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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0225_0226
« on: February 05, 2007, 05:21:46 PM »
What wonderful dialogue in this episode:  "Serenity is my favorite emotion."  "A savage beast made familiar."  All deliciously Gothic and it must have sounded eccentric and Victorian in a bar in a small town in "Way Down East" Maine.

When Barnabas first enters Maggie's room, the show itself enters a new era, one very different from how it had been.  That's a mixed blessing but it was the transformed series that so deeply attracted me to the show as a child.

G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Will We Ever See A New DS? Or would you want to?
« on: February 05, 2007, 04:54:10 PM »
I was totally opposed originally to the idea of a remake, but Alec Newman's performance as Barnabas in the 2004 pilot made me think that it could be fun IF it were done as a start-from-scratch exercise rather than a remake tout court.

Just my personal opinion, but I think we are in the final years of series television on the regular networks.  I'll be surprised if ten years from now there are ANY drama series in production for the Big 3 (or is it now the Big 4--or 5??).  I would guess that HBO and Showtime and a couple of those other networks would be able to keep things going because of how they are structured.  A series of DS movies similar to the Donald Strachey movies on the "here" network might be fun.  Again, that would underline the difference between this version and the classic show which was a daily serial and had some of the leisurely rhythms of old Victorian storytelling in its pace.

None of my opinions matter but you did ask.  I do feel incredibly fortunate that we have the entire series (minus the one lost episode), and that it has not only survived but even been released on VHS and DVD!  That seems truly miraculous.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '07 I / Re: You Tube
« on: February 02, 2007, 10:54:40 PM »
I love Dark Shadows Addict's videos.  The man is a GENIUS!

G.

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Polls Archive / Re: Long-suffering character?
« on: February 02, 2007, 09:55:09 PM »
Who else but Julia???

G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Sorry, the twin question again ...
« on: February 02, 2007, 06:58:02 PM »
Gerard honey, I am *dying* here!

Thank you for MAKING my Friday!

cheers, Gothick

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0224
« on: February 02, 2007, 05:26:28 PM »
What a fabulous episode!  This is the one I alluded to in a previous post, where ABC's S & P office sent in notes stating that it must not seem that Jason is implying that Willie and Barnabas are a gay couple, in the dialogue about Willie and "light housekeeping."

Jason is such a treat to watch.  He says that line about the Swiss bank account with such sleazy zest.

Maggie's dream is so brilliantly staged.  When I first saw these shows I thought this was the first of the surreal dream sequences on DS, but now of course we know that they had had plenty of practice in the preceding Laura Collins storyline.

G.

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Polls Archive / Re: Vampires Rule the Night
« on: February 02, 2007, 05:17:44 PM »
Tom Jennings, hands down.

My neck isn't the only place I'd want that mouth of his, but we could start there.

Naughty Gothique

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0223
« on: February 01, 2007, 11:46:45 PM »
I think Vicki's voiceover referred to Willie, esp. since the action of this show revolved around how Liz was irate that thanks to Barnabas, she was still stuck with having Willie skulking around the grounds.  Just my two drachmae.

Is this the first time we see Burke sorta-kinda positioning himself as the protector of Liz--and Collinwood?  I thought it seemed like a real switch from Burke's original determination to buy the house right out from under Liz.

Presumably, Willie was out purchasing hardware supplies at the time of Liz's visit.  It is decidedly odd that they don't lock that door!

G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: DS The Beginning DVD Disc Problems?
« on: January 31, 2007, 10:42:47 PM »
Maybe this was covered somewhere else--do the DVDs include the opening slates the way the tapes did?

G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: DS The Beginning DVD Disc Problems?
« on: January 31, 2007, 04:46:29 PM »
What a nuisance.  Everybody who bought them should phone MPI (and perhaps followup the phone call with a letter--if it were me, I'd ask for a name and address where I could send a letter of complaint).

Of course, if they admit there is a glitch in how that disc was authored and they agree to replace free of charge, AND it doesn't happen in the next set, things will be resolved very happily.

G.

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Thanks, Midnite.  I checked the link and sent her an IM.

Best, Steve

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0220
« on: January 30, 2007, 05:17:15 PM »
Hope you feel better soon, Raining wolf.  Do be gentle with the pneumonia--you really don't want to monkey with that!  Bleah!  My Dad is still a bit weak from having had it several months ago.

I am forever reading a gay subtext into Jason-and-Willie and Willie-and-Barnabas but almost never mention this here because I figure fans here really don't want to hear about it.  I was hysterical back in the Eighties when I got hold of the old "Introduction of Barnabas" book and they reprinted the memo from the S & P office at ABC about some dialogue Jason and Willie had where the officer stressed that "we must not lead people to think that Jason is inferring a homosexual relationship between Willie and Barnabas." What a hoot!

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0221
« on: January 30, 2007, 05:10:26 PM »
Maggie seems so clueless all of a sudden.  I wish there had been dialogue for her along the lines of "That Mr. Collins may have the manners of a gentleman, but he's STILL a creep."  I suppose that what is happening is that he is throwing what in Magick is called a "glamour" over her, blinding her to his true nature so he can worm his way into her affections... and her neck!

Another classic shot in that final image of Barnabas at the window.  Many thanks to our Mysterious Benefactor for adding the images to Robin's notes.

G.

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Hmmm, I look forward to my attempt to navigate the site sufficiently to try and figure out just who the "account holder" is... I've seen some Euphemia clips from 1982 and I thought Grayson was superb in the role!

G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Diversity of The Actors
« on: January 29, 2007, 11:21:58 PM »
As revealed in RJ Jamison's biography "Grayson Hall: a Hard Act to Follow," Grayson was part Rom (Gypsy) as well.

Overall, DS remained a very white show even as time went on and more and more series added African American characters.  I can only think of two black actors on DS, and one of them didn't have any lines.  Sho Onodera had one episode as Mr. Nakamura and again, maybe two lines?

I thought in the 1990 remake it would have added a lively degree of interest had Angelique been cast with a black actress.  (Of course, had a certain storyline been pursued, this would have meant casting David with a biracial actor as well.)

G.

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