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Forever Knight: Beyond the Law

"You know I've always been attracted to political turmoil. The violence. The bloodshed. And there will be plenty of that here."

The old "ambassadors can't be arrested so they get away with murder" plot delivers our Killer of the Week, and Nick is fed up before it starts. With good reason.

Yet another episode that feels as if it could have been recycled from a Law & Order episode. Or Lethal Weapon 2. Sadly, we're not given a variation on the theme.

The humor of Don getting too much attention from the random forensic investigator provides welcome relief from the dry story. It's a predictable, familiar plot, and we're stuck in the ruts the whole way.


Interestingly, the first one starts as a black and white image on a co-worker's old computer monitor, as if it's a hallucination. Later, the ambassador is seen in the flashback, creating a subtle, lynch-esque segue back to reality. Captain Cohen and the blonde woman from the 70s pull off the same trick, putting us into Nick's mind as his past invades his present.

It's the 70s, and Nick's getting into politics and violence, and learning just how much our world leaders think they can get away with. I think this makes Nick think about vampires, who have great power and only use it for themselves.

Little Bites:

-Almost Familiar Faces: the blonde woman in the 70s is going to be a regular named Tracy in season three... OR maybe there's more to it. MAYBE it's a reincarnation of Tracy, always drawn to Nick because of some strand of fate we can't understand. (If you're confused... just keep watching the show. By the end of season three this will make total sense.)

-For once, we're in a club that's not The Raven. Toronto has two clubs, apparently. This one has worse music.

-Nigel Bennet is having entirely too much fun when he walks through the hotel, all by himself, and goes on a joyful rant (to no one) about how much he loves the turbulent 70s, ending with the phrase, "Age of Aquarius, indeed!"

-If the episodes you're watching seem out of order compared to our reviews, this is normal. There is some disagreement about the viewing order for this season. The DVDs and broadcast records don't always agree.

Final Analysis: Vampire shows are better when they're about vampires. 1 out of 5 broken pearl necklaces.

Adam D. Jones is a writer, historian, and undefeated cat wrestler. He's also something of a political firebrand himself, having recently led his co-workers in rebellion against the cheaper toilet paper.


  1. After recognising an Andromeda regular makinga brief appearance in a previous Forever Knight episode, I cannot believe that I did not realise who was playing Angela in this episode. So much for my powers of observation.

    I rate this episode a little better. There's the funny scene at the beginning when Nick is interviewing the old lady about Albert and Alfred. The diplomatic immunity turns out to be not as simple and obvious as our detectives think. LaCroix has some nice observations to Nick about what a vampire can do. And the transitions from present day to flashback are visually interesting.

    OK, there's no Janette, which is an automatic loss of two stars :-) but there are worse episodes.

  2. Absolutely! No Janette? Why am I even watching!


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