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Forever Knight

Screenshot from the opening credits of Forever Knight
Format Drama
Created by Barney Cohen
James D. Parriott
Starring Geraint Wyn Davies
Catherine Disher
Nigel Bennett
Ben Bass
Deborah Duchêne
Blu Mankuma
Natsuko Ohama
John Kapelos
Lisa Ryder
Gary Farmer
Country of origin Flag of Canada Canada
Flag of the United States United States
No. of episodes 72 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Original run 19921996
External links
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

Forever Knight is a Canadian-German-American television series about Nick Knight, an 800-year-old vampire working as a detective in modern day Toronto. Nicholas is an unlikely vampire and an even less likely civil servant, seeking to repay society for his sins. Image File history File links This is a screenshot of the opening credits of the television series Forever Knight, depicting the Forever Knight logo set against a backdrop of the Toronto skyline. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... Geraint Wyn Davies (born April 20, 1957 in Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom) is a Canadian actor. ... Catherine Wilder Disher born in (1960) is a Canadian actress who was born in England and graduated from the Phillips Exeter Academy in 1978. ... Nigel Bennett as Prince in LEXX Nigel Bennett as Lucien LaCroix in Forever Knight. ... Ben Bass (born Benjamin Langer Bass on 14 August 1968 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA) is a television and stage actor. ... Deborah Duchene Deborah Duchene (born July 3, 1962 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a film, television, and stage actress. ... Blu Mankuma is an African-American actor born in Seattle, Washington but currently living in Vancouver, British Columbia. ... John Kapelos (b. ... Lisa Ryder (born 26 October 1970) is a Canadian actress, perhaps best known as Beka Valentine on the science fiction television series Gene Roddenberrys Andromeda. ... Gary Dale Farmer (born June 12, 1953) is a Canadian actor. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This is a list of Forever Knight episodes. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Philip Burne-Jones, The Vampire, 1897 Vampires are mythological or folkloric beings that subsist on human and/or animal lifeforce. ...

Contents

Origin

The series originated as a 1989 CBS television movie, Nick Knight, with Rick Springfield playing the title character. In 1992, CBS began broadcasting the series as part of its Crimetime After Primetime lineup, with a new name and with Geraint Wyn Davies now playing Nick Knight. This article is about the broadcast network. ... Nick Knight was a television movie released in 1989. ... Rick Springfield (born Richard Lewis Springthorpe on August 23, 1949 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) is a songwriter, musician and actor. ... Crimetime After Primetime was the umbrella title for a group of late-night crime-investigation shows that debuted at various times on CBS during 1991 and 1992, running through late summer of 1993. ... Geraint Wyn Davies (born April 20, 1957 in Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom) is a Canadian actor. ...


Synopsis

Nicholas de Brabant’s life is one of profound struggle. He is at constant odds with the nature of who he is (a monster, a natural predator), and his unending quest to be human again. His desires (both carnal and humanitarian) seem to equally get the best of him. Helping him achieve his mortality is Dr. Natalie Lambert (Catherine Disher), a medical examiner who accidentally discovers the truth about Nick and vows to help him. Through the series there evolves a budding (albeit forbidden for obvious reasons) romance between Nick and Natalie, constantly complicated by the presence of Nick’s vampire family who are never far from him. Catherine Wilder Disher born in (1960) is a Canadian actress who was born in England and graduated from the Phillips Exeter Academy in 1978. ...


The beautiful vampire Janette du Charme (Deborah Duchêne) is a very powerful influence over Nick, for they are not only bound by their very natures but by their master and their quite literal eternal love for one another. While Nick might love Natalie for her mortality and her tireless devotion to his cause, Nick loves Jeanette for their deep abiding history and almost preternatural bond. Janette is also a “safe” way for Nick to indulge his vampire urges. Janette (Cec Verrell) Janette (Deborah Duchêne) Janette du Charme was a character from the TV show Forever Knight. ... Deborah Duchene Deborah Duchene (born July 3, 1962 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a film, television, and stage actress. ...


