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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I try to imagine what happened to the characters in "our" universe in the 70's and beyond.

That’s what the audio dramas and later novels are for!

Of course, it doesn't help that I know that Burke's "grand revenge" is going to be "watching Roger squirm for an episode".

…and that that moment is still 137 episodes away from where you are now! No, I think there would be much more drama in the love triangle and courtroom drama of the trial, as Roger tries to woo Laura over to his side to testify against Burke. All this was antecedent action on the original TV show, and would be new even to viewers already familiar with the show.

#64DRK - 9/22/66:

1)"What other deaths have we had around Collinsport since he came back?"  "This week?"

 

2)"He's a fine, loyal man..." "It's just that he's dumber than a sackful of hammers."

 

3)Cliffhanger: Burke arrives at Collinwood!

Arrghh!  Last night we went to Netflix to begin Collection 3,  Collection 2 ended with Barnabas attempting to "take care of" Dr. Hoffman, and low and behold all remaining Dark Shadows episodes are available only on DVD. Without the streaming option our viewing is going to be slowed considerably.

Bummer. Let's see... Collection 2 ends with #290, Julia is firmly ensconced at Collinwood but the show has yet to switch to color. Is there a possibility NetFlix might add Collection 3 in the future? Last night I watched episode #265, the first actuall appearance of Julia Hoffman. Julia Hoffman: medically unethical from the git go!

 

Barnabas Joke of the Day: Does a vampire have an emotional effect on the people he meets? <i>They usually get all choked up.</i>

 

Supposedly, Netflix plans to add more streaming content and to move away from DVD offerings, but currently the shows and movies available for streaming are very limited.

 

And yes, Dr Hoffman is not only obnoxious but unethical as well.

 

#65DRK - 9/23/66:

1)"I didn't force my way in here and I'm not going to leave."  What?

 

2)"Have you any particular reason for wanting to avoid me?"  "Well, you're kind of unpleasant to be around."

 

3)"What did you do, Collins - bug the clam chowder?"

 

4)Ha-ha, she called Burke "Roger"!

 

5)Sometimes this show is like watching really stupid people trying to operate heavy machinery.

 

6)CLiffhanger: Liz tells Roger that Burke is in the house!

 

#66DRK - 9/26/66:

1)"Why don't you pick on someone your own size?"

 

2)"I want your hide, Roger." Ew.

 

3)"You're beating a dead horse."  Did people used to actually beat horses alot?

 

4)"Did you kill Bill Malloy?"

 

5)"Well, I haven't heard any screams yet."

 

6)"I'm writing a letter to myself."  OK.

 

7)"Some of us have to work for a living."

 

8)Cliffhanger: Burke leaves in a huff!

#67DRK- 3/12/11:

1)"We were just talking about you."  "You couldn't have chosen a more fascinating subject."

 

2)Ah, the infamous Mrs. Johnson!

 

3)Burke Devlin - Biblical scholar!

 

4)"I was fresh out of arsenic."

 

5)Cliffhanger: Burke tells Carolyn to ask Roger what happened!

Episode #67 is the beginning of Vicki's seventh day at Collinwood. By the end of this day (episode #70), expect something significant. I watched only two episodes over the weekend. #266 revealed the names and backstories of the three widows of Widows' Hill; #267 revealed the exact birth dates of Elizabeth, Roger and Carolyn (as written in the family history). Continuing to refine my daydream about how I'd do a Dark Shadows continuation/revival, I know it's cliché, but I'd have to treat everything from the séance which sent Vicki to 1795 through to the end of the show as a dream or hypnosis-induced hallucination.

#68DRK - 9/28/66:

1)Hey, Slate Guy is in Roger's office!

 

2)"You can tell your mother that you actually caught me working."

 

3)"I'm surprised he didn't add arson and high treason."

 

4)David says his parents used to fight about Burke Devlin.

 

5)"You can catch more flies with sugar than with vinegar." I always heard it as "honey" rather than "sugar".

 

6)I like how the first time we see Roger and David have something resembling a "father-son", they talk about lying and how to get rid of people.

 

7)CliffhangeR: Roger asks David who he'd rather be rid of - him or Victoria?

Now that Netflix has me on a  DVD only diet for Dark Shadows I added Collection 3 to my queue. We should have Disc 1 in a couple of days. It includes episodes 291 through 300.
David says his parents used to fight about Burke Devlin.

Another example why a remake should start with the accident and the trial.

"You can catch more flies with sugar than with vinegar."

"And you can catch more still with horse$#!t. What's your point?"

Barnabas Joke of the Day: Whay doesn't Barnabas like rich people? He says they have hearts of stone.

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