THIRD SEASON COMMENTS
Comments, tidbits, bloopers, and other interesting info about the episodes.
Black Buddha (Part 1)
The series moved to a new network (USA) and they insisted on many changes.
Schanke was out. In came the younger, "hipper" characters of Tracy, Vachon
and Urs, to hopefully attract the younger demographics. The Nick and Natalie
relationship was all but destroyed as they were the "old" guys.
The SciFi Channel showed the episodes after USA showed it as they had some
deal where both networks had the rights to show it, but USA got it first.
USA dropped the show halfway through the season, not happy with their retooling
of the show. SciFi Channel finished the season.
Deb Duchene wanted to pursue other things so they had Janette sell the club
to LaCroix and leave for parts unknown, except maybe to LaCroix.
The budget for the third season was slashed quite a bit, and it was already
a rather low budget show.
It has been said that USA tried to get rid of Catherine Disher because they
said she was too old. Geraint Wyn Davies told them that if she left he left,
so they had to keep her. After this there were drastic changes in Natalie.
She was always cranky and was dressed in not so flattering costumes.
Black Buddha (Part 2)
This changes the whole dynamics of the show. The triangles have now become:
Natalie, Nick, Tracy. Vachon, Tracy, Nick. Natalie, Nick, LaCroix. Vachon,
Screed, Urs. Vachon, Tracy, Urs. Nick, LaCroix, Vachon. The influences on
Nick are different. There are more vampires. Nick can no longer go to Janette
when he needs that kind of release.
Natalie is no longer the only mortal to know vampires exist and to befriend
Outside the Lines
Reese's question about what was wrong with the old walls shows that the writer
apparently forgot about the bomb that went off at the end of Black Buddha.
Not only that but the Captain's office is in perfect shape for having been
blown up at the end of Black Buddha part one.
When you are the new detective, it's not smart to question the coroner's
competency without a very good reason, especially in front of others. When
you know each other, it is even less smart.
The writers and continuity people seem to have forgotten that a person's
whole life is in every drop of their blood.
There were a lot of fan complaints about Nick being unfaithful to Natalie
in this episode, but he was not. The shamanistic healing procedure implied
in this episode could involve touching another person very intimately and
all over the body. However, it would not require sexual intercourse. That
would be why Nick tells people during the episode his relationship to Marian
is not what they think. It would, however, be a very sensuous experience
and would create a very close spiritual connection between the people involved.
People who do not believe in this type of healing might consider it sexual.
It is not considered sex by the participants.
We also see that Nick is affected by religious items outside of his native
This was a good Tracy episode because we got to see beneath the surface.
See what insecurities, fears and problems Tracy has. We got to see her secure
enough with Nick as a friend to tell him what was bothering her. He felt
secure enough with her to offer advice.
There was some useful information about Multiple Sclerosis offered in a way
that worked well with the plot.
The fact that Perry, a dog, brought Jody across is a little odd, but otherwise
the plot worked.
It is too bad that Tracy and Jody didn't get to spend more time together
once Tracy overcame her fears and guilt and reunited with her friend.
My Boyfriend is a Vampire
Geordi Johnson (Jerry) played Dracula on Dracula: The Series. Geraint Wyn
Davies played Klaus, one of Dracula's executives at the company headquarters.
Reese's battle with the water cooler becomes a running joke for the season.
The poor guy never does get a drink from it.
Everyone wanted to know what the card said, but no one was able to find out.
The unknown contents caused major discussions with everyone putting in their
Nick uses humor and misdirection to keep people, Tracy especially, from taking
the whole vampire thing too seriously. It is obvious hes an expert
Maggie Dwyer lived in the Apartment Building of the Damned, named that by
fans because of all the bad things that happened in it. It was the apartment
building exterior used in many episodes for different interiors.
In the flashback where Vachon is talking about women being as virtuous as
a mountain stream the background music is the same music that was used in
Dance by the Light of the Moon for Ann's theme.
LaCroix was again a little too cheerful. He is not acting like he has throughout
most of the series.
