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1 Incarnation + 12 Regenerations = A Time Lord's Life
I see this quite a bit... I try to use the term "incarnation" instead of "regeneration" when speaking about the Doctor's timeline. William Hartnell played the first incarnation of the Doctor, not the first regeneration because he hadn't regenerated yet.
Doctor Who: Podshock 257 - 'Closing Time' Reviewed
Of course I didn't realize her Doctor Who heritage at the time we recorded our review otherwise it would had been mentioned. Afterwards though, I did indeed discover she had been in Doctor Who a few times before, most noteably as Captain Wrack.
Lynda Baron as Captain Wrack in Enlightenment.
I will try to make a point of mentioning it on the upcoming live show. With series long rich history, any time there is an experienced performer on as a guest star, we should check to see if they had been on the series before. I hadn't seen any of Lynda Baron past apperences on Doctor Who any time recently, so she was not immediately recognizable when I saw her in Closing Time.
Thanks again. That is good to know about Laurence Payne as well.
How do you rate Doctor Who: The Wedding of River Song? (5=Fantastic)
I loved everything except the very last line....
How do you rate Doctor Who: The Wedding of River Song? (5=Fantastic)
Can we rate it a 6?
Doctor Who: Podshock 257 - 'Closing Time' Reviewed
There was some discussion in your review of Closing Time about Lynda Baron who portrayed Val in the episode, but as I recall nothing was said about her contributions to the Whoniverse, and if you did and I was asleep with my eyes wide open as I was listening on my iPod and working on my car, there's a scary thought, well then please forgive me for reiterating what everyone may already know.
Lynda Baron also appeared in Classic Who as Captain Wrack (no pun intended) in the 1983 story entitled Enlightenment, and years earlier, in 1966, she recorded the original song "The Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon" for the soundtrack of the serial, The Gunfighters.
Always nice to see a familiar face in Doctor Who. What I mean by that is it is fun to see an actor return to the show, sometimes decades later, which is to say that the longevity of the program makes it possible for an actor to appear numerous times with different aspects of the Doctor. That's truly unique.
The same can be true in the reverse, when we discover that an actor appeared in an episode before the one in which we saw them for the first time. Sometimes it's a real challenge to place the face, as it were, which I make every effort to do without visiting sites like imdb.com/ 'cause that's like cheating, unless of course I'm totally stumped.
For me the most recent occurrence of this was realizing that the actor who portrayed Joinson Dastari in The Two Doctors and Morix in The Leisure Hive, also portrayed Johnny Ringo in The Gunfighters... none other than Laurence Payne.
Vicki. Roger and David are back. Liz comes back from Matthew’s cottage. Roger knows David tried to kill him. Roger drinks. The brake cylinder was found in David’s room. Liz, “I don’t know.” Sheriff Jonas Carter calls deputy Harry to get Bill Malloy but Bill is already here. Bill comes in and sits (mike shadow). Jonas says, “Flishing fleet” instead of fishing fleet and one of them says the name Bob –I think. There’s some mumbling going on between them. Bill thinks or tries to make Jonas think that Burke did the tampering with the car. Jonas asks about a nine year old…he thinks David may have done it. He later explains that David dropped the wrench and contaminated it with new prints. Burke also hired a detective who arrived in town two weeks before Burke.
Roger calls David a monster. Liz stares out the windows, which are open. He also mentions a “loving wife and adoring son” and how horrible it was for him. He mentions his wife name was Laura. He also wonders if and in the past, wondered if David were truly his son, thinking he was Burke’s. David was born 8 months after their wedding. Roger always hated David, thinking David was Burke’s son. Liz believes David is Roger’s. David (and Roger?) has been at Collinwood only for two months.
Bill seems to say the word George when talking to Jonas but it is Jonas that he says. They look at the prints taken from the wrench. Clearly, some of Burke’s large prints are over David’s, meaning David’s prints were on the wrench before Burke touched it. Jonas is ready to turn in his badge. He says, “I don’t know what to do about it.”