The most powerful force in Nick’s life, however, is Lucien De LaCroix (Nigel Bennett), the vampire master who brought both Nicholas and Jeanette across. There seems to be a more than coincidental irony here in that his name translates into English as, "LIGHT OF THE CROSS". Nick both hates and loves LaCroix, despising him for bringing him into a life of darkness but also bound by an unshakable loyalty to him. While Jeanette might be mildly amused by Nick’s desire to be human, LaCroix fosters no such tolerance. It is quite clear from the beginning that LaCroix also harbors a deep, obsessive love for Nick, providing a strong homoerotic element to their complicated relationship. LaCroix not only thwarts every attempt Nick makes to achieve his goal, he mocks his quest with cold derision. LaCroix wants nothing more than for Nick to leave the world of the living and unite with his “family” and especially him once more. This seems to be all the more apparent when Nick learns about who brought LaCroix across. LaCroix was a general in the Roman army, known as Lucius, and he lived in Pompeii. He returned from the war(?) a hero and had a bust created in his honour. Lucius was in love with a woman named Selene who had a young pre-teen daughter named Divia (Kathryn Long) whom he embraced as his own daughter. While he was away Divia became ill, and when he returned she was better again. When Vesuvius had the temerity to erupt during the General's victory/homecoming celebration Divia asked Lucius if he wanted to live and upon receiving an answer in the affirmative she brought him across. Nigel Bennett as Prince in LEXX Nigel Bennett as Lucien LaCroix in Forever Knight. ... Divia (Kathryn Long) Divia (in vampire mode) Divia was a fictional character introduced in the second season of the TV series Forever Knight. ...


Later on, the two travelled to Egypt where they found the tomb of her maker, Qa’Ra, an ancient vampire who lived before the pyramids were built. Lucius is told that Divia destroyed him because he thought that he controlled her. She tells Lucius that the only reasons for her becoming a vampire were because she was purely evil and because she was so young. She wanted to forge her own path and killed him. When she tries to induce her former mortal father to make love to her he recoils in fear and disgust and so decapitates her. In the third season, Divia returns with the intention of killing LaCroix for his betrayal, but she decides it more cruel to kill his friends (Vachon and Urs) instead by feeding off them. In a final act of cruelty, she decides to go after Nick, nearly killing him. When she last confronts LaCroix, she decides to kill him after all, but not before Nick shows up and stakes her. Javier Vachon (Ben Bass) Vachon (in vampire mode) Presumably born in Spain, Javier Vachon, portrayed by Ben Bass, was brought across (made into a vampire) near Lake Titicaca, in the Andes mountains of South America, in 1531, after serving in Pizarros army; but his whereabouts for the next two... Urs was a character appearing in the third season of the TV series Forever Knight. ...


Adding delightful comic relief and a refreshing counterpoint to Wyn Davies’ Knight, Nick’s season one and two partner Don Schanke (IPA skæŋki) (John Kapelos) is an outrageous, crude, yet charming character. Much of the success of Nick’s “mortal” development can be attributed to his annoying yet beloved “Schanke,” as Schanke’s happy-go-lucky, no-nonsense approach to life often shadows Nick’s permanent melancholy. It is important to note that Kapelos was the only actor from the pilot to carry over into the series. IPA may refer to: The International Phonetic Alphabet or India Pale Ale ... John Kapelos (b. ...


In the third and final season, the character of Schanke was killed off and replaced with a female partner by the name of Tracy Vetter (Lisa Ryder). Ryder’s character was surprisingly multifaceted, for during the course of the season she herself discovers the truth about vampires and falls in love with a young vampire (Javier Vachon) played by Ben Bass; however, Tracy did not discover that Nick himself was a vampire until moments before her own violent death at the end of the series. Her final, slightly reproachful words to him were “You could’ve trusted me.” Lisa Ryder (born 26 October 1970) is a Canadian actress, perhaps best known as Beka Valentine on the science fiction television series Gene Roddenberrys Andromeda. ... Javier Vachon (Ben Bass) Vachon (in vampire mode) Presumably born in Spain, Vachon was brought across near Lake Titicaca, in the Andes mountains of South America, in 1531, after serving in Pizarros army; but his whereabouts for the next two centuries are unknown. ... Ben Bass (born Benjamin Langer Bass on 14 August 1968 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA) is a television and stage actor. ...


Overall the first two seasons offered dramatic stories, but also moments of humor and levity. The third season took a darker turn with less levity, more fatalism, and less hope for redemption.


Recurring cast

Each season had its own special guest stars one time or another, and a variety of recurring characters. Below is each season and who returned in episodes in that season. Nick Knight, Lucien LaCroix, and Natalie were each in most episodes, and Janette was in the first two seasons and one episode in season three.


