SGRoA: Forever Knight Special Features Edition

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Good morning/afternoon/evening, Snowflakes! I spent my morning doing some volunteering at the Aurora History Museum, looking through issues of the local paper from 1957 and 1958. I didn’t find the article I was looking for – something about a plane on display at a park – but I did find a lot of weird local history, including the bizarre practice of announcing one’s engagement by giving one’s friends a five-pound box of candy. Though since I’m on board with giving candy for any occasion, I couldn’t say I disagree with the practice.

And speaking of history, it’s time to learn a little About The Show, and get answers to fans’ questions! Let’s get crackin’!

“About The Show” gives us our favorites, Geraint Wyn Davies and James Parriot, jawing about FK. James got a script from a friend, but he says that the friend hadn’t read Interview With The Vampire, but he had, so he credits Anne Rice with giving him the ideas to really flesh out the show. Also, he got to work with her, about which I admit I am jealous. She may have some flaky ideas about “bullying” these days, but Anne Rice is why I write vampires, too. My copy of Interview is falling apart and absolutely packed with margin notes.

Geraint asks if Anne ever saw the show, and James says, “Yes. She saw a few episodes, and she liked it.”

Literally my reaction if Anne Rice liked my work.

Literally my reaction if Anne Rice liked my work.

They made the original movie with Rick Springfield for the prime-time fall schedule for CBS. Obviously it didn’t work, but the flashbacks weren’t in the original concept. Geraint thinks the flashbacks are the most fun part of the show, but he also looks ridiculously sunburnt, so I don’t know if I trust his judgment.

The Canadian running time was 48 minutes, but the US running time was 42, which is odd, because all the ones on these discs are 43-45. They thought they’d cut out the flashbacks for the US show, but apparently they cut other stuff because they were just. so. good.

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They’re on a tangent about Jeanne d’Arc. They do not mention the fact that she went on to star in her own vampire show (which will be recapped here next year!).

Man, Geraint’s really shiny. Did they have no makeup people around? Although, I’m guessing they didn’t really have a crew, considering they’re wearing over-the-ear mics.

Now they’re talking about the guest stars. Carrie-Ann Moss, specifically, whose episode I covered with a bunch of Matrix jokes. Oh, and now about Colm, from last week’s episode, and the fencing. Geraint. We just heard about this. Move on.

Still not Michael Gross.

Still not Michael Gross.

James is talking about Jeanne d’Arc again, and how much he likes the episode. Geraint mentions the one with Nat’s brother. They both like ones with Janette, Lacroix, and Nick’s relationship as the center.

John Kapelos is the only person who was in the original movie that stayed in the show. Well, of course. Geraint says the movie was hipper, and had rock music instead of Fred Mollin’s “gothic” music. Can you not hear it when Mollin tries to do rock, Geraint? Because it makes my ears bleed.

Geraint says the whole show was really fun, which I wish he’d brought to his character. Nick is many (okay a few) things, but fun isn’t one of them. He also mentions that since there’s not a lot of us fans out there, it’s like we’re all in a little club together. Aw. It is. I love you, my fellow club-members.

It feels just like this.

It feels just like this.

So CBS got David Letterman, and goodbye late-night lineup. They went into syndication for the second season (though it was still on CBS for me), and then there was a letter-writing campaign to save the show. Only the CBS execs were pissed about getting so many letters, and Parriot had to go to the internet to ask people to stop writing. And then, of course, they went to SyFy, but they don’t mention that.

OMG THERE ARE FOREVER KNIGHT NOVELS WHAT. From Wikipedia:

Novels

There have been three novels written based on the series:

  • Susan Sizemore (1997). Forever Knight: A Stirring of Dust. Boulevard Books. ISBN 978-1-57297-238-4.
  • Susan M. Garrett (1997). Forever Knight: Intimations of Mortality. Boulevard Books. ISBN 978-1-57297-313-8.
  • Anne Hathaway Nayne (1997). Forever Knight: These Our Revels. Boulevard Books. ISBN 978-0-425-16491-4.

*runs to Amazon* *runs back* OMG YOU GUYS YOU GUYS AMAZON HAS THEM WHAT WHAT WHAT.

I see book reviews in our future, Snowflakes.

And that’s where “About The Show” ends. Onward, to “Questions from the Fans”!

Who was Nick’s greatest love? 

Geraint says Janette or Natalie. Janette because she’s a partner; Natalie because she represents what Nick can’t have. James says it’s Natalie, no question.

What was the theme of the show? 

James: Redemption. Theological questions and moral issues. Geraint: Morality and mortality.

Why did Nick and Natalie not end up together?

Geraint: The show got cancelled. But mostly because one of them would have to change, and that would change the dynamic of the show. James says he wanted them to end up together, and then die, but he says they couldn’t die because SyFy wanted them to leave the ending open? But I totally remember them dying, so…I guess we’ll see, won’t we? In about 25 weeks.

What happened to Nick’s car?

Geraint: There were 3 Caddys, and all three were purchased by some dude in the US, for like 28K. FOR THREE CARS. WHUT.

How did the show get its name? 