David would not talk to Liz (he’s unseen). Liz says, “I don’t know what to do about it.” Roger calls David not a normal child and wants to send David away. He believes there will be a juvenile hearing if it comes out that David had something to do with this. Liz asks Roger to forgive David. He cannot seem to. He’s had nine years of torment from the boy. Liz asks him to think of what David has gone through: surrounded by hatred from the moment he was born.
Liz says, “Our family stands together, we always have and we always will.” I can’t help but think of how Carl was killed by Quentin and Barnabas; of how Barnabas killed Jeremiah, etc. They don’t always stand together. In fact, the show is so different from the show it will become three years later. Liz shows him the paintings of the other Collinses: Jeremiah, Issac, Benjamin. Liz flubs over Roger’s name.
Jonas arrives to talk to them both. Roger still has his bandage on his fore head. Jonas tells them he has been mistaken before. Liz lies about Matthew: that Matthew admitted the valve had already been loose and he never changed it. Jonas will close the case and take his wife to a movie (a normal thing in DS!). After Liz lets Jonas out of the house via the double doors, we see him walk past the set on the far right side as it apparently is wide open! Roger, “You protected a monster, Liz.” He believes she will regret it.
Credits: Are over the sheriff office. Sheriff Carter. The announcer mentions that in September a new show called RAT PATROL will start. The announcer also says, “Dark Shadows is a Dan Curtis Production.”
My original notes say something about giving David the happiness and tension he deserves!?
Vicki. 8-10-66. Steps and scaffolding and odd reflections against Collinwood. Tension halts the flow of time. Vicki feels as if she’s been here for years but hasn’t. Liz sits in the dark in the drawing room. She was afraid Carolyn would get caught in the storm but it has passed. Liz, “Please be happy.” Carolyn Teleprompter. Liz and Carolyn talk about a nine year old boy who tampered with brakes. Liz, “I’m not interested in Burke.” Thank goodness for that. Carolyn, “I’d rather have one friend like Burke than ten cousins like David.” Liz feels Carolyn is the only one in this house that can have a sane, happy life. Carolyn jokes about Burke proposing to her. She’s not ready to marry Joe. She doesn’t know about herself.
Joe gets drunk the Blue Whale. The dancing couple there is awful. Joe calls Andy or Pandy the bartender, calling for a waiter, too. Burke comes in for a beer and offers to buy Joe a drink, too. But Burke warns him not to get drunk some more, Joe tells him he doesn’t like him. Joe tells him that a friend of his at work and he were going to buy a boat together and then Joe could marry Carolyn. The friend’s wife , the fella’s wife, is going to have a baby and he cannot buy the boat with Joe. So Joe cannot marry Carolyn. Burke suggests he buy the boat himself but Joe cannot afford it. Burke mentions his “help” and proposal. Burke says, “Marriage isn’t always the answer. Sometimes, it gets in the way.”
Liz to Carolyn, “The sooner you get out of this house, the better.” David is staying. Carolyn says, “No wonder this place is a madhouse.” And, “David’s no ordinary little boy…from the very first day that he came here…” Liz mentions that she is his aunt and Carolyn his cousin. Carolyn says that even Jack the Ripper had an aunt and mother.
Carolyn goes to Vicki who is looking at what she calls her “birth certificate”, the note left with her on the door step of the orphanage. Dinner is in half an hour. Dinner!!! On DS! Carolyn asks Vicki, “Are we all crazy?” Vicki says, “I know.”
Burke is being nice to Joe and when Joe says he’s nothing, Burke says, “Don’t sell yourself short, kid.” Is he deliberately trying to build Joe’s confidence, knowing he is drunk, and that he might go to Collinwood to start something? I’m not sure but it sure does not look like that. But then again back then, DS wasn’t as deliberate as it would be in 1969. A new dancing couple is just as bad as the other one and their movements are not in sync with the music.
