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04 July 2007 @ 10:00 pm
Daniel (FaFi) and Andre (FI)  
[Crossposted from forkni-l. Backdated.]

In reply to a question as to who brought Daniel across in the flashbacks of the episode "Father Figure:

The strong implication is that it was Lacroix -- and Nick believes it is Lacroix -- but it happened off-screen, so you can certainly create an interpretation in which Janette is Daniel's maker.  However, as with the Baroness in "If Looks Could Kill," that interpretation runs up against Nick's need to ask, in "I Will Repay," whether Janette has ever brought anyone across, and her clearly saying "no," that she is "too much the glutton" and they have always died before she could bring anyone across.  If Janette had brought across either Daniel or Sofia, surely Nick would have known that, and not needed later to ask the question, so if IWR is allowed as written (and it did air well before the other two), Janette should not be either Daniel or Sofia's maker.

Granted, continuity snafus are FK's stock in trade.  One could bend the interpretation to reconcile it in the opposite direction by suggesting that Nick had all the evidence necessary to know that it was Janette each time, but was too dense or too stubborn to accept it, and Janette lied to him (or humored his delusion) in IWR.  I don't like that interpretation for general purposes, though; unless it supports a specific story scenario to suppose otherwise, I find it most consistent to see Nick as more observant than the average fellow in support of his success as a detective -- it's more sharp observation and understanding of human nature than it is supernatural powers.

I think he's a brick about a specific range of things, not about everything. ;-)

In reply to a question as to whether the actor who played Daniel grew up to be the actor who played Anakin Skywalker:

Confused, sorry!  It is the young actor who played Nick's nephew Andre in "Fallen Idol" who grew up to play Darth Vader.  I went into that movie as excited about seeing what Fleur's son would look like at that age as anything Mr. Lucas could share with us after the Jar-Jar fiasco. 

I have a fantasy of someone asking him about "Fallen Idol" at some Star Wars convention someday, but he'll probably have to admit he just doesn't remember; it was brief and so long ago in his young life.  I understand that that's what the Blood Ties star has said about her two FK episodes (FIHS and C&C).

Claire Rankin, who played Fleur, is currently on Stargate: Atlantis (as I'm sure everyone knows).  An acquaintance of mine uses several LJ icons of Ms. Rankin as her SGA character, but every time I see those icons, I see Fleur, and find myself (all irrationally) looking for points of commonality with Nick in her appearance.  Whatever traits Claire Rankin coincidentally has in common with GWD become family heritage for the de Brabant line in my imagination.  I have a Fleur-and-Nick-and-Lacroix novella that's been sitting moribund since '96; those images of Rankin from SGA, of all things, have inspired me to pull it out again, which amuses me greatly.  Fleur as a psychologist in another galaxy?  She'd love that. ;-)