Yep, this game is pretty self-indulgent (unless there are any other Knighties around?). If you post on your blog for your own FK affiliation, I'll do my best to contribute! But here... I'm a Knightie. Revisit, reaffirm, restore?
No rush. The post will be here whenever.
My favorite Knightie interlude is the tag of "Dying for Fame," the first-season episode with Rebecca, the rock star. Nick works behind the scenes to free Rebecca from the enslavement of her celebrity, the immortalization by her fame, to put her on the road to a real life, with an acoustic guitar in her hand and her soul in her smile. Her addiction to alcohol is still on her back, not to mention the other behaviors and absurdities of the life she's been living. It won't be easy. But Nick has managed to give her the chance that he longed for himself for centuries, and eventually seized in killing Lacroix and rejecting all he represented. In the parallel universe of the music video that represents the inside of Nick's mind, Nick spins on his heel and raises his arm in triumph. He did it! For her, now. Maybe, a little at a time, for himself as well. If she can have a fresh start at a normal life, perhaps, so can he.
Because of the rich parallels, most of all, though also because of the acting and the triumphant spirit, "Dying for Fame" has been my favorite episode ever since I got over the embarrassment of its silly depiction of the music scene (already anachronistic when it was filmed) and the never-explained character with the tattoos who provides the Polaroid and shoots Wendy. For me, "Dying for Fame" is always a pleasure to revisit.
And while it's just stock footage from the "angsty Nick around the loft" file, the lightning flashes as Nick sits in his window and looks out... for the infinitesimal duration of the flash, it would be like looking at a daylight world, wouldn't it?
My runner-up favorite Knightie interlude is the interrogation in "Dead Issue," the first-season episode in which Stonetree's friend murders his wife's lover. Carefully -- and with consciousness in the dialogue of the parallels to his relationship with Lacroix, I think, as well as to the flashback -- Nick talks Lynn Fiori through her fear of her husband and shame of herself into the courage she needs to give them the location where her husband has taken Stonetree, so that the Captain can be rescued. With that scene, Nick helps save one life and one soul, at least. Maybe more. And it's another glimpse at the inside of his own imagination, the strategies he knows so personally well.
I would likely pick other runners-up at different times, but this one is always in the vicinity. I think that "Dead Issue" is appreciated less than it deserves, perhaps because it's so much a police episode, perhaps because the flashbacks have only Nick, no Janette or Lacroix, or perhaps because some elements meant to be disturbing in the present-day seem almost quaint as the years have passed. The episode is most usually mentioned in relation to the picnic in the tag, or occasionally in arguments about the relation of the flashback to the real historical figure depicted. I think that "Dead Issue," while full of disturbing elements, is worth consideration for depth, insight and thoroughly-crafted story construction not often seen on TV, then or now.
So what are your favorite Knightie moments?
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