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19 September 2009 @ 08:58 pm
On the Hiatus  
Natalie:   Six years ago, April 14.
Nick:   What's that?
Natalie:   Day they brought you in.

-- "Last Knight"

When "Last Knight" first aired in May 1996, the exchange above was controversial for the date.  The night they wheeled Nick into the morgue in the flashbacks of "Only the Lonely" was Natalie's twenty-eighth birthday, of course, as the present was her thirtieth, and people like amilyn had worked long and hard to determine Natalie's birthday from the prop calendars on the morgue wall, the weather in the episode, the air date and, for some, astrology.  The date on which they had painstakingly settled was not April 14.  In the years since, we've mostly shrugged our shoulders and accepted the date Natalie said aloud in LK, presuming that she knows her own birthday.

Today, this same exchange presents a new controversy of sorts.  hearts_blood reminded me recently that people who discover the show after cancellation naturally have no memory of the hiatus.  They logically plunge straight from season one to season two to befuddlement when they finally reach this line buried in the finale at the end of season three.  What's the math?

FK was canceled after season one.  Filming ended, sets were stuck, "Love You to Death" aired in May 1993, GWD did a guest shot on Highlander, and many wonderful fans -- special wave to wiliqueen among you all -- wrote letters upon letters to convince TPTB to revive the series.  Honor and glory to those who wrote those letters, because TPTB relented and the series returned with "Killer Instinct" sixteen months after first season ended.  That's Natalie's "six years ago:" the year of the flashbacks of "Only the Lonely" (1990-1991), another year (1991-1992), season one (1992-1993), the hiatus (1993-1994), season two (1994-1995), season three (1995-1996). 

But wait! you say.  May 1996 - April 1991 = 5 years 1 month.  Isn't Natalie's math wrong?  ~sigh~  Technically, she's known Nick for five years and one month (aired order be darned), and she's counting that one month as year six.  I suspect this is because "Only the Lonely" was filmed in 1992, not 1993, and they were thinking of [OtL-2] for when it all began.

Some stories these days are written as if the hiatus never happened, as if the transfer from Stonetree to Cohen's command and the renovation of the Raven happened over a single summer, not two in a row.  But the hiatus is canonical, per LK.  It didn't happen only out here in the real world.  And I love that, because I love the stories written and set during the hiatus.  I love the energy and creativity of that very special, precious time, when the fans knew Lacroix might be back, but Nick did not, and all the characters were beautifully established, but still mysterious and so open to adventures that were never dared quite the same way again after second season began answering so many questions.  I also love stories written later and set in that period, partaking of all the rich possibilities that flowed so strongly then, power bursting through later canon.  Old or new, hiatus stories rock.

Strangely, perhaps, it's my favorite time in FK: the year we shared, but didn't see.
hearts_blood on September 20th, 2009 12:59 pm (UTC)
..I love the stories written and set during the hiatus.

Oh, that's so very good to know! Also, you've just reminded me that I still owe you an email. :)
Amy R.: Nickbrightknightie on September 20th, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
I'm delighted that you're considering writing in that then. :-) And I will look forward to the email whenever it comes: no rush.
Valerie - Postmodern Pollyanna: natpackerwiliqueen on September 21st, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)
:: waves back ::

I swear I have something in a fic borrowed from the time I sent flowers to Jim Parriott's assistant, since she was the one who talked to us sometimes once a week during the campaign. But now I can't find it. Possibly in one of the abandoned WIPs on my hard drive.
Amy R.: Readsbrightknightie on September 26th, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
>"Possibly in one of the abandoned WIPs on my hard drive."

