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29 December 2013 @ 02:36 pm
Favorite FK Episode (in 50 words or Fewer)  
What's your personal favorite Forever Knight episode, however you choose to define "favorite"? And, in 50 words or fewer, why that episode?

For me, it's "Dying for Fame" (season 1; episode 15; first aired November 10, 1992). In 50 words:
DFF beautifully parallels Nick and Rebecca's situations, amplifying and explicating each as a metaphor for the other, with Nick fully conscious and cognizant of the connection. Rebecca's freedom won now is (hopefully) a foreshadowing of Nick’s freedom won someday. (Plus: some matchless shots, e.g. window lightning, fist-pump, and wake-up bottle.)

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honor_reid: Nataliehonor_reid on December 30th, 2013 06:05 am (UTC)
It varies from time to time but when I read the prompt the episode "Close Call" came to mind. (Remember to take my reasons with a grain of salt as it has been awhile since the show has been on where I can see it so I am relying on my very faulty memory.)

"Close Call" (season 2; episode 25; first aired July 22 1995).
I love that Schanke had figured it out. Also the scene between LaCroix and Schanke was so well done. Because one would assume that LaCroix would want Schanke dead, as he knew too much but in the end they had such a great moment, that to this day I remember it.

(Also while looking to see if anyone had posted any clips from the episode, I ran across a clip of Nigel Bennett and John Kapelos reading "Green Eggs & Ham" in character it was hilarious!)

Great question. Thanks!

Amy R.: Partnersbrightknightie on January 1st, 2014 08:28 pm (UTC)
"Close Call"
"Close Call" is an excellent episode!

Like you, I love that Schanke figures out Nick's secret; I also love that he then talks himself back out of it on the basis of his observations and analysis. Schanke lets this theory go not because Lacroix has convinced Schanke that any of his data is mistaken or misinterpreted, but because Schanke remembers the even more ample evidence of Nick's deeper humanity.

I do hate Nick abusing Schanke by making him wash the Caddy under post-hypnotic suggestion, though. That's immoral, imo.

(The Green Eggs & Ham incident happened at Syndicon '97, if I remember correctly. ~grin~ I had the privilege to be at that con; I didn't happen to witness the Seuss reading, however.)

Your remarks on "Close Call" led me to muse on it as one of FK's two clip episodes (the other being "Last Knight," of course). As clip episodes go, both FK instances have above-average execution with their frame stories, compared to clip shows for other television series of that era, but I think that "Close Call" is clearly superior to "Last Knight." Clear away all the LK emotional baggage, and plot holes gape. "Close Call" is tight as a drum.
waltdwaltd on December 31st, 2013 06:11 am (UTC)
Favorite Episode: Dark Knight
There are so many good ones, and from each season. But, for simplicity's sake, I'll go with the first one, "Dark Knight". It's not often that a series' opening episode is as good as any that come along later. Each character is fully developed and the story hangs together.
Amy R.: Nickbrightknightie on January 1st, 2014 08:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Favorite Episode: Dark Knight
"Dark Knight" is indeed a landmark!

You're quite right that most of the characters are extraordinarily well-developed from the start... although I might posit an exception for Janette. She's not as rounded or established as the others there.

That makes me think of Nick Knight, the failed pilot starring Rick Springfield that shares most of its script with DK. For the original Nick Knight, Janette was intended as a passing guest star; Alyse was meant to be the recurring female vampire (had that series taken off). I think that this explains why Janette is sketchier than the others in FK's premiere. Even the transition from Jack to Natalie as Nick's doctor/friend/collaborator was less drastic a change than Janette's from one-shot appearance to opening-credits star.
greerwatsongreerwatson on December 31st, 2013 08:04 pm (UTC)
I have to agree with waltd that it varies. However, although I have several favourites in Season Three, I think I'll go with "Baby, Baby".

In this episode, the usual three plot strands are intimately entwined (which is harder than it sounds). In so many ways, Nick's role in Serena's life tragically parallels LaCroix's role in his (certainly from her perspective), which is an intriguing reversal of the norm. It is beautifully directed by GWD.

I could say more; but, if I've counted right, that's fifty on the nose.
Amy R.: Janettebrightknightie on January 1st, 2014 08:47 pm (UTC)
"Baby, Baby"
"Baby, Baby" is absolutely a remarkable episode! As you say, if you tug on any thread in "Baby, Baby," you affect all the layers of the storyline. The borders between worlds are wholly illusory.

And yes, it puts Nick in Lacroix's role in Serena's life. (Of course, Nick's misunderstanding and regret are only most distantly comparable to Lacroix's malice and obsession.)

It comes to mind that Serena and Alexa (from "Fatal Mistake") should get together. They are on a remarkably similar wavelength, although, even with hundreds of years on her, Alexa will never be as insightful, clever or strong as Serena, I suspect.
PJ1228pj1228 on January 9th, 2014 09:50 pm (UTC)
Favourite FK episode: Night in Question
It’s always difficult to pick one as each season has many outstanding episodes.

But to answer your question I choose "Night in Question".

NIQ combines several aspects I enjoy in FK: Nick/Nat romance, sparkling Nat&Lacroix encounters, lots of UF moments. In addition: a good police plot, a little taste of dark Nick when he goes for the bottle of human blood and the hope in the end towards reconciliation between Nick and Lacroix.