In Depth Commentary

Pompeii, 79 A.D.

A More Permanent Hell - LaCroix returns to Pompeii after completing a campaign in Gaul, to find his daughter strangely changed. During the eruption of Vesuvius, Divia asks him whether he wants to live or die. His choice is to live, and Divia makes him a vampire. 

Vesuvius erupted on August 24, A.D. 79, burying Pompeii and Herculaneum in ash. Not a pleasant way to go, the ash was so heavy that people suffocated quickly. Since this happened during the daytime, my question is, how did Divia and LaCroix escape? 

Egypt, 99 A.D.

Ashes to Ashes - Divia takes LaCroix to the tomb of Aya-Hotep and reveals she has killed her master. She attempts to persuade LaCroix to become her lover, reasoning that they are beyond mortal mores. In his appalled horror, LaCroix beheads Divia and buries her there. 

LaCroix tells Nick that "twenty years after Pompeii, I thought her dead and buried along with the guilt -- and the secret that one dare not share." This of course places the flashback in A.D. 99, in the Valley of the Kings, Egypt. 

Paris, c. 1070-1100

A Fate Worse Than Death - LaCroix offers Janette a chance for revenge and freedom from her life of prostitution, by making her a vampire. 

Both the timestamp and the location are provided by dialogue; Janette's friend Anna says that if she had conceived by her husband she would "still be married in England instead of a prostitute in Paris," and Janette tells Nick in the present day that nothing has changed in "a thousand years." If Janette shares Nick's habit of rounding off centuries, it may be slightly later than 1100. 

Wales, 1220

Queen of Harps - Nicolas de Brabant is framed for Gwyneth's murder when he makes the mistake of falling in love with her. His only chance to avoid death is provided by Lord DeLabarre who arranges amnesty for him on the condition he join the Crusades and liberate Jerusalem. Nick, reluctantly, agrees. 

This is our earliest encounter with a mortal Nick, and obviously takes places several years prior to his being brought across. Nick has to have time to travel to Jerusalem and return to Paris prior to his fatal encounter with Janette. We can assume several months travel time each way. This narrows the time to between 1218 and 1225. Gillian Horvath, who wrote the script, however states Queen of Harps took place in 1220.  

Paris, 1228

Dance by the Light of the Moon - The first time in the series (chronologically) that we see Nick as a mortal man; but not for long. Janette lures him from a banquet where he seems to have gotten very tanked and very bored, seduces him, and turns him over to LaCroix. 

Near Death - Nick is brought across by LaCroix. As he hovers between life and (un)death, he is given the choice to die or return. Nick cannot resist the temptation (naturally) to know what life is like as a vampire. 

This takes place immediately following the events in Dance by the Light of the Moon. Some have questioned whether it was the same night or not, since Janette's attire has changed. I suspect this is due to the 18 month gap between season 1 and 2, and the loss of the wardrobe, more than anything else. Nick is after all, still in the nightie that he was wearing while frolicking with Janette. Perhaps she got dressed so Nick could concentrate on what LaCroix had to say, since Nick's so easily distracted, but it probably didn't help. We know he didn't hear the full disclosure statement. 

Dark Knight - Nick's first night as a vampire; he makes his first kill, encouraged by LaCroix and Janette. 

This was an easy one to place, since they gave us the date and place in print on the screen in the very first scene of the series. There is also a brief clip in "I Will Repay" that was a part of the "Dark Knight" sequences in the Canadian-aired cut. 

Killer Instinct - LaCroix teaches Nick to find him by following the "vibration" felt between master vampire and convert. 

Curiouser and Curiouser - Nick dallies over his dinner during his first week of feeding, and finds that while the blood isn't bothering him, something is. LaCroix gently warns him that he must shed his mortal mores or there will be consequences. 

This is truly Nick through the looking-glass, because he has a flashback in the middle of a delusion or hallucination. LaCroix tells him that his first week of feeding has gone well, nailing down the time and place, before going on to discuss Nick's lingering guilt. 

Brabant, c. 1228-1230

Be My Valentine - Nick returns home to see his mother and sister one last time. Unexpectedly, LaCroix falls for Nick's sister. In order to save her life, Nick makes a very bad bargain with LaCroix, agreeing that if he should ever love a mortal...well you get the drift. 

Another easy one to date. Nick tells LaCroix he isn't going to disappear without seeing his mother and sister one more time. I suspect this happened very shortly after Nick became a vampire and he was still in the process of "letting go his mortal bonds." That places it within a couple of years after being brought across -- at least in my book. 

Background c. 1233

Fallen Idol - Fleur's son Andre is born.

France, c. 1247

Fallen Idol - Nick returns at Fleur's death to care for her son Andre. LaCroix is amused at Nick's naiveté in believing that Andre will still love him when Nick reveals his nature. LaCroix takes matters into his own hands to makes sure Andre really understands who and what his Uncle Nick is. 

The script dates this one as 1274, but I believe it was a typo in the script. In Be My Valentine, Fleur has grown up, but is not yet married. Since Nick has been gone since around 1220, that put BMV at the latest in 1230. Fleur's son, Andre looked to approximately ten to twelve years old. Based on that, 1247 is a much more believable date. 