Vicki will not be at dinner. She has to go into town and Carolyn has leant her her car. Joe comes to Collinwood, insults and blames Liz for it all and confronts a Carolyn who just came down the steps. He’s drunk. Before he knew Carolyn was coming down, he was going up to her, “If Mohammed won’t come to the mountain…” Carolyn says, “You’re potted!” Mike Shadowed too.
Joe is brought to the drawing room where he almost falls and has to be helped by Vicki and Carolyn. He tells Carolyn she will never marry, insults and blames Liz again and before falling onto the couch says to Vicki, “You stay here, you’ll be as nuts as the rest of em.”
I notice for the first time that they are making Vicki and Liz’s hair up the same. It doesn’t do either woman any favors.
Vicki goes to the Blue Whale, her first time she says to Burke. She has met Burke there.
Credits: fireplace. “DS is a Dan Curtis Production.”
NOTE: as par for the course, the last four episodes all seem to be the same night.
Review: Phew ! A very different show. In a way I’m glad I had this chance to go back and redo two eps that either I forgot to do before—they are in my notes but I can’t find my write ups---or just skipped. What a very different show. In some ways it was more subtle and more …well, human. Joan and Louis could make something from nothing. Their talk in ep 32 is just…interesting, tense, and entertaining when the dialog is just routine. The two of them make it so much better than it is and these two eps, far from being boring just move along nicely. David is a strong character –in fact, so strong that he’s not even in these two eps but is a presence in them just the same. It’s also sad that Joe is mostly correct in his diatribe against Liz and Carolyn and that Carolyn will have a poor, supernatural beset life. She really isn’t any more happy when we last see her as when we first saw her. Vicki’s eventual fate also makes this ep seem. almost psychic. I can’t help but think Vicki’s fate on the show is not the actual end all be all , that somehow she returns, possibly under control of the Leviathans and as an evil entity only to break free somehow later and become her old self and to find that Liz is her mother.
Liz and Roger. Roger calls David. Someone flubs with flishing fleet. There
is a lot of talk about Bill Malloy and Matthew Morgan. Roger talks about
David, calling him charming. Laura is mentioned. There's some talk about
Roger being David's father in a very skeptical manner. David and Roger
have been in Collinwood for two months. My notes say something about
giving him the happiness and attention he deserves, so it's probably Liz
defending David. There is also a deputy. My notes also have something
about a Jonas going to the movies with his wife?
Shots of steps and scaffolding. Liz is brooding. Carolyn teleprompter. The
last four eps seem to have been all the same night. Andy is the name of
the bartender at the Blue Whale where there are two dancer. Joe's friend's
wife is having a baby. Vicki and Carolyn or someone mentions Jack the
Ripper. Liz lies. Roger may be flubbing. Two couples are dancing strange.
"You're potted," Carolyn says to Joe. Someone says, maybe Joe to Vicki or
Burke to Vicki, something like, "You stay here, you'll be as nuts as the
rest of em." Liz is brooding.
In one of these Carter questions Bill Malloy. There's more but my notes
are awful on these two. Anyone want to post my originals if I ever did
Blah! Boring as all get go. We see a light on in the house as Vicki does
her narration or maybe it's just a speck on the film. We get the first and
maybe the last passionate kiss as we see lips lock between Carolyn and
Joe. Carolyn nurses Joe into his hang over or from it. We hear Carolyn say
her great great grandfather was a drinker. Vicki goes to have dinner with
Burke but more wanting to find out more about her past....Burke's private
detective may have more for her but does not. Joe goes to repay Burke who
paid for his drinks at the Blue Whale and finds out Vicki is there. Later,
he tells Carolyn, the wash woman that he is. This ep can cure insomnia.
Burke once again warns Vicki to leave...
In the opening narration we see trees blowing as there is location footage
and before that a smoking crew member holds up the chalkboard. This is the
first time we hear something like this: "The character of Sam Evans will
now be played by David Ford," who's much better, more likable, and
pleasant enough...still, he has to look at the cue cards or teleprompter
to get some of his lines.
