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Polls Archive / Re: Favorite Aired Season
« on: May 05, 2005, 07:37:22 PM »
Very cool!  I'd quibble over a couple of those, but overall, that's a great way of schematizing the series.

I had never thought of graphing DS along the "season" model, but I do note that several of the storylines begin in early Spring and end in late Fall.

G.

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Polls Archive / Re: Favorite Aired Season
« on: May 05, 2005, 03:35:17 PM »
Hmmm... that's a good start, Ian.  This is how I divide up the series:

1966: June-Dec.  (includes to the end of the Matthew Morgan story)
Laura Collins (mid Dec '66--March 1967)
Jason MacGuire/The Introduction of Barnabas (March-November 1967)
1795 (Nov. 1967-April 1968)
1968 (April 1968-November 1968)
The Haunting of Collinwood/Introduction of Quentin (December 1968-March 1969)
1897 (March-November 1969)
Leviathan (November 1969-March 1970)
Parallel Time 1970 (March-July 1970)
1995/The Summer of 1970 (Introduction of Daphne and Gerard) July-October 1970
1840 October 1970-Jan. 1971
Parallel Time 1841 Jan-April 1971

Further refinements can be made, and I would make them if I were discussing this at greater length--The Intro of Barnabas, 1968, and 1897 storylines are all normally divided into two parts, for example.

G.

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Polls Archive / Re: Favorite Aired Season
« on: May 04, 2005, 10:52:01 PM »
How bizarre about what that site says.  1897 began in March of 1969 and wrapped in November of the same year.  (which is why dear Count Petofi was endlessly trying to get to the year 1969.)

I personally find it too jarring to my worldview (and Hell, haven't you figured out that I'm the *sensitive* one here??) to analyse the show in terms of "seasons."  I've often thought it would have ran forever if they had given the cast and crew a three to four month hiatus, but it was a soap opera and it ran day in, day out for five years from June of '66 through April 2, 1971.

but please, don't let me spoil your fun...

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I have an interview with Grayson Hall in which she says that in the original script for the final episode, Bramwell was given the lines about "if I didn't know better... I'd say there was a vampire at Collinwood."

The scene was changed to what was aired at the personal request of Jonathan Frid during the taping on that day, according to Grayson.

I think that final scene was rather neat, myself.  I was watching back in April of 1971 so I haven't really interrogated it that way a fresh viewer would.  Back then, it seemed cool that, even though the show was going off the air, they were leaving the door open for at least the possibility of futher "mysteries."

G.

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Thanks, MB. I accessed the article without having to set up a subscription to the site.

I thought that picture showed Collinwood in Parallel Time?  (my little joke)

I once visited the mansion with a strongly psychic friend, and he's convinced that there are Presences in that house.

G.

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The scenes with Joshua and Naomi are such excellent, solid drama.  It was great to see Bennett and Edmonds being given something to DO again after being sidelined for so long after the end of the Jason storyline.

I really enjoyed seeing Trask and Abigail get lured to their fates.  Other than that, and a few other bagatelles (such as Angelique's courtroom appearance) the final weeks of 1795 is a real washout to me.  It's close to being the most lacklustre period of the series as far as I am concerned.

G.

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Current Talk '05 I / Re: The Best of Angelique/Lara Parker
« on: April 27, 2005, 07:24:00 PM »
My absolute favorite scenes in LP's work for the show come from the Cassandra storyline.  Some of her work there was actually fairly subtle, hinting at ways the character had changed from what we had seen in the preceding story.

I think the early weeks of 1795 would come in second.  For one thing, the character is given fairly straightforward motives.  She's actually given dialogue that shows that it's not just Barnabas, it's Josette's position and privileges that she covets.  Those scenes make me think that the man could have been almost anybody--it was the fact that he was Josette's man that made him something she could not live without.  Later, of course, they change that; but that's the original lay of the land, as I see it, and it makes sense.

