Forever Knight: About Last Knight (Spoilers) & Possible Revival
Forever Knight was one of my most favorite shows. The premise about a vampire from the 13th Century, living in the 20th with a conscience is original to say the least. The first season was fairly decent with the characters and setting being established. However, the second season was the best because it was a Knight/Scanke season. Both Geraint Wyn Davies and John Kapelos had great chemistry and worked well off each other. I especially liked how the character of Lacroix developed in the second season. He went from being a one-dimensional bad guy in the first season to a multi-dimensional and complex (even sympatheic and heroic) villan in the second season. The only gripe I have about the second season was the abrupt departure of the character Captain Stonetree being replaced with Captain Cohen, without any explanation whatsoever. The acting of the actress who portrayed Cohen was the show's liability, fortunately it didn't hurt the show itself. This was rectified when she was finally killed off in the third season premiere, much to my delight. I wasn't happy about Scanke being killed along with Cohen, but it was Mr. Kapelos decision to leave the show.
Speaking of the third season, it was definitely the worst. The storylines became boring and silly. The one episode where Knight decides to convert a dog into a vampire is such a classic example. I especially didn't like the fact that FK creator James P. Parriot had set out to systematically kill off nearly all of the cast members, as the third and final season drew to a close. It was an attempt on Mr. Parriot's behalf of getting revenge on the network for canceling the show when it was still so popular. Apparently, he wanted a fourth season, but the network decided to pull the plug. As a result, Mr. Parriot optioned to tie up all the loose ends and finish the show with irrevocable closure. However, after the show ended, Mr. Parriot appeared on the Sci-Fi Channel in a program entitled, "The War Room", along with FK stars Geraint Wyn Davies and Nigel Bennett. The three were being interviewed and discussed about their current projects. At one point during the interview, they were asked about a possible FK movie follow-up to the series. Mr. Parriot responded by saying that he has considered doing a movie continuation of some sort, be it by tv movie or feature film. He appeared to be sincere in his idea of reviving FK when he stated that we never see Lacroix stake Knight, implying that the ending of the final episode, "Last Knight" was conceived as an ambigious ending, as opposed to a permanent one.
This leads to suggests that Mr. Parriot decided to leave the door slightly open for a possible revival. Plus, I think it was his way of saying that Lacroix would never ever kill Knight, his own creation and protege, despite Knight's insistance. I don't believe Lacroix would go through with it because it would go against the character. Knight's reason for wanting to die was because he unintentionally took too much blood from his girlfriend Natalie, after she stated that she wanted to spend eternity with him. But Natalie was not dead yet, for she was in a comatose state and Knight had two choices: transform her into a vampire, or let her die. Knight opted for the latter because he wanted to spare her from the madness of being a vampire. Overwhelmed with grief and guilt, he decided to die because he couldn't live without her.
Anyway, that interview was nearly a decade ago and so far no revival has surfaced. The prospects of seeing a movie continuation shines dimmer and dimmer because it's been many years since the show ended, and the actors are getting older. It's hard to imagine aging actors playing characters who are immortal. Then again, I've recently saw Geraint Wyn Davies and Nigel Bennett in new projects and they both seemed to age well. Let's not forget that the show has a huge fanbase, along with conventions. I think there may be a movie continuation, but I won't hold my breath. (Personally, I think a Battlestar Galatica movie continuation is far more viable.) The only way I can see a revival happening is if James Parriot decides to do a spin-off series, preferable with a femme fatale vampire, along with one or two characters from the original series such as Captain Stonetree and Lacroix. Thoughts anyone?