Background c. 1374-1421

Partners of the Month - Nick and Janette begin their 98 years together.

France, 1428-31

For I Have Sinned - Nick meets the girl who will become known as Joan of Arc on her way to meet with the Dauphin, and again on the eve of her execution. On both occasions he debates with her about spiritual vs. actual immortality, and is very bothered by what she has to say. 

Also easy to place, thanks to the presence of a historical personage. The first meeting was somewhere between Domremy and Vaucouleur, probably close to the former; Joan was executed at Rouen in 1431. 

Europe (probably France), c. 1440-60

Dead Air - Janette and LaCroix terrorize and finally kill a man bound to a chair, apparently as a substitute for LaCroix's father. Nick observes the proceedings in disgust. 

This one is tough because the whole sequence is in one room, removed from the mortal world. The key was when it dawned on me that Nick is in what appears to be the same outfit as when he had last spoken to Joan, but it's a wreck and so is he. LaCroix's comments indicate that Nick has not been with them in some time, and his disheveled condition indicates that he has been living on the fringes, possibly as a result of the doubts raised by his debates with Joan. As for my approximate dating, it's based mostly on the gown and headdress on our favorite immortal fashion plate. This will henceforth be referred to as Janette-dating, just because it's late and I'm in a silly mood. 

Thanks to the timely observations of Leslie GS, this one has been narrowed down from 1440-60 to 1435-48. SHe points out, that the flashback from Trophy Girl takes place in 1448 and Nick has spiffed up by then. 

France, c. 1448

Trophy Girl - Nick is troubled by LaCroix' dalliance with Liselle. Her beauty haunts him and he wants to save her from from death at LaCroix' hands. Nick attempts to convince her to leave, but Liselle doesn't believe him and playfully seduces him. It's too much for Nick's control and he kills her. 

The script gives us the date for this flashback, but it doesn't tell us where, beyond a castle keep. Based on the fact that Liselle is speaking French, I believe this takes place in France. It makes sense within the timeline, since all earlier flashbacks occur in Paris and France, once Nick becomes a vampire. As for the clothes, I could find precedents for both Nick and LaCroix's outfits (Nick's jerkin belted with metal belts and LaCroix's surcote) to tie it to the script date. 

Hertogenbosch, Holland, c. 1490-1516

Dead Issue - Nick learns that a young artist's model, Ilse, was raped by the master painter but believes herself guilty of seduction. He is unable to convince her otherwise, and she commits suicide by poison. 

The master painter's tunic and Ilse's gown indicate both the period and a northern European location, most likely Holland as it was a leading force in early Renaissance art. The period is reinforced by Ilse's conviction that her rape by the master painter was her fault, an attitude that was most prevalent, and in fact actively endorsed by the Church, at that time. The timeframe is further narrowed by the lifetime of Hieronymous Bosch (1450-1516), who is the master painter. Nick refers to him as Master Bosch, and he is painting the rather recognizable "Garden of Earthly Delights." Hieronymous Bosch lived in Hertogenbosch, a provincial town located in the modern Netherlands close to the Belgian border, all his life. 

Italy or Germany, c. 1510-1519

Partners of the Month - Janette decides to leave Nicolas after 98 years of life together. Nicolas, feeling angry and betrayed, keeps a painting of Janette by Leonardo, much to her dismay. 

Janette informs Nick that she will commission another painting when she sees Leonardo, during their argument. From this I concluded Leonardo must still be alive. Since we know that Da Vinci's life spanned from 1452 to 1519, this gives us a timeframe. After that I fell back on Janette-dating. Janette's ruff is a sign of Spanish influence which came around 1540. There is a discrepancy between the dialog and the clothes, so I decided to go with the dialog. I placed this towards the end of Leonardo's life, somewhere between 1510 and 1519 to get it as close as possible to the clothing style. When I first published this timeline I received a serious argument for late 1500's, based on Janette's clothing, and the idea it was possible Janette had forgotten or didn't know Leonardo was dead. It was also suggested that Germany would be a good location based on the clothing style and color. I still prefer Italy because of the references to Leonardo and the fact that Nick spoke Italian. 

Austria, 1528

Dead of Night - Nick weds Alyssa von Linz and on their wedding night attempts to bring her across to be his eternal companion. It is his first try and when he fails, he begs LaCroix to save her. LaCroix tells him that not even he can revive an ember that has burned out. He leaves, reminding Nick to "not take too much." 

The script tells us Dead of Night takes place in 1528. Nick's dashing outfit with the upper stocks and padded doublet with slashed sleeves fits right into a description of what was being worn in 1530. LaCroix once again is wearing something a little less high fashion, but his surcote appears to match the time. As for where it takes place, possibly Austria or Germany since Alyssa's last name is von Linz. 

Italy, c. 1530-1570

Crazy Love - Nick finds the perfect lover. Amalia loves Nick and wants to give herself to him completely. Nick knows that this will eventually lead to her death, but cannot bring himself to part from her. And finally, when Nick takes too much, she dies happily in his arms. 

