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Forever Knight first aired in 1989 as a two-hour TV-movie titled Nick Knight, starring Rick Springfield as a thirteen-century vampire who moonlighted as a police detective. Though the movie was not a hit for CBS, the network created a new two-part version of the pilot titled Forever Knight featuring Welsh actor Geraint Wyn Davies as the undead sleuth. The series was launched in May 1992 as part of a late-night syndicated package called Crimetime After Primetime.

The first season outlined the series' essential storyline: Knight wanted to atone for his bloody past and regain his humanity, but was challenged by master vampire Lucien LaCroix (Nigel Bennett). Knight's partner in crime-solving was the smarmy Det. Schanke (John Kapelos), and scientist Natalie Lambert (Catherine Disher) aided Knight in his desire to become human and struggled with her attraction to him (which would endanger her in episode 16, "Only the Lonely").

Knight's adventures yielded a small but loyal following over its three-season run, which was constantly threatened with cancellation; a letter-writing campaign saved the program after CBS axed it in '93, but failed two years later, when Knight's adventures came to a permanent end.

Columbia-TriStar's DVD set compiles all 22 episodes of the first season.

The series was originally presented in three different formats: a 40-minute version for American audiences, a 47-minute version for Canadian and Australian viewers, and a European version which contained nudity; the episodes compiled here are the American versions).

Extras include trailers for three vampire-themed Columbia features (including Vampire Hunters)

Based on notes by Paul Gaita

Episode Guide:

1 Dark Knight 5 May 1992
Someone is killing a number of homeless people and draining their blood. Then a museum guard is killed the same way and a special artifact is stolen, a Mayan cup that Nick believes can help him become mortal again. Nick suspects that his old mentor Lacroix is in town and behind the murders.

2 Dark Knight: Second Chapter 6 May 1992
Forced into a partnership with the unbearable Detective Schanke, Nick has to face both LaCroix and the Homeless Killer while trying to protect his friends.

3 For I Have Sinned 12 May 1992
Another serial killer, this time preying on young women who all attend the same church. In order to catch him, Nick must try to overcome his fear and loathing of the Church and its symbols. Meanwhile, flashbacks to 15th Century France show Nick's encounter with a young peasant girl doomed to become a martyr when her claims that God spoke to her result in the Church branding her as a heretic and condemning her to burn at the stake. Nick offers her his version of immortality, but she refuses in favor of her own belief in life after death.

4 Last Act 19 May 1992
A young woman dies, and all evidence points to suicide. Nick, however, has a gut feeling that it was murder, but seems unable to prove it. Added to his stack of unsolved crimes, it makes Nick question his own feelings of self-worth, especially after hearing about another, real suicide: that of one of his "old friends". Nick must search through his memories of their relationship of centuries past to determine why she killed herself, and why he shouldn't.

5Dance by the Light of the Moon 26 May 1992
A beautiful young woman is able to exert an almost supernatural control over men, driving them to commit criminal acts for her amusement. Nick manages to catch up with her, but will his own powers help prevent him from also falling under her spell?

6Dying to Know You 9 June 1992
The wife and daughter of a well-known philanthropist are kidnapped and held for ransom, and psychic Denise Fort is brought in help Nick and Schanke with the case. Her powers are genuine, and therein lies the problem: she keeps picking up flashes of Nick's "other life", and Nick feels torn about whether or not to reveal himself to her, since she thinks it's a sign that she's having a breakdown. Nick's recollections of a similar situation in Puritan New England make him determined that Denise won't share th e fate of his mortal friend from that time.

7False Witness 4 August 1992
Nick's feelings of responsibility for the death of a man he was supposed to protect in a "sting" operation causes him to lie about actually seeing the murderer pull the trigger. In addition to the problem of having to appear in court to testify in broad daylight, Nick's desire to see justice done struggles with his conscience. He calls up memories of an incident from the past in which a woman lies in court, condemning to death a man Nick knows to be innocent, since he saw his fellow vampire Janette commit the crime.

