I’d like to start this continuation of the Dark Shadows discussion from the old board with a look at some of the new and upcoming Dark Shadows audio stories from Big Finish Productions. There aren’t nearly as many Dark Shadows audio adventures as there are Doctor Who ones, but the Doctor Who series has been around longer. The Dark Shadows audios are a mixed bag. The first release was a full-cast sequel titled “Return to Collinwood”. Later they began to release a series of interconnected sequential stories grouped in short “seasons”. More recently they’ve been going back to the timeline of the original television show and telling interstitial one-shots. As the Dark Shadows series seems to be catching on, Big Finish seems to be ramping up their production schedule. “Curse of the Pharaoh” was released in September, and the next four are set for monthly release beginning in January at a special subscription rate.

CURSE OF THE PHARAOH:

“Curse of the Pharaoh” stars Nancy Barrett (reprising her role as Carolyn Stoddard) and Marie Wallace (perhaps best known as “Eve” on the TV show) in a new role, famed Egyptologist Dr. Gretchen Warwick. The story doesn’t specify, but I assume it takes place shortly after the end of the series original TV series, circa 1970 or so. Both actresses are kind of rusty and sound as old as they are, not as young as they (Caroline, anyway) are supposed to be. Barrett was always a better actress than Wallace, and that remains true. Wallace’s shortcomings are spotlighted in this “dramatic reading” in which she plays other bit parts, most of the male (Bob the bartender at The Blue Whale, Eliot Stokes on the telephone, Carolyn’s father in flashback), which she performs in a gruff kind of storybook voice as if reading aloud to a child. The story itself is a sequel to the unpopular “Leviathan” television storyline. If you’ve never heard a Dark Shadows audio and thinking of trying one out, there are better ones to start with than this.

KEY: OB = Old Board; UR = Un-Reviewed

Return to Collinwood - 169

SEASON ONE:
S1.1 The House of Despair - 1
S1.2 The Book of Temptation - OB
S1.3 The Christmas Presence - OB
S1.4 The Rage Beneath - 7

SEASON TWO: Kingdom of the Dead - 7

DRAMATIC READINGS:

1. Angelique’s Descent-Pt. 1 - OB
2. Angelique’s Descent-Pt. 2 - OB
3. Clothes of Sand - OB
4. The Ghost Walker - OB
5. The Skin Walkers - OB
6. The Path of Fate - OB
7. The Wicked & the Dead - OB
8. Echoes of Insanity - OB
9. Curse of the Pharaoh - 1
10. Final Judgment - 1
11. Blood Dance - 1
12. The Night Whispers - 1
13. London’s Burning - 2
14. The Doll House - 30
15. The Blind Painter - 87
16. The Death Mask - 88
17. The Creeping Fog - 89
18. The Carrion Queen - 89
19. The Poisoned Soul - 96
20. The Lost Girl - 96
21. The Crimson Pearl - 114
22. The Voodoo Amulet - 129
23. The House by the Sea - 170
24. Dress Me in Dark Dreams - 154
25. The Eternal Actress - 162
26. The Fall of House Trask - 163
27. Operation: Victor - 166
28. Speak No Evil - 166
29. The Last Stop - 166
30. Dreaming of the Water - 167
31. The Haunted Refrain - 167
32. A Collinwood Christmas - 167
33. The Phantom Bride - 167
34. Beneath the Veil - 167
35. The Enemy Within - 167
36. The Lucifer Gambit - 167
37. The Flip Side - 167
38. Beyond the Grave - 168
39. Curtain Call - 168
40. The Harvest of Souls - 170
41. The Happier Dead - 168
42. The Carriage Damned - 168
43. The Devil Cat - 168
44. The Darkest Shadow - 173

SEASON THREE: Bloodlust - 170-172, 181

45. Panic - 173
46. The Curse of Shurafa - 173
47. In the Twinkling of an Eye - 173
48. Deliver Us from Evil - 173
49. Tainted Love - 173
50. ...And Red All Over - 175

Echoes of the Past - 176

Blood & Fire - 176

Haunting Memories - 177

Phantom Melodies - 178

Dreams of Long Ago - 178

THE TONY & CASSANDRA MYSTERIES:
The Mystery at Crucifix Heights - 179
The Mystery of La Danse Macabre - 179
The Mystery of Flight 493 - 180
The Mystery of Karmina Sonata - 180

SHADOWS OF THE NIGHT:
Trio - 180
Honeymoon from Hell - 180
Retreat -180
1:53 AM - 180

MAGGIE & QUENTIN - THE LOVERS' REFRAIN:
The Girl Beneath the Water - 180
The Sand That Speaks HIs Name - 180
The Hollow Winds That Beckon
The Paper to the Flame
  

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"Vickie's narration mentions Willie soon unleashing a powerful force, or something like that"

"My name is Victoria Winters. The foundations of Collinwood house a frightful secret, a secret that has lain dormant for eighteen years, a secret awakened by a stranger. But there is another stranger, one who is to awaken and unleash a force that will affect the lives of everyone."

Vicki's narration is often omniscient, giving me the impression that her entries are written ex post facto. Even so, it's still unclear how she comes to some of the knowledge she reveals. (I have a book which reprints her intros verbatim, making it possible to read them like the diary entries they are intended to be.)

"I suggest paying close attention to episodes 207 and 221"

214 is another particular favorite of mine.

OK, Barnabas is one thing, but Potted Meat Pizza is positively Lovecraftian!

How about... a potted meat pizza with Cheese Whiz and ketchup?

Mmm...



Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

OK, Barnabas is one thing, but Potted Meat Pizza is positively Lovecraftian!

Sorry, dear. That is a disgusting idea. 

Jeff of Earth-J said:

How about... a potted meat pizza with Cheese Whiz and ketchup?

Mmm...



Jeff of Earth-J said:

How about... a potted meat pizza with Cheese Whiz and ketchup?

Mmm...

Another serving suggestion from "The People Who Know Meat": a potted meat omelet.

Yum yum...

"Laura Murdoch McCain... died by fire."

Just saw up through episode 205. Carolyn pulls a gun on Willie! Elizabeth threatens to go to the police, but Jason buys some time before kicking Willie out (and gives him a stern talking to). And finally...David shows Willie (and the audience) a portrait of Barnabas Collins! Which seems to have strange auditory powers, as not only does it start sounding a hearbeat right when no one is looking, but also, when Willie is looking over Barnabas's jewelry & medals, he has a full-fledged inner-monologue voiceover! I don't think the show's done that before. Must be vampire magic.

204: Vicki's third date with Burke, following 89 and 99. Show-time, that's three nights in a row.

205: This episode begins a slow build to 212, the "first" Barnabas episode (after a fashion). I know, I know... all along everyone's been saying 210 is Barnabas's first appearance. We'll discuss it more when you get to that point, but I say if you're going to count 210 as his first appearance, you might as well count 205. 

Since you've been watching at least two episodes before posting, I want to give you a little preview of 207. 207 is a symphony of character interaction and, as far as I can recall, is the only episode which takes place entirely on a single set. It's a favorite of mine and I can't wait for you to see it.

Ooh, good point about Vicki and Burke! Suddenly they're really an item! I guess it's a little easier when he's not actively trying to ruin her employers' lives. 

Hopefully I'll get to 207 tonight. I'm looking forward to it!

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