I would love for those to see the light of day in some form, someday. Perhaps they could be turned into very short stories, "comment fic"?
Valerie - Postmodern Pollyannawiliqueen on September 27th, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
Most of them are abandoned for good reason. *wry g* Someday I should go through and see if anything can be salvaged from them.
greerwatsongreerwatson on September 21st, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
This is so interesting that I've adapted (some of) it for the FK Wiki, specifically for the page on "Last Knight". If you want to check what I've said (http://foreverknight.wikia.com/wiki/Last_Knight), you'll find it under the "Continuity" subsection. The reference at the bottom gives you credit.
Amy R.: Thanksbrightknightie on September 26th, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
Your adaptation is excellent, and you're very kind!
puzzlehousepuzzlehouse on September 24th, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
Not about the hiatus, just hi
I stumbled on this site at the end of a long ramble through FK-related sites (mostly 404 Not Found), and wanted to say hi. Back in the early days of FORKNI-L, I was Gabriel McFarlane.
Amy R.: Caddybrightknightie on September 26th, 2009 07:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Not about the hiatus, just hi
And hello, to you, too. Welcome!

I'm afraid that I have not properly remembered your name yet, but I continue hoping it will connect with something in my memory. However, you may have been and gone on the lists before me. I didn't discover them until third season.

Forkni-l and fkfic-l are still active, which makes me feel warm and fuzzy even when I'm not reading them often. There's about one digest every day or two from forkni-l, and a story or three a month on fkfic-l.

Many FK sites have fallen to time and inattention, of course. There's been a recent effort to harvest still-accessible sites headed now for Geocities oblivion, with some people migrating to blogging services for the first time as a substitute. I should make an effort to recheck and reconnect all my own links, I know!

Were you looking for anyone or anything in particular?
Amy R.: Trio Nick Natalie Schankebrightknightie on September 27th, 2009 06:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Not about the hiatus, just hi
leela_cat kindly let me know who you are. She is a dear friend, and she says you are "awesome." May I friend your LJ? I see that you have not posted anything publicly in several months, but from what I see in past posts, I'd be glad to be around when you do post again.
puzzlehousepuzzlehouse on September 27th, 2009 07:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Not about the hiatus, just hi
Awesome? Me? ::blushes deeply:: Sure, I'd be happy to have you as a friend.

Life has been pretty crazed in the last while (long while) and I usually only find the time to tweet (same username as LJ) rather than post, but I'm working on something new and will probably start posting again once it solidifies.

I had to do some archive diving to remember what and when I posted on forkni-l - looks like 1996 was the earliest story, "Blue Elephants," followed by the one remaining on a fanfic site or two, "The *Other* Games Vampires Play," and "Tastes Change." I posted a novella as well, "Waiting for the Sun," that I later revised into a non-FK novel.

I spent many hours emailing back and forth with Marg Baskin and Apache, and when I get nostalgic, I go searching for Apache's stories and reread them for the hundredth time.

Here's a fun factoid most FK folks probably don't know: when I was co-editing On Spec magazine, I bought Apache's story, "Duende" for our music theme issue. She used a pseudonym, Apollonia Leaf (I think it was Leaf).
Amy R.: Nick Againbrightknightie on September 28th, 2009 06:19 am (UTC)
Re: Not about the hiatus, just hi
>"Life has been pretty crazed in the last while (long while) and I usually only find the time to tweet (same username as LJ) rather than post, but I'm working on something new and will probably start posting again once it solidifies."

I saw your "lost year" post about your 2008. I'm sorry.

I generally get time to play fandom and blogs only on weekends, myself, so I certainly understand not posting often. I'll look forward to hearing about your new project when you get there. The project currently described on your LJ user profile made me think pleasantly of C.E. Murphy's Walker Papers via early Alpha Flight. I hope that sounds enthusiastic to your ears; I mean it so.

I don't positively recall the titles you've listed of your fanfiction, but I'll be gladly looking them up over time. I've been on fkfic-l fairly continuously since '96... but I never quite manage to read everything. :-)

I recall reading "Duende," and that Apache was writing it about the same time as Gillian Horvath was writing her Highlander episode of the same title, and that they'd talked somehow and were each wondering what the other had come up with. I did not at all remember knowing that it had been published! That's delightful. Thank you for sharing.