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Current Talk '03 II / Re:That Number Should Be Retired
« on: November 04, 2003, 04:53:50 PM »
Hi Mark, I saw your original post, and didn't think there was any problem with the tone, if you meant the comment you had made about wanting independent confirmation apart from my often-faulty memory.  Anyhow, I see that one of the mods pulled the original post, so at least you won't need to worry about it next time you're here.  Sorry to hear you haven't been getting your sleep.  Hope you can get some rest!

One site years ago where I saw something about Kate Jackson playing a Tracy character in the 1971 storyline was this great site that Michael Miozza put up that was going to be a continuation of DS as it might have been had the series gone on.  He was only able to write 7 installments, I believe, and I don't know whether the site still exists; I think there used to be a link to it from his DS Movies site, which I loved as well.

There's oodles of not-very-well-organized trivia about DS in the revised edition of the DS Almanac--perhaps there is something about proposals for Kate Jackson's future on the series in there.  It would be interesting to know what plans were made for future roles for Keith Prentice, as well--he mentioned having signed a "five year contract" for DS in an interview (something that made me raise my eyebrows).

G.

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Current Talk '03 II / Re:How Did Angelique Get Her Powers?
« on: November 03, 2003, 10:07:08 PM »
Well, Vlad, last time I watched the episodes that involved the first spell we see Ange casting--on Barn's Rev War toy soldier--I'm afraid I laughed when the poor dear couldn't get the knot undone when she was trying to reverse the spell.

Tying knots is very much Craft 101.  Then there's her notorious difficulty with Basic Banishment.  She raises a ghost (Jeremiah) to perform a simple task and then can't rid of him?  In her defense, the ghost eventually goes away when the writers can't think of what to do next with him, but it reflects very badly on her skill level at this point.

I actually think it makes the story more interesting when Ange is barely competent and you see her trying hard to learn from her own mistakes.  Later on, when she becomes "Super Witch," it's not so interesting.  Of course, even at the height of her powers on the show, she was never capable of pulling some of the feats ascribed to her by some fan writers, such as the role Warren Oddson gives her in his articles in the DS Concordances published by Kathleen Resch.

In 1968, Cassandra seems a lot more powerful, confident, and assured in her Craft than 1795 did.  Her problem then is her tendency to indulge her own sadism--watch 'em twist in the wind when she could be getting the job done. That is what leads to her eventual downfall, although it could be argued as well that the Dream Curse was an unnecessarily clumsy, over-involved piece of spellcraft.  It's hard to tell with that whether she was motivated by the desire to see people like Maggie and Mrs. Johnson suffer on the way to achieving her goal, or whether she simply did not know any better, quicker way of getting the job done.

G.

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Current Talk '03 II / Re:That Number Should Be Retired
« on: November 03, 2003, 07:55:30 PM »
I remember having seen a mention somewhere or other that a present-day 1971 story had been plotted (presumably at some point in the Fall of 1970 before the EP decided to pull the plug) in which Jackson was going to play a character named Tracy who arrived at Collinwood and attracted Quentin's attention.  Can't recall whether she was supposed to be the new governess, though.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '03 II / Re:CBS at 75
« on: November 03, 2003, 06:18:32 PM »
Oh Gods, no wonder that one armed ghost's appendage looked so naggingly familiar.  I'd get a sort of familiar itch every time I played that episode. Same deal with the hunky hangman at Vicki's execution.

I always thought Groh was so delectably hairy and, well, generous on Rhoda.  (did you know she had a pagoda?)

beyond fried post Halloween G.

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Current Talk '03 II / Re:How Did Angelique Get Her Powers?
« on: October 31, 2003, 09:29:31 PM »
Well, in the original 1795 story, Angelique's powers start out as very much the traditional Hedge Witch variety.  She needs a lot more to cast her spells in this first story than is the case later on.  I don't believe the Devil is ever mentioned by her, although of course Abby and the Rev think about him constantly--the sign of a really devoted servant (!).

In 1968, there's at least one scene there where CassAngelique is doing her thing (I believe it's the scene where she's killing Lang with her handy little voodoo doll), and she mentions conversationally that her powers come from "the Devil Himself."  This notion plays out with the eventual scenes where Nicky and Ange visit Hell.

In 1897, Ange starts out as a more or less independent supernatural being, then reverts to more Devil talk as the storyline advances.  There's a scene where she's casting one of her fire spells and she mentions that she's promised the Prince of Fire Quentin's soul.

just a few stray thoughts, grist for your mill.

G.

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Testing. 1, 2, 3... / Re:!! Forum Fonts !!
« on: October 31, 2003, 07:53:22 PM »
Egads.  Is this permanent, or just a sWitcholeen treat?

(I know it's a mistake to ask that question, but somehow... I just don't understand!!)

 >:D >:D >:D

those are just for you, darling.  See how accommodating I can be???

