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Very exciting; I just ordered the mag.  Not only does the article on Steele sound intriguing, but I have over the years seen very few writers take on the underground Sixties German classic horror film "The Snake-pit and the Pendulum," aka "The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism." 

Thanks for the link!

G.

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Current Talk '11 I / Re: The Robservations Slideshow
« on: February 24, 2011, 08:03:20 PM »
That featured shot on the Robs board of LeviaLiz giving a completely clueless Willie the freeze today is a hoot!  Love it!

Today's slide show also features the great scene of Lt. Costa visiting the Phoenix morgue.  Sy Tomashoff really earned his bacon that week. 

G.

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Current Talk '11 I / Re: The Robservations Slideshow
« on: February 24, 2011, 06:02:16 AM »
Many thanks for the above selection, MB.  The shot of the werewolf doing his MJ impersonation is hysterical!

G.

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Current Talk '11 I / Re: The Robservations Slideshow
« on: February 17, 2011, 06:20:10 AM »
Just love the shot from 1796 of Natalie and Abigail.  A rare humane moment for the latter.  It's always such a treat to see Grayson and Clarice working together.

G.

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You know, this one is starting to sound an awful lot like a retread of 1967/hoDS/the first few episodes of the 1991 series.  Which means this will be, what, the FOURTH time this story has been filmed.

I'm guessing that plot points and character profiles are being filled in by journalists from websites, and that the actual screenplay will offer something different.

Perhaps this "waitress"will be named Vicki Evans... or Maggie Winters?  *wink*

Ah, now for the announcement of the hoDS/NoDS DVD release date...

G.

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Current Talk '11 I / Re: louis edmonds' "business trips"
« on: February 16, 2011, 05:44:10 AM »
Hi MSC,

Louis was a veteran stage actor and did a lot of theatre during his various times of hiatus on DS.  I believe some of it was outside the city, actually.  I don't know about his contract or whether he was allowed to request leave at certain times or how it worked.  The Craig Hamrick book, at least the original edition (I never got hold of the revision) did not give any insight into this, as I recall.

G.

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They've been married for years haven't they?  The wife and kids live in France...

G.

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Current Talk '11 I / Re: The Robservations Slideshow
« on: February 10, 2011, 07:44:41 PM »
Thanks for these, MB.  That shot of Roger and Carolyn having a face-off is superb!

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: February 10, 2011, 06:42:39 PM »
Needless to say, I love today's shot of Julia's arrival... emerging from the murk and drizzle of the Collinsport train station...

Her introduction literally foregrounds that this Julia is a much "darker" character than the original.

G.

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Current Talk '11 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #1147
« on: February 09, 2011, 07:02:03 PM »
Hi Janet, I think of the scene you mention as a very "Wuthering Heights" kind of moment.

Best, G.

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Current Talk '11 I / Re: 1840: The Empty Collinwood
« on: February 08, 2011, 11:24:14 PM »
You're right, Joey!  What a hoot!

One thing I have been enjoying about Downton Abbey (I just started episode 3 a few nights ago) is that it shows realistically how many people were required to keep a big manor house going.  At its height Collinwood in the 18th and 19th centuries would have had a staff of at least 20 I am sure.  This was hinted at only in the original 1966 storyline when discussion of just how many domestic staff Liz had fired was mooted in a few episodes.

G.

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Yes, Gerard, it can be done.  With an ironclad determination to ignore any postulate of logic, reality, or attempts at coherent continuity with previously established plot developments.

That's the real reason why we just can't get enough of this show!

cheers,

GothEEEEK

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Current Talk '11 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #1145
« on: February 08, 2011, 12:02:10 AM »
Virginia Vestoff's performance as Samantha is outstanding.  She's almost the only really brilliant element in the 1840 muddle, although I would certainly agree that Gabriel represents Chris Pennock's best work on the series.  It's too bad 1841 PT Gabriel turned out to be such a weakly defined character.

It's too bad, too, that Storm and Vestoff's 1841 PT incarnations dropped out of sight after a couple of episodes... but we take what we can get...

G.

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Dear Library,

Given how cavalier the DS writers (or more specifically, Lela Swift, since it seems to have been largely herself dictating where the storyline went at this point in the game) were with the existing continuity when it came time to construct the plot of the 1840 storyline, I'd say you should feel that you can have a free hand when it comes to 1870.

My biggest frustration with 1840, apart from the big reconciliation towards the end which strained credulity to the breaking-point, was that all kinds of information and hints were given about Collinwood in 1840 during the preceding "Summer of 1970" storyline--and then the writers proceeded to ignore nearly every snippet and hint they had dropped in favor of a completely different story!  In part this was because the story that had been envisioned would have called for such things as shipboard scenes on Gerard's pirate vessel, and they probably realized rather late in the game that there was no way in Hell that they could stage this at all realistically on the threadbare budget they were given.

Hope you enjoy writing your story.  We're not allowed to post fan fiction here, btw--just to let you know.

G.

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MSC, you crack me up!  Thanks for the laugh.

G.

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