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Polls Archive / Re: Dark Shadows' central character.
« on: February 16, 2006, 06:28:58 PM »
I think in terms of acting, despite all the flubs JF's performance in the original 1967 storyline was tops.  His nervousness actually feeds into the characterization in a way that's quite brilliant.  Some of his scenes in that story are sooo creepy.  I honestly can hardly bear to watch some of the stuff when he's holding Maggie prisoner in the OH because it is so very unpleasant.  Even though practically nothing is shown, it is still some of the most horrifying material ever aired on a dramatic television series.

I can't really pin it down to a specific storyline after that, but generally, when it was an on day for him, there were fabulous moments throughout the four years.  Some of those Magda scenes were so spicy, and I love how sardonic he got with Julia during Leviathan when they were on the outs.  He was great opposite Angelique's various incarnations, as well.  I love the back-and-forth with Cassandra...

G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: Angelique engineered her own demise?
« on: February 16, 2006, 06:19:37 PM »
As I recall it,

[spoiler]When Angelique comes to the secret room to stake Barnabas after his death in 1796, and he rises to find her standing there with a stake at his heart, he makes a sarcastic comment about the curse and how since she "loves" him so much, she should be first in line to die.  I can't recall now whether he alluded to her being a victim of her own curse after her "death" in 1840.  Sam Hall's notes allude to her appearing as a ghost in the present, had they actually done the return-to-1971 storyline.

Lifting a hex is a very tricky thing to accomplish, but I'll spare you the nattering about magickal technique which isn't really relevant to this forum.  She could well have been able to make it possible for him to become human again, but the basic hex that anyone who loved him would die might still have had an influence over how events played out in 1841.  It's an interesting thing I had never really pondered before--probably because the writing was so loosey-goosey at that stage of the game.[/spoiler]

G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: DIED ... BY ... FIRE!!
« on: February 15, 2006, 10:15:28 PM »
Thanks for the info, MB!  I'd missed the shot on the captions board.  What a hoot!

It's probably a toss-up who is more fortunate; those who receive Laura's love, or the lucky men who win Angelique's admiration.

With the one, you get to attend the most dramatic barbecue of your entire life.   With the other, you may be strangled, hypnotised, turned into a cat, tortured with stabbing pains in your tender extremities. or cursed to roam the earth in a loveless existence for all Eternity!

Aren't the ladies of DS *special*?

Beaming, G.

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Current Talk '06 I / DIED ... BY ... FIRE!!
« on: February 15, 2006, 09:17:40 PM »
Can I just share that I'm finding the special V Day heart of an evilly glaring Laura Collins to be a raging HOOT?

The whole thing is (to my odd sense of humor) a perfect comment on the whole insanity of that "holiday."

I'd love to know which scene the image is from.  It reminds me of that wonderful moment when Laura is doing one of her spells at the fireplace and Liz taps her on the shoulder to have Laura turn and practically hiss with bared teeth.  Great, classic stuff.

Folks, there was no CGI back then.  It was all, every inch, just Diana Millay... doing her thing!

G.

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One of my favorites is in PT 1970 when Roger comments that one should not mention Angelique and Maggie in the same breath--it's rather like comparing a sable to a mouse.  (I love the bitchy smirk Parker gives in response to that comment, too.)

I believe that Nancy Barrett was quoted in Craig Hamrick's fabulous biography of Big Lou that acting opposite Edmonds was often like being in a Noel Coward farce.  He brought such sharp, acid wit to his performances on Shadows.

G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: Sabastian "Jim Morrison" Shaw
« on: February 15, 2006, 04:48:33 PM »
I love Sebastian's leather pants, too.  And I love the memories of Jeb Hawkes' personal Naga totem, that he had with him always, that the trousers bring forth.

Christopher Pennock was quite the luscious bit of crumpet during his DS years.  The roles he played tended to belie the considerable sexual "zing" he could bring to the camera, which was an interesting way of using him on the show.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '06 I / Re: Happy Valentine's Day Cousins
« on: February 14, 2006, 10:36:08 PM »
I'm the most obscure of all DS romantics--I wish things had worked out for Quentin and Tim Shaw, hee hee.

MB, you are truly eee-vil for suggesting that about Q and Amanda!  And of course, I love every moment of the mayhem that will doubtless follow in the wake of your broaching that topic!