This could be what LaCroix is like when we are not seeing him through
Nicks point of view. All the vampires probably are perfectly charming,
outwardly cheerful and intelligent conversationalists. That is what makes
them such perfect human predators. They can attract their prey far more easily
that way. That is what is so very spooky about this show. All the villains
are beautiful and charming, until you meet the fangs. Part of what Natalie
falls for is the charm of the vampire, as well as the fact that Nick is naturally
the kind of person anyone would want to know and spend time with. That is
why LaCroix needs Nick so badly, and it is so very hard for Natalie to resist
Hearts of Darkness
LaCroix is just too cheery in this episode. Too happy to be mixing with the
women in the club, talking with Nick and Vachon. And that whole "getting
naked" speech is right at the top of the oddness list.
Perhaps LaCroix is so terribly cheery precisely because his place is so very
tacky and offers a perfect backdrop to attract/antagonize Nick and collect
the kind of crowd that offers prey.
Ellen's apartment number is 12.
Seeing Tracy kill her first perp was interesting, especially the delayed
reaction to it. It added a nice extra dimension to her character. She learned
an important lesson, that sometimes you have to do the thing you most do
not want to do, take a human life.
Tracy's breakdown in the locker room when she picks up her gun showed her
growth in this episode. It showed her learning that being a cop could be
painful at times.
Tracy's saving herself and Nick at the end shows that she is a good cop,
even if she needs a little more street experience.
It is also evidence of her and Nick's growing partnership.
Tracy learned another important lesson, running off without telling anyone
what you are doing can get you killed.
Let No Man Tear Asunder
Tracy's license plate reads either GHY 916 or GHI 9I6.
In this episode the horses are spooked by vampires, yet in other episodes,
Nick, Janette and LaCroix ride horses with no problems.
The organ donation list is full of in-jokes. Some of the names are crew members
like Bert Dunk (Director of Photography), who's waiting for a kidney. And
Fred Mollin (Music), who's waiting for eyes.
The exterior used for the 336 Church Lane clinic is the one nicknamed the
Apartment Building of the Damned by the fans and is seen in a few episodes
as various different locations.
Tracy answered the question about the tattoo artist too quickly and seemed
too nervous not to have one hidden somewhere. She seemed to know too much
Night in Question
I heard the script had Natalie setting up a tape to rig the machines so that
they registered normal human vital signs.
Vampires can regenerate themselves, even limbs. We saw that Vachon's severed
hand reattached itself in Black Buddha.
Would anything have changed if Nick listened to Natalie and stayed out of
Geraint does the innocent, emotionally, mentally challenged, and confused
personality so well. As well as the lost little boy look and attitude.
According to this, Nick is the one who created Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata.
That Beethoven jotted down the notes.
LaCroix's comments about Nick staying with him out of choice do not seem
true. From all we have seen, every time Nick left LaCroix, LaCroix hunted
him down and tortured him in one way or another.
The stake in LaCroix's chest took a small piece of his heart, which would
kill him, but slowly. He had to inform Nick that he needed vampire blood
in order to heal that serious of a wound.
I heard that the script had Tracy at Nick's bedside while he was still comatose
and in tears told him how sorry she was.
One of the biggest debates over this episode is whether or not Natalie and
Nick made love. The people that say they did use her deep sadness and depression
over not being able to be together like that anymore, Nick's having to be
told what he was, before he was ready to know as reasons. The people who
think that they did not make love use her sleeping on the couch as the reason.
Why would she be sleeping on the couch alone if they had made love. And the
other side says that she was down there because she knew his vampire nature
might resurface and being that close to him when it did would not be good
for her health, especially if she was asleep then. She knew he could roll
over and sink his fangs into her before he realized what he was doing.
I think that the two romantic, passionate scenes between Nick and Natalie
were some of the steamiest I've seen and it shows that you don't have to
be naked, rolling around in a bed to show passion and love.
At least one of the mug shots belongs to the production staff. The last one
seen may be Nicholas J. Gray himself.
Did Nick get all of his memories back? Any of them? The last two scenes seem
to indicate that there are still holes. How much is he still missing? And
doesn't he realize how dangerous it is to ask LaCroix to help him fill them
in and tell him who he is? Doesn't he realize that LaCroix will try to reshape
his mind the way LaCroix wants it?
Sons of Belial
Geraint Wyn Davies played an immortal with a split personality on Highlander
whose two names were Michael Moore and Quentin Barnes.