In terms of LP as an actress, I love her work on PT 1970 because it's no holds barred, over the top scenery-chewing and she gives it everything she's got.  My least favorite work from her would have to be Catherine in 1841 PT--that character was so one-note and full of herself.  Really not very interesting to me personally.

I don't myself regard Angelique as being coldly calculating; she too often got distracted by her love of and involvement with her own emotions.  In this respect, I do think Nicholas pegged her accurately when he read her beads as an "incompetent" Witch.  The Dream Curse started out as a cool idea but the flaws in her technique became more and more apparent as it went on, particularly once Stokes got wise to her.  The one really cold thing she did, and made an impressive if bloodcurdling job of, was her hex on Sarah and how she manoeuvred Barn into agreeing to marry her when she "cured" the little girl.  Those scenes had me wondering whether Ang spent her free time capturing flies and moths so she could watch their death agonies after pulling their wings off.  It was very disturbing television, particularly for the Sixties.

G.

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Your description of Joan's aggressive beehive had me grinning.  Thanks.

I agree with your comments upon the whole Vicki/Roger thing.  Major squick.  The really creepy stuff with Roger is still yet to come, of course.

Wonderful writing from you, as always.

G.

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Current Talk '05 I / Re: 38 years ago, April 1967
« on: April 27, 2005, 03:09:48 PM »
Adrian, your Cassandra collage is a real treat!  Many thanks!  You really captured those unique qualities that made Cassandra... quite a lady.

As for the other, words fail me.  But if I really struggle, "uncanny" comes to mind.  brrrr.

G.

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Current Talk '05 I / Re: Character Epitaphs
« on: April 27, 2005, 03:05:46 PM »
Connie dear, you ARE a romantic!

sighing at the rhapsodic lyricism of it all (while taking inner wicked delight at the "painterly" crenellations of a nude Quentin Collins),

Steve

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David (talking to John Karlen o/s):  "Johnny, I TOLD you, THREE's a CROWD!!"

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Tom: I SAID... KISS ME... you FOOL!

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Dear Fans,

I checked around and nobody seems to have posted this recent update to Craig Hamrick's site:

http://www.darkshadowsonline.com/photo-featured.html

There are some must-see photos here--GREAT images of Grayson in One Life to Live, along with two other projects; great photos of Louis Edmonds on "Family Feud" (with a wonderful memoir of Louis from the late great Ruth Warrick), a *priceless* publicity photo of Louis with Actress Jan Miner ("Madge" of the old "you're soaking in it" Palmolive commercials) in a 1961 show; candid photos of Sam Hall, Diana Millay, and Matthew Hall from 2001; some gorgeous snapshots of Nancy Barrett as a very young woman; and more I haven't even mentioned!

Many thanks to Craig for sharing these.  That snap of Grayson with that TELEPHONE (said in a tone of voice that suggests it is an obscure and detestable form of venereal disease) made my week!

Best, G.

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Current Talk '05 I / Re: What About an Animated Dark Shadows?
« on: April 25, 2005, 05:08:01 PM »
It would not be my cup of tea.

But then, I generally frown upon remakes... particularly of anything that was done to classic standards in the first place.  Despite all the bloopers and blunders, I do regard DS as a classic.  I am afraid the same could not be said of the 1990 series.

G.

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I think the thread on violence against women on the show is highlighting just one of the *many* real life, nitty-gritty reasons for the gestation of the feminist movement in the US at that time (the 1960s).  The next time you hear somebody in the mass media bashing feminism (it seems to be quite the regular thing these days), you might stop and think about this.  And a lot of this sort of thing still goes on today.

Arashi, I thought that the episode you are thinking of wasn't the Dorcas Trilling killing, but that of Mr Wells, which featured one of DS' most Grand Guignol shots as the climax.  It is true that a lot of ABC affiliates began to drop the show from the fall of 1970 down to the end.  I remember during the very final weeks of the show, ch. 7 in Washington D. C. (I think) was airing it in the evenings.  I could pick up that broadcast and I was in heaven because I got to see some of the last episodes twice!

G.

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