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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0252
« on: March 14, 2007, 08:19:27 PM »
I love Buzz, and he loves me.

that's my story, and I'm stickin' to it.

G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: In support of the Jason McGuire storyline.
« on: March 14, 2007, 03:19:34 PM »
I didn't find Dennis Patrick's work as Jason at all "over the top."  Right on the mark is how I would characterize his performance.

I am having a "middle aged moment" about this but the dear chap who portrayed Garth Blackwood... this would be an example of an over-the-top characterization.  We saw other examples of his work on the series and he could be quite subtle and understated (as the blackmailing chemist in PT 1970 for example).  A part like Garth Blackwood could really only be played in an over-the-top way.  How do you play something like that "realistically"?

G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: In support of the Jason McGuire storyline.
« on: March 13, 2007, 08:16:25 PM »
Hi A. C., Welcome to the Boards!  You'll find plenty of fans of the Jason storyline here.  Several of us rate it as among the very best of the entire series.

I agree that a lot of the Jason shows are more compelling than the Barnabas/Maggie kidnapping shows, and I'll give you my personal reason why.  There was more scope IMO for dramatic tension between Jason and Liz, and Jason and the rest of the crew at the Big House, with the way Jason's scheme played out.  Joan and Dennis had some tremendous confrontations and the material required Jason to be quite devious and think his way out of the various attempts by Liz to sabotage his plans.  It felt as if the two were more evenly matched, and there was also the material from the responses by Carolyn, Roger, Vicki et al to the unfolding situation.  With Barnabas, Maggie and Willie it was pretty much the three of them engaged in a war of nerves in which Barnabas' supernatural powers kept trumping the situation.  There was certainly some fine writing AND thesping in this story but a lot of it also felt repetitive and less dynamic, over all, than the Jason scenario.

Another factor to consider is the shift in Burke's role during this time and the eventual [spoiler]writing Burke out of the show altogether.  Presumably this was done because the writers felt that if Burke remained on the scene, he would sooner or later, in any remotely plausible scenario, have learned Barnabas' secret.  Perhaps DC was also thinking of having a stronger romantic relationship between Barnabas and Vicki than was eventually the case--something more along the lines of the 1991 story.  For this to happen, Burke had to go.  It's significant that by the time Burke was written out, in, what October of '67?, it was obvious to all that Barnabas was here to stay.[/spoiler]

Just some thoughts.  Again, welcome!

G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: PT1841
« on: March 12, 2007, 09:54:01 PM »
Forgive me for introducing a crude note into the discussion, but what fascinated me the most about the PT1841 shows back at the time was those incredibly tight trousers they gave the men to wear.  I was 12 going on 13 and my hormones, while not raging, were certainly those of a healthy pubescent male and I found much more intrigue in the male "blooms" than I did in the story.  When not distracted by those swelling crotches, I kept wondering "when are Barnabas and Julia going to show up?" or "when are we going to return to 1971 to find out what happens next"?  I think even on the last day I was still expecting a switch back to "the Present" and this was another distraction that kept me from concentrating on the new story.

I do have a vivid memory of being very affected by the emotion of Nancy Barrett's performance as Melanie.  It was during one of the nighttime viewings and I think the scene involved her trying to get into the Locked Room.  As an adult viewer,  I find Melanie's story--her search for her true identity (maybe a reminder of where it all began for Dark Shadows) and her growing love for Kendrick, to be by far the most involving part of the story.  The triangle between Catherine, Bramwell and Morgan just doesn't draw me in very much.  None of them are very nice people IMO.

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Cancellation
« on: March 12, 2007, 09:26:50 PM »
In looking at the ratings between the Fall of 1969 and the Spring of 1971, folks have to take into consideration the fact that several ABC affiliates were either dropping DS from their afternoon schedules or moving it to evening timeslots during this period.

I was thrilled when I discovered during the last month or so that channel 7 in Washington D. C. (I believe) was running it around 11 p.m. every evening.  Before the arrival of the videotapes at the end of the 1980s, this was the only time in my life that I was able to watch some of the episodes twice!  Channel 13 in Baltimore was still running it in the afternoons until the very end.

I don't think D. C. "sabotaged" the show.  I do think he had had enough and the need to go into production with Night of Dark Shadows gave him the perfect excuse to end the series.  I do wish they had had the presence of mind to provide a solution to the Stella Young mystery...

G.

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My very best wishes for a smooth, healing convalescence for Jackie.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '07 I / Re: jonathan frid on youtube
« on: March 08, 2007, 11:11:30 PM »
"I was a very nervous person on that show..." Priceless!