Nick and LaCroix are forced to face their faith, and question it in the
flashback. Nick is also forced to face it again, and once again question
it due to the present day case.
LaCroix refuses to believe Nick's comments about being possessed until he
sees the proof for himself, and then has two choices
take Nick to the exorcist or lose his son to the darkness.
The vampire Nick is rough with in the Raven's back room has been nicknamed
Ms. Snarl, Thud, Hiss.
LaCroix is forced to counter everything he's beaten into Nick's head over
the last 800 years in order to save his son's life. He has to tell Nick that
there is good within, and to use that to fight off the demon. To use God
within him to win the battle. And he has to do it strongly, forcefully enough
for Nick to believe him in order to save him.
Natalie seems to have tackled her fear of fire as she comments it's her worst
nightmare, yet doesn't seem as terrified as she was in Fire Inside. In the
earlier episode, she was terrified to the point that she could not do the
autopsy. The fear came from seeing a family burn to death in their car when
she was a child on a family vacation.
When Natalie tells them she did a dental cast of the burned woman to confirm
her identity, Tracy asks if she had to go into the woman's mouth. This is
one of several comments Tracy makes over the season that she most likely
should have known the answer to. At least she didn't question Natalie's
competency this time.
If everyone in Corporate Crimes Division has a degree in Business, how is
Tracy, a homicide cop, qualified to work there, especially doing forensic
Janet Dornhoff is the name of a fan that was used for a character.
It is an interesting look at HIV/AIDS and how the search for a cure could
actually prove as deadly for the vampires as the disease is for the mortals.
The vampires are not as invulnerable as they have always believed they were.
It presented some facts without being too preachy or judgmental.
Cal lives in the Apartment Building of the Damned (as named by the fans).
Dead of Night
How does Tracy know so much about the afterlife, and portals into it?
It was interesting to see what ghosts each person has. To see inside the
deepest parts of their minds, hearts and souls.
The precinct scene with everything looking normal and then Tracy seeing
everything so bizarre was done in one shot. The stuff was actually happening
like that on stage, no off-screen faking nor cuts away to add things in later.
The Games Vampires Play
Someone forgot to make her look professional doing an autopsy. Usually her
hair is tied back when she's in her gown and gloves.
The ROM balcony was also seen in Dark Knight (both parts). ROM = Royal Ontario
This is where the jokes about the Evil Pink Shirt come from. I have never
seen a shirt that bright pink. Natalie had a jacket during one of the earlier
seasons that came very close in intensity.
Don't they realize how many toxic gasses are released by burning plastic
and whatever else was with it?
The Human Factor
Galen Wyn Davies is Geraint's son. He asked Galen if he wanted to do it and
Galen said he did. Galen's laughing behind the duct tape over his mouth,
and couldn't stop laughing even though he was supposed to be scared.
Lucy Peacock was in Taming of the Shrew with Geraint in Toronto in 1996.
They had they lead roles.
For someone who claims to always know what his children are up to, LaCroix
gets taken completely by surprise when Janette turns over the Raven to him
and tells him she's leaving.
Why didn't Nick either sense Janette as a vampire or hear her mortal heartbeat
when she was in his loft. He should have long before she told him she was
mortal. Either you feel a connection to a vampire or you hear a heartbeat.
Janette's 1,000 years old, so why is she talking about 800 years being too
long to live with a cold heart?
Patrick's black and white Polaroid picture of Nick and Janette has the exact
same pose of the two of them from the end of Close Call where they were
silhouetted against the shadows of the hallway outside LaCroix's studio.
It is probably a production shot taken to make sure that if they had to redo
the scene, that it would match.
Geraint and Catherine hated the freezer "I'm going to have a baby" scene
and hoped it would be cut. They tried their best to get it cut.
Some people had the ending cut when the episode first aired and missed the
fact that Nick brought Janette back across. The conversation between him
and LaCroix at the end is one of the major clues, the others are the dead
people at the Civic center with fang marks in their necks.
Tracy's mom is wrong when she says that Tracy never tried anything else.
In Blackwing it was established that Tracy did try other things. Tracy tried
pre-med and pre-law but still liked being a cop better.
The reporter cannot understand that he is responsible for why the safe house
is no longer safe. He shoots all three of his reports about it, from in front
of it, then shifts the blame to the police.
