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You know, I used to know this Italian lady who absolutely adored this stuff that sort of began where blue cheese left off. I remember coming across her in the kitchen one afternoon slavering over a plate of this very odd looking substance that was a rather lurid shade of aquamarine crooning, "Rrrrotten cheese... theee more rrrotten eet ees, theee more I LUFF eet!"  It was like a scene in a Hammer film.

What you say about the current phase of Dark Shadows makes me wonder if I have something in common with Stella.  Some of my favorite moments on the show are still to come.  I think Parallel Time was a great concept and an ingenious solution to the logistical difficulties posed by having most of the central characters taking a 6 to 8 week hiatus from the series.  I personally feel that PT 1970 holds up better than 1840, which started out so well and then seemed to sort of unravel halfway through.

Definitely agree with you about Barn's obsession with entering the PT world.  I think we were supposed to be reading between the lines and presuming him to be in some sort of fugue state because of things going wrong with the drugs Julia was pumping into him. Sedative, anyone?  (which reminds me, one of my favorite lines in the entire series is coming up very shortly)

I'm very, very clear that I wouldn't want to be anywhere near enough to touch Barnabas or Julia with a barge pole at this point in real life. But I LOVE watching their antics on the Tube.  It is a strangely refreshing escape from the hijinks indulged in by some of my near and dear ones in RL.

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Confused by Men...
« on: June 09, 2003, 02:00:00 PM »
Well, thanks for sharing that comment from Ms. Parker, Midnite.  I must say I find this baffling.  I thought the Vampiress Angelique arc was one of Lara's favorites, and she had a LOT to do with Joel during that storyline.

I guess Katie and Lara don't spend much time reading the books that have been published with their names on them!

G.

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Confused by Men...
« on: June 07, 2003, 10:32:01 PM »
Hi Patti,

Joel Crothers played Joe Haskell, who was Carolyn's boyfriend when the series began in 1966.

When Tom and Chris were introduced, Joe was said to be related to their family as a cousin (presumably on his Mom's side?).

Well, you know how complicated these New England genealogies can get ...

As for Babs Steele's comment about Grayson, I can't recall exactly in which interview she said that; it might have been this glossy magazine that did a feature on the 1990 DS series--Fangoria, maybe?

Steve

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Luciaphil darling, I'm so pleased you've started writing again.  You know I live for your fashion notes, and your deliciously witty comments about the characters, the writers, and everybody and everyTHING in between.

Hearing what you're saying about Jeb and Carolyn's marriage, I do wish you would offer a few apercus upon the thrashing, screeching, puling monstrosity that is the union of Quentin and Maggie Collins, but I fear your general distaste for the 1970 PT storyline may just leave you with your set switched off for the next few months.

I loved the catlike way in which Angelique informed Jeb she was repairing her nails, and how she waggled the scissors at him.  Her look was very Mediterranean in these shows, somehow.  Maybe she'd popped into the Milan fall collections shows on her way over to Collinwood?

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / HOFFMANIA!!!
« on: June 06, 2003, 07:02:47 PM »
Well, I would have thought that by now, one of my fellow Hall-o-holics would have duly noted the arrival of one of my absolute favorite characters on DS:

Schlachthaus Kommandant HOFFMAN!

aber ja!

Every time I watch these shows again, I'm so grateful to the DS gods (whichever ones dreamed up this idea) for giving us the chance to see Grayson playing something with such understated restraint.

As Hoffman, she is nothing less than "excruciatingly good" as Barbara Steele once stated of Grayson's work on the series.

I believe that a taste of Louis Edmonds' catlike characterization of PT Roger is coming up next week.  Can't wait!  I just adore the scene where he comments to Alexis that speaking of Angelique and Maggie in the same breath is like "comparing a sable to a mouse."  A wonderful line, wonderfully delivered by Big Lou.

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:You Know Who You Are (Part2)...
« on: June 06, 2003, 03:39:31 PM »
Eek, it's a nude Leviathan!

Quick, let's all play hunt-the-Naga.

I love Jeb's expression of terror at spotting the Shadow of a refugee from the Martha Graham Dance Studio in his honeymoon suite.

I happened to be watching when this footage was airing a few days ago, and I wondered whether you would remember me.  Thank you MB, you are an absolute honey!

Gothick

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Calendar Events / Announcements '03 I / Re:Can I Borrow Some Tonsils?
« on: June 04, 2003, 09:13:09 PM »
Isn't he working as a roadie for the real Ringo?  I recall a catch-up post from him a month or two ago where he mentioned working on somebody's summer tour.

Goth

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Can anyone tell me.....
« on: June 04, 2003, 08:33:39 PM »
A little demon wants me to post "Philip was in plaid blue pj bottoms because it was his official Prison Bitch uniform."

Aren't you glad I have some powers of self control left?

MB, please stop snickering!  You too, Midnite.

Meanwhile, Dom sca-reams!

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / 1970 program announcement
« on: June 04, 2003, 01:44:41 PM »
Had the show on this a.m. briefly and was reminded again of a fleeting memory that comes and goes in relation to this storyline.