This one is tough to date. However, I looked at Amalia's caps and believe that this took place either in France or Italy. In England, woman were wearing hoods and gabled headdress, which entirely concealed their hair (not too mention their necks). In Italy, the caps were more decorative at this time. The full sleeves and dress suggest the period between 1530 and 1570. Nick's attire seems to suggest a later time-frame than Amalia, since he is wearing breeches rather than hose. However, his short fitted jacket fits the time frame. 

Lake Titicaca, the Andes, 1531

Black Buddha, Part 2 - Vachon meets his death at the hands of the Inca after fierce battle. They are both brought across by Angel, and during the night, taught what they need to know to survive. She then gives them her final orders, and walks into the sun. Vachon and the Inca bury themselves in the dirt for the day. That night, Vachon rises first and wanting to be free, runs a tree through the Inca and leaves believing (erroneously) he's killed him. 

This one is a ...er dead give-away, since Vachon tells us the date. The year is 1531, and he is running messages at a battle at Lake Titicaca when he is brought across. 

Spain, 1578

Sons of Belial - Nick and LaCroix are taken in the night and thrown into prison to await interrogation by the Inquisition. Nick's compassion leads him to reveal the vampire to save a fellow inmate, Ario, from certain death. When the jailers attempt to kill Nick and LaCroix, Ario returns the favor and saves them. 

What a place to be--in Spain, in jail--and in the hands of the Inquisition! The script tells us that this is placed in 1578, and the clothing certainly bears that out. Nick is wearing clothing in the style of court dress, with the ruff and double or false sleeve. LaCroix's clothing is more traditional for the time, and probably more comfortable than that ruff. Guess we know who the fashion plate is, don't we? 

Background c. 1590

Love You to Death - Nick begins killing "only the guilty."

France, c. 1620-1640

Blood Money - Double dealing abounds when Nick and his partner-in-crime murder the Dauphin, after successfully extorting money from the King in a kidnapping plot. After meeting up with LaCroix and Janette, Nick--wanting the money for himself--turns the table on his partner. Nick kills his partner after a great sword fight (which Nick loses), despite LaCroix' warning that the money will be a curse. 

Another tough one. But the bucket-top leather boots (love 'em), linen collar, and vertically slashed sleeves were popular in the early 1600's. Not only that, in the 1620's and 1630's men grew their hair longer to lie on the shoulder. Certainly looks like what Nick is wearing, and very well too . The reference to the Dauphin places the story in France (however historically inaccurate an event). 

American Colonies, c. 1640-1690

Dying to Know You - Nick accidentally allows Matthew, a farmer with whom he has been staying, to see him fly. He makes a failed attempt to block Matthew's memory and refuses to explain what he is. Believing himself mad or possessed (interchangeable ideas in that time and place), Matthew hangs himself. 

One of the times when it would be helpful to have Janette or somebody female, as women's fashions change about twice as fast as men's. The location is only a guess; my best clue to time and place is Matthew's beliefs, Puritan or something very similar. Nick's comment that "devout men are not troubled by such things" hints that it may be around the Salem lunacy (1690's), when a great many devout men were troubled by such things. 

London, 1665

Fever - A doctor, Gerald Archer, struggling to aid plague victims notices that Nick and LaCroix are unafraid of the plague. In desperation he comes to them and pleads for help--any help--to ensure he will live so he can continue to treat people. With his "consent freely given," LaCroix allows Nick to bring him across. But immortality changes Gerald's priorities and he takes lives rather than saving them. Nick, dismayed, feels he has destroyed Gerald by bringing him across. Before long the Gerald is killed by the mortals he disdains. 

While the script tells us the flashback occurs in 1660, the great plague of London actually occurred in 1664-1665. So I looked at the costuming to double-check. LaCroix' dress is actually the most helpful in determining the date. He is wearing a doublet and breeches that were worn from approximately 1625-1635. In the Doctor's plain outfit we can also see the influence from the Dutch that was prevalent at the time. LaCroix places the flashback in Fever for us with the phrase "London used to be such a nice city." 

England, c. 1660-1670

Fatal Mistake - Nick believes he has killed a tavern maid, Alexandra, and LaCroix scoffs at his remorse. Unknown to Nick, LaCroix ensures that Alexandra becomes a vampire by giving her his own blood. 

Another case where the costuming provides the period and hints at the location. Nick and LaCroix are clearly differentiated from the trio whose table they take. It would be difficult to find another time and place where fashion statements were quite so politically charged; Nick and LaCroix would be seen as supporting the King, a camouflage that is echoed by the officers' uniforms in WWII London. 

Note: I have had an argument that Fatal Mistake may have taken place between 1642 and 1652 when the Puritan Roundheads defeating the Royalist Cavaliers based on the clothing styles. The pearl drop earring one that one of the men chased off by LaCroix hits they could have been Royalists (or at least not for Cromwell), and that LaCroix's plainer clothing could have signified his backing of Cromwell since they were...er winning. And we all know LaCroix's penchant to back the winning team

Canada, c. 1720-1790

Blackwing - Vachon's love of a good fight leads him to fight with the Missisaugua during the Queen Anne's Campaign. When they are successful in obtaining a treaty, Vachon is one of the signers, but the party is later ambushed and the treaty stolen. 

