Forever Knight

Season 1 Episode 2

Dark Knight (1)

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Aired Unknown May 05, 1992 on CBS
8.5
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Someone is killing a number of homeless people and draining their blood. Then a museum guard is killed the same way and a special artifact is stolen, a Mayan cup that Nick believes can help him become mortal again. Nick suspects that his old mentor Lacroix is in town and behind the murders. Forced into a partnership with the unbearable Detective Schanke, Nick has to face both Lacroix and the Homeless Killer while trying to protect his friends.moreless

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  • Nick seeks a jade goblet which he believes can make him become human again. But the evil vampire LaCroix will do anything to prevent him from possessing this artifact.

    10
    A powerful introduction to this series! It contains everything I look for when being introduced to a series: storyline and characters.



    It instantly grabbed my attention when the episode opened with Nick's "conversion" to vampirism; then it flashed forward 800 years to the present. In that scene a display case in the ROM containing a Mayan goblet is shattered and a guard is slain. Opening credits complete with atmospheric music and a deeply haunting voiceover by LaCroix and I'm hooked for good.



    As the story unfolds, we quickly learn that somewhere the stolen goblet has a twin and together they hold the key to Nick becoming human again. This episode also effectively introduces the viewer to the regular cast, and I was pleased to see that the actors seemed very comfortable working with each other rather than going through a break-in period.



    Nick is assigned to team up with Det. Schanke. Schanke is coarse and insensitive, seemingly incapable of tactfulness when tact is needed. He'll set any partner's teeth on edge. Then we have Dr. Natalie Lambert, a pathologist who is very good at her work and shares Nick Knight's secret; she is working to find a cure for his vampirism. And rounding out the list of police characters comes Captain Stonetree, the long-suffering head of Homicide. He not only must keep things running smoothly internally, but is the man the public pressures for answers when controversial cases hit Homicide's blotter.



    LaCroix and Janette--the vampires who brought Nick over--appear regularly through flashbacks to previous times. They are very much in present day Toronto and encounter Nick near the end of this first installment.



    Other things that make this opener really work: 1)The viewer's introduction to Nick's extremely acute senses. While driving through town with Schanke, Nick hears a violent hostage situation occurring a good distance away. An exciting sequence follows in which the two detectives confront a machine-gun wielding dope addict; Nick uses his otherworldly powers to neutralize and take out the addict. 2) The music score really gets the blood pumping, especially in the scene at Janette's bar, The Raven.



    And finally, two other complications provided immensely enjoyable fare for me. First, aside from the murdered museum guard being a genuine vampire victim, a serial killer roams the streets murdering the homeless and draining their blood. Thus, a citywide "vampire panic" exists. Second, the museum's curator, Alyce Hunter, discovers a photo of the archeological team that originally found the jade goblet many decades earlier. There stands Nick Knight in the photo. Curious, confused and suspicious, Dr. Hunter secretly follows him around.



    This initial entry works perfectly for me. Between the flashbacks to LaCroix and Janette in earlier parts of Knight's life, an excellent murder mystery and Nick dealing with his own inner conflicts I couldn't ask for more. As Nick races off to meet LaCroix at Part 1's conclusion (with Alyce hot on his trail), one is left with the sense that Part 2 will have quite a denouement.moreless
  • Intriguing with slight flaws

    9.5
    It was coincidence that I watched Dark Knight (which aired as a 90-minute movie in my country, i.e the two eps were put together). I simply happened to change the channel the second it came on. I was drawn into the story from the beginning. I'm a history nut, so anything that starts with Paris 1228 has my attention. Besides, I liked the look of it (I saw the original pilot a bit later, also happened upon it by coincidence)and was drawn by the story that a vampire was trying to redeem himself.

    The only thing I never liked was the character of Alyce Hunter.



    There are also some logical flaws to the episode that stem from it being translated to Toronto. They didn't fully "canadanize" the script and some US specific things were left in it. But those never spoiled the entertainment value and I still find it one of my favorite episodes.moreless
Gary Farmer

Gary Farmer

Captain Stonetree (Season 1)

Nigel Bennett

Nigel Bennett

Lucien LaCroix/General Lucius

John Kapelos

John Kapelos

Detective Donald Schanke (Season 1-2)

Catherine Disher

Catherine Disher

Dr. Natalie Lambert

Geraint Wyn Davies

Geraint Wyn Davies

Detective Nick Knight/Nicholas de Brabant

Deborah Duchene

Deborah Duchene

Janette Ducharme (Season 1-2)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (5)

  • NOTES (2)

    • The version aired on CBS omits several scenes seen in the longer Canadian/European version:
      1) As Nick walks up the museum steps he hears Schanke's voice. As Schanke is too far away to be heard by a mortal, Nick tells a fellow cop that he can smell Schanke's cologne.
      2) Nick flinches at the sight of a cross walking up the steps.
      3) Nick shows Alyce that one of the suits of armor at the ROM is wrongly put together.
      4) When Nick tells Nat about Lacroix there is an additional flashback.

    • This episode is part one of a two-part remake of the original pilot aired in 1989.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Janette: Mmm... yes, the Dorian Gray syndrome.
      Dorian Gray is the main character of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray. In the novel Gray's portrait ages, while Gray himself appears to remain young.

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