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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Oh, that's cool as hell!

OK, I've seen through episode 375 now. Josette and Jerimiah are drawn to each other, falling in love thanks to Angelique's magic. When you consider Ben Stokes is her slave, and she nearly asphyxiated Barnabas, it's almost like half the household is under her power. 

Of course, the household is growing, too, with cousin Millicent (Nancy Barrett) just arriving for the wedding with her younger brother Daniel (David Henesey, I assume, though we haven't actually seen him yet).

Josette's aunt, Countess DuPres -- Natalie -- follows Josette after she leaves the house, and spots her and Jerimiah kissing in the courtyard. 

We're only 10 episodes into this new timeline, and there's plenty of intrigue to go around!  

"We're only 10 episodes into this new timeline, and there's plenty of intrigue to go around!"

I am probably enjoying the 1795 arc more this time around than I ever have before. Up until now, Dark Shadows had been a show perfectly content to meander about with episode after episode recapping events as characters explain to each other what's going on. At this point in the show, I don't think the writers are ever more than, say, three weeks ahead. If this (radical) direction doesn't prove popular, they may have to end it prematurely and bring Vicki back to the present. If the arc is to have any meaning, things have to happen. Angelique, love her or hate her, makes things happen

Jeff-

Has Rob reached a point where he could, if he wished - and if he hasn't already - watch the Deppfilm without any spoilers?

I think he's already seen the Deppfilm. Rob?

In answer to your question, I don't think the movie would spoil anything for the TV episodes he hasn't yet seen. 

Rob, if you have any interest in watching the 1990 revival series, I suggest holding off until after the 1795 arc (specifically, I would slot it in between 460 and 461). 

Christopher Pennock also played Sebastian Shaw and Gabriel Collins (my favorite of his roles). 

I've seen the Depp film, but had forgotten plenty of details, and was planning on watching it again. Good to know I'm in the clear to do that now. 

I probably will get to the 90s revival, but I'm in no hurry. But it might be a nice break from the 60s show down the line. 

Same. I've seen it but don't remember much. Watching it again will probably be painful. *cringe*

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

I've seen the Depp film, but had forgotten plenty of details, and was planning on watching it again. Good to know I'm in the clear to do that now. 

Tracy and I have seen the film once only, in the theater; we don't own it on DVD. I was disappointed that the production values were so high yet the producers didn't take it seriously. It could have been so good. 

The thing I remember most about it was being impressed with an actor I hadn't seen before -- I think it was probably Eva Green, as Angelique. But beyond that, I don't remember much. 

Anyway, I've seen up through episode 378 now... and things are getting CRAZY.

Josette and Jeremiah can't control themselves when they're around each other, so Jeremiah decides to leave Collinwood (although Barnabas talks him into returning for the wedding). They're also both spotted with a pitchfork shaped marking on their hands, which they ridiculously explain as "a bruise." It comes and goes, and seems to be the focus of Angelique's spells... but at one point it fades on Josette and she's able to resist convincing Barnabas to convince Jeremiah to stay.

Ben, on the other hand, wants revenge against Angelique, but can't find a way to fight her. (Barnabas is teaching him to read & write... that might give him an out if he ever needs to say that Angelique is a witch without running afoul of her silencing spell. But it's not an idea Ben has had on his own yet.)

But by the end, after being shamed by Joshua, Ben is more than happy to work with Angelique to get revenge on him...even if that revenge will likely mean Jeremiah will stick around. Joshua is insisting (to no avail) that Jeremiah stay when Angelique casts as spell on him... turning him into a CAT! 

That is officially the nuttiest moment that I've seen on this show so far.

Anyway, Jeremiah wasn't looking when the transformation happened, so as far as he knows, Joshua left the room and let a cat in.

"That is officially the nuttiest moment that I've seen on this show so far."

Wait until you get to 381. There's a scene in that one I just simply don't understand. You'll know the one I mean when you get to it. Maybe you can explain it to me.

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