Vachon's voice-over is actually more helpful than the flashback itself. From his narration we learn it occurred over 200 years ago during the Queen Anne's Campaign of the French and Indian Wars. Based on where the Campaign took place, the flashback occurred in eastern Canada, probably near where Toronto would later be built. 

Colonial America, c. 1740s

Undue Process - Nick endures a lynch-mob hanging for a murder he did not commit, then exacts revenge from the leaders of the mob as a "ghost". 

Place from accents, time from clothing, and a healthy dash of pure intuition on my part. 

Cote du Rhone, Avignon, France, 1755

Francesca - When LaCroix introduces Nick to his "sister" Francesca, the attraction is mutual. Francesca kills a musician whom Nick admires, to savor his "talent", and Nick spurns her, appalled by her practice. Nick realizes that the other musicians are in danger and goes to free them. When Francesca attempts to stop him, Nick kills her. 

This one is very easy to do. Both the date and place were given by Frank/Francesca under hypnosis. The year was 1755 and the place Avignon, France, the Cote du Rhone to be really precise. 

England, c. 1790s

Last Act - Nick and another vampire, Erica, are part of a traveling troupe of players. Erica tells him of her plan to do away with herself when she tires of life and becomes "a burden" (a plan she carries out in present-day Toronto at the beginning of the episode). 

This is a little tricky, as the theatre costumes are slightly earlier than the gown we see Erica wearing in the last section of flashback, dancing with her doll. That one falls during the transition between the heavily structured bodices and panniers of the Revolution era, and the simpler "Empire" style. I was tempted to think the sequences had a substantial span of time between them, but I think the play was set earlier than the time they were performing it; or perhaps the costumes were refurbished castoffs of an earlier style.  

Background c. 1790-1801

False Witness - Apparently in this time frame Janette and Nicholas knew the Marquis de Sade as Janette tells us "You want to arrest a tawdry little pornographer, when we saw the Marquis de Sade." de Sade was out of prison or the insane asylum during this time (except between Dec 1793 to Oct 1794). This places our vampires in Paris at the same time as the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror.  

Spain, 1792

My Boyfriend is a Vampire - Vachon, Screed, and Bourbon take some local tavern wenches into the barn for a deadly roll in the hay. 

Another tough one to place from clothing because the clothing belongs to people in the working class, which is not as well documented as the aristocracy. However the coat Vachon is wearing and the waist-coat that ends at the waist help place it in between 1760 and 1800. The script says 1792. The script states this flashback takes place in Spain. The only thing I know for sure is that it takes place in a barn or some similar building. 

Germany or Austria, c. 1800-1820

If Looks Could Kill - A vain Baroness has discovered Nick's secret and asks him to bring her over in order to preserve her youth. He refuses, only to discover later that Janette was more obliging. 

The Baroness is wearing the Empire style (mentioned above in Last Act). In the present-day story the Baroness is going by "Sophia Jurgen;" if she followed the pattern established by Nick and others we have seen, the given name is probably hers but the surname probably isn't. However, "Baroness" is a title usually associated with Germanic nobility, and if Jurgen is not her original surname she probably did choose one to match her origins. 

France, c. 1820s

Capital Offense - Nick takes refuge from a mob (it is unclear whether they know they are hunting a vampire) in a root cellar, aided by Marise, a young nun. LaCroix kills the nun and otherwise makes the usual insufferable nuisance of himself. 

Marise has a music box that plays Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" (op. 101, 1816), which belonged to her mother. Mass production of music boxes began in the 1820s (making them the CD singles of their day); Nick's coat in particular is no later than early 1830s. 

Coast of Ireland or England, c. 1825-1830

I Will Repay - Elizabeth, a leper, steals a fish and is stabbed by the fishermen. Nick finds her dying on the beach and brings her over, but is forced to destroy her when she proves to be murderously uncontrollable. 

Elizabeth and the fishermen are not exactly fashion plates, and we don't get as good a look at Nick's clothes as I would like, but I'm going by what I could get from that. 

England, c. 1830s

False Witness - While Nick and LaCroix argue about music and souls, Janette lures a young musician, Sarah Fergus, outside and kills. Nick tries to defend the girl's friend, John Underwood, when he is blamed for the murder. 

Another case of Janette-dating. Spanish influence, ankle-length taffeta with what sounds like two or three petticoats but no hoops. (Yes, this does get easier as we get closer to the present--good guess! :-) ) Very much the cutting edge of fashion, and probably a little daring to more conservative ladies like the extras in the courtroom. I'd be in trouble if I had to judge by Nick and LaCroix, as those outfits could be anywhere in the first half of the nineteenth century. 