I was surprised to see David Jay ("Leviathan Boy") come up and give JF a hug at the very end.  Do we know whether he ever attended another DS event after this?

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '07 I / Re: Quiz From the Dark Side
« on: March 08, 2007, 10:39:43 PM »
I got 7 out of 11 which seems very high given that I only watched about four of the shows involved.

That new series, Blood Ties, looks like a bit of cheesy fun for late nights.  If any cousins tune in, I'd be curious to see a review.  I don't have cable so won't be watching.

G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Yet another warlock's head in a box
« on: March 07, 2007, 09:22:06 PM »
Darren, I've never seen They Saved Hitler's Brain, but I think it now qualifies as must viewing, thanks to that hysterical still!  Thanks so much for sharing it!

Penny Dreadful, oh how I wish you could talk Zack into doing it! Especially if Judith Zack were given some of the dialogue of our own beloved Judith Collins!

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Yet another warlock's head in a box
« on: March 07, 2007, 08:17:29 PM »
Hi Penny Dreadful,

forgive me if I'm insulting you even by ASKING this, but have you ever seen the 1965 Amicus film, The Skull, co-starring Uncle Peter Cushing and Uncle Christopher Lee?  I think it's based on a Robert Bloch tale and am pretty sure Bloch wrote the film.

I think the plot of this movie and the premise concerning the skull of the Marquis de Sade is closer to the Judah Zachery (haha I almost typed "Judith Zacherley"--Zack's EEE-vil sister, perchance?) storyline than the films you mention.

A Fan 4ever,

Gothick

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: The Leviathan Episode's
« on: March 07, 2007, 05:52:56 PM »
Thanks for that correction, Mark.  I was actually thinking of "The Haunter of the Dark."  I realized last year while looking at a Lovecraft anthology given to me by a friend some years ago that I had NEVER READ that tale, so I promptly sat down and read it.  I absolutely adored it so you would think I would have been able to remember the title!  Love the notion of the Shining Trapezehedron which seems to have been "borrowed" into the Buffyverse, as well...  (I had to find the proper title of this tale by running a google on Shining Trapezehedron.  Yes, I could remember that unwieldly phrase, but not the title of the story.  My mind is an odd place to live.)

As for that other incident, [spoiler]I know it's mega-naff but I like to imagine that clever Julia had designed a cross that was friendly to Barn but repelled all other vampires![/spoiler]

Cheers, G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Dear Dead Amanda
« on: March 07, 2007, 05:03:14 PM »
I love some of those scenes in 1897 where Q and B were practically chin to chin in one another's faces and it looked as if one was going to kiss the other at any moment--particularly with Q's habit of cracking those sweet, sarcastic smiles when he's about to make one of his famous Quentin-zingers...

G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Crushes on DS Stars
« on: March 07, 2007, 04:32:40 PM »
I thought there was a slashy component (no doubt this existed only in my own twisted mind) in the scenes between the original Reverend Trask and Nathan Forbes that were featured in the slideshows a couple of days ago.

Between Trask's HEAVY eyeliner and his sweaty-palmed "enthusiasm," and the Bad Lieutenant's lecherous swagger, I really was ready to see Trask get down on his knees for my OWN idea of "that old time religion" and a little "divine" service (um, not so little when you realize what was inside those "vulgar" trousers).

Perhaps the scene could have played to Dusty Springfield's recording of "Just a little lovin', early in the mornin', beats a cuppa coffee for startin' out the day..." Oh, my bad, Dust did not record that song till the 1968 Atlantic "Dusty in Memphis" sessions.

cheers, G.

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I believe the stakes Bram Stoker describes in the novel Dracula were around three feet long, actually.  I recall seeing a documentary somewhere or other where the presenter brought one out and said Hollywood and Hammer had modified it to what we are used to seeing because something that big would look "ridiculous."

One of the few bits used from the novel in the new BBC film version was that the stakes were more like the ones described in the book than we usually see.  Of course they were used in a totally over-the-top manner...

This isn't the first time in history, by a long shot, that a dead dictator's grave has been desecrated by a vengeance-seeking mob.  I believe it was in fact by Parliamentary order that the dead bodies of Cromwell and Ireton, the leaders of the 1640s "English Revolution" that ended in the decapitation of Charles I, were exhumed and hung from a gallows to exact a posthumous punishment.

G.

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I'm very sorry to hear about his fall.  Glad to hear he is healing, though.  The back can be a very troublesome area, once anything goes wrong; so, if he is already feeling in less pain, that's a very positive sign.

I am sure Sam must have been QUITE startled when it happened--maybe even more startled than JF was himself!

Best wishes,

Steve

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