 :o  Gothick

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Calendar Events / Announcements '03 II / Re:HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!
« on: October 31, 2003, 05:26:02 PM »
Have a fabulous Halloween, one and all!

And to any Pagans in the room... Happy New Year!  May your Ancestors be happy, and may you welcome a year of health, prosperity and joy into your homes.

warmly,  Steve

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Testing. 1, 2, 3... / Re:Very cool look for the Boards
« on: October 31, 2003, 04:23:26 PM »
Wowee, so far the color scheme has changed twice already. What fun!  And now the good old Vampire Halloween logo is up.  Too bad Roxanne didn't make the grade,  And her fangs were sooo cute.  Pity!

I notice those eyes are getting bigger and bigger.  Think Someone is trying to tell us something???

Steve

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Current Talk '03 II / Re:The Mask of Ba'al
« on: October 30, 2003, 08:41:05 PM »
Yes, this is obviously the case that Ba'al = the Devil.  I think the fad for turning the names of ancient Deities into the names of devils and demons really got going with the mediaeval Grimoire craze.  I recall seeing Apollyon (=Apollo), Astarte (a Canaanite Goddess of love and fertility, a cousin to Inanna and Ishtar), and other Deities in strings of demonic names.

I think the Mask of Ba'al, which was a cool concept, would have worked better if props had been given just a bit more than the $1.98 they evidently had available to create the object.  It seems to drop out of sight, too, after this part of the story--I can't recall Judah making any further use of it, even though it was described as such a powerful object in the run-up to this part of the story.

Presumably they ditched it because somebody decided James Storm looked ridiculous wearing it.  And that person may have been right about it, too.

G.

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Testing. 1, 2, 3... / Very cool look for the Boards
« on: October 30, 2003, 08:33:17 PM »
Well, I went to lunch and then the office Halloween party and when I got back here, *everything* had changed (why, it's just like sweeps month on the WB!).

I love the black and white look, which seems like a salute to the delicious 1966 episodes I have been savoring... and the red bat-eyes looking out above are VERY creepy, and seem reminiscent of Angelique's winged familiar from 1795...

just batty over all this,

G.

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Thanks, Vicki, for the Nancy Barrett photos from Ryan's Hope, and for the very cool article links.  I really enjoyed reading the latter.

I'm glad that Nancy was ultimately brought back on OLTL, since it seems that she really enjoyed the experience of working on that show.  I thought it was a scream when she mentioned "Carolyn Stoddard" amongst the old friends she found working there.  I guess that reference went right over the earnest interviewer's head!

Steve

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Calendar Events / Announcements '03 II / Re:Imagine MY Disappointment!
« on: October 27, 2003, 08:52:46 PM »
How dare you LYAO! I have you know I look positively stunning in a boustier, garter belt, stockings and heels! YOU should look as good!  [smrtasg]

Well, my dear, folks aren't exactly going to take that kind of declaration on trust.

I want a jpg and I want it NOW! *slams riding crop on table*

Cackling maniacally,

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '03 II / Re:Imagine MY Disappointment!
« on: October 27, 2003, 08:46:20 PM »
RP, the MB is right about my multi tasking skills when it comes to Donnie B--I always have a free hand available for HIM!  *grrrrowlll**

Looks as if I'm doing THREE Samhain rituals this year.  One is happening on Nov. 8 for the old-style date--that is when my Tradition celebrates the festival.  The Samhain energy this year is really incredible.  I can see the Crone is going to lead us quite a dance.  A broom in one claw and a scythe in the other!

seasonal blessings,  Steve

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Calendar Events / Announcements '03 II / Re:Imagine MY Disappointment!
« on: October 27, 2003, 06:27:42 PM »
Now, Jennifer, you know that I'd be more than happy to share good laser xeroxes of Briscoe's Colt photos (hmmm maybe it should be stallion for him... mamma mia!!) should I ever be so fortunate as to, um, get HOLD of it.  *slurp*

Maybe I can just post scans of the photos here so *everyone* can enjoy them.  A fun treat that can't be beat!  (or, wait, it can be beat, but, well...)

Maybe I'll honor the sentiment of the latest theme here by watching my Don Briscoe tapes in the nude!

Steve

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Current Talk '03 II / Re:Act Your Age
« on: October 24, 2003, 04:11:18 PM »
Hi Patti,

Carrie has a crush on Gerard, who basically thinks of Carrie as a charming child.

HAA plays Charles Dawson, a lawyer who secretly heads (bwahaha) what's left of the coven descended from Judah Zachery's original coven.

Genders, both of posters and of pronouns, have been switching around as part of the current festivities.  The two Iron B's have switched personalities and any moment now I expect to turn into somebody of the opposite sex.  It's sort of like Rex Reed and Raquel Welch in Myra Breckinridge.

G.

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