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07 September 2010 @ 08:31 pm
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle  
This weekend, I ended up spending a little time off my feet with my FK DVDs after mangling some muscles helping a family member move.

I happened to watch "Dance By the Light of the Moon" right after "Love You to Death," and so was able to notice that Ann Foley's earrings in her home in DBLM are Janette's in the precinct in LYTD.  These are gold-tone earrings with a roughly diamond-shaped nugget at the ear, suspending a dark round stone (the size and shape of a marble) at chin level.  Inside the story, shall we imagine that they are haute couture designer earrings that Janette and Ann both happened to purchase, Ann with her corporate-lawyer savings?  Could we imagine that Janette and Ann instead both wear costume jewelry as pleases them?  Surely there's no scenario in which Janette would actually be wearing the by-then deceased murderer's earrings -- is there?  Could Ann have inherited them from or bequeathed them to someone with a connection to Janette?  (Just making stories. ~g~)

Spotting recycled props and costumes can be as much fun in FK as identifying returning actors.  One of the most eye-catching, of course, is Erica's doll from "Last Act" reappearing on the Titanic in "Black Buddha, Part 1."  My personal favorite is the black lingerie ensemble worn by Julie Beamer, the sex-worker murder victim in the teaser of "A Fate Worse Than Death," and subsequently also by Victoria Levy, the software tycoon's wife in "Partners of the Month;" the social gulf between the characters seems to me poignantly collapsed and commented upon by that connection, as I imagine them buying the same garments, perhaps even in the same store, and moving on, one to be murdered wearing hers, the other to be bereaved by murder wearing hers.

Do you have a pet prop or costume that played two or more roles in FK?

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greerwatsongreerwatson on September 8th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
I've never been quite so good at spotting the smaller things—though I have noticed the same lamps (or, at least, the same lampshades) turning up fairly often.

On the other hand, I was thrilled when I realized that, when they built a set for Tracy's apartment in Season Three, they had simply recycled the set that had been Natalie's apartment in Season Two. (Okay, I hadn't been so thrilled that Natalie no longer had her own set, though it's true that they'd never used it as much as they could/should have. But I was thrilled that I'd spotted what they'd done.)

The entrance hall is in the same location in both sets; but the extension along to Natalie's bedroom was turned into Tracy's kitchen. The living rooms have the same fireplace and the same double sliding glass doors. And those doors go to an adjoining room that, in Natalie's apartment, was the dining room: this was turned into Tracy's bedroom. Natalie's unseen kitchen (where she went to put on her "two minute gourmet dinner") became Tracy's bathroom. However, they got rid of Natalie's bedroom: used the space for something else, I guess.

They repainted, of course. But the basic layout is the same.
Amy R.: Nataliebrightknightie on September 9th, 2010 06:14 am (UTC)
the room with Natalie's computer
>"...And those doors go to an adjoining room that, in Natalie's apartment, was the dining room..."

I've never noticed a dining room in Natalie's second-season apartment! You sent me back to screenshots from "A More Permanent Hell" and "Undue Process" to piece out this gap in my mental geography.

I had always thought that the room on the other side of the glass doors in UP was Natalie's bedroom, that the computer was in some sort of large closet space, but of course in AMPH, her bedroom has a normal door, and the closet has slat folding doors. So in UP, while it becomes clear that Natalie's computer is on the other side of those doors from her living room, and there are dining-room-style chairs at the table on which her computer (and answering machine and phone) sits, would it indeed be a dining room? Or would it be what they call a "breakfast nook," or something else?

(A separate dining room would be an awfully sumptuous thing in a one-bedroom apartment, in my experience. Now that I look at it more closely, Natalie's second-season apartment is indeed more luxurious than I ever realized, but... would a dining room with doors have been a normal thing in one-bedroom apartments in Toronto in 1994? Does this make Natalie's apartment ordinary or extraordinary?)

So Natalie uses her dining table as a desk...

Thank you for sharing this discovery!
greerwatsongreerwatson on September 9th, 2010 08:28 am (UTC)
Re: the room with Natalie's computer
It's a pretty sumptuous apartment—and the furnishings aren't bad, either. Look at all the pictures she has on the walls. In the hall, especially: it goes past pretty quickly when you're watching; but Nancy was able to get some decent screencaps.

There's a page for Natalie's apartment in the Wiki (http://foreverknight.wikia.com/wiki/Natalie%27s_apartment_(Season_2) ). I went through everything with a fine tooth comb to get the details down.

For the basic layout:
1. You come in the front door to a small vestibule. Straight ahead is the door into the living room. Off to your left (i.e. right, if you are looking from the living room) is a hall that runs to the bedroom. That's the route that Natalie takes when trying to escape from Spark in AMPH.
2. The living room is the bit most often appearing on film. It has a big window at the far end (through which LaCroix saw Nick and Natalie kissing). There is a fireplace on one side; sliding glass doors opposite. In the middle, a pair of love seats and a glass-topped coffee table.
3. Through the doors, another room. Never filmed into, so we saw hardly any of it. However, we got that shot of Natalie at the computer—a reverse angle back towards the living room. Definitely, that's a dining room chair.
4. Kitchen: when Natalie comes into the living room talking about her "two-minute gourmet" meal, she comes in from the vestibule—but at an angle that makes it clear that she's come from the other side than the hall to the bedroom. In other words, the vestibule also has a door to the kitchen: on the right, as you come in; or, on the left, if you are standing in the living room. Almost subliminally fast, and only partly, we catch a tiny glimpse of this door in a reverse shot as Natalie bolts from Spark towards her bedroom in AMPH.
5. This places the kitchen and the room with the dining chair contiguous to one another. Which does sort of suggest a dining room.

Another thing: those high windows are not modern, nor is the style of door in the hall. Check out the high baseboards in the living room. I suspect that this is a large apartment in an older building. Purpose built (not a conversion); but quite possibly pre-war. A separate dining room would not be out of character for the period.

Next question: how did Natalie go from the smaller apartment in Season One to this bigger, fancier one. With different furniture and all those paintings!
PJ1228pj1228 on September 24th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
Re: the room with Natalie's computer
>how did Natalie go from the smaller apartment in Season One to this bigger, fancier one. With different furniture and all those paintings!<

Nice prompt for a story! :) The obvious suggestion would be that Nick paid for it in return for the research Nat did for him. However, Nat does not strike me as the type who would accept such a generous gift.
waltdwaltd on September 11th, 2010 02:37 am (UTC)
Sounds Affected
In "Love You to Death" and "If Looks Could Kill" (first season), the opening teasers use the same music. Not exactly a prop, but nevertheless . . . . :-)
PJ1228pj1228 on September 24th, 2010 05:21 pm (UTC)
In "Dying to know you" Natalie wears a black jacket with coloured hearts in the morgue when Nick returns with Denise to examine the body. That jacket is worn by someone at the gym in "If looks could kill".