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


GOTHIC PAPERBACK LIBRARY

1. Dark Shadows - p183
2. Victoria Winters - p183
3. Strangers at Collins House - p183
4. The Mystery of Collinwood - p184
5. The Curse of Collinwood - p184
6. Barnabas Collins - p185
7. The Secret of BC - p185
8. The Demon of BC - p185
9. The Foe of BC - p185
10. The Phantom of BC - p185
11. BC vs. the Warlock - p186
12. The Peril of BC - p186
13. BC and the Mysterious Ghost - p187
14. BC and Quentin's Demon - p188
15. BC and the Gypsy Witch - p188
16. B, Q and the Mummy's Curse - p188
17. B, Q and the Avenging Ghost - p242
18. B, Q and the Nightmare Assassin - p244
19. B, Q and the Crystal Coffin
20. B, Q and the Witch's Curse
21. B, Q and the Haunted Cave
22. B, Q and the Frightened Bride
23. B, Q and the Scorpio Curse
24. B, Q and the Serpent
25. B, Q and the Magic Potion
26. B, Q and the Body Snatchers
27. B, Q and Dr. Jekyll's Son
28. B, Q and the Grave Robbers
29. B, Q and the Sea Ghost
30. B, Q and the Mad Magician
31. B, Q and the Hidden Tomb
32. B, Q and the Vampire Beauty
33. House of Dark Shadows - p241

ROB STAEGER: p189

NEWSPAPER STRIPS: p241

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I hoped people would find it amusing.

I've seen through episode 403 now. There've been some big events, and some great scenes!

Angelique makes Vicki think the house is on fire, and she runs from hiding into the clutches of Rev. Trask!

But Barnabas overheard Angelique casting her spell, and he finally smells something fishy about her behavior. He goes to talk to imprisoned Ben about it, but Ben won't talk, knocks him over the head with a bottle, and runs off. Then he goes to see Vicki, and becomes even more convinces she's not a witch. Then Barnabas tracks Ben down, and convinces him to at least write an initial of the witch. (Which I called, when I saw the scene where Barnabas was teaching Ben how to write, ages ago.)

Barnabas, knowing Angelique is a witch -- and knowing she's responsible for Josette running off with Jeremiah, and Jeremiah's death (and more!), decides to go back to the house and kill her. He poisons her sherry, but Angelique hesitates, and then Naomi is at the door... and Angelique hands her her own (poisoned) glass, until Barnabas pretends to be clumsy and knocks it out of her hands.

Then we have a scene of Barnabas intending to kill Angelique with a knife, and her stopping him, and then a heated argument follows. 

And finally, when Barnabas wants to warn Josette, he stumbles across Millicent and Lieutenant wooing in the garden. And when Millicent tries to make excuses, the look on Barnabas's face is priceless. He's just rolling his eyes, not believing that he has to deal with her But meanwhile, to Millicent, it's the most serious thing in the world! It's a great bit of understated comedy. 

400 is a Friday episode, obviously. This is the second time the show's current two shakers (Angelique and Trask) have been in the same episode but, although they have no scenes together, they compete in the game of "dueling rituals." Angelique wins, but that whole "fiery eye in the heart of ice" jazz is kind of annoying. 

I kinda love the dynamic that the kookoo-bird religious fanatics (Trask and Abigail) are right -- that witches DO exists! -- but they're wrong on who the witch is and what to do about her. 

Okay, we're caught up. I have nothin to add to your comments through 403, but I was poking around on YouTube the other day and for some reason clicked on an eight-minute video about some "HUGE error on Three's Company! Did you catch it?" I must have been bored that day, so I clicked it (probably to find out what would constitute a "HUGE" error). The video starts by showing clips from the show establishing Jack, Chrissy and Janet's apartment: the living room, hte batroon, the bedrooms, the front door, the kitchen and where they all are in relation to each other. It even included a small mock-up of the set just so there was no confusion. Then it cut to a clip in which Jack walked from the living room into the kitchen, and the camera swung too far to the right revealing that there was only a partial wall between rooms. That was it, the "HUGE" error. 

Whoever posted that ought to watch any episode of Dark Shadows ever.

Tracy says that's eight minutes of my life I'll never get back. 

Oh, man... that poor YouTuber just hates to know how the sausage is made...

I watched episode 404 last night, and we've been introduced to two new characters: Judge Matigan, who doesn't believe in witches and is prepared to defend Vicki (until she tells the truth about her being from another time, which he thinks sounds bananas), and a young jailer/law student who hears her story, and wants to defend her. He's heard her crying in the jail at night, and believes that anyone who would cry like that couldn't be a witch. Maybe a new cross-time love interest for Vicki? I don't think we have a name for this guy yet.

Meanwhile, Barnabas tries to warn Millicent away from the womanizing Nathan (but Millicent will have none of it; her naiveté is less headstrong and defiant than Carolyn's, but it leads to the same place: "I'll date who I want, thank you." But he does convince her to bring Josette along for a walk, where he can bump into her. Once they're alone, Barnabas tells Josette her life is in danger from the witch, and she's watching them everywhere... and then a bat appears! First as a cutout silhouette superimposed over the picture, then as a close up of a bat face!

"I watched episode 404 last night..."

What a coinky-dink. that's where we left off.

"Maybe a new cross-time love interest for Vicki?"

Oh, yeah. We'll see more of the judge, too (in a his defining DS role) in 1968.

Oh good, I liked him. He reminded me of John Slattery.

Jeff of Earth-J said:

Oh, yeah. We'll see more of the judge, too (in a his defining DS role) in 1968.

405: Okay... that's a Friday episode. 

Oh, yes indeed! In episode 405, Josette and the Countess skip town. Angelique swears revenge on Barnabas, plunging pins into Sarah's doll. Barnabas shoots Angelique in the shoulder... but in retribution, Angelique sets a curse on Barnabas that anyone he loves will die.. throughout eternity. Then she collapses, and a bat flies in through the window, and bites Barnabas in the throat!

Plus, Abigail is a busybody. 

These past couple of episodes have demonstrated something of a course-correct to bring it more in line with the story we know, namely, the music box and the portrait. The 1795 arc is one big EYKIW, but someone suddenly realized they're weeks in and haven't introduced these two key motifs yet. I forgot to mention it at the time, but when the Dupres family first arrived and Josette was first shown her room, her portrait was already (or "still") hanging there. By the next time the "Josette's room" set was used the painting had been replaced with a more generic one. And speaking of the portrait, the SFX team did a particularly good job of transforming it in this episode. 

"IF I DID DARK SHADOWS"...

...I would make Angelique of Haitian descent. They couldn't do that in the '60s, obviously. there is a later episode that retcons her as being from New England originally and just met Josette in Martinique, but I don't think that was done to explain her race so much as it was someone's "neat idea." Then there's Lara Parker's novel Angelique's Descent which explains her white skin and blonde hair as a genetic anomaly, but that's not how I'd cast it. 

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