We see what might be Carolyn and David's first scene together and he's
back to being a monster again. He's also back to crouching in a dark
corner and emerging like some monster. David listens in on Carolyn's phone
conversation to Joe and casually lies about it later to her and then later
gives himself away. He also nudges Carolyn too far so she screeches at him
and hurts my ears. We also get David threatening Vicki again.
Burke is left eating two steaks when Vicki abandons him after Joe came in
the last ep so he offers it to Sam, who enters. We learn that ...as Sam
talks to Joe in the kitchen of the hotel...Maggie's mom proposed to Sam
instead of the other way around!
This is also the first ep that Carolyn is decidedly mean to Vicki and she
realizes it...Carolyn that is, although Vicki takes it and David's renewed
threats in stride. Carolyn almost apologizes but she's quite disturbed,
too. She is very jealous of Burke asking Vicki to his room instead of
Carolyn and she's a real nasty piece of work. I don't like Carolyn when
she's like this, at all.
A better ep than 34 but not by much. David also looks a bit older than he
was, he's grown or something...
about 32 seconds in we hear a clicking sound and later some sounds that
seem to be crewmen working but nothing overpowering as in later eps. Sam
Evans calls Collinwood---and it should be noted that in these three eps
everyone from Sam to Liz have choice words for the picked on house---"the
dark and gloomy monument of pain." Liz later admits that without
Vicki---who's threatening to leave AGAIN!---the house would go back to
being one of torment and fear. She feels Vicki will allow Carolyn to leave
(and leave Vicki a prisoner!) and bring love to David who's never had
anything but hatred in his life from those that are supposed to protect
him. Liz feels she can handle David (clue: she can’t really despite her
lovely scene with him here). When Roger returns he asks, "Where's the rest
of our happy group?" Also of note he says, "The past doesn't concern you
Liz but it very much does concern me, for me it is here and now." When
David proclaims some fear of going to bed, Roger insults him (again and
again) saying something about the devil being afraid of the shadows.
Ghosts and goblins are discussed, probably by Sam and Roger. Liz makes a
call to Ned Calder who is in Portland, Maine and this bit gets up a
mystery really. Vicki is still wearing her wallpaper dress.
In soaps, esp this one, and DAYS OF OUR LIVES, sometimes a week represents
just one day or one night and it certainly seems the case here. In the
upper hand corner of the screen, a small square appears.
On the phone, Sam makes a quick flub with the words telling him or out or
talk him out of it. I never noticed it but the portrait by the phone Roger
is on in Collinwood is one creepy b&$#$. Before the credits, a musical cue
repeats itself twice. I have to say it, although Maggie is a major part of
DS, she's just annoying and her nosey body shtick here with Sam is
annoying as is Sam's letter writing---and gosh, it takes forever for us to
have to watch him write this letter, address it and seal it and give it to
Maggie. This pair are very annoying and boring to be honest. We start to
get more inklings that Sam did something to Burke when Burke was a boy.
These days most audiences would wonder if it was some kind of abuse thing.
Maggie expresses a desire---having deduced that her Pop is upset thanks to
Collinwood---a desire to see the house burn to the ground!!! Sam talks
about ghosts of the past living inside each man. Maggie talks of spooks.
All this talk of ghosts and spooks, goblins and whatnot, lead up to a
seriously scary bit where Vicki, at night, unable to sleep, hears sobbing
and comes to investigate it in the cellar. I'm not sure if they meant this
sobbing to be Liz sobbing over her dead husband...whom we THINK is dead
and whom she thinks is dead but who isn't. BUT the crying sounds nothing
like Joan Bennett or Liz to be honest. It is an atmospheric bit however.
