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Forever Knight Episode Reviews
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- Dark Knight (Chapter 1) (***) Weird to see this, having
seen the original pilot. A very different cast of characters than we
see in the rest of the series... Nick is nasty, sometimes downright
scary. Schanke is a pain. LaCroix... oh, don't get me started on
the Peroxide Terror.
- Dark Knight (Chapter 2) (***) More of the same, with an
ending that any four year old saw coming *miles* away. Still, DK
sets up most of the running gags we'll be seeing for the rest of the
series, and at one point, in a flash of foresight, oatmeal is even
- For I Have Sinned (**) Blah. Fun with Schanke and Nick in
the confessional, and our one glimpse of the infamous Alma. The
present day plot is only made up for by the gorgeous Joan of Arc
flashback... we get to see Nick as a bad guy!
- Last Act (***) The plays within the episode are
embarassing, Erica must have been writing for a different audience...
Nick tries to come to grips with two souicides, one of an old
friend, and another that may not be what it seems.
- Dance By the Light of the Moon (**) The flashbacks to
Janette's seduction of Sir Nicolas are great, but the present day
seductress is so laughable, I just can't stand this ep.
- Only the Lonely (****) A gorgeous Natalie celebrates her
birthday, remembers how she met Nick, and has some trouble with her
dating life. The introduction of the famous and oft-used garden
hose. Best Nick/Nat stuff ever.
- I Will Repay(***) When Nat's brother is shot, she asks
Nick to bring him over. Cath Disher is brilliant (she won a Gemini
for this one), but the plot is slow where it should be fast and vice
- Father Figure (***) I'm tempted to penalize by one star
any episode where Nick wears a mustache in the flashback. The
obligatory cute kid episode, this one reads kinda like an episode of
shudder Full House. The best bits are watching all the adults
playing up to the kids.
- False Witness (**) Boring. To be kept purely for the data
on Myra Schanke's Skin Pretty sunblock sales and Nat's resulting "Do you
smell Pina Coladas?" Nick struggles with the temptation to...[gasp]
- Cherry Blossom(***) Good Nick/Janette stuff, as Nick deals
with an old Chinatown man who believes Nick killed his mother. And
Nat and Janette meet.
- Spin Doctor(***) Really gets the feeling of the media politics
down, even in the flashback. Too bad the plot itself just wasn't that
interesting. Nice to see that Nat can be wrong and Nick right every now
and then though.
- Dying for Fame(*****) Nick finds himself identifying with a
rock and roll star accused of murder. Great video dream sequences,
hilighting Fred Mollin's music. Too bad they missed the opportunity to
have Nick doing some music as well.
- Dying to Know You (***) The first of several psychics
walks into Nick's life, and thinks she's cracking up until he shows
her his other eyes and teeth. The sequence at the end (Canadian version
only) with Nick at the loft, brooding, is simply gorgeous.
- Unreality TV (**)When Nick and Schanke are followed around by a
COPS-style video crew, Nick's secret almost comes out. Introduces the
- Dead Air (**) A radio psychologist is menaced by an on-air
serial killer. The plot is clear from the outset, but it's worth it to
see what it would have been like if Nick had been the Nightcrawler.
- Hunters (***) The flashback turns LaCroix into a bad IWTV
Lestat knock-off, but for once the present-day plot is fab. Schanke is
hunted by an old enemy, and we get to see what Janette keeps in the
cellar of the Raven.
- Dead Issue (**) For all you Stonetreeites (both of you). The
flashback is worth it though, if only for the first scene of the
- Feeding the Beast (***) Nick joins an AA-style group, looking
for a murderer, almost backslides, then recoveres completely for no
apparent reason during a commercial break. Contains the famous french
- If Looks Could Kill (**) Suspension of disbelief is a
neccesity for this one, but since there are fans out there who think
telekenesis is a scientific field, I suppose it's possible. Vampire
blood has interesting effects when used as an elixr of youth.
- Fatal Mistake (**) Introducing Alexandra the Dingbat Barmaid,
who doesn't like Nick *at all*. Another Stonetree story.
- Love You to Death (****) The famous ballerina flashback story,
in which Nick proves that he has a lower opinion of himself than any
Cousin could have of him. The last scene, natch, is my favorite.
