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 never heard the reason why. I don't know anyone who prefers his performance to John Karlen's, however.
Dark Shadows, aired 4/3/67
1)So, Sam didn't cave in. I guess he's off Roger's Christmas card list, now.

2)Shame Edmonds and Ryan both got fumblemouth during the big reveal. So, Burke's revenge is making Roger feel bad?

3)Jason McGuire - guidance counselor!

4)Wow, Eight people in this episode!

5)So, the second reveal is that Liz killed Paul and buried him in the basement? Hmm...

Interesting, I wonder how long they'lll drag this out....
Shame Edmonds and Ryan both got fumblemouth during the big reveal.

This is actually one of my favorite scenes. It's just so... television. "Okay, switching to camera two, everyone pivot and hit your mark... NOW!" 201 episodes in the Burke Devlin vendetta subplot is finally resolved! Mitchell Ryan would continue to play the role for a time after this, primarily as the love interest of Vickie Winters. He was eventually replaced (as discussed above) by Anthony George, who played the role for a short time before a séance sent Vickie back to 1795 where George played Collins ancestor Jeremiah Collins. Just prior to that, however [SPOILER WARNING], Burke Devlin's plane went down and was lost in South America. There is no doubt in my mind that the character survived and would have returned eventually had the thrust of the show not changed to emphasize time travel and the supernatural over gothic soap opera. [END SPOILER]

Interesting, I wonder how long they'lll drag this out....

Another 75 episodes. With the conclusion of the blackmail subplot, the show will reach the end of the show's bible as created and developed by Art Wallace. It had been pushed back a bit by the insertion of the Phoenix storyline, the vampire storyline, and the enduring popularity of the vampire, but practically everything from the early treatment was eventually revealed in the show save for the mystery of Vickie's past.
Oh, and, say, it's all very well for Burke to decide to just let Roger stew in his own juices, but I don't suppose it occurred to him (or to Sam, or to Liz - we know Roger's only concerned with securing his own arse) that the guy who was killed might have survivors who'd be interested in seeing his real killer be punished, by any chance?
To avoid threadjacking a different thread:

Jeff of Earth-J said:
An example of the kind of discrepancies noted by Thompson is that Roger and Elizabeth Collins, siblings on TV, are depicted as husband and wife in one of the comics. ... I agree that depicting Barnabas as a vampire was a good move; but moving his origin from Collinsport in 1795 to the West Indies in 1740 or showing Roger and Elizabeth as married to each other, not so much.

All in all, incest would have been one of the lesser stains on the Collins family escutcheon ... but one unlikely to have aired on ABC in 1968 (except in the most circumspect and euphemistic way).
Dark Shadows, aired 4/4/67

1)"Speedball"?

2)Look, Maggie, just punch him in the face, and he'll run away, crying.

3)"Merry-go-round"?

4)"Willie, if your word were any good, you and I wouldn't be friends."

5)"My name is Victoria Winters. I didn't get to be in this one."
…the guy who was killed might have survivors who'd be interested in seeing his real killer be punished…

The hit-and-run victim is and will remain a cipher, a mere plot device to serve as the catalyst for the vendetta plot. On Earth-J, however, his death is central to all of the weird stuff in the years to come. (A more recent wrinkle is that he might even be a renegade Time Lord.) I have a similar theory about the bum in the alley who vaporizes himself with Dr. McCoy’s phaser in Star Trek’s “The City on the Edge of Forever” episode.

Dark Shadows, aired 4/4/67

Willie Loomis arrived at Collinwood on my third birthday!

"Speedball"?

Yeah, I… whatever.

"Merry-go-round"?

Not ringing any bells. Context?
Jeff of Earth-J said:
…the guy who was killed might have survivors who'd be interested in seeing his real killer be punished…

The hit-and-run victim is and will remain a cipher, a mere plot device to serve as the catalyst for the vendetta plot. On Earth-J, however, his death is central to all of the weird stuff in the years to come. (A more recent wrinkle is that he might even be a renegade Time Lord.) I have a similar theory about the bum in the alley who vaporizes himself with Dr. McCoy’s phaser in Star Trek’s “The City on the Edge of Forever” episode.

