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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#925: Maggie enters the secret passage and the door shuts and locks behind her. At the shop the next day, Philip and Megan argue about Michael and the path their lives have taken. Michael is “back” at Collinwood. (Actually he never left.) Roger has been searching unsuccessfully for Maggie. He questions David and David questions Michael. Michael feigns ignorance, but gets the impression that roger hates him. Philip arrives to take Michael back to the shop, and Michael openly defies both Philip and Roger. Shortly thereafter, Philip literally drags Michael into the shop. Philip attempts to spank him, but Michael runs to Megan and she takes his side. After Philip goes upstairs, Michael poisons Megan’s mind against him.

Cliffhanger: Megan agrees to “do something about it” and reaches into the desk for a gun.

Barnabas Joke of the Day: Where does Barnabas sleep? He sleeps on a blood clot.

Barnabas & Angelique have interesting timelines.  Barnabas was cursed in 1795, locked in a coffin until 1967, travelled briefly back in time to 1795, back to 1968, then back to 1897 where he spent several months. But before returning to 1969, he was whisked back to 1795 again, then, I THINK, transported to 1970, where this story takes place.

Angelique, however... appeared to die in 1795, but wasn't dead. She travelled thru time to 1968 (on her own or brought by Nicholas?). Then, she went BACK to 1795, where Barnabas finally managed to KILL her, with fire!

Angelique spent the next 100 years IN HELL, released in 1897 as a result of Quentin & Evan Hanley, who wanted "help" dealing with this interfering person, Barnabas. What they got wasn't what they expected. And while she caused him a lot of grief (claiming-- perhaps rightly so-- to be his WIFE), by the end of the sequence, she'd helped save his life (when Edward tried to kill him), and in the end, they parted as friends. She lived, quite happily, until 1970, when Barnabas met her again, at which point, she was married to Sky Rumson. More comments later.

So, if you analyze this, they were "aging" at different rates, until 1970, when they were both the same age again. Barnabas had originally "lived" in that coffin all the way from 1975 to 1967, and then, Angelique spent 1795-1897 in hell, and 1897-1970 living happily, apart from Collinwood, having regretted her past and wanting only to put it behind her.

Too bad it didn't work out...

Oh, by the way, "1840" makes a total mess of everything I said above.  (Idiots)

Barnabas and Angelique were the Doctor and River Song of their time!

 

That timeline sounds right to me. You were probably trying to avoid spoilers, but after the present story and before Barnabas and Julia travel to 1840, they go to parallel time and then spend two weeks in 1995 before returning to 1970. Later that same year they travel to 1840 to prevent the future they learned about in 1995 which they failed to prevent when they returned to 1970!

Jeff of Earth-J said:

Barnabas and Angelique were the Doctor and River Song of their time!

 

That timeline sounds right to me. You were probably triming to avoid spoilers ...

I think you meant "You were probably trying to avoid spoilers, Sweetie ..."

That's right, that is exactly what I said. ;)

I only wanted to bring things up to the point you're reviewing so far.

Seriously, one of the biggest problems I had with "1840" was trying to figure out, WHICH Angelique was in that story? One who'd somehow not gone to hell in 1795 and had been around ever since then (and therefore, it was her BEFORE being summoned to 1968), or, the 1970 version, who had followed Barnabas back thru time, yet in the process, turned completely nasty & viscious, which she certainly wasn't in 1970 (just tragically misguided).

It seems a shame to me that the writers couldn't seem to manage to construct "new", "separate" stories without dragging in continuity from every previous existing story each time they did a "new" story, and trampling all over that continuity in the process.

By the way, I've only ever seen Geoffrey Scott in 2 TV shows... and in both of them, he wound up doing something really AWFUL to a pretty blonde lady I liked.  (BASTARD.)

A couple of times I've watched Dark Shadows from Barnabas' POV, going from his being chained in his coffin in 1795 directly to his being released in 1840. It "watches" really good that way, especially when Julia from 1970 opens up his coffin and he has no idea who the hell she is! Regarding Angelique in 1840, hmm... I'd have to rule that Julia's trip to 1840 created a divergent timeline (one in which, among other things, Barnabas was released from his coffin), so therefore it is an alternate Angelique. My question is this: If Barnabas was still pining for Josette when released from his coffin in 1967, howcome he wasn't in 1840?

Fifth (?) Barnabas Joke of the Day: Why doesn't Barnabas tell jokes about graves? He thinks they are too deep.

 

#926: Barnabas arrives in time to stop Megan from killing Philip and orders her out of the room. Barnabas and Philip consult about Michael. Barnabas’ will power begins to reassert itself and he tests Megan’s limits. Barnabas informs Megan she must control Michael. Michael. Michael returns to Collinwood, lets himself in without knocking and is his usual overbearing self. Maggie has now been missing for an entire day. Philip begins to torment her again. Philip arrives at Collinwood to collect Michael… again. He levels with David about the need to discipline Michael, and David readily tells Philip about the secret passage in Maggie’s room. Philip enters the secret passage to look for Maggie. Meanwhile, Philip has Maggie so worked up that she is ready to bludgeon the next person who walks through the door.

Cliffhanger: Philip begins to enter the room as Maggie raises a brass candlestick high above her head!

Barnabas Joke of the Day: Who is Barnabas’ favorite comedienne? Phyllis Chiller.