- 1966 (****) For once the flashback takes over the episode, and
it does very well. Nice to see that Nick keeps in touch with some of his
old friends anyway.
- Killer Instinct(***) LaCroix is back, and determined to
ruin Nick's mortal life. Personally, I can't watch without thinking
of the infamous Oatmeal Raisin Crisp scene. The flashbacks warm my
- Father's Day (***) A young man trying to flee his mobster family
reminds Nick and LaCroix of one of Nick's many attempts at running away.
LaCroix manages to preserve the Constantine family and give Nick what he
wants at the same time. Nick wishes LaCroix a happy Father's Day.
- Faithful Followers (**) Huh? Our impressionable friend Nick
the Brick infiltrates a luminology cult and can't make up his mind whther
he's under deep cover or just giving in totally. LaCroix of Arabia makes
a flashback appearance and the plot goes nowhere. CD and JK are great,
and they're all that make this one worth watching.
- Hunted (***) A sport hunter makes Nick her next quarry,
reminding him of how much fun he used to have hunting with the other two
thirds of the gleesome threesome, before his conscience choked him.
JK does a great job as Schanke gets to play hostage.
- Near Death(***)Nick, being a total, complete, and utter
moron, decides to flatline himself in order to get to heaven. Great
bit at the end as Nat and Schanke struggle to save his life, and
great bit in the middle with Nick wearing a transparent nightgown.
- Crazy Love(**) This episode wants to be Silence of the
Lambs. The flasback should have been to Bedlam. All worth it for
the Nick/Janette bits.
- Fate Worse Than Death(****) The present day plot is a
typical Gillian Horvath muddle, while the flashbacks are, also
typical of Ms. Horvath, gorgeous. Janette's "origin" story. Miklos
- The Fix(*****) Nick is cured... sort of. Nick/LaCroix
scenes to die for. A tour de force with pasta.
- Amature Night(**) Ick. I keep this one only to hear Nigel
say "LaCroy, Internal Affairs."
- Forward Into the Past(***) Nick struggles to find and help
an old (not that old) friend. The interaction between Nick and the
present day Katherine are great. Aristotle is introduced
- Blood Money(****) Directed by Geraint Wyn Davies. Nick,
as it turns out, is just about the richest man in the world. But the
son of the man he's entrusted his fortune to seems to be after the
money. Felix Twist is introduced.
- The Fire Inside(***) Nick and Schanke track a serial
killer, who immolates his victims, through the sewer. The Nat/Cohen
"well, we have problems too" scenes are embarassingly contrived.
- Above the Law(**) Ick. But... Lisa Ryder's first
appearance on FK as the aide in the flashback really made an
impression on me, and I was glad to hear such a talented lady had
been added to the cast for season 3.
- Stranger than Fiction(*****) Great fun. An author of
vampire novels is stalked, and catches Nick's eye (neck of the week
syndrome ala season one), but ignore that foolishness for the sake
of the fantasy sequences as the characters imagine themselves in her
book. Schanke as LaSalle (Don Kapelos doing his Nigel Bennet
impression) is worth seven stars.
- Can't Run, Can't Hide(****) Vengeance is wrought on a
group of Viet Nam vets who slaughtered a whole village. The special
guest vampire is unbelievably hot.
- Queen of Harps(***) Another of Gillian Horvath's pretty
muddles. Good, interesting stuff, but it feels like a young girl's
first attempt at fanfic. Nick, and everybody else, are obsessed with
an ancient harp. Worth it all to see young Nicolas smiling in the
sunshine. Warning: contains lichen/stone line.
- Undue Process(***) Once more we have an ep where Cath
Disher shines, but the story pacing is completely off. Nat's
goddaughter is murdered, and then so is the murderer.
- Bad Blood(****)Jack the Ripper comes to Toronto, and Nick
must face the fact that the deaths that result are partially his fault.
Guest stars Cedric Smith, Cath Disher's husband, as a sort of
semi-vampire (goofy concept, but ok) Miklos included.
- Capital Offense(***) Is she/isn't she an axe murderer?
Anyway, she makes a great nun. Fun LaCroix stuff, and we get to
watch Nick play the piano.
- Be My Valentine(*****) It's silly, but it's good silly.
