Yet both keep their swords hidden instead of out in the open. They were both prepared when they entered the garage. Yet we don't see anyone in the garage. Not if he didn't want to try to talk to him about the Kurgan. Or about the Gathering. Connor hides his sword because he hears people yelling and the police sirens. When Kurgan leaves, the cops aren't there. That isn't throwing out half the film. The events of the film happen, but the motivations and the end result are different. Not really. Panzer, Davis and Abramowitz choose to connect the first film to the series, to appease the fans and to flesh things out. The animated series was aimed at a younger audience. They weren't directly involved in that show. It was both. They changed the context within the series universe, but altered the actions on screen to coincide with later fiction. "The Coldest War" begins a year later, with Connor and Brenda in London. Both aware that he is still Immortal and that he isn't as active as he had been the previous few years. There was no desire to keep up with them when it came to the fifth film. I concur that the effects were pretty bad on the fifth film and is in fact, why some of it was changed between when the first DVD release on Russia came out to the final version that was seen on Sci-Fi before going to DVD. There was only a desire to tell its own story. They weren't. It just turned out that way. The first script was pretty bad, especially when it came to Duncan's characterization. The second script was an improvement. Then came the Peter Briggs drafts which were good, but deemed too expensive for what Dimension was going to fund at the time. Dimension was looking to go direct to DVD at that point. Then the fourth script came and went, by that point the production shifted from Dimension. The fifth script is unknown at this point. This was written by the winners of "Project Greenlight". The sixth script was next and seemed to be fairly passable. There was a conclusion and an open door for more. Then there was the Abramowitz draft which was to fix the problems and make a passable film, but it wasn't used and what was used was a mishmash of ideas. The Guardian's speed run was Leonard's idea and wasn't in the previous drafts. There was no final fight mapped out which was done pretty much on the day of filming. They were trying to do at least four months in six weeks. Except Connor goes after Katana to kill him in the dome fight, which wasn't self defense. Same with the final fight.