Geneva, Switzerland, 1830

Let No Man Tear Asunder - Nick's search for a cure finds him taking electric voltage from Hans, a forward-thinking scientist. But things fall apart when Han's fiancee is mortally wounded when horses spooked by Nick's presence run her down. Han's, unable to live without Veronica, demands Nick get her a new heart. Nick's reluctantly obtains the heart from a murderous prostitute. But Veronica, in shock, believing her voice is gone, kills herself. 

Men's clothing was in the time period where changes are hard to see, but I believe Nick is wearing a Frock coat, and the shirt collars that were in vogue at the time. The womens dresses also seem to bear out the time period. Where are they? The script says Geneva, Switzerland. 

England, c. 1840s

Hunters - Nick, LaCroix, and Janette are trapped in a barn by vampire hunters. LaCroix is shot through the wall and they poke a torch through at Janette. Pushed over the edge, Nick goes out of control and kills the group (five, I think.) 

Just to bear out what I said above, Nick and LaCroix are dressed almost exactly as they were in "False Witness". Janette-dating! A more tailored bodice with a longer waist; and I suspect she got rid of a hoop skirt before they started running. Hoops were still of modest diameter at this time--it would be about ten years before the look we associate with Scarlett O'Hara. I'm guessing England, since we know that Hunted which takes places in the same time period probably occurred in England. 

England, c. 1840s

Hunted - LaCroix gives his children a lesson in "hunting the hunter"--a mortal hunting for meat too long after dark--in the wilderness away from the city. 

This is an effective companion piece to first season's "Hunters", and probably takes place not too long after it. Janette is appropriately attired in the sort of habit an upper-class lady would wear for a fox hunt. The guys are in essentially the same style they've been wearing for half a century; they're finally due for a change in the next decade or so. 

San Francisco, California, 1850

Avenging Angel - Nick is angered at the abuse a Chinese man heaps on his concubine. After threatening the man with death should he abuse her again, Nick offers her shelter. The women rejects Nick's offers and returns to her Master. When her master beats her so badly that she is mortally wounded, Nick stalks and kills him in a rage. LaCroix, meanwhile, finishes off the dying woman as a late-night snack. 

From around 1830 to 1860, the changes in men's clothing are fairly subtle, and unless they give you a really good view of the clothing, it's hard to tie it down. Since the only woman's dress we see it Chinese, that doesn't help either (where is Janette when you need her?) However, Nick is definitely wearing a frock coat out of heavy fabric with a fur collar and a high stiff collar and neck-tie which place it between 1830-1860. The script says 1850, Chinatown, San Francisco. 

Crimean War, 1853

Night In Questions - LaCroix is a little careless in his choice of victims, when he preys on the dying during a battle, and ends up with a stake in his chest. Unable to remove it himself, LaCroix is reduced to asking for Nick's help. Nick agrees, but only after forcing LaCroix to let him go his own way. 

The uniform that LaCroix is wearing is that of a French Hussar. In fact it looks exactly like the one in a book that states the year as 1853. The same as the script. A-maz-ing. Since this was the year the Crimean war started, and we all know how LaCroix loves a good war, I'd say that nails this one down. 

South Carolina, c. 1855-1860

The Fire Inside -  Nick, LaCroix, and Janette find shelter for the day in an abandoned farmhouse on a hunting trip, and discover runaway slaves are hiding in the basement. Nick protects them from LaCroix and Janette who see them as a threat. When slave hunters arrive , Nick continues to protect them and whammies the hunters into believing they've gone towards Charlotte. But that night they come back, realizing Nick lied, and set the house on fire. LaCroix and Janette fly to safety, but Nick helps the slaves out, and destroys the hunter. 

I have placed this one between 1855 and 1860 for several reasons. First we know that Nick and LaCroix were in the Crimean War in 1853. They had to have a little time to change continents. Secondly, the Underground Railroad was active between 1830 and 1861. When the Civil War broke out, I guess things got a little tough to keep going. Third, we find Nick serving as a doctor during the Civil War. These factors put very definite bookends on the possible time during which this flashback could have occurred. Since Nick misdirects the slave hunters to Charlotte, I suspect they are in South Carolina. 

American South, c. 1861-1862

Unreality TV - Nick is a working as a doctor with the Union army. Sullivan, a photographer, shows him some strange prints--pictures of a clearly airborne LaCroix preying on the wounded as the battle moved on. Nick fails to convince the young man to destroy the plates and forget what he saw, and the Enforcers arrive to kill Sullivan. They have LaCroix in custody at the end of the flashback sequence; we don't know how he got away. 

Piece of cake, even without Janette-dating, just because the Civil War was relatively short. Sullivan has one line referring to "the run", which is a common Southern term for creek or river, but which can also be taken as referring to Bull Run. There were actually two battles there in 1861 and 1862. (Thanks to Paula Sanders for her sharp ears on this one!) 

France, 1867

The Fix - Nick in desperation turns to the "Resurrection Doctor" to help him find a cure. The Doctor, however, has other plans and after draining him of enough blood to weaken him, binds him for further experiments. He sees Nick as his ticket to fame and fortune, and plans to cash in. LaCroix and Janette, however, come to Nick's rescue and kill the doctor. 