Nick finally gets up the nerve to tell Nat how he feels, but he's
forgotten to add LaCroix into the equation. Some of the most gorgeous
Nightcrawler stuff ever. Nick chases a Valentine serial killer (FK
Toronto seems to have one for every day of the year).
- Baby Baby(*****) Nick's vampire child has wanted a baby for a
*long* time, and she might just get one... gorgeous stuff, and the ultimate
Nick=Brick moment, with LaCroix there to enjoy it. Directed by Geraint
- A More Permanent Hell(*****) The obligatory end of the world
story, but with fantastic stuff from Natalie, Schanke, and LaCroix, who
finally gets a flashback of his very own. Should have been a
three-parter. Directed by John Kapelos.
- Partners of the Month (*****)Schanke leaves Myra and
moves in with Nick. Nick remembers when Janette left him. The
Janette/Schanke scenes are seven-star material. Warning: contains
- Close Call(***) The Schanke Retrospective. There's almost
no Nick in this one, as Schanke begins to suspect there may be
something rotten in Toronto the Good. The LaCroix/Schanek scenes are
- Curiouser and Curiouser (******) Nick through the
looking-glass, or is it Nick through the angst-barrier... anyway..
probably the best hour of television ever made. It really felt
like the whole season was leading up to this. (yup, that's six
- Black Buddha Part One (***) Nick's world falls apart as
Schanke and Cohen are killed by a bomb on an airplane, and Janette
leaves without saying goodbye, having given LaCroix the Raven.
Nick's new partner, Tracy, meets Javier Vachon, a hirsuit Spanish
vampire on the run from an Inca. Is anybody surprised to find "Lucky
Nick" was on the Titanic?
- Black Buddha Part Two(***) Tracy proves her taste in men
is almost as good as Natalie's, meanwhile figuring out what the
bomber is doing, when Nick can't get his head out of his
angst-bucket for long enough to work it out. The flashback gives
Vachon's origin, and presents us with a minute and a half of the
most entrancing vampire we've seen so far. An oatmeal carton is
- Outside the Lines(*) YECH! This has about thirty seconds
of good LaCroix stuff, and the rest is cop-show garbage. I think
somebody sent them the wrong script.
- Blind Faith(***) Fun... Nick proves that he can't handle
a pet, we get to talk to Screed, Nick, Mr. Moo Blood himself, talks
about those second-class citizens, the Carouches, and we all get to
chant, "no, no, don't, aaargh!" at the ending.
- Blackwing (***) Another lovely muddle from Gillian
Horvath. The Nick/Marian scenes are beautiful, pointless and
incomprehensible, but beautiful. This is, of course, the obligatory
"look at the ancient and wonderful culture of those wild and wacky
Native Americans" story.
- My Boyfriend is a Vampire(****) From the teaser, where we
get to see just how Tracy and Nat are feeling about their respective
vampires (and Cath Disher should get a Gemini or two just for the
faces she makes here) on, this is a great ep. Nat finally grows a
backbone, and Geordie (?) (Dracula, the Series' Lucard) gueststars.
Too bad about the flashback, and Nick acting like Nat's been slipping
him Prozac in his protein shakes.
- Hearts of Darkness (***) An URS "origin" story. Good, but
I'd rather have seen more stuff on the old favorites. The obligatory
MPS ep, and clumsily handled too, may I say.
- Trophy Girl(****) A brilliant Tracy episode, even if it is
another Silence of the Lambs ripoff. Wonderful to see that LaCroix
(like Nigel) is online, and great to see a glimpse of Nick back in the
bad old days. It's always good, after hearing him angst about how
rotten he used to be, to actually see him doing something awful...
like stealing Uncle's lunch.
- Let No Man Tear Asunder(*****) Stolen hearts are a great
theme, and FK does it's tribute to Frankenstein. Natalie, going in
for knee surgery, falls into the clutches of an black market organ
ring. The tag is worth at leat eight stars.
- Night In Question(****) Nick, Nat and Lacroix in the same
room, with Nick thoroughly confused, and looking all of seven --
wow. Nick showing Nat just how he'd treat her if it weren't for the
goldeneye problem -- wow. The dream sequence -- WOW.
Unfortunately, the good bits are padded with some really awful
vampire cop stuff. Oh, and don't forget the flashback... LaCroix
is so classy!
