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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Just noticed that we're very close to this thread's eleventh anniversary.

Dark Shadows

Longer than that if you include the thread on the old board.

I had some time to kill this afternoon so I watched episodes 21-24. I see what you mean about the coffee!

Regarding Roger's sling... he doesn't really strike me as someone who follows doctor's orders.

Regarding Sam's beard... by the time David Ford assays the role, sam will have grow that beard in less than a single day!

Watched episode 24 tonight -- in which everyone wants the Constable to eat lunch. Burke offers to buy him lunch, then offers to share his sandwich, at least three times. Burke, via Carolyn, presents some counter-evidence to the Constable. And, at the end, Bronson has arrived in Bangor. Burke plans to meet him in a couple hours. Whatever his scheme is, Bronson is a big part of it. (Also, Joe might go in with a partner on his boat. WIll this be another character waiting in the wings, or is it just some local color? We'll see...)

Also, if I went to a restaurant and Maggie offered me a lobster roll special, you can damn well bet I'd have lunch. 

Kathryn Leigh Scott is now the publisher of Pomegranate Press, which publishes a lot of Dark Shadows-related books, but it also publishes The Bunny Years, her autobiography of working in one of Hugh Hefner's Playboy Clubs. In the wake of the success of Madmen, the copycat TV industry based a series in one of them  in 2011 and used her book as a reference. We started watching it, but it lasted only three episodes. (There was a boycott for "glorifying the porn industry" but it was anything but that.) I read the book, too. 

[Unreleated: We also watched the 1960s-themed Pan Am the same year, but although it finished its first season, it wasn't renewed for a second.]

Oh, I remember seeing an ad for that show. I think there were a couple early-days-of-Playboy shows around, too. I remember John Suintress talking with another Playboy historian on Wordballoon about a different project, that was half-documentary/half-dramatization, on one of the pay cable channels. 

And now I'm up to episode 25, in which Vicki grills Roger about how she came to work at Collinwood (he tells her she was recommended by one of the orphanage's anonymous patrons, whose name he won't reveal -- a lie cooked up with Elizabeth), and David keeps stealing Vicki's letter. At the end of the episode, Vic goes looking for it in David's room and finds....THE BLEEDER VALVE!

PS. It the Bleeder Valve the first  hint of the vampirism to come?

The Bleeder Valve sounds like a villain from a 60's Human Torch solo story.

Just watched episode 26, in which Victoria confronts David about the bleeder valve she found, David chases her into her room, Vic locks the valve in her dresser drawer, Vic tricks David into leaving, they both present tales of evidence and innocence to Elizabeth, and Elizabeth comes to Vic's room to see the evidence... and when she unlocks the drawer, it's GONE!

Meanwhile, Roger tries to strongarm Sheriff Carter, who has a complex love-hate relationship with his sandwich. 

At this point, I'm officially foodwatching. 

Watched a couple more episodes -- up to episode 28 -- last night. Burke meets with Bronson, who's...an accountant? Strange what associations the next decade would bring with that name -- making him sound like he was going to be a tough guy to modern ears. Sherrif carter has searched his room, and come up empty.

Also, Carolyn shows Vic how David could have stolen the bleeder valve from the locked drawer -- she has the same dresser, and the keys all match.

Meanwhile, David has made his way down to the hotel, and -- after killing time making sundaes with Maggie -- bolts when his father shows up. (There's one shot where we can see Roger warming up for is entrance behind the restaurant's front door, jogging in place before he comes in.) It looks like David will be planting the bleeder valve in Burke's room, if he hasn't done it already.

As the sheriff said, anyone who'd hold on to that piece of evidence is either a fool or a psychotic... and we know our Young Psychopath is no fool.

I've made some more progress -- to episode 31 -- where Burke and David have talked in Burke's hotel room, and then Burke's driven him back to Collinwood -- and makes the surprising decision to cover for the kid, saying they found the bleeder valve along the road. The lie doesn't seem to fly entirely, but it might be enough cover to keep David out of juvie. And Burke's made a friend -- one who hates Roger as much as he does. (And yet Burke is so damn genial!)

Meanwhile, Roger is obviously in competition for father of the year. 

"46 seconds ago"?

I'm still here. I'm still reading your posts. If you're still referring to Bob's posts of these episodes, I'm tryiny to think of something to say i haven't said before. the last time I did a Shadows re-watch, I skipped the "Phoenix" storyline, but I think, this time, I'll  join you for that one. You've got a while to go yet. Keep going!

I don't dig back into Bob's posts for every episode I watch -- I usually let a few accumulate and then go back to that discussion. But I'm about due again....


And don't forget to read the "Barnabas Joke of the Day"!

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