Thanks to Diane Echelbarger, we can determine the year. Janette's dress is almost an exact replica of one seen in the Wisconsin Historical Society, dated 1867. Not only that, the oval hoop was only in style for about two years. However, the place is not so easy. We only know that the "Resurrection Doctor" left England. I tend to think it's France, after all, it is home. 

American Southwest, c. 1870-1880

The Code - Nick, traveling on his own, is rescued by a fellow traveler from a thief. Over the fire, they exchange stories and drinks. It's only when Nick falls into a paralyzed stupor that he realizes his "new friend" is a bounty hunter, who's poisoned him with curare. Before the bounty hunter can take advantage of the situation, LaCroix turns up and dispatches him to an early grave. Once again LaCroix' obsessive behavior saves Nick's life. 

I place this one between 1870 and 1880 because the "Old West" as depicted here points to the late 18th century. Not only that, Nick had to get back to England by 1883 to do the Sherlock Holmes thing in Blind Faith. Furthermore I suspect he stayed and helped out throughout the Civil War before heading west, which limits the amount of time he could have spent hanging out in the sagebrush. It's really hard to pinpoint a place when all we get to see is a campsite somewhere in the west. Let's just say it's the southwest. It looked pretty barren. 

Croyden, England, 1883

Blind Faith - Arthur Conon Doyle joins the list of historical figures that cross Nick's path. All because LaCroix has had a Carouche turn Nick's faithful dog into a deadly killer in yet another attempt to force Nick to come to terms with who and what he is. In the end, Nick destroys Raleigh, and Doyle gets the idea for a story (Hounds of the Baskervilles). 

The script tells us this takes place in Croyden England in 1883. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in 1859, so that would make him 24, which fits with the way the actor played the part. 

London, 1888

Bad Blood - LaCroix, incapacitated by the tainted blood of a depraved East End barber, urges Nick to make sure the job is finished. Nick leaves the man, who is later revealed to be Jack the Ripper, alone and he wakens as a vampire. 

It is unclear whether we are meant to think LaCroix brought over the Ripper before, after, or in the midst of the Whitechapel murders of August-November 1888. My pet theory is that it ended the nearly two-month lull before the particularly grisly "double event" that marked the Ripper's farewell...to London, at least. 

Background c. 1890

Love You to Death - Nick ceases killing altogether.

Paris, c. 1890

Love You to Death - Nick has fallen in love from afar with ballerina Sylvaine Rochet, seeing her as an "angel" of purity. LaCroix convinces him that she is really a whore and Nick kills her, then learns that LaCroix tricked him. 

Circumstances point to this as Nick's last kill, and he stated in "Cherry Blossoms" that he had killed no one for a hundred years. (It's also worth noting, for the sake of tracking Nick's moral development, that he has had a "code" for the previous 300 years of killing only the "guilty".) Costuming provides further clues to the period, and the custom of the ballerina receiving visitors in her dressing room suggests the Paris Opera, where the foyer de danse and sometimes performers' private dressing rooms had the reputation of being the place to find a fashionable mistress. 

New Orleans, 1890

Hearts of Darkness - Vachon is attracted to Urs, a beautiful chanteuse, but his compliments cause her current lover to treat her abusively. Vachon, ever the gentleman vampire, kills him when he threatens Urs. When Urs realizes what Vachon is, she begs him to help her by drinking his fill and killing her. Vachon does, sort of. She's just too beautiful to kill, and he brings her across, much to her dismay. 

After 1880 woman's evening wear was elaborate with décolleté necklines and short sleeves. Bustles were smaller and skirts were draped. Urs' dress certainly matches the description. Without the script, however, I wouldn't be able to name a location (besides a bar). They tell us it is New Orleans. 

Background c. 1893

Dark Knight - Mayan archeological dig.

Titanic, Atlantic Ocean, 1912

Black Buddha, Part 1 - Nick is accosted by Claire Gibson, who is seeking a vampire to give her eternal life. In return, she promises him the Black Buddha, which will give him what he wants most. But when the Titanic begins to sink, Claire believes it is the Buddha's fault and would rather die than live with the knowledge she was responsible for so many deaths. The question is, did Nick bring her across anyway, or is that just his dream fantasy? 

Since the flashback takes place aboard the Titanic, the time frame is limited to the one and only voyage the Titanic made, ending on April 14-15, 1912 when it sank approximately 1600 miles from New York. What I want to know is how did Nick escape? 

San Francisco, 1916

Cherry Blossoms - Mai, a Chinatown acupuncturist, attempts to cure Nick's craving for blood. LaCroix and Janette arrive to taunt him while he is paralyzed by the needles, and LaCroix kills Mai when she returns to the room, witnessed by her little son. 

At last, Nick tells us the year, by reminding Janette of it when she comes to rescue him in the present. It's not a period that particularly suits her, or anyone else; but give the designer responsible, Paul Poiret, credit for getting us out of the corsets and yards and yards of useless stuff. 

St. Petersburg, Russia, 1916

Strings - Nick is caught up in the politics of the Russian court when he sides with Czar Nicholas against Alexandra and her odd holy man Rasputin. Turns out that LaCroix has made Rasputin a vampire just for grins, and Nick is the one that gets to kill him. The Czar decides that maybe Nick isn't someone he wants around, when he learns his true nature. 

