06 September 2013 @ 04:45 pm
Originally posted to FORKNI-L@LISTS.PSU.EDU on 30 June 2013:

Although we saw the Raven in the series premiere, it is with "For I have Sinned" that we really get it presented as a vampire hang-out—and in a way that we never see again, even though vampires do turn up at the club in later episodes.

I think this is because, in that first scene when Nick goes to the Raven to see if Janette knows anything about the case, he speaks so openly (granted on a loud dance floor) to that young vampire guy. You know the line: "Immortality is no excuse not to floss." It's obviously funny; but it's also confrontational. This is a young buck challenging Nick, who simply puts him down in one flattening phrase. Then, only minutes later, Janette refers to Myra ("binging and purging"). She seems to be dancing with the young male vampire: is that the reason he was antagonistic to Nick? did he think the older vampire intended to cut in? And then, of course, there's Alma, who is the only one of the three to have a significant role to play in the rest of the episode.

I don't think we ever again get to see so many vampires at the Raven—two of whom are merely throw-away colour! It does, however, immediately establish it as more than simply a Goth club owned by Janette. It is Toronto's premiere vampire hang-out.

Of course, "For I have Sinned" is the third episode of the series. The writers are still in the position of establishing Forever Knight's version of vampires in the eyes of the viewer. I remember, when I was writing my virtual season, FK4, having the same need to write things into the third episode to mop up odd bits of lore that people would need to know. In "For I have Sinned", for example, we have the scene where Nick takes a garlic pill. We never see him do this ever again, nor (as far as I recall) is it referred to. It's there for only one real reason: to establish for viewers that the vampires of FK have the usual garlic allergy.

More significant to the plot, of course, is the allergy to crosses.

Almost immediately, when Nick and Schanke go to the crime scene, we are shown how he jibs at the crucified body and wants it covered up. In the morgue, he shies from the little silver cross that the victim had been wearing. And, in a slightly later scene, he tests himself by taking it out of the evidence bag and putting it in his palm. Now that's quite a graphic scene: unusually shocking, I think, for the time, especially in a PG-rated show. They not only used a bit of smoke and sizzle (in the sound effects), but also had very realistic make-up on the hand to show us the serious burn that he suffered.

At the end of the episode, of course, Nick is able to hold the same cross without burning himself. That is highly significant in the context of "For I have Sinned", of course; but, as an evolution in his salvation, it is belied by many later episodes. Though the writers never showed him testing himself on a cross again in the same way, they certainly had him demonstrate an identical fear-response. (In "Bad Blood", for instance, he nearly causes an accident when shown a cross while driving.) This sort of inconsistency is very common in the series. The allergy that vampires have to crosses, in FK as elsewhere, is simply too good—and too familiar—a thing to drop. Indeed, if they were to make Nick different, it would puzzle new viewers any time he were able to be around religious objects without consequence, wouldn't it?

Nearly always crosses, mind: this is the first, but hardly the last episode to give the impression that Forever Knight is not only Christian-focused but, specifically, rather than have a more varied selection of sects, tends to a Catholic orientation. However (if only ex post facto), one mustn't forget that obsidian raven dagger in "Blackwing". Nick found that painful to touch even before he knew it had religious significance.

An inability to tolerate proximity to religious objects is just too useful, dramatically speaking, to drop from the show. Nevertheless, even if only from the perspective of the episode itself, the writer did have a nice bit of character development there, by having Nick's braving the cross to save a life curing his allergy.
If you're interested, there were several comments the following day, as well as on the 4th and 5th. There are archived on Knightwind's Nook here, here, and here.
01 September 2013 @ 04:48 pm
My second post to FORKNI-L about "Dark Knight" (both parts) was made on 17 June 2013:

Thinking a bit more about "Dark Knight", it occurred to me what a catalytic role that Mayan exhibit had. *g*

Nick had evidently been in Toronto for about three years, working as a cop for a year. In that time, he clearly knew Janette was at the Raven (for how else would he have known to look for her there). Yet it took Lacroix's arrival in Toronto to get him to go and see her.

Of course, it was also the murder of the guard—the only one committed by Lacroix (when he decided to get the jade cup)—that persuaded Stonetree to set Nick up with Schanke as his partner.

Lacroix, of course, only came to Toronto because he thought Nick was after the jade cup, which had been featured in the newspaper.

And (this is the joke), Nick hadn't even noticed the exhibit was on!
If you're interested, there was a comment the following day, which is archived on Knightwind's Nook.
29 August 2013 @ 08:37 pm
Back in May, there was a proposal made to the FORKNI-L mailing list by Otto Maton:
Since there are so many active users who weren't there in 1992, I was wondering: would anyone be down for watching the episodes together at the same time more or less? And then discuss them like it's 1992?
In the event, the discussion proved a bit less focused: we've simply been going through the episodes consecutively from the start, with no set schedule. Also, it looks as though I've been self-chosen to lead the thing. At any rate, we're now up to "Dance by the Light of the Moon".

Quite a few of the people on my f-list are also on FORNI-L; but I know this isn't universally true. So it occurred to me that it mightn't be a bad idea to repost my own comments here. I'll give the date of posting so that anyone who is interested to know what other people have said will be able to take a look at the next few days' list archives on Knightwind's Nook.

Here's my first post, from 8 June 2013. I've done a little editing so that, for example, italics are used rather than asterisks, and there are rather fewer exclamation marks. Also, of course, I've corrected any typos that I spotted.Read more... )