The credits appear, vanish, and then come on for about two seconds, just
long enough for the narrator to say, "Dark Shadows is a Dan Curtis
production," and vanish again in what must be the shortest end credit
sequence ever. Vicki takes a lot of abuse from all: here it is mostly
Roger who apologizes almost Jekyll and Hyde-like but she also gets abuse
from Carolyn and Liz and of course David over the course of these early
Before the credits, we get to see Thayer David for the first time and yet
no "The role of Matthew Morgan will be played by..." during the theme song
happens. Vicki does call him Matthew Morgan or at least his first name so
we know it's him. A gruffer (if you can believe that) more violent minded
Matthew--who out and out tells Burke later in the hotel kitchen/restaurant
that if he makes trouble for Mrs. Stoddard, he will kill him. Burke seems
to need the teleprompter during that scene. Vicki in the cellar mentions
looking for one of David's books about the Rover Boys---which Liz knows
exactly where it is later on. Matthew mentions Josette Collins's ghost
which hasn't been mentioned I don't believe since ep 5.
Carolyn is annoying as she tries to woe Burke Devlin in the hotel cafe
which is once again manned by Suzie AND has at least one customer other
than Burke and Carolyn. Carolyn leaves her ring behind to get Burke to
call her. She's fairly pathetic and then gets all happy when she thinks
her stupid plan will work. Burke is reading the COUNT OF MONTE CRISCO
about a man who plots revenge on those who sent him to prison
wrongly...hmmmm. Later he tells Matthew that perhaps the Collins family
should be punished or get revenged on...in a conversation with Matthew
that seems like one giant flub...I mean HUH?
Liz talks to Matthew and tells him that she wants Matthew to blame himself
if anyone asks about Roger's accident. HUH? In an earlier episode didn't
they (Roger and Liz) discuss that they told Matthew the truth? I mean he
might have not believed them that David did it but here it seems as if he
still believed that Burke Devlin did it? WHAT? During a short bit, we hear
voices of the crew behind the scenes working.
Liz finds Vicki in the basement and...this adds a mystery to Liz. She
seems to be hiding something or someone in the locked basement room and
challenges Vicki to test her by offering Vicki the key...and of course
Vicki refuses and Liz looks relieved after Vicki leaves her. So what is
she hiding there or who? I must say that ever since I saw a British movie
about two old ladies who locked their brother in an attic room or a
basement room...a savage monster of a brother I think...this kind of
things has frightened me. Is Liz hiding a woman there? Or what? Vicki
tells Carolyn or one of the others later on that there is no such thing as
a ghost. Liz tells her that there are 40 rooms in Collinwood, most of them
not used and that some windows may be open and cause the sounds. Only 40?
To me it seems larger. Say, where is that Tower Room room supposed to be
on the outside shots we see?
Burke may be teasing Carolyn but he mentions a War Memorial and a New
Housing Project in town. Again, before the credits, we see a small square
mysteriously appear in the corner of the screen.
These three episodes are variable. The cellar thing is good, the arrival
of Thayer David is good, and David at his most sympathetic and pathetic
and scary here again, the sobbing adding more of that spooky factor, the
Liz thing another layer of mystery but on the other hand the Burke?Roger
thing is annoying; Sam and Maggie are annoying and Carolyn's pursuit of
Burke obvious and petty. Again, soaps are not supposed to be watched more
than once a day and not in a row but also I think the makers don't always
consider--nor should they I guess---the viewers who tune in every day but
the viewers that tune in once or twice a week. Here we have reiteration of
the entire Burke, Sam, Roger thing, the Josette thing, Matthew's meanness,
the don't go in the cellar (possibly the title of that movie or don't go
in the attic) thing, and the David/accident thing. It's not entirely
boring but added to all the other stuff, it can get on one's nerves and
try one's patience. I wonder how long I can take these episodes before I
tire of the show at this stage of its life.
A silly note about 36: when Vicki comes in from outside, we see through
the Collinwood doors to what looks like...another inside room. This
actually fits in the real Collinwood, for there really is some kind of
vestibule before you enter the main area(s). Either way it looks like the
Gosh. I'm not gonna make it past these episodes. They are akin to watching
paint dry. Of note is a flub right from the start as the narrator stating
the date of videotaping, gets the date wrong instead of saying, "8-4-66."
