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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Up to episode 150. A ghost (Josette?) manipulates the painting! David's face appears on the painting! Laura could very well be a murderer, as she was seen outside her apartment right before it burned! Roger burned the painting! Elizabeth confronts Laura! Burke rejects Caroline! Caroline tells Vicki she thinks Burke is mind-controlled, because why else would he reject her! Laura psychically projects to David and gives him a hankie! The hankie falls to the floor! David cries himself to sleep because he's not in a groovy band with his brothers and sisters! C'mon, David, get happy!

Huh.

The Baron said:

 

3)"The first was Rachel Comstock..."

 

4)"Abigail Tolliver was the second who died."

 

5)"The last to die was Margaret Findlay."

 

Another huh.

The Baron said:

 

2)"Roger Collins - born September 14, 1925"

 

3)"Elizabeth - born February 28, 1917"

 

4)"Carolyn Stoddard - born July 16, 1946"

 

5)Elizabeth entered "April 10, 1967" as the current date.

 

We watched episode 149 last night. I think it's pretty obvious at this point who/what's controlling Sam. When I brought it up the other day, I had completely forgotten about 149. Prior to rewatching it, I couldn't remember exactly how the image of David eventually made it onto the painting. It's not 100% clear. My theory is that Josette is able to somehow tap Sam's artistic talent, but he must at be in close proximity to the painting itself. did you notice the way the flames shined through the eyes as it burned? 

Carolyn is going through a bit of a slump apropos the men in her life. 

Yes! I loved that! I assume the props department took a moment to make some small cuts in the eyes of the painting before Roger threw it onto the fire. 

Jeff of Earth-J said:

did you notice the way the flames shined through the eyes as it burned? 

I noticed the pupils were cut out from the painting when the camera did the slow pan. They showed up black. Then the flames shown through in the fire. It was well done! 

Re-watched Episodes 271-276.  An interesting stretch of stories.

Hmm... Guthrie ought to be there by that point, eh?

We watched 150 last night. One thing I never noticed before: in once scene, Joan Bennett walks through the Foyer toward the drawing room, attempts to toss her coat on the table, misses and doesn't notice. Alexandra Molke has to turn away from the camera to hide her laughter, but doesn't do a very good job of it. The scene was kept in undoubtedly because it's not a big enough flub to stop taping for, but I like to think that would have been Miss Winters' reaction as well.

I don't think so, but I may re-watch them again.

Jeff of Earth-J said:

Hmm... Guthrie ought to be there by that point, eh?

We watched 150 last night. One thing I never noticed before: in once scene, Joan Bennett walks through the Foyer toward the drawing room, attempts to toss her coat on the table, misses and doesn't notice. Alexandra Molke has to turn away from the camera to hide her laughter, but doesn't do a very good job of it. The scene was kept in undoubtedly because it's not a big enough flub to stop taping for, but I like to think that would have been Miss Winters' reaction as well.

It's been a few days since I updated... and I'm up to episode 154 now. So the Phoenix police are certain it was Laura that died in the fire in her apartment... so who is it at Collinwood! Roger obviously feels that the Phoenix cops are mistaken, but the Collinsport cops have asked Laura to do a physical examination anyway, to make sure she's the real McCoy. But whatever questions surround Laura, Roger is super-eager to ship David off with her.

Also, Vicki feels a strange compulsion (accompanied by the scent of jasmine, which is Josette's signature) to visit a graveyard. She & Frank meet the caretaker, who goes through a bit of Sotckbridge family history -- most pertinent of which is L. Murdoch Stockbridge, who "died by fire." 

This whole reincarnation/circle of life thing is really coming together. 

Oh, and we see Mrs. Johnson again! Welcome back!

We're three episodes behind you, but I've been waiting for the introduction of the Eagle Hill Cemetery caretaker. What I'm about to say is not a spoiler and it's not canon. Call it a "neat idea" if you will, but it's the way I chose to interpret this character. I like to think of the caretaker as a ghost. He did the job in life, and continues to do it after death. 

Nice! He might not realize he's a ghost, though... considering he seems a little spooked (or maybe just annoyed) at all the ghosts knocking on his door and running away...

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