What to promote? What to promote? Well, I've loved Forever Knight for years: it's my oldest active fandom. It's a TV series about an angsty vampire working as a homicide detective to expiate his feelings of guilt.
FK ran for three seasons in the 90s, first as a late-night show after the news, and then as a syndicated series.
Det. Nick Knight
As FK started in a Crimetime After Prime Time line-up, it's basically a cop show with a difference—the difference being, of course, that the hero was born in the 13th century, has incredible powers that aid him in solving crimes, and a family (of sorts) that keeps wanting him to return to the vampire lifestyle. Nick Knight—born Nicolas de Brabant, with myriad aliases down the centuries—was played by Geraint Wyn Davies.
A knight returning from the Crusades in 1228, Nick was "brought across" in Paris by an older vampire, LaCroix, and thereafter travelled for centuries with his master.
In his quest for mortality, Nick is nowadays aided by a police pathologist, Dr. Natalie Lambert.
Dr. Natalie Lambert
Obviously, she is his present-day love interest! However, there are plenty of reasons why neither of them is open with the other about the way they feel. Natalie is Nick's doctor; he has a long history of draining (and killing) women he falls in love with; and the vampire community would not approve of anything that might draw attention to them. Still, as Nick works Homicide and she autopsies murder victims, the two of them see each other all the time professionally. And they are certainly close friends: they spend a lot of off-duty time together, and Natalie is Nick's only human confidant. If LaCroix is his "bad angel", then she is his "good one". Though that does, of course, depend on how you feel about his antipathy to his vampire condition.
But, of course, this is only one side of the series. Forever Knight was, first and foremost, sold as a cop show. So every episode has its murder mystery; and, as a Homicide detective, Nick works for the Toronto Metropolitan Police force. He has a boss (actually a different one each season); and he has a partner (Don Schanke in the first two seasons, and Tracy Vetter in the final season).
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Add to this a new group of vampires introduced in Season 3: a handsome Spanish conquistador, a Cockney "carouche", who drinks rat's blood, and a wistful nightclub singer.
So what appeals to me?
Well, first of all, I'm fond of cop shows in general (not to mention casefic). So this aspect of Forever Knight is inherently appealing. Hard to write, but wonderful when done well. It's not the commonest; but I've read some excellent casefic.
Then there's the historical side of it: Nick has centuries of history for fans to play in. Add the other vampires to that: all of them have a past, but FK was a herocentric series. We got a fair sketch of Nick's past; but the other vampires' pasts are almost a tabula rasa. Many fans explore in this direction, either in historical fiction or flashbacks embedded (as the series did) within modern-day plots. Some put in a lot of research to get the period details right.
Then there are the character interactions. I'm mostly into gen; but the long history of Nick, LaCroix, and Janette as they split and reunite can be seen as a dysfunctional family dynamic or as ever-altering romantic/sexual pairings. Or poly, for that matter. Add Natalie into the mix; and you have obvious romantic tensions. However, there is also the tug between Nick's centuries' long vampirism and his yearning for humanity, with LaCroix and Janette pulling one way and Natalie the other.
Natalie's explorations of the nature of the vampire are sketchy in the show, which seldom looks at the scientific side even though ostensibly she is using her medical background to research a cure. The series was never consistent in its approach; so there is also an obvious metaphysical side to vampirism—of which Nick is acutely aware, but Natalie generally ignores.
Which brings us to the ethical dilemmas raised by Forever Knight. How do you reconcile centuries of murder when it's necessary for survival? For many fans, this takes a religious bent. (Nick is, after all, a medieval Catholic by upbringing; and he's certain he lost his soul by becoming a vampire.) For me, the interest lies more in psychology and philosophy.
There are so many intriguing characters, and so many approaches to take to the series that I've yet to get to the point where I feel I've written all the explorations I want to in my fanfic. I guess the longevity of my fannish feelings for FK are based in its complexity and all the possibilities I see. This entry was originally posted at https://greerwatson.dreamwidth.org/110430.html. Please comment there using OpenID.