Dark Shadows, aired 4/4/67

Willie Loomis arrived at Collinwood on my third birthday!

"Speedball"?

Yeah, I… whatever.

"Merry-go-round"?

Not ringing any bells. Context?


"Merry-go-round" was just a turn of phrase that Jason used that struck me as funny, is all.
You should do an "Earth-J" timeline. I bet it would be interesting. I don't know enough about Dark Shadows to add much of an "Earth-44" take on it, yet. I understand that they do some time travel episodes, eventually. Perhaps that attracts the attention of two of the "Founding Fathers (and One Mother)" of the United States of Time...
Dark Shadows, aired 4/5/67

1)What's with the way Willie talks? Is that supposed to be some kind of an accent? Or is he supposed to be some kind of a pseudo-hipster?

2)Wow, Mrs. Johnson has got a formidable nose!

3)I don't think much of Jason McGuire as a criminal mastermind. Luckily for him, these people are all idiots.

4)This is like an episode of Charles in Charge gone horribly wrong, with Jason as Charles and Willie as Buddy, and after weeks of violence and blood, it's all going to turn out to have been part of an elaborate plan to score tickets for the Canned Heat concert at the Collinsport Civic Center.
What's with the way Willie talks?

What, like the way he says “mot-to”? Honestly, don’t imprint James Hall as Willie. He plays Willie for only three more episodes before John Karlen takes over and makes the role his own.

Wow, Mrs. Johnson has got a formidable nose!

This isn’t really important, but FYI, Mrs. Johnson was originally maneuvered into the Collins’ employ by Burke Devlin to act as his spy. Little by little (especially now that the vendetta sub-plot has come to an end), she became a loyal and trusted servant of the Collins family.

I don't think much of Jason McGuire as a criminal mastermind.

Yeah, he’s strictly a small-timer.

Luckily for him, these people are all idiots.

True.

This is like an episode of Charles in Charge gone horribly wrong

I’m unfamiliar with that show.

You should do an "Earth-J" timeline.

Don’t think I haven’t!

I don't know enough about Dark Shadows to add much of an "Earth-44" take on it, yet.

What you should do if familiarize yourself with Lost and do an “Earth-44” take on that! Seriously.

I understand that they do some time travel episodes, eventually.

Oh, yes. I’ve got some ideas how to continue this discussion beyond the introduction of Barnabas. More on that later.

Perhaps that attracts the attention of two of the "Founding Fathers (and One Mother)" of the United States of Time...

Um, I don’t quite get that reference...?
Jeff of Earth-J said:
What's with the way Willie talks?

What, like the way he says “mot-to”? Honestly, don’t imprint James Hall as Willie. He plays Willie for only three more episodes before John Karlen takes over and makes the role his own.

Wow, Mrs. Johnson has got a formidable nose!

This isn’t really important, but FYI, Mrs. Johnson was originally maneuvered into the Collins’ employ by Burke Devlin to act as his spy. Little by little (especially now that the vendetta sub-plot has come to an end), she became a loyal and trusted servant of the Collins family.

I don't think much of Jason McGuire as a criminal mastermind.

Yeah, he’s strictly a small-timer.

Luckily for him, these people are all idiots.

True.

This is like an episode of Charles in Charge gone horribly wrong

I’m unfamiliar with that show.

You should do an "Earth-J" timeline.

Don’t think I haven’t!

I don't know enough about Dark Shadows to add much of an "Earth-44" take on it, yet.

What you should do if familiarize yourself with Lost and do an “Earth-44” take on that! Seriously.

I understand that they do some time travel episodes, eventually.

Oh, yes. I’ve got some ideas how to continue this discussion beyond the introduction of Barnabas. More on that later.

Perhaps that attracts the attention of two of the "Founding Fathers (and One Mother)" of the United States of Time...

Um, I don’t quite get that reference...?

Here's a hint: On Earth-44, the "United States of Time" had four "Founding Fathers" and One "Founding Mother". Jerry doesn't get to be a Founding Father. 'cause he's whiny..

Hint the Second: Tracy was critical of the equestrian skills of one of the Founding Fathers.

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