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 - 264
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, 264
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, 269

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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I've now seen episode 618. Angelique has taken Barnabas to the wharf, but he escapes, weakened, after dawn. Vicki finds him in the woods between Collinwood and the Old House. Geography in this town is incredible. You'd think Barnabas would be able to make it to the hotel and call for a ride, but that's not how this show works. There's a handful of locations, and to get from one to the other, you usually just have to walk through the woods, treated as an "in-between place" that can get you anywhere.

Knowing this show, if they said there was a mystical spacewarp in the middle of the woods, I wouldn't be surprised.

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

I've now seen episode 618. Angelique has taken Barnabas to the wharf, but he escapes, weakened, after dawn. Vicki finds him in the woods between Collinwood and the Old House. Geography in this town is incredible. You'd think Barnabas would be able to make it to the hotel and call for a ride, but that's not how this show works. There's a handful of locations, and to get from one to the other, you usually just have to walk through the woods, treated as an "in-between place" that can get you anywhere.

Wait'll we get to the "Leviathan" arc (not for a while yet).

Ah, the Leviathans....

Jeff of Earth-J said:

Wait'll we get to the "Leviathan" arc (not for a while yet).

603: This is the episode which completely ignores the "Bride of Frankenstein" plot to refocus on Elizabeth's fixation with death. I'm actually happy to see the return of the old "soap opera" elements for a change. How long has been since we last saw Liz and Roger and Vicki hanging around the Collinwood drawing room just being Collinses? 

We have also decided to watch Scarlet Street. (I think it was the toenail-painting scene that convinced me.) I'm not sure when we'll get to it (sometime this week, I hope), but you'll hear about it here when we do. 

I've seen through episode 620. Vicki's hidden Barnabas away in the west wing of Collinwood -- for an abandoned wing, it gets a lot of traffic! -- and has armed him with a cross. The cross keeps Angelique from summoning him, so she sends Adam to steal the cross from him. She summons Barnabas to the woods and drains him some more, then goes back to the House by the Sea, where Adam wants to give her the cross (which she doesn't want). It's unclear at the end what Adam will do with the cross, now that he realizes it can hurt her. 

Meanwhile, Julia has put a lot of clues together -- she knows about Nicholas's plans with Adam, and how Barnabas's death would thwart them because of their Freakish Symbiosis, and she waits outside and discovers that the vampire is Angelique! She got more done in one episode than the entire cast usually does in a month! But when she goes back to Collinwood and meets up with Vicki, she goes to the hidden room to treat Barnabas, and he's gone! 

And now I've seen through episode 622. This show has kicked into high gear. Julia convinces Nicolas to kill Angelique, but she's not in her coffin. Jeff wants to marry Vicki right away! And Angelique has just sent Eve back to 1795! This is a LOT.

We're up to 605. You're just three episodes away from the end of the "Adam & Eve" arc. 

Just saw episode 623, what is surely a key episode for making sense (or struggling to make sense) of Dark Shadows continuity.  Eve goes back in time to 1795 for 6 hours to free Peter Bradford from prison...but finds he won't leave because he's resigned to death, hoping to fulfill his promise to see Gloria Winters -- oh, I'm sorry, that's Victoria Winters -- in the next life. Meanwhile, though, she also gets her hands on the Collins family history book that Vicki brought to the past with her.

Also, Josiah ordered that book burnt, but has transcribed parts of it down in his own hand, with the inaccurate information included, in order to cover up the scandals of the past 3 months. 

I just saw episode 625... and while things are moving at a breakneck pace, I can't see how it's the end of the Adam & Eve arc. It's Vicki & Jeff's wedding day, and Vicki takes a bit of a victory lap before it all goes to hell. She gets presents from her many friends, including a nurse at the foundling home, giving her a chance to reminisce. And then Elizabeth tells her how much she's meant to Collinwood, and basically sometimes she forgets she's only been there for a while. And what a change she's made in David, who used to be unmanageable (and is now practically invisible). 

But there are flies in the ointment. Eve has given her (anonymously) back the Collins family history book she left in the past, with a card marked PETER. And she's given Jeff a letter from Peter, written in 1795, in his own handwriting. He's freaked out and calls off the wedding, then goes off to dig up Peter Bradford's grave (still in his tux! Splendid!). When he does, with Roger present, he discovers Bradford's coffin is empty -- pretty much cementing that Jeff IS Peter.

Also, Eve makes nice with Adam. Adam is reeled in, hook, line, and sinker, but Nicholas is still suspicious. But nothing about their storyline seems resolved at the moment, although it does seem to be coming to a head.

Oh: Nicholas has sworn to destroy Eve is she betrays him; Adam would definitely kill anyone if he thought they were making time with Eve. So both Eve and Jeff might be living on borrowed time.

And finally -- let me just celebrate! I've crossed the midpoint of this series! Which is amazing, considering how when I first started watching I didn't think I'd watch more than a handful of episodes --  I really just wanted to get the feel of the show. But here I am, hooked!

"I can't see how it's the end of the Adam & Eve arc."

I'm got that from 30-year-old notes. 626 maybe...?

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