been. Hence the title of this piece.

'Adam's Universe' at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AdamsUniverse was set up in mid-2001. All of my work is archived there.

About 'Adam's Universe'

I adore Methos. He is fascinating. And I want to know him. Tell his
stories. Share his history. To acknowledge the fact that for 5000
years he did quite well without Duncan MacLeod of the Clan MacLeod.

Please note: MY METHOS IS PROBABLY NOTHING LIKE YOUR METHOS. 'Kay?
Fair warning?

That said, let me tell you about the 5000 year-old man in my
universe...

Dr. Benjamin Adams is a legally licensed physician and medical
researcher for the Human Genome project.

Adam Pierson has advanced degrees in several disciplines.
Literature, linguistics, cryptography, archeology, computer science.
He speaks an unspecified number of living and dead languages. He's
been with the Watchers (Int'l Asset Corp.) since the early 80s, and
is currently a 'consultant'

Abel Samuels is an artist--painter and photographer.

Marc Artois is a bassist, composer, singer.

James Adamson is a novelist, freelance columnist, textbook writer
and fanfic slasher. (Worked for the 'Tribune' in Paris for a time.)

Alec Partridge is a grad student at SU.

According to canon, he's a, "Lawyer, doctor, Indian chief...I've got
paperwork to cover it all."

Pierce Saunders and Sons is his legal firm.

Methos likes cats--especially Sphynx Cats. He drinks beer, but he
also likes other libations. Especially tequila. He likes to cook. He
likes to run, but doesn't make a big deal out of it. He wears his
*own* clothes.

He DOES NOT throw bottle caps behind major appliances. He pays his
bar tab, and he usually replaces anything he drinks.

Methos hates Jell-O, the cold, the water (at least cold water). He
doesn't like the crust on his sandwiches. He pretends to not like
children. If he never rides another horse (or camel, or ass, or
bicycle, or--get the picture?) that will be perfectly fine with him.

He doesn't live in the past. He adapts. He survives. He doesn't run
away. Dawson and MacLeod have simply presumed that he has.

He knew Darius, and has his 'quickening or whatever.' He knew Tessa.

Quickenings are painful to him, and he avoids them if possible.

Methos is ambidextrous and ambisexual.

He didn't sit around five *thousand* years just waiting for MacLeod
to be born. He had sixty-eight wives. Think of the stories in that
dynamic alone.

But, for some reason, Methos is totally and utterly in love with
Duncan MacLeod. Except when he's totally and utterly in love with
Rich Ryan. Okay, I like to dabble sometimes. I admit it. And, um,
yeah, there's this Joe/Anne thing...

Look, just be sure you read the story synopsis first.

A few more things, then I'll be done...

My Methos only slightly resembles a certain actor who shall remain
nameless--but who's initials are PW.

MY Methos is the beautiful boy we were introduced to in the third
season episode 'Methos.' Twenty-something, he sometimes appears even
younger. His hair is long. He's as tall as Duncan MacLeod. And he
knows about and exploits MacLeod's fetish for black silk.

Methos has money. He's an anonymous philanthropist. And from time to
time he will just give away a fortune and go walkabout.

His being one of the 'Horsemen' isn't that big a deal. Ten thousand
killed over a thousand years. Oh, gee, TEN a year average? (Anybody
care to do a body count for MacLeod over the course of the series?)
Yeah, I say MacLeod was already being targeted by Ahriman, and
Cassandra showing up didn't help. That's why he freaked out like he
did over Methos' little failure to disclose his past.

The 'Game' doesn't exist. It was made up by a couple of drunk
immortals one rainy day millennia ago. Other immortals have since
embraced it as a lifestyle.

And finally, in 'Adam's Universe,' Rich Ryan is not dead. 'To Be/Not
To Be,' simply doesn't exist. And only 'Highlander' of all the
movies exists. Unless I say something different, of course.

Well, there it is. 'Adam's Universe.' Welcome to it.

Thanks for stopping by.

Feel free to tell me what you think.

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