In its third season, cult favorite "Forever Knight" continues a fine tradition of excellent, even thought-provoking storytelling while concluding the saga of Nick Knight, 13th Century vampire and 20th Century Toronto homicide detective.
In the opening double episode of the season, "Black Buddha", a deranged bomber destroys an airliner leaving Toronto, precipitating a major shakeup in the cast of "Forever Knight." Knight's partner and his precinct captain are killed in the crash. Knight's new partner is Tracy Vetter, an inexperienced and often impulsive detective whose father happens to be police commissioner. Her arrival allows an interesting plot twist. Tracy falls in love with the boyishly charming vampire Vashon, but remains unaware that Nick is also a vampire, leading to a series of humorously ironic situations, notably in the episode "My Boyfriend is a Vampire.".
Season Three continues the themes of the series. Nick hungers for redemption and struggles with the guilt of 800 years of killing. He continues to work through a complicated relationship with police coroner and close confidant Natalie Lambert. Their love for each other will come to drive several episodes and the ending of the series.
As in Seasons One and Two, actions relentlessly have consequences; Nick's life is repeatedly made complex by his struggle to balance his vampire nature against his instinct to act for good. Nick's tendency to resort to his vampire abilities to solve crime sometimes complicates the cases or threatens the intended moral outcome.
Nick's vampire mentor LaCroix plays a large role, continuing his delicate wrestling match with Natalie for Nick's soul while sometimes bailing Nick out of trouble. Nick will try to return the favor when LaCroix faces his own long estranged and vengeful vampire mentor in "Ashes to Ashes".
Jeanette, Nick's fellow vampire and sometime lover from the first two seasons, has "moved on" but resurfaces in "The Human Factor" to validate Nick's search for his lost humanity and to offer a seeming alternate pathway back to it.
As all good things must come to an end, so does the season and the series. In the dramatic "Last Knight", Nick resolves his relationships with Vetter, LaCroix and Natalie. The ending is one every fan of the series will want to watch.
Season Three is highly recommended to fans of "Forever Knight" as the final 22 episodes of a series that managed to be highly entertaining and often thoughtful despite a limited budget. Extras for the third season DVD set include three music videos.