8 Cherry Blossoms11 August 1992
A woman targetted in a mob hit in Chinatown escapes, but in critical condition. Nick must find her before the mobsters do, but he gets no help or trust from an ancient acupuncturist who is hiding and caring for the victim, and who recognizes Nick as the monster who killed his mother 75 years ago.

9 I Will Repay15 September 1992
Natalie's brother Richard is shot at the police station. When it's apparent he's going to die, Natalie urges a reluctant Nick to bring Richard over as he did a leper centuries ago. Is this a second chance for Richard and his family, or will history repeat itself?

10 Dead Air 22 September 1992
Someone's calling CTOK radio's on-air psychiatrist and murdering women on the air. Dr. Noble comes to Nick's aid -- to Stonetree's dismay -- while Schanke searches through psychiatric records. Noble thinks the killer is acting out a murderous fantasy -- one that may involve her.

11 Hunters29 September 1992
Schanke's old partner is gunned down in the street. The bad guys make it clear Don is next. Jeanette lets Nick hide Schanke at The Raven because his predicament reminds them of when Nick, Jeanette, and Lacroix were hunted- only this time it appears to be an inside job.

12 Dead Issue6 October 1992
Inspector Tony Fiore's wife confesses to shooting her lover in self-defense. Case closed?

13 Father Figure 13 October 1992
A man is killed in an apparent mob hit. While the investigation is underway, the only witness, a young girl named Lisa, is left in Nick's protective custody. This duty reminds Nick of a boy he and his Old Friends cared for in World War II England and the ramifications of his immortality and sterility.

14 Spin Doctor 27 October 1992
A journalist covering the mayoral election is electrocuted in his hotel room. Later his girlfriend is found dead too. It appears one of the candidates may be involved in a sex scandal. Can Nick find out who committed these murders without engaging in a witchhunt? Dirty politics and mudslinging gets Nick thinking about when he was Professor Nicholas Girard (Chicago, 1954) -- and on trial before the HUAC on charges of being a Communist.

15 Dying for Fame10 November 1992
Pop star Rebecca has a new hit video in which she kills off her fans. When a fan's body is found in her hotel room is it life imitating art or just another imitator?

16 Only the Lonely 17 November 1992
It's Natalie's birthday again, which gets her and Nick thinking about another one of her birthdays- the day they met. Now she's met someone else- and Nick's jealousy is showing. Meanwhile a killer is murdering his dates.

17 Unreality TV 24 November 1992
Being the subject of a COPS-like television show reminds Nick of his first exposure to the camera during the US Civil War. Will modern technology finally reveal the vampires' secret?

18 Feeding the Beast1 December 1992
Nick goes undercover to investigate the murders of members of The Twelve Steps, a support group for addicts. Can his sponsor help him with his addiction, or is she out to kill him too?

19 If Looks Could Kill9 February 1993
Nick investigates three woman who are member of the Spa Experience. They're all young, beautiful, and have murderous tendencies, but do they share something more than skin deep?

20 Fatal Mistake16 February 1993
The investigation into Stonetree's recent shooting of a perp is keeping him up nights. Meanwhile Nick confronts a ghost of his own -- one that's about 300 years older.

21 196623 February 1993
During a hostage situation at the police station, Nick recalls his life in East Berlin (as the American Nick Thomas), where he helped another family in crisis while they helped him search for the Abarat, an ancient book of miracles that may contain a cure for vampirism.

22 Love You to Death 2 March 1993
After a model missing for four months is found dead under mysterious circumstances, another model disappears who bears a striking a resemblance to a dancer Nick fell for a long time ago

  • Starring: Geraint Wyn Davies
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
  • Encoding: Disc are Region Specific (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Format: Full-screen format
  • Color, Closed-captioned, Box set
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 21, 2003
  • Five discs

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