- Sons of Belial (*****) "The father, the son, and the
How does one go about exorcising someone who's allergic to crosses?
Slow at the start, but the end is like the best fanfic. This one
comes complete with an unbelievable sequence in the Raven and some
gratuitous hand holding just for the slash fans. Best Nick/LaCroix
- Strings (***) Tracy's father is pulling them to get her
transferred to another department, a psychologist is pulling those of a
singer whose immediate family and friends are dropping like flies,
Rasputin was pulling those of the Tsarina, and, natch, Uncle is always
- Fever (*****) Written by Gillian Horvath. A disease rips
through the vampire community. Sniffle. Poor malenky rat catcher.
Screed was one of the all-time best characters --
he'll be missed. Sweet Nick/LC stuff -- Nick stealing Uncle's
drink, twice. And fantastic monologues from Uncle -- 'the people who dare
not speak its name' -- verry UF.
- Dead of Night (***) Nick and Tracy investigate a murder in a house
that seems to have ghosts. Tracy is haunted by a homicidal childhood
playmate, Nat by her abusive grandmother. And we meet Nick's wife (and
get to see him in the Pillsbury Doughboy costume). Being Nick, our fave
brick didn't exactly give his lady the perfect honemoon. Huge
foreshadowing for LK.
- Games Vampires Play (****) Guest-stars Catherine Bruhier from
Due South as a sexy programmer who plays a vampire in her own
virtual reality game. Nick's recent setbacks begin to push him back
into his old lifestyle when a video game offers him virtual killing with
virtual blood. Needed more airtime with Bruhier, (OTOH, she got more
airtime here than she did that whole season on Due South...)
- Human Factor (****) Deb Duchene returns as Janette
and Gaelen Wyn Davies (Ger's son) makes an appearance. GWD directs.
It turns out the cure is just trew wuv, Janette gets to be a mommy, and
Nick finally faces that 'tis better to be a live vampire than a dead
mortal. Too bad all the issues raised in this one will never be properly
- Avenging Angel (**) A murder at a safe house for battered
women coincides with a visit from Tracy's alcoholic mother, and reminds
Nick of similar events in China. Pretty dull stuff, but the end effect
is pretty cool.
- Fallen Idol (***) Just goes to show that the FK cast and crew
can take even the silliest premises and make them into great stories,
especially when GWD directs. A fair-sized poke at the stupidity of
professional wrestling (which replaced FK on USA), the old "mentally
challenged kid witnesses a murder" gag is handled in a way that actually
makes it interesting, and Fleur is actually mentioned again.
- Jane Doe (**) Captain Reese goes up against a racist killer from
his past, Tracy helps out with an autopsy, and Nick remembers Hitler.
The flashback and Nick/LaCroix moments were nice, and it was nice to see
Nat and Tracy just hanging out, but Reese gets on my nerves something awful
- Francesca (****) Directed by Nigel Bennett. Written by Gillian
Horvath. A child of LaCroix whom Nick killed is reincarnated in Toronto.
She was a beautiful vampire with a taste for artists. Now she's a human,
but she hasn't lost her taste. One more thing; now she's a man. Sadly,
this, like QoH, had that Gillian Horvath -- "I can't think of an ending
so just... I dunno, have the bad guy die somehow" ending.
- Ashes to Ashes (******) Simply the best. Nigel Bennett is
breathtaking. Divia is chilling. The emotion... the writing... the
Nick/LC bits... the Nick/Nat bits... the Divia/LC bits... the acting...
the body count...
- Last Knight (***) The sob last one. Directed by GWD. Very
Blake's Seven. Nick gets Tracy killed (although she does get to figure it
out before she dies). Then when he decides to leave town, Nat tells him
she wants to be with him, alive, dead or other. The whole series was
leading up to this, yes. But the execution... not as good as it could, or
should have been. I couldn't tell from the dialog whether Nat was really
asking to try Janette's cure, or to be brought across. And this is
the Nat/Nick scene eps like NIQ have beeen leading up to!? Whatever
happened to foreplay and cuddling? No, Nick goes straight for the throat.
Uncle was fantastic as ever, and its only in the last Nick/LC scene that
this ep is anything like what it should be. 'You're my best friend.'
indeed. Did he or didn't he? That's up to the fanfic authors now.
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