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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A few minutes ago, Kathryn Lee Scott tweeted:

Here's that link.

Wow! Thanks, Tim!

I'm watching episode 132 now, and I figure I'll post along as I watch it.

  • What the hell... Roger's in a SWEATER? I expected a little buildup before they introduced a mirror universe.
  • One thing I love about this show is all the unmotivated blocking. Let's have some coffee... look out the window... turn around and pose with the coffee... sit back down again.
  • Boy, Joan and Louis are having a rough morning... neither can remember their lines.
  • I love the idea of the standard custody-battle soap opera cliche when one of the parents isn't sure he wants the brat around anyway.
  • David &  Vicki... reconciling?
  • David had a bad dream about his mom. Vicki puts him to bed, but David's up to something. And he looks out the window, calling  for his mother. 
  • No, I'm not going to get used to Roger in a sweater. And carrying firewood? Is this suddenly an Land's End catalog?
  • Ooh, Roger snipes at Elizabeth's (ex? missing? dead?) husband Paul! Me-OW!
  • For once, Roger has the better end of an argument. David needs to be told Laura's in Collinsport. And Elizabeth is trying to keep it a secret from him. 
  • "David, don't be difficult." Vicki, do you even KNOW this kid?
  • David knows Laura's in town, and describes her visit last night. "Roger, he knew what color her coat was! And we're in Black and White!"

Is David psychic? Or is Laura projecting? And why isn't he using his crystal ball? He LOVES that crystal ball! 

For anyone interested, Big Finish is running a sale (60% off) their Dark Shadows range through midnight October 29 (UK time).

"One thing I love about this show is all the unmotivated blocking. Let's have some coffee... look out the window... turn around and pose with the coffee... sit back down again."

Heh. Wait until you get to 201.

So, my wife had never seen Dark Shadows, save for House of Dark Shadows, which we watched together some years ago. This thread got me thinking about the series, and, since it's on Amazon Prime, I tuned in to episode #1 after work yesterday. "What's this?" she asked.

Guess who is watching Dark Shadows again, a bit at a time?

However, we agreed that, when it became too tiresome, we would skip ahead to Willie Loomis's arrival in town.

That would be episode 199.

(Jason arrives in Collinsport in 193, at Collinwood a couple of episodes after that.)

I've been plodding along more slowly lately, but I caught up with episode 133 yesterday. Burke meets Laura, and for once loses his stony-faced facade! Sam gets snippy, and struggles with painting! Maggie serves coffee, then tells everyone it's awful!

Also: Maggie mentions she hasn't seen Laura eat anything since she's returned, and has barely touched her coffee. Now, the coffee is awful, and Mrs. Johnson has certainly complained about the state of the restaurant's mayonnaise. But nevertheless, that sounds like a clue that something strange is afoot with the mysterious Mrs. Collins.

I have found a tape labeled "Dark Shadows Time Traveler Sampler", containing 365, 461, 885, 981, 1061-1070, 1109, 1198 and 1245.  May re-watch it.

365 = Beginning 1795

461 = End 1795 (365 & 461 take place on the same night in the present)

885 = Return to 1795

981 = Beginning "Parallel Time"

1061-1070 = Entire 1995 "flash-forward"

1109 = Beginning 1840 (flee present via "stairway through time")

1198 = End 1840 Parallel Time; return to present (last show set in present day)

1245 = the series ends in 1840 Parallel Time

When I was watching these for the first time (on VHS), I was not watching sequentially. I generally jumped back-and-forth among three continuities. For example: one each 1967, 1795 and 1897 (not even reflected in the choices above, yet the longest extended sequence set in the past), then back again over and over.

There's a printed note with the tape describing all that, with a yellow sticky saying "Watch this one FIRST!"

Jeff of Earth-J said:

365 = Beginning 1795

461 = End 1795 (365 & 461 take place on the same night in the present)

885 = Return to 1795

981 = Beginning "Parallel Time"

1061-1070 = Entire 1995 "flash-forward"

1109 = Beginning 1840 (flee present via "stairway through time")

1198 = End 1840 Parallel Time; return to present (last show set in present day)

1245 = the series ends in 1840 Parallel Time

When I was watching these for the first time (on VHS), I was not watching sequentially. I generally jumped back-and-forth among three continuities. For example: one each 1967, 1795 and 1897 (not even reflected in the choices above, yet the longest extended sequence set in the past), then back again over and over.

Wow, you must have got that tape from someone who really knew what he was doing! :P

I think so.

Jeff of Earth-J said:

Wow, you must have got that tape from someone who really knew what he was doing! :P

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