Despite Tracy and her mom fighting, they do love each other, As do Tracy
and her father. The only ones not willing to try and work things out between
them are her mother and father. Tracy wants to work things out with her mother,
and the same goes for her mother and Tracy. They both know it will take time,
and her mother knows that now is not the right time.
The case hits too close to home for Tracy, especially when she's horrified
when she slaps her mother for her nasty comments. Tracy cares enough that
she apologizes later, and means it. Her mother accepts it, not wanting it
to cause friction between them.
Natalie comments on the rise in abuse as well as abuse murder cases and that
it is beginning to get to her. I wonder if the writer of this episode realized
that in Dead of Night it was established that Natalie's Nana used to hit
her when she was a child. Natalie resented her Nana for that, So much so
that she could not visit her when she was dying and Nat was a teenager. If
so, then Natalie should have a stronger reaction to this case. If not, then
the reaction is about right. Natalie's reactions at the end of the case are
consistent with her reactions in other episodes dealing with abuse and murder
such as Undue Process and Dead of Night.
This is the episode that spawned the Pit of Condemned Bimbos mentioned by
Just where is Natalie supposed to sleep during their joint custody time?
The bed and the couch are taken.
Natalie's problems with the computer go against other episodes where we see
how good she is with them. Undue Process comes to mind as one of those episodes.
It is quite interesting to see what happens when a mortal gets a little vampire
blood into them.
This is somewhat backed up by the events in If Looks Could Kill where the
Baroness was giving injections of small amounts of her blood to them as a
youth serum. When it wore off they too exhibited violent, psychotic behavior.
It is interesting to see that there are people who are so evil that they
scare LaCroix. He is not an easy man to scare off. At least this time he
knew it without having to bite the man first, and get poisoned as a result
Too bad they did not show Tracy's sudden faint.
Ashes to Ashes
The line where LaCroix says that if he didn't know better, he'd almost swear
Divia had grown was because the actress did grow between her appearance in
A More Permanent Hell and this one.
Since the stake was removed from Vachon's chest there is rampant speculation
that he is not dead. That the stake has to be left in for the vampire to
die. Adding to the speculation was the fact that Vachon did not disintegrate
after being staked (and the stake removed).
If there had been a fourth season and the next episode had not happened,
what would the relationship between Nick and LaCroix have been like? Would
this have changed anything or would they return to their centuries old pattern?
Or if the next episode did happen
what would their relationship be
like in a fourth season?
Nick asks a couple of good questions when he asks LaCroix how Divia regenerated
and how she survived all those years. Those questions caused a lot of discussion.
As did the question of how did she reattach her severed head. One suggestion
was crazy glue.
Reese's comments about ghosts or aliens, and tells Nick that the truth is
out there, which sounds like he has been watching the X-Files.
Blu who plays Reese, has been on a few X-Files episodes. He is played a federal
agent and a cop.
Chevalier is French for Knight. Yet, no one puts 2+2 together without getting
5 for an answer.
This was filmed before Ashes to Ashes yet aired after it. Which explain Vachon's
seeming reappearance. If it had been aired in the proper order with this
being the third to last episode rather than the second to last there would
not have been all the confusion and upset people over the inconsistencies
Tracy being connected to Francesca, Chevalier, and the musicians just seemed
too coincidental. Especially since she could not figure out that Nicholas
Chevalier was her very own partner.
Nick's "I love you" to Natalie was cut. The director, Geraint, did not know
this until someone told him months later. He was quite surprised to learn
This is the most discussed episode of the series. Many fans believe that
the entire episode had everyone acting out of character. It is one of the
least liked ones, and many fans disavow its existence.
The episode was filmed in the two days they had allowed to them.
The original ending called for Natalie and Nick to be very dead. A telephone
call from the powers that be at the literal last second changed that. The
Powers-That-Be decided they should leave the end vague. Since they were filming
the end of the very last scene and were out of time they could not do much
to vague it up. Catherine twitched to show Natalie was still alive and we
never saw the stake hit Nick.
LaCroix was supposed to stake Nick in the original version.