It was going to be called “Nick Knight”, but because of Nick At Night and another character in Crimetime named Nick, they had to change it. They had the cast and crew submit names, and Geraint won.

What would the show be like today? 

They’ve talked about bringing the show back, or move it somewhere else so Nick would start fresh. I WOULD WATCH THAT IN A HOT SECOND, but I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that. James would bring Schanke back as a vampire. Geraint thinks it would be much darker.

And that’s the end, Snowflakes! Next week, we’ll get into the really depressing stuff – but also Vachon! And Tracy! And wacky hijinks because Tracy knows vampires but doesn’t know Nick is a vampire!

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Show SGRoA Post List
  • Super Giant Recaps of Awesome: Forever Knight S01E01: Dark Knight Part 1
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S01 E02: Dark Knight Part 2
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S01 E03: For I Have Sinned
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S01 E04: Last Act, Gladiator Edition
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S01 E05: Dance By The Light Of The Moon
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S01 E06: Dying To Know You
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S01 E07: False Witness
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S01 E08: Cherry Blossoms
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S01 E09: I Will Repay
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S01 E10: Dead Air: Thumbs Up Gif Party Edition
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S01 E11: Dead Issue
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S01 E12: Hunters
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S01 E13: Father Figure
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S01 E14: Dying For Fame: Science Channel Edition
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S01 E15: Spin Doctor: Cute Kitten Edition
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S01 E16: Only The Lonely: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Edition
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S01 E17: Unreality TV
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S01 E18: Feeding The Beast
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S01 E19: 1966
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S01 E20: If Looks Could Kill
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S01 E21: Fatal Mistake
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S01 E22: Love You To Death
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S02 E01: Killer Instinct: Basic Edition
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S02 E01.5: Killer Instinct, Commentary Edition
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S02 E02: A Fate Worse Than Death
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S02 E03: Stranger Than Fiction
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S02 E04: Bad Blood
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S02 E05: Forward Into The Past
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S02 E06: Capital Offense
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S02 E07: Hunted
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S02 E08: Faithful Followers
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S02 E09: Undue Process: Trigger Warning Edition
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S02 E10: Father’s Day
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S02 E11: Can’t Run, Can’t Hide: Kermit Face Edition
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S02 E12: Near Death: Stargate Edition
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S02 E13: Crazy Love: Beyonce Edition
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S02 E14: Baby, Baby
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S02 E15: Partners Of The Month
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S02 E16: The Fire Inside
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S02 E17: Amateur Night
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S02 E18: The Fix
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S02 E19: Curiouser and Curiouser
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S02 E20: Beyond The Law
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S02 E21: Queen of Harps: Amazing Babies Edition
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S02 E22: Close Call: Star Trek Edition
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S02 E23: Be My Valentine: TV Dick Edition
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S02 E24: The Code
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S02 E25: A More Permanent Hell
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S02 E26: Blood Money
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight Special Features Edition
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S03 E01: Black Buddha, Part 1
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S03 E02: Black Buddha, Part 2
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight: S03 E03: Outside The Lines
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S03 E04: Blackwing: WTF Edition
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S03 E05: Blind Faith
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S03 E06: My Boyfriend Is A Vampire
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S03 E07: Hearts of Darkness
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S03 E08: Trophy Girl
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S03 E09: Let No Man Tear Asunder
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S03 E10: Night In Question
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S03 E11: Sons of Belial
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S03 E12: Strings
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S03 E13: Fever
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S03 E14: Dead of Night
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S03 E15: The Games Vampires Play
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight, S03 E16: The Human Factor
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight, S03 E17: Avenging Angel
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S03 E18: Fallen Idol
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S03 E19: Jane Doe
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S03 E20: Francesca
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight S03 E21: Ashes to Ashes
  • SGRoA: Forever Knight, S03 E22: Last Knight


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    4 thoughts on “SGRoA: Forever Knight Special Features Edition

    1. Was a massive FK fan back in the 90s. In Australia, each episode played at 4.00 am on Saturday morning, and I would always set the good old VCR. You don’t want to know about the ads at that time…

      Anyway, I’m starting to read through all the recaps, but can’t comment on many of them b/c comments are closed. Do you have an e-mail address that you’re able to give out?

      • You should be able to comment on older recaps now. I had them disabled due to the large number of spam comments we received. However, I’ve been meaning to re-enable them to see if Google Captcha reduces the amount of spam comments.

      • They were on at like 1 am here, so I was a whiz with the VCR.

        I post all the recaps to my not-hip, not-new social media accounts, too, where I also post a lot of puns and nerd jokes. Because, if you couldn’t tell, I am a giant nerd. And I love talking to fans/FK junkies/total randos.

    2. Just found this. I like your commentary on the commentary. In case you didn’t know, both this commentary and most (but not all) of the Forever Knight episodes are on YouTube, including the biscuit versions (Canadian) of the first season, with all 48 minutes.
      Note: that was season 1 only. For season 2 and 3, all episodes were the same length in all markets.
      I’ll be back to read more.
      p.s. Check out the infamous “Green Eggs and Ham” video on Youtube as well, with Nigel Bennett and John Kapelos doing a dramatic reading of the Dr. Seuss book in character.

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