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Current Talk '08 II / Re: New Big Finish Dramas
« on: August 22, 2008, 03:46:43 PM »
Stuart, is the script for Clothes of Sand your work?  Congratulations, if so!  I'd heard you had written some of the earlier dramas... I have not been able to catch up with the CD series, unfortunately.

cheers!  Steve

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Current Talk '08 II / The Inscrutable Nicholas Blair
« on: August 22, 2008, 03:09:23 PM »
Dear Fans,

Am I the only one who's Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered by the quote ascribed to Nicholas on today's snapshot?  I thought I knew the 1968 storyline like the back of my hand, but I have total amnesia around this!

Anyone feel like helping out?

I do love and adore Nicholas, especially the 1968 Nicholas--my absolute favorite Humbert Allen Astredo performance, and one of my top favorite characters on the series!  His scenes with Julia rate as among the series' finest moments in my book.

G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: John Seavey’s Storytelling Engines: Angel
« on: August 21, 2008, 10:17:25 PM »
They never discussed in the DS scripts whether or not Barnabas had a soul when he was a vampire.  Perhaps the idea of a vampire lacking a soul comes from Miss Rice?  It may exist in some of the old Eastern European folklore collected by "Reverence" Montague Summers back in the 1920s.  Many indigenous or pre-Christian thought systems treat what we would call the "soul" as having three components.  Due to traumas of various kinds (includes being the victim of a hex/curse), part of this tripartite "soul" can be ripped away.  If what remains includes the original physical body imbued with some form of life force, this can behave like someone possessed or like "one of the living dead."  I won't go on because I am getting into off topic waters here.

To me, the way the Angel character was handled on Buffy (from what I saw of it) was very different from how Barnabas was portrayed on DS.  Of course, I'm sure that there was some awareness of Barnabas and DS in the mix on the part of the people who worked on the show.  Has Joss Whedon ever mentioned the series in interviews?

G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: New Big Finish Dramas
« on: August 21, 2008, 05:41:50 PM »
Thanks, Quentin, for those fascinating reviews.  The title Clothes of Sand is a poignant one for such a story, and must surely be taken from the song by the late Nick Drake:

Can you now return to from where you came
Try to burn your changing name
Or with silver spoons and coloured light
Will you worship moons in winter's night.

Clothes of sand have covered your face
Given you meaning but taken my place
So make your way on down to the sea
Something has taken you so far from me.

It is nice that Maggie was given her own story in the second one.  I was watching some of the PT 1970 episodes two evenings ago and more impressed by KLS' performance than I had remembered. 

Best, G.

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Perhaps I should have said that comparisons, *as a class*, tend towards the invidious.  I was speaking more generally as regards criticism--not specifically stating that 1991 was invariably the loser in a comparison with the 1966 original (even if that IS what I personally think).

I know that having had the pleasure *winces* of seeing the trailer for the remake of The Women (a 1939 classic) yesterday, I can bet dollars to doughnuts that many of the reviewers of the new production will have their nails sharpened with the most lurid "jungle red" (as was said in the original) as they merrily shred the performances of Meg Ryan et al.

G.

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I applaud the intent to discuss the 1991 DS as a stand-alone project.  Comparisons are invariably invidious (even if inevitable for some of us).

cheers, G.  (one of the very few posts I am likely to be making in this thread)

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: DS Collector Plates by MPI
« on: August 18, 2008, 02:56:27 PM »
Apart from the DVDs, I'm not a collector, so my interest in all of it is purely academic.

If fans purchase the merchandise, even when the quality is crap, there is no incentive for MPI to strive to improve the product. 

G.

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LOL! "Satan in High Hells."  LOVE IT.

Give 'em HELL, Pepe!

G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: DS Collector Plates by MPI
« on: August 15, 2008, 07:26:17 PM »
Is there some unknown rule that ALL the DS merchandise offered by MPI has to be gutwrenchingly tacky?

They've done a wonderful job with the DVDs, on the whole; now perhaps they should think about "re-branding" (shudder) their merchandising dept.

G.

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Dear God!

Now *I'm* feeling like an Antique--decidedly NOT of the collectible variety, however!

G.

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Just to chime in that I LOVED the re-styling of the sets and look in PT 1970.  Quentin's orange jacket WAS a major faux-pas but did underline the character's emotional instability.  Alexalique's Peter Max dress puts me into a trance on the DVDs!

G.

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There's an old saying--once a Witch, always a Witch.

Maybe Julia could treat Angelique to a double martini and some no-nonsense advice on "working through and overcoming obsessive-compulsive disorder."

G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: Discuss - Ep #0596
« on: August 12, 2008, 03:13:12 PM »
The idea that a supernatural being always has to choose an anagram of her (or his) name in her new "incarnation" dates back to J. Sheridan Le Fanu's classic 1860s novella, Carmilla.  Carmilla has had other lives as Millarca and Mircalla, if memory serves.  The author of Rosemary's Baby very cleverly recycled this idea in that nove and, of course, in the popular film which was making headlines in 1968 when these shows were written.

This episode includes one of my all time favorite DS lines:  "Danielle Roget was perhaps the most EEE-vil woman the Eighteenth Century ever produced!"  There's something so deliciously camp and over-the-top in that line.  And of course, Thayer delivered it with superb aplomb!

G.

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MSC, clearly, Jackie was a GENIUS far in advance of his own time!

I do hope you have been able to see the YouTube clip of Jackie performing "I enjoy being a girl."  Truly priceless material!

Jackie should have been on DS!  He could have started up where Hannah Stokes left off!

G.

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Wow, I wonder whether some families wiill be suing for residual psychic damage suffered from view that "toxic shock" orange monstrosity!

I mean, this pretty much blows Janet Jackson's breast RIGHT out of the water!

I am LOL over Magnus' comment about the ABC dumpster.  Maybe somebody rescued one of Cassandra's wigs and those awful sweaters they made poor Julia wear over her first months from there...

G.

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