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Fanvid: Nick Knight 20th anniversary 
20th-Aug-2009 10:11 pm
NK--partners


Title: Nick Knight 20th Anniversary fanvid
Artist: Sugarcult
Song: Los Angeles
Source: Nick Knight (1989) TV movie
Character(s): Nick Knight, Alyce Hunter, LaCroix, Don Schanke, Dr. Jack Brittington, Janette
Download: Sendspace (21.3MB, WMV), my vid site, YouTube
Length: 1:51 minutes
Summary: Vampire cop in Los Angeles

ETA: A slightly bettered timed version can be streamed at blip. All download links will reflect this updated version. YouTube is the old one.


Notes: I adore Forever Knight. At times, the series was hindered by inconsistent storytelling and poor production values but the characters and the world they lived in has consistently entertained and sparked my imagination. However, the world of Forever Knight could not have been possible had it not been for the little seen 1989 TV movie Nick Knight. With Rick Springfield as the title character, the movie aired on CBS 20 years ago today as a backdoor pilot. The project was shelved and reworked as Forever Knight in 1992. Despite working with essentially the same script, the projects are as different as night and day, but in my opinion equally entertaining. The purpose of the vid is to celebrate the project that created the world of a centuries old vampire cop, his desire to atone for his sins and the supporting characters that surround him. Take a bow Nick Knight. Maybe LaCroix will dedicate another song and dance for you. And as Jack would say, "Keep eating."


Lyrics:

I want a girl, girl that won't talk back
And a job, job that gives me slack
And a car, car that won't break down
In the heat of Los Angeles
Want to go, go without a map
Far away, away, I won't get trapped
By the sound, a town, the sun beats down
In the heat of Los Angeles

One more holiday
I will not celebrate
I'm almost desperate
Cause I'm down, I'm down, I'm so beat down

(This city's killing me)
Come on, come on
It's alive and breathing
Come on, come on
Come alive today
(This city's killing me)
Come on, come on
It's a heartless beating
The sun is burning down Los Angeles (one more holiday)
The sun is burning down Los Angeles (I will not celebrate)
The sun is burning down Los Angeles (one more holiday)
The sun is burning down Los Angeles (I will not celebrate)
Comments 
21st-Aug-2009 06:53 am (UTC)
Your icon makes me smile! I'm sorry I won't have time to watch the video until this weekend (I hate my job's excessive hours) but I'm so glad to see that you finished your vid and are sharing it!

Happy anniversary. ;-)
22nd-Aug-2009 02:05 am (UTC)
Your icon makes me smile!

Me too. :-) Yay for the partners!

I'm sorry I won't have time to watch the video until this weekend (I hate my job's excessive hours) but I'm so glad to see that you finished your vid and are sharing it!

A girl's gotta eat, right?. Unfortunately we can't live off of fandom alone. I hope the vid gets you in the mood to crack open that DVD of yours. ;-)

Happy 20 years of Nick Knight!
22nd-Aug-2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
I watched it just now -- your vid, that is, not yet the DVD -- and it's outstanding! You've got me grinning ear to ear. You made a wonderful choice for the song -- implicitly commenting on the eventual shift to Toronto as well as the influence of setting and how much that first version is of its time and place -- and the scenes move smoothly and appropriately with good pacing. Thank you for sharing.

(My DVD is indeed out of the plastic. I usually test them in the DVD player to be sure they work before I tuck them away unwatched, at least. :-) I know someone who bought a boxed set (different show) that accidentally came with two copies of the sixth DVD and none of the fifth, and she never knew until she loaned me the set, because she never unwrapped it, and it was long past the period in which she could return it for a replacement.)

My strongest memory of Nick Knight will probably, ridiculously, always be the moment in fkfic-l War 8 ("Cinderella's War"), in which a N&Npacker hesitantly explains to a reality-displaced Nick Knight Nick that, "Well, in your world, I guess we'd be Nick&JackPackers..." Still makes me laugh!
29th-Aug-2009 05:37 am (UTC)
You made a wonderful choice for the song -- implicitly commenting on the eventual shift to Toronto as well as the influence of setting and how much that first version is of its time and place -- and the scenes move smoothly and appropriately with good pacing.

I'm so happy you enjoyed it. With gen_ficathon and oldschoolfic taking up most of my time, my song hunting was almost non-existent. With such a short time span, I almost dropped the project. But once again I have to bow before the all knowing power of the iTunes shuffle mode. I'd forgotten that "Los Angeles" was in my iTunes collection.

The song could not have been more perfect. I too appreciated how the visuals of Nick Knight--the 80s fashion (Janette, Alyce's glasses), the L.A. lifestyle (the sunbed), the city skyline--lent themselves to the song. All those elements are unique to this incarnation and they didn't survive the transition to "Dark Knight" I wanted to celebrate them because like you said it's "of its time and place."

(My DVD is indeed out of the plastic. I usually test them in the DVD player to be sure they work before I tuck them away unwatched, at least. :-) I know someone who bought a boxed set (different show) that accidentally came with two copies of the sixth DVD and none of the fifth, and she never knew until she loaned me the set, because she never unwrapped it, and it was long past the period in which she could return it for a replacement.)

Ouch. I'm certainly guilty of that as well. Some I managed to catch immediately but I wasn't so lucky with others. I'm almost afraid to look at my sitting unopened complete series sets of Gilmore Girls, Buffy and Six Feet Under. So much time has passed since I purchased them.

My strongest memory of Nick Knight will probably, ridiculously, always be the moment in fkfic-l War 8 ("Cinderella's War"), in which a N&Npacker hesitantly explains to a reality-displaced Nick Knight Nick that, "Well, in your world, I guess we'd be Nick&JackPackers..." Still makes me laugh!

"Nick&JackPackers"? Now that's funny.

I find the whole Natalie was originally a slight, 50-ish man named Jack interesting in light of some of the gender swapping I've seen in a few fandoms like Smallville. Many like exploring how the dynamic between two same sex characters would change if one of them changed genders. It's all hypothetical in those fandoms but oddly enough in FK it became a reality. Best friend, brotherly Jack turned into best friend, potential love interest Natalie.
30th-Aug-2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
>"Best friend, brotherly Jack turned into best friend, potential love interest Natalie."

I'd say that both Jack and Natalie are sibling-like in their parallel adventures at the start, and I'd guess that if NK had become a series, Jack would eventually have been considered a potential love interest by the fandom, too. :-)

When I rewatched Nick Knight this weekend, pursuant to this conversation, one thing that struck me was that NK Nick has a line to Jack that DK Nick does not have to Natalie. Both NK and DK end with Nick making a remark about never being able to love; people often wrestle with this in FK, as it can seem to come, if not out of nowhere, then more out of Nick's tortured perspective than as a rule of the universe. In NK, though, that final line is presaged by a very specific line to Jack, spoken in Nick's home, which is trimmed out of the parallel conversation with Natalie. (There's also a line to Schanke about Myra -- getting to wake up next to the same woman for many years.) The effect of trimming it is to soften the no-arguments absolutism of the "no romance" clause in the NK universe rules, but was that the goal, or was it trimmed simply in recognition that the line wouldn't be said between a man and a woman the way it was between a man and a man?
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29th-Aug-2009 08:17 am (UTC)
Very well done! Thanks for sharing.
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