#927: Maggie clocks Philip a good one. Julia catches Michael emerging from the secret panel in the drawing room. Maggie rushes in from the foyer and Michael makes himself scarce. Maggie mistakenly IDs Philip as the one who’s been terrorizing her, and tells Julia that she killed him. Michael is happy that Philip is dead, but angry at Megan for not killing him herself. When her informs her of Philip’s death, she becomes hysterical and rushes out to Collinwood. Michael throws a tantrum because Megan isn’t obeying his orders. Just then, Philip himself walks into the shop, the reports of his death having been greatly exaggerated. At Collinwood, Megan learns the truth about Philip and rushes back to the shop. She returns just in time to save Michael from a beating. Maggie arrives to apologize to Philip for knocking him unconscious. Upstairs, Megan and Michael discuss the Leviathans’ plans. Whatever they are, Michael doesn’t want to go through with them. He wants to run off with Megan instead, but she reminds him that he’s in love with Carolyn. Michael is suddenly taken very ill. Megan calls Julia. While she is examining him, Michael loses consciousness. Julia announces that she can find no pulse.

Cliffhanger: Julia prepares in injection of some sort to “shock his system”!

Second Barnabas Joke of the Day: Why did Barnabas bite Twiggy? He wanted a low fat meal.

#928: Julia declares Michael dead. (“Again? But that trick never works!”) Megan says that Michael was sick as a child, but his parents willed him to live. When Michael was orphaned, he lost that will. Megan tells Julia the sob story of Michael’s childhood, that after his parents, Evelyn and Bart (unspecified relatives of either Megan or Philip), were killed, he was cared for for a time by Mrs. Hutchins in a nearby town. The two were close, but Mrs. Hutchins was too old to care for a young boy full time. After the funeral, Julia visits Professor Stokes, who has already received the painting. He returns from the kitchen with some tea only to find Julia gone.

Julia’s curiosity has gotten the better of her, and she has gone to meet Mrs. Hutchins who corroborates the Todds’ story. Julia leaves and Philip emerges from another room and pays the woman off. Philip leaves, too, beliving that he has successfully put Julia off the trail, but Julia has lingered outside and sees him depart. She then returns to Stokes’ house, fills him in on recent events, and engages his services as “detective.” (“Fine, Dr. Hoffman. That’ll be $200 a day plus expenses”… I wish!) The shop is open even though Michael’s funeral was earlier the same day. (Megan wanted to “keep busy” in order to keep her mind off their loss.) Stokes enters the shop and introduces himself to the Todds as “Professor Stokes.” He questions Megan about the Naga necklace she is wearing and notices a similar ring on Philip’s finger. Their suspicions are aroused.

Cliffhanger: Michael descends the stairs and announces, “I’ve decided not to go through with it.”

Third Barnabas Joke of the Day: What is Barnabas promoting with American Express? He wants them to issue credit cards for blood banks.

#929: Megan tries to talk sense into Michael and Philip ends up locking him in his room. Carolyn invites Megan and Philip to Collinwood to take their minds off the funeral. Paul sneaks into the drawing room and finds Roger’s gun. He asks Carolyn to bring him some food because he knows the food Mrs. Johnson has been bringing him is drugged. He sneaks back into his room to find Barnabas waiting for him. Barnabas returns Paul’s clothes, gives him some money, and arranges his escape against the Leviathan’s wishes. Ironically, Barnabas does have Paul’s best interests at heart, but Paul doesn’t trust him. (He’d really freak if he knew that Philip and Megan were downstairs at this very moment having a celebratory drink with Elisabeth!) Paul does intend to leave Collinsport, but not without Carolyn. At Carolyn’s suggestion, Elizabeth gives Paul’s medicine to her to give to Paul. Carolyn leaves and Barnabas joins them. Barnabas closes the drawing room door to allow Paul to escape unnoticed, but Paul first lifts Megan’s key from her purse before leaving.

Cliffhanger: Paul lets himself into the shop and goes into the room from which the heavy breathing is coming!

Fourth Barnabas Joke of the Day: What happened when Barnabas was on the operating table and he called over to a docor and asked for a transfusion? The doctor wouldn’t give it to him. He said it wasn’t his table.

DARK SHADOWS: The Greatest Episodes Collection: “The Best of Barnabas”

This is a new DVD collection of nine episodes, each introduced by Lara Parker. Tracy bought one as a gift for her hairdresser’s daughter. Here’s what’s on it:

• Barnabas Collins meets waitress Maggie Evans, who later senses that she is being watched.
• Dr. Julia Hoffman’s experiments to cure Barnabas cause him to age to his true years.
• After Barnabas rises as a vampire, his fiancé Josette is drawn to him at the mausoleum.
• Angelique the witch causes Barnabas to become a victim of the Dream Curse.
• Barnabas presents himself as a lost relative to the Collins family and discovers that Angelique has travelled through the centuries.
• The Leviathans reveal to Barnabas that they have taken control of Josette.
• In Parallel Time, novelist Will Loomis captures Barnabas and demands an interview with the vampire
• Angelique causes Barnabas’ new love Roxanne to suffer effects of the vampire

All in all, that’s a pretty good collection. (I don’t know what the ninth episode may be.) Presumably, Lara Parker’s introductions will explain why these events are seemily presented out of order. Judging by the episode descriptions, I’d say this DVD would serve as a pretty good refresher or introduction to Dark Shadows for anyone interested in seeing the new film.

Fifth Barnabas Joke of the Day: Why does Barnabas bite people in an insane asylum? He likes to try crazy drinks.

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