One Minute to Midnight
Series Highlander: The Series
Season Five
Episode 1
Protagonist Duncan MacLeod
Friends Methos
Joe Dawson
Jacob Galati
Enemies Jack Shapiro
Set In Paris, France
Flashbacks 1847 Europe, 1992 Europe
Previous Story Judgement Day
Following Story Prophecy
Written by Gregory Widen
David Tynan
Directed by Dennis Berry
Produced by Ken Gord
Broadcast On September 23, 1996
Running Time 60 min.
Production Code 95422-88

Plot SynopsisEdit

In this second part of the season finale, Judgement Day, The Watcher tribunal believe Duncan has been killing Watchers with Joe Dawson's help. Jack Shapiro, the ranking European Watcher has gone mad in a bid to avenge for his son, who was actually murdered by the immortal, Jacob Galati.  MacLeod tries to identify the real killer, while Methos treats Joe for gunshot wounds inflicted when Galati massacred Dawson's intended executioner and high ranking watcher witnesses.

In flashback to 1847 Europe,  Jacob Galati kills a mortal who raped his immortal wife, Irena, and he is promptly hanged by the gypsy-hating townspeople. In the modern day, Jacob saves Duncan from a Watcher and tells him Horton's renegade Hunters killed Irena. MacLeod tries to broker a meeting between Joe and Galati but Joe refuses to go, calling Galati a murderer.

Joe, with Adam's (Methos) help, manage to breach Watcher defenses to talk to Shapiro and arrange a meeting with Galati. To their horror, Shapiro double crosses them, and instead of a parley, murders Galati. A furious MacLeod goes after Shapiro, promising that the killing has just begun if Shapiro does not allow peace between the Watchers and Immortals.  Afraid for his own life, Shapiro chooses peace.

The friendship between MacLeod, Dawson, and Methos is strained to the breaking point.  Methos, saying he does not know who he is anymore, disappears without a word to anyone.  MacLeod and Dawson barely know how to speak to one another in the aftermath. 


Duncan MacLeod: Adrian Paul

Methos: Peter Wingfield

Joe Dawson: Jim Byrnes

Jacob Galati: Steven Tremblay

Jack Shapiro: Jesse Joe Walsh



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