Well, let's see, we have Rasputin along with Nicholas and Alexandra. Yeah, it's St. Petersburg, Russia, just before the Russian Revolution. The script dates it as 1916. Works for me. 

European Frontier, c. 1918-1919

Jane Doe - A chance encounter with Hitler on a train, intrigues LaCroix. Hitler's evil is so delicious that LaCroix thinks he would make an excellent vampire. Nick is revolted and wants no part of it, and tells him to kill him rather than amplify his evil. But when the moment comes, something about Hitler, makes LaCroix change his mind. 

Another historical figure, this time it's young Adolph Hitler. (Sounds sort of like a bad young Indiana Jones, doesn't it?) Placing it, is a little tough, since they are on a moving train, and nobody tells us the destination. The script simply says the European Frontier, I'd like to think its either Germany or Austria. 

Egypt, c. 1921-1924

Faithful Followers - Thomas, a fellow vampire who also claims to be in search of a cure, convinces Nick to bring a noted linguist to his dig. When he does, Thomas kills the woman, the subject of wager with LaCroix. 

Seems to be after the Tutankhamun discovery prompted a boom in the population of European archaeologists of varying degrees of qualification, but before the Egyptian government started effectively watchdogging them. The lady scholar's clothing would be considered quite conservative in the 20s, in keeping with the need to maintain a respectable image in a man's profession. 

Paris, c. 1918-1920

Baby Baby - Nick is intrigued, and then willingly seduced by Serena. She speaks poetically of her desires, and Nick believes she wants eternity, when what she really wanted was someone to father a child, and then go his way. The morning after was really a bummer for both of them. 

This is fairly easy to place. Serena tells us she has been looking all over Paris for the perfect man. The clothing that her pregnant friend is wearing in the flashback are very typical of the flapper era. 

Paris and Toronto, c. 1921-1925

Father's Day - Janette puts Nick in contact with a mortal mob figure who smuggles him to Canada, then regrets it and gives LaCroix the same information in order to find Nick. 

Janette's bobbed hair and risqué party dress seem to place us at the height of the Jazz Age; however, since they are in Paris and Janette has never been one to miss the cutting edge of style, it may be as early as 1921. 

London, c. 1941-43

Father Figure - The Gleesome Threesome takes in Daniel, a war orphan who tries to steal Janette's purse. When LaCroix plants suspicion regarding Janette's motives in adopting him, Nick convinces the boy to leave. Later he returns to find Daniel back and a vampire. 

No Janette-dating necessary, although it helps pinpoint the most likely years. The "Blitz" occurred through 1941, making it a good bet; but bombing of London did continue for some time, and everyone in the flashback seems somewhat accustomed to it. 

Lyon, France, 1942

Outside The Lines - As part of the French resistance during WWII, Nick struggles to determine who the traitor's in their midst are. Allowing his emotions to cloud his judgement, Nick kills Giroux, and then later Marie-Claire believing both are traitors. When LaCroix points out valid reasons for their actions, Nick realizes he will never know the truth and regrets (once again) his actions. 

This one is easy, too. World War II in occupied France. The script narrows this one down to 1942, Lyon France. 

Toronto, c. 1949-1953

Forward Into The Past - Nick uses his vampire contacts to help a young widow named Katherine Barrington disappear and start a new life to escape her husband's murderer. 

There is a small glitch with this one, as Nick says he met the Barringtons in London in the 50s and that they moved back to Toronto "after the war". If you pretend he said 40s, everything is fine. Since this is the same ep with the now-infamous "Battle of Hastings" comment that amounts to Nick claiming to be at least 150 years older than he his, I don't feel too bad about fudging another line by a decade in light of the way it fits much better before the 1954 sequences than after. 

Chicago, 1954

Spin Doctor - While teaching archaeology at the University of Chicago, Nick faces a McCarthy hearing. His efforts to defend his character are in vain when investigators discover the blood in his refrigerator. Appropriately, this sequence is shot in black and white, almost as if it were contemporary news footage. 

Again, Nick tells us the year and city, when showing Natalie his desk nameplate in the closing minutes of the episode. 

Background c. 1960

Close Call - Schanke finds a driver's licence for Nicholas Forrester of Greenwich Village, New York, 1960.

East Berlin, 1966

1966 - Nick seeks an ancient Sanskrit manuscript called the Abbarat in a Berlin library, hoping that it contains a cure for his curse. He agrees to help the night custodian of the library and the man's son and daughter escape to West Germany in exchange for their help in finding the book. 

Couldn't get more obvious, as the date and place are stated clearly in the episode, which is mostly flashback. This was my freebie. :-) 

Chicago, c. 1964-1968

Amateur Night - Nick decides he wants to be a policeman, and he wants it NOW. So he whammies his way past the academy and onto patrol where his actions put his partner in danger. Nick then realizes that maybe there might be something to academy training, and decides to go back and do it by the rules. 