Season One

Geraint Wyn Davies (born April 20, 1957 in Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom) is a Canadian actor. ... Nigel Bennett as Prince in LEXX Nigel Bennett as Lucien LaCroix in Forever Knight. ... Deborah Duchene Deborah Duchene (born July 3, 1962 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a film, television, and stage actress. ... Catherine Wilder Disher born in (1960) is a Canadian actress who was born in England and graduated from the Phillips Exeter Academy in 1978. ... John Kapelos (b. ... Gary Dale Farmer (born June 12, 1953) is a Canadian actor. ...

Season Two

Geraint Wyn Davies (born April 20, 1957 in Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom) is a Canadian actor. ... Nigel Bennett as Prince in LEXX Nigel Bennett as Lucien LaCroix in Forever Knight. ... Deborah Duchene Deborah Duchene (born July 3, 1962 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a film, television, and stage actress. ... Catherine Wilder Disher born in (1960) is a Canadian actress who was born in England and graduated from the Phillips Exeter Academy in 1978. ... John Kapelos (b. ...

Season Three

Geraint Wyn Davies (born April 20, 1957 in Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom) is a Canadian actor. ... Nigel Bennett as Prince in LEXX Nigel Bennett as Lucien LaCroix in Forever Knight. ... Deborah Duchene Deborah Duchene (born July 3, 1962 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a film, television, and stage actress. ... Catherine Wilder Disher born in (1960) is a Canadian actress who was born in England and graduated from the Phillips Exeter Academy in 1978. ... John Kapelos (b. ... Ben Bass (born Benjamin Langer Bass on 14 August 1968 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA) is a television and stage actor. ... Lisa Ryder (born 26 October 1970) is a Canadian actress, perhaps best known as Beka Valentine on the science fiction television series Gene Roddenberrys Andromeda. ... Blu Mankuma is an African-American actor born in Seattle, Washington but currently living in Vancouver, British Columbia. ... Kristin Lehman (born on 3 May 1970 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian actress. ...

History

While Forever Knight always had a devoted fanbase, it was more of a cult phenomenon than a commercial success. On several occasions its cancellation was announced only to be rescinded after protest campaigns from its fans. In another example of fan effort, Forever Knight is currently being released on DVD, with all three seasons in stores. While season one is a “no frills” release, season two boasts many extras in the form of commentaries, interview and featurette, much to the delight of FK’s fans. Season three also contains bonus previews and three music videos.


One unusual aspect of this show was that it was syndicated in several countries and many episodes were filmed with different length versions to accommodate local broadcasting schedules. In addition, some scenes featuring nudity were shown overseas but cut from the American and Canadian broadcasts.


After a summer run on CBS, the show lasted for three seasons in first-run syndication and was later re-run on the SciFi Channel. In the television industry (as in radio), syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast programs to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ... SCI FI (originally The Sci-Fi Channel, sometimes rendered SCI FI Channel when part of a longer phrase) is an American cable television channel, launched on September 24, 1992, specializing in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal programming. ...


There have been three novels written based on the series: A Stirring of Dust by Susan Sizemore, Intimations of Mortality by Susan M. Garrett, and These Our Revels by Anne Hathaway Nayne. Because of their scarcity, all three books are considered collector’s items. Susan Sizemore is an American author of both romance and science fiction novels. ...


The episode “Curiouser and Curiouser” was nominated for several Gemini Awards in the 1995-1996 ceremony, including Nigel Bennett’s winning performance for Best Supporting Actor. The Gemini Awards are an annual awards ceremony in Canada. ...


Forever Knight was voted number 23 in TV Guide’s Top 25 Cult TV Shows of All Time special issue, May 2004. TV Guide is the name of two North American weekly magazines about television programming, one in the United States and one in Canada. ...


Miscellaneous

The band Bell, Book, & Candle’s version of the Forever Knight theme appears on the 1997 Cleopatra Records various artists compilation CD Vampire Themes. Cleopatra Records is a Los Angeles based independent record label. ...


Episode list

This is a list of Forever Knight episodes. ...

See also

Nick Knight (AKA Nicholas deBrabant) is a fictional character on the Canadian-German-American science fiction/fantasy/horror/gothic television series Forever Knight. ...

External links


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