I remember a voiceover from Jonathan Frid advising fans to tune in for a special episode that was going to explain the background and true motives of the Leviathans.  The voiceover played over the end titles of several shows during the week in Jan. (?) 1970, a week that, if memory serves, ended with the broadcast of the episode in which Barnabas spills the beans to Julia.  Fascinating if only because it rates as DS' only clip show, though some of the "clips" were restagings with new material.

I also remember a similar voice over leading up to the broadcast of the second show run yesterday (Tuesday) on Sci Fi.  Frid, or maybe the program announcer, advised fans to be sure and tune in for an episode that would have pivotal importance in the story.  The episode that resulted did indeed seem very exciting to me at the time.  I was pretty much unaware of the widespread fannish dislike of Leviathan; I thought it was a very cool storyline.

Does anybody else remember this second announcement regarding yesterday's show?  (You'd obviously have had to be watching back in 1970 to be able to remember it!)

Gothick

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Calendar Events / Announcements '03 I / Re:Been Long Time Gone :(
« on: June 03, 2003, 09:07:49 PM »
Welcome back, Donna.  I offer you my condolences for all the losses you have had to endure in your life these past months and years.  I hope the happy memories you have of when they were with you helps ease the pain of your bereavement.

I hope somehow, somewhere, you can just kick back and enjoy a DS-a-thon one of these days.  It's one of the ways I cope with stress when the usual stuff doesn't work.

Take care,  Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Was it Necessary?
« on: June 03, 2003, 08:41:57 PM »
In 1970, I found the site of Julia knocked out, abducted, and carried off by a covey of zombies to be absolutely horrifying.  As I recall it, it was the Friday cliffhanger, which meant I spent an entire f-ing weekend biting my nails wondering whether she was going to survive, or get turned into zombie-bait by the nefarious Jeb (who I always thought of as "the evil hippie").

Now, of course, whenever this episode airs, I laugh my head off.  How cynical we become.

And of course, I now know the meaning of true eee-vil since every time the camera shows a close-up of lovely and talented Chris Pennock as Jeb, I see the jowls and ears of a drooling hog superimposed over his features.

Took the Mysterious Benefactor to teach me some hard lessons about Life, you see.

Goth

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Cinematography
« on: June 03, 2003, 04:24:43 PM »
If you ever go to the Museum of Television, you can watch this tape of Lela Swift doing a two part interview about her career.  She does discuss Dark Shadows briefly, along with Ryan's Hope, but a lot of the time is devoted to her beginnings in the early 1950s as a floor director on Playhouse 90--or maybe it was Studio One--one of the classic 50s anthology series (and isn't it a contrast what they were doing for TV back then, and the SLOP we are stuck with today).

Anyhow, she mentions that she started having the cameras do those TIGHT close ups for what she considered psychological effect back in those Fifties days.  And she also mentioned that she'd have the camera on the person who was listening, as opposed to the person who was speaking, in a two or three character scene.  A lot of what she was saying about how she did those dramas seemed to have gotten carried over in her work on DS.

In the control room, the shots all 3 cameras were running were visible to the director and producer, and one of them--I think the director--pushed a button that switched the given shot into the feed.  There are photos of this happening in the KLS books (the best ones, I think, are in the original edition of the KLS Scrapbook Memories).

Sometimes, the director (or whoever it was) would switch just as the cameraman was moving into position, about to move, or had not quite finished moving, because of lack of rehearsal time (especially on Chromakey intensive days).   This is why you get those weird moments when it looks as if something has gone seriously wrong on set because the picture is all blurry or the camera is moving from a mole next to someone's nose over to their eyeball.

G.

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Admit it Barnabas.....you love her.
« on: June 03, 2003, 01:59:59 PM »
Hell, I like the idea of *me* on a desert island with those Jennings boys!

trying not to pant too heavily as it fogs up me screen,

G.

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:1967/Stockbridge Question
« on: June 02, 2003, 09:15:42 PM »
The only thing that would have made this puppy happier is if that zombie had made Chris take his shirt off first.  I really resent that they made Don B. stop ripping his shirts off on set after 1968!

In the episodes I've seen from the original 1967 Laura storyline, Vicki visits the Stockbridge tomb with Frank, I believe.  There's also a scene, I believe, where Joe and Frank (or is it Burke?) go there.

G.

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Admit it Barnabas.....you love her.
« on: June 02, 2003, 09:12:55 PM »
I don't think Barnabas ever loved Angelique.  The whole point of their relationship in terms of the story was that she was a quick, easy lay who came back to haunt him in spades.

I do think his "declaration of love" in 1840 makes a weird kind of sense for the character.  He basically suffers from some sort of romantic ADHD--I have no idea what a qualified counselor would call it, but it's sort of like the more helpless and pouty the girl, the more Barnabas "loves" her.

In recent years I've come to think it would be cruel to think of Julia yoked to this befuddled boor for the remainder of her years.  I do love Connie's vision of a romantic triangle between Barnabas, Julia and Quentin a few years down the line from the end of the series.  In real life, what probably would have happened is that everyone else would have deserted poor old Barn except for Willie.  He would have stayed on, keeping the coffin hinges oiled and the bats out of the belfry.  or so I've thought.

G.

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