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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True, but I think Barnabas said something about "words that led to the death of the son. The 'death'?" Then he breaks into sad laughter. I do seem to recall a later scene of Joshua and Barnabas shouting up and down the staircase, but that was after his death and at Collinwood. Perhaps he was just confused after 170 years in a coffin.

Oh, in that case, yeah, there's something different going on. But he also might be confused -- I could see getting mixed up about which argument happened on which staircase. There are definitely discrepancies, but I'm not 100% sold that it's an alternative history yet, and not just errors and obfuscations in the official history -- and then possibly changes caused by Vicki's presence. But you obviously know more than me in that regard, including what's to come.   

Also, you mentioned what might make Josette Vicki's protector in the present, when in the past (as I've just seen) she thought she was a witch who cursed Barnabas. I'm guessing that could be a factor of the omniscience of being a ghost -- once she died, she can shed those false assumptions and recognize the goodness of Vicki.

"I'm not 100% sold that it's an alternative history"

That's okay. I can't convince anyone else that those Star Wars prequels take place in an alternate reality, either. 

Makes sense to me.  Too many things in the prequels contradict the original films for them to be set in the same reality.


Jeff of Earth-J said:

 I can't convince anyone else that those Star Wars prequels take place in an alternate reality, either. 

You can't even convince me they occurred at all. 

Jeff of Earth-J said:

"I'm not 100% sold that it's an alternative history"

That's okay. I can't convince anyone else that those Star Wars prequels take place in an alternate reality, either. 

I've seen through episode 411. 

Barnabas is taken to the crypt! Angelique tries to stake him, but Barnabas awakens!* He strangles her, killing her DEAD. He finds Ben outside (Ben was told by Angelique that this would be the last thing she'd ever ask him to do, and I guess she wasn't lying!), and Ben convinces him to let him Renfield, rather than killing him. Joshua shows up at the crypt, argues with Ben, then gives him his job back in Collinwood. Meanwhile, Barnabas hides his wife in the coffin and escapes the tomb as a bat.

Then Ben buries Angelique in the woods, and Barnabas discovers he must feed on blood to survive. He's COVERED in blood, face and neck -- it's pretty gruesome for this show. (That, and Angelique's dead, open eyes. A great image!)

Presumably, Joshua will show up at the Old House in the morning, discover Angelique gone, and will presume she skipped town. I wonder if he'll realize she'll never withdraw his $20,000.

Great episode!

*This sentence is your poetry moment. 

"He's COVERED in blood, face and neck -- it's pretty gruesome for this show."

They also recently used the word "vampire" for the first time.

I was thinking that was a milestone! I think it was when Angelique was explaining what was going on to Ben.

Yes, that's when it was (but I don't recall which episode that was, specifically).

"Bloody Barnabas" must have been a milestone for daytime TV, too. 

We're far behind this board, so right now we're dealing with:

-Willy coming out of his coma and being committed without, so far as we know, any legal investigation/procedures pending

-David menaced by the world's least-convincing bat

-The recent shift in appearance of the sheriff over the course of a day

The replacement actor looks more competent. The regular one acts more like the sort of incompetent doofus who wouldn't suspect Barnabas when the question of where Willy held Maggie remains unanswered and Barnabas discovers the ring evidence against Willy in the most suspicious manner possible.

John Karlen is an impressive actor, one of the best in the cast.

Oh, JD, you sweet summer child. There are less-convincing bats in your future. 

And yes, John Karlen was terrific! Glad you're having fun, and sorry for the spoilers!

JD DeLuzio said:

We're far behind this board, so right now we're dealing with:

-Willy coming out of his coma and being committed without, so far as we know, any legal investigation/procedures pending

-David menaced by the world's least-convincing bat

-The recent shift in appearance of the sheriff over the course of a day

The replacement actor looks more competent. The regular one acts more like the sort of incompetent doofus who wouldn't suspect Barnabas when the question of where Willy held Maggie remains unanswered and Barnabas discovers the ring evidence against Willy in the most suspicious manner possible.

John Karlen is an impressive actor, one of the best in the cast.

"And yes, John Karlen was terrific!"

...and will be again.

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