Natalie's birthday is given here as April 14th but it cannot be because in
Toronto in April it is often snowing. This would make the birthday more like
the one originally figured out from other clues as June 24th where the weather
would be warm enough for people to be out without coats and to enjoy flying
kites and having picnics.
The fuzzy dreamlike quality of the crucial Nick and Natalie scenes shows
that this is most likely someone's nightmare or possibly premonition. Even
the Nightcrawler's monologue is off. Not to mention that it has been hinted
at by those in the know that everything is not as it seems.
The episodes the flashbacks are from are: Only the Lonely (Nick and Nat's
first meeting.), Last Act (Erica), Black Buddha parts one (Schanke and Cohen
dying in the plane explosion.), Be My Valentine (Nick and LaCroix discussing
Fleur), Black Buddha part one (Nick and Nat in the loft), Human Factor (Nick
and Janette), For I Have Sinned (Joan of Arc).
The stick Nick gives LaCroix to stake him with has been called the Sheleighle
of Death (Doom) by numerous fans because they needed some sort of name for
Everyone's hair looks like someone forgot to brush it, or they just woke
up. Even the makeup is more muted than normal, almost as if it was not applied.
They all look really tired, worn out.
Geraint does not think Nick and Natalie are dead.
Nick's clear tears at the end were Geraint's as it was the final scene shot
and him saying goodbye to Nigel with regards to the show.
When Geraint was asked how he would write the final Forever Knight episode,
he said that Nick and Natalie would get together and LaCroix would be toast.
Why can Nick offer almost anyone eternal life but cannot make the same offer
to the woman he loves more than anything?
Nick and Natalie have their most open, honest talk near the end of this episode,
in the loft.
The bust of LaCroix was damaged when Vesuvius erupted but at the Raven it
Nigel is trying to hold it together and stay in character.
Catherine said she twitched, as she lay on the floor, to show her character
was not dead yet.
To lighten the dark mood on the set, a goldenplaid set of pages were created
by Bedard and Lalonde and handed to the actors as real ones. After the initial
groans, and once they had started reading the pages, the tension was lessened.
They were real scenes with joke lines and actions inserted in place of some
of the real lines and actions, with the sole purpose of making the cast and
The images Natalie saw:
A dark haired woman is being bitten by Nick.
The ballerina LaCroix tricked Nick into biting.
Either the ballerina or Alexandra being bitten by Nick.
Some blonde Nick is viciously biting.
Alyssa and Nick in their wedding bed, being bitten by Nick, but more seductively
than the others. - Dead of Night
Nick jumping through the fire to save Magda - For I Have Sinned.
Nick is lying on the concrete floor of the slaughterhouse growling up at
LaCroix, shaking his head. - Dark Knight 2
Nick is pulling the stake out of LaCroix in a flashback. LaCroix is in a
military uniform and Nick gets his freedom for saving his master, who was
Nick is writhing on Han's table as he is being zapped with electricity during
Pilgrim Nick is upset as he sees his friend Matthew has hung himself, unable
to deal with what he saw.
Nick's head is being cradled on Tracy's lap right after he has been shot
in the head. She is stroking his hair as he's unconscious. - Night in Question
Nick's kneeling down beside the oriental, female, concubine whose throat
has been slit.
Nick is a mortal knight on horseback in the sun. - Queen of Harps
LaCroix is vamped out and growling.
Nick in a flashback standing by the huge cross that Joan of Arc had been
standing in front of, his hand extended out towards the cross. It is not
yet on fire. - For I Have Sinned
Nick's determined and angry face as he trusts the two by four at LaCroix,
staking him, pinning him to the lift door. - Dark Knight 2
Nick and Janette on their first night. He is lying on a slab and has pulled
her head down to him. They are hungrily, passionately kissing as LaCroix
looks on from the side.
Very similar to the above.
Once again very similar, but this time Nick's arm is draped across Janette's
neck, making sure she's not going anywhere until he releases her.
Black Buddha Part 1 | Black Buddha
Part 2 | Outside the Lines |
Blind Faith | My Boyfriend is a
Vampire | Hearts of Darkness |
Let No Man Tear Asunder | Night
in Question | Sons of Belial |
Fever | Dead of Night |
The Games Vampires Play | The Human
Avenging Angel | Fallen Idol
| Jane Doe | Francesca
Ashes to Ashes | Last Knight
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