Well, clothes didn't even come into it. How do you determine a time frame when everyone is wearing that timeless Chicago police uniform. But it didn't hurt that Nick and his partner inspected a "Classic Ford Mustang" on their patrol. That style was produced only between 1964 and 1968. They also had a nicely placed picture of President Lyndon Johnson on the precinct wall to back this up. 

Chicago, 1968

Beyond The Law - Nick (having gotten his academy training) is now a policeman moonlighting as a security officer at the Democratic National Convention. Candidate Thomas Gardiner abuses his power by raping Angela Moser, who works on his campaign. When she hangs herself, Gardiner is unable to control the spin, and eventually gives up his candidacy to avoid the scandal. Nick is really quite pleased at the outcome, and I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't do a little manipulating to get it. 

I dated this one based on the fact that the Democratic National Convention in 1968 was held in Chicago. The narrow ties and jacket lapels match the time frame as well. I also realized watching this show that Lisa Ryder has the dubious distinction of being killed twice on Forever Knight. 

Bin Loc, Vietnam, 1971

Can't Run, Can't Hide - While Nick is working as a Red Cross medic, a unit of American soldiers called the "Clean-Up Crew" wipes out a village where he has just immunized the children. LaCroix finds and brings over a survivor, who seeks revenge on the soldiers. 

The Vietnam war helps to narrow this one down pretty effectively. 

Background c. 1975

Black Buddha, Part 1 - LaCroix tells Nick this is when Janette came to Toronto. P>

Background c. 1983

Dark Knight - Nick tells Janette this is when he came to Toronto.

Toronto, 1990

Only the Lonely - Natalie is a little shocked when her latest "patient," Nick, sits up growling and proceeds to slurp down a bag of blood from her lab cooler. Later, Nick tries unsuccessfully to frighten her off and she convinces him to let her try to help him regain his mortality. 

Jumping back to Nat's 28th birthday from her 30th. The outdoor scenes are probably the night after their initial meeting in the lab. Nick has at least had time to clean up and change clothes; dialogue found in the Canadian cut tells us he did try to make her forget about him and was checking up on her, which if he had any sense (yes, I know that's questionable sometimes!) he would do as soon as possible, before her knowledge could start causing trouble. 

Toronto, 1990-1995

Close Call - Schanke recalls all the really weird things Nick has said and done during their partnership, leading him to the inevitable conclusion that his partner is...a vampire. 

This is the only episode that features Schanke's flashbacks, and they are very easy to date. All of them take place after he and Nick became partners. You would think he would have clued in sooner that something about Nick just wasn't right. But maybe he couldn't, until he had a "real" flashback. 

Montreal, 1995

Human Factor - Janette goes to Montreal to avoid becoming infected by Nick's search for humanity and mortality. It backfires big time when she meets Robert McDonagh and falls in love. She reveals her true nature to him, and as they make love over time, she is able to take less and less. When he is shot and killed in front of her, Janette is unable to bring him across and something very unusual happens--she regains her mortality. 

This is easy, since it's Janette's flashback of the last few months that she has spent in Montreal after leaving to rid herself of the "desire for humanity" infection. What she finds instead is her mortality. Talk about a cruel twist of fate. Poor Nick. 

 


Dream/Fantasy

Dying For Fame - Music-video style imagery that underlines Nick's empathy for Rebecca, the rock star so lonely she confesses to a murder she didn't commit in an attempt to escape the spotlight.  

Dream/Fantasy

Feeding the Beast - Nick stands in a dream-skewed version of the 12-step meeting room, confessing to his vampirism and confronted by LaCroix urging him to kill his program sponsor Monica. In another sequence, the diner where he eats the famous french fries suddenly seems to be filled with laughing vampires, with Janette as a nightmarish pink-uniformed waitress. Both sequences appeared only the in the Canadian cut.  

Sheer Fantasy

Stranger Than Fiction - Various characters imagine themselves in the story as they read Emily Weiss' popular vampire novel; the resulting scenes are always amusing and often quite telling.  

Virtual Un...Reality

Games Vampires Play - Nick plays a game in virtual reality to find a killer. And the game becomes highly addictive as he must kill and keep killing to find the clues.  

Multiple Flashbacks

Last Knight - As Nick contemplates what to do when his life comes crashing down around him, he remembers pivotal events in his life. They are included here in order of appearance(s) 
(1) Last Act 
(2) Only the Lonely 
(3) Dead of Night 
(4) Black Buddha 
(5) Be My Valentine 
(6) Black Buddha 
(7) Human Factor 
(8) For I have Sinned 

During the love scene, images of violence overshadow Nick and Natalie. It is not clear if Nick or Natalie is seeing these events: 
  (1) Last Act 
  (2) Dying to Know You 
  (3) Trophy Girl 
  (4) Dead of Night 
  (5) Dark Knight 
  (6) Night in Question 
  (7) Let No Man Tear Asunder 
  (8) Blood Money 
  (9) Dark Knight 
(10) Crazy Love 
(11) Queen of Harps 
(12) Dark Knight 
(13) For I Have Sinned 
(14) Dark Knight 
(15) Near Death


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