Here are some super-cuts that I put together from four TV shows depicting epic contests between two rivals.
Carnivale – Light vs Dark
This was a tremendous show and served as some inspiration for Irresistible Immovable. But for the record, my concept for this project predated the series.
Legend of the Galactic Heroes – Yang Wen-li vs Reinhard von Lohengramm
Yang Wen-li was an officer in the Free Planets Star Fleet. Known as one of the greatest admirals in human history, and at the very least equal to the brilliance of his Imperial counterpart Reinhard von Lohengramm. Despite his genius, Yang Wen-li was a relatively simple man harboring no great ambitions. A firm believer in democracy, he followed his ideals without wavering throughout his entire life. Yang Wen-li became, against his own wishes, a symbol of democratic ideals and republican government. Never defeated in battle, he managed to take Iserlohn Fortress twice and was considered the founding father of the Iserlohn Republic. He managed to prevent autocracy from entirely dominating humanity.
Reinhard von Lohengramm was an Imperial military and political leader who rose to prominence during the Alliance–Imperial War. A genius in war and politics, he rose to the highest ranks of the Imperial Fleet at a young age and eventually usurped the power of the traditional nobility during the Imperial Civil War. Upon becoming the de facto dictator of the Empire, he instituted numerous political, legal, economic, and social reforms, creating a new state, which was described by Yang Wen-li as having been “Not by the people, but for the people.” He died at the age of 25, after having become arguably the most influential leader in human history and having unified humanity under the rule of one government. Reinhard’s enduring wish was to see his New Galactic Empire ruled not by blood but by merit, even if it meant the end of his dynasty.
This video is taken from YouTube and was not cut by me:
Billions – Chuck vs Axe
Charles “Chuck” Rhoades, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, who later attempts a run for governor of New York and is elected Attorney General of New York. Rhoades is ruthless and has a particular distaste for wealthy criminals who try to buy their way out of justice.
Robert “Bobby” Axelrod, an ambitious billionaire manager of the hedge fund Axe Capital, who came from humble beginnings. He is extremely charitable and generous in public, but uses insider trading and bribery to grow his firm’s enormous wealth. He has animal-like instincts that make him extremely successful in his trading career.
Killing Eve – Eve vs Villanelle
Eve Polastri, an agent with MI5 who becomes obsessed with a notorious assassin and is recruited on an off-the-books basis to the foreign intelligence agency MI6.
Villanelle (Oksana Astankova), a psychopathic, skilled assassin who becomes obsessed with the MI6 officer who is tracking her.