It’s been a long time since I posted a Fangs God It’s Friday, and for this one, I’m drawing on one of my favorite TV shows from when I was younger, Forever Knight. The show lasted three seasons and focused on Nicholas “Nick” Knight, an 800-year-old vampire working as a graveyard shift, police detective in then modern day Toronto. Nick had enjoyed his time as a bad boy vampire, but eventually found himself gripped with guilt for the lives taken and blood spilled. He’d sworn off killing for blood and not only sought redemption for the lives he’d taken but hoped to turn himself human again. Geraint Wyn Davies played the role for the TV show, portraying Nick’s time in the present but often with flashbacks that were relevant to whatever the week’s storyline might be.
The first two seasons were great, but the third season, which saw a new network, new cast, and new direction… well, let’s just say there’s a reason the show got cancelled. The last episode even ends leaving the viewer to believe that Nick dies, but without ever showing the stake being driven into him.
I think it’s interesting that we’ve seen the idea of the vampire investigator pop up in TV shows a few times since this series, but I don’t think any have managed to do it so well as Forever Knight. Show creator James D. Parriott once said he was open to doing a follow-up film to the series, but that’s never happened. Certainly, the most likely way we’ll ever see Nick Knight again is in a reboot with an entirely new cast.
It’s worth noting that the role of Nick Knight was originally performed years earlier by Rick Springfield in a made-for-TV movie (but that’s a Fangs God It’s Friday for another day). Geraint Wyn Davies might have come second, but I doubt anyone would dispute that he owned this part.