G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: The Phoenix in other shows/films?
« on: February 14, 2006, 09:35:44 PM »
In Season 1 of the TV series Beastmaster (starring Daniel Goddard), there was an episode that featured a Phoenix as the villain.  From what I can recall (it's been, what, 6 or 7 years now), the character worshipped a solar Deity and had had a longstanding relationship with the tribe of the Sula, the Beastmaster's home tribe.

This Phoenix was male and seemed vaguely Aztec-inspired.  The show came out of Australia and I very much doubt whether they were familiar with the Dark Shadows Phoenix storyline.

Best, G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: where the heck does quentin live?
« on: February 14, 2006, 12:19:11 AM »
Michael,

[spoiler]What I remember is that the "Frederick Thorne" alias was used by Q in the 1940s and 1950s.  I presume that Grant Richards was an alias used by him in the 1960s.  When Liz queried his use of that name, he told her he was a writer, and everyone knows writers use pen names.  I can't recall whether they had anything more in the scripts about Q being a writer.

Honestly, if Amanda had become a big name star on B'way under her "Olivia Corey" alias, and Q bothered to look at papers and television even casually, it does strain credulity that he somehow never saw an image of her.  Ah well, DS is about having fun, not worrying about things making sense, or at least that's how I look at it.[/spoiler]

G.

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Luciaphil's Idle Thoughts '06 / Re: On the Lam -- Episodes 113 & 114
« on: February 13, 2006, 10:01:30 PM »
Luciaphil darling, thanks for another sharply-written overview!  I just love reading what you have to say about these shows.

I really missed Francis Swann after his departure from the series.  That said, I recall finding the scene of Mrs Johnson telling Burke about the revelation of Matthew's guilt in the death of her beloved Bill Malloy strangely lacking in emotional punch.  I'm not sure what expected from Mrs J in this day's show; a vitriolic calling-down of the forces of Biblical Nemesis upon Matthew's head, perhaps; a lament for Bill's feckless faith in those no-good Collinses, perhaps; even, perhaps tears and a sense of regret for the great loneliness she feels all over again with the irrevocable fact of Mr. Malloy's death.  The little scene in Burke's room at the seedy Collinsport Inn is so much less than any of that.  The excellent scene between Mrs J and devious Davey does make up a little for the disappointment I felt here, but only partly so.

I really regret the dumbing-down of Mrs J's character.  As originally written (and I think she was more or less the creation of Francis Swann?)  she was a marvelously realistic summing-up of the kind of nosey biddy who tends to make stirring the shit her personal business in every small town.  I would have loved to have heard the original Mrs J's observations upon the 1967 antics of Barnabas and Julia...

I wonder whether something happened to the original tape of the second show, and what you're seeing is that, in fact, they were all tired and anxious to go home.  I seem to recall one of the books mentioning that at least once, there was a technical problem with a tape and they had to work on Sunday, or something, to make it up.

G.


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Current Talk '06 I / Re: SciFi, Passions and the new Doctor Who
« on: February 13, 2006, 06:01:39 PM »
Golly, that's sad.  Thanks for letting me know.  I apologize if my flippant comments upset any of his fans.

G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: SciFi, Passions and the new Doctor Who
« on: February 13, 2006, 05:33:43 PM »
What I remember about Passions is Tabitha throwing her demonic ventriloquist-dummy child into the washer as punishment and an iris-insert of Juliet Mills telling the audience with a big wink not to try this at home.

I may be hallucinating again, but I seem to recall hearing that the boy who played Tommy died a couple of years ago.

It seems odd that Passions has lasted so long, but then one contemplates just how long Friends lasted.  From what I can determine, that show was about a lot of vapid people yapping about absolutely nothing.

G. the cranky Yankee

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Caption This! - 1795/1796 / Re: Episode #0426
« on: February 13, 2006, 04:16:31 PM »
Barnabas (sings): I feel pretty, oh so pretty, I feel pretty and witty and ...

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: Sci-Fi Channel Documentary
« on: February 10, 2006, 11:51:10 PM »
Connie, you're a genius!!!

in adoration,

Steve

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: 25 1/2 or 26?
« on: February 09, 2006, 11:35:02 PM »
How about one disc each for the restored hoDS and NoDS?  (Yeah, I know MPI don't own the rights, but allow a fella his dreams, K?)

G.

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