Another amusing moment comes when Burke, unaware that Sam is hiding Roger
in the bedroom (actually Roger hid himself), says, "You're not hiding a
lady love in the bedroom, are you Sam?" And...that's about it. I
understand they are setting up Sam, Burke, and especially Roger for being
the number one suspects for the upcoming death of Bill Malloy, who returns
in 39, but really....slowly.
One thing that comes to mind is how soaps were aimed at female
audiences...only this storyline is squarely about three older men! And men
seem to dominate DS right from the start. Another thing is that we've
almost reached 50 episode and no one has died yet! In DS!
In 40 we learn the earth shattering info that Roger gave Carolyn the ring
for her 16th birthday. I completely forgot about Carolyn's ring subplot
and ...when reminded, wished that the writers had too but no such luck.
I must admit that Louis Edmunds and Nancy Barrett portray an obvious
affection for each other and thus, their characters also do that with
Roger once more calling Carolyn, "Kitten." In some earlier ep, he called
Stock footage alert: really nice scenes of Carolyn driving her car up to
the front of the hotel, getting out of the car and going into it. Then
later of her leaving the hotel and getting in her car and driving off. And
honestly, that's the most exciting thing about these two episodes.
Despite this being as slow as drying glue, this might be David Ford's
finest moment as Sam Evans. When he gets drunk with Bill Malloy watching,
he portrays a true tortured soul, complete with a comical shake off of his
head. Burke once again calls Bronson (I think that's his name) and Liz and
Malloy display some relationship moments.
Also Ned finally reaches Liz by phone but not sure that this Ned thing
went anywhere. For some reason, it felt as if they were trying to set up
Ned as Vicki's father or as one of many suspects that Ned might have been
Vicki's father or even later, Bill's murderer.
Either way these two episodes were NOT fun to watch.
NOOOOOO! We start in the Evan's Cottage again! NOOOOOO! Roger calls Sam
and asks, "Are you alone?" and Sam answers he is alone. Roger than asks,
"Is Bill Malloy still there?" I think it's awfully funny that Sam puts the
phone down while Roger is still talking and he goes and gets a drink as
Roger witters on! Archie Bunker did the same thing to Edith once on ALL IN
THE FAMILY. Sam then returns to the phone as Roger asks if Sam is
listening and Sam hangs up the phone! Later we learn Roger may not be
rich: he may have spent his entire inheritance. Liz hasn't. Liz stutters a
bit in this episode, "Buy buy..." etc.
I noticed the dialog seems sharper here. The writing tighter. Was there a
new writer group? Or just one?
This might be the first mention that Liz's husband's name was/is Paul.
Gee, it seems that being Maggie Evans has its perks. She can leave work
because she forgot a shopping list, go home (walk?), talk to Pop, and
offer to make him coffee. I wish I could do that. Sam makes mention that
women think coffee is a cure all. Maggie looks right at the screen
--possibly for Katherine to read the teleprompter. We see a series of boom
mike shadows, wire shadows, and camera shadows in these three
episodes...well is called DARK SHADOWS.
Part of the family's worry is where can Carolyn be but...I thought she
told Vicki something about a date in an earlier ep.
During a Liz/Vicki scene in the drawing room we hear strange clicks (from
the camera or the mike?) and a loud humming noise (again, possibly from
the moving camera or mike booms moving devices).
Liz wants to say the Carolyn may not want the boy Joe is but a clever man
(Burke?) but she says a clever boy and then corrects it to clever man.
There are more noticeable shuffles and noises during this ep. What are the
For the first time (?) we see the Collins' family office or perhaps just
where Joe works at it. I thought he was mostly on the ships?
Sam calls Maggie's work place a fancy restaurant...perhaps establishing his
role as a drunk. If that restaurant is a fancy one, what's a dump in
Collinsport? Maggie under reacts in this ep (yeah, she doesn't in most
later eps but here...?). I mean Sam grabs her, practically threatens to
hit her, mentions that she probably signed his death warrant by calling
Roger at Collinwood (who just hangs up on her!) and what does Maggie do?
She brushes this all off and just leaves!
If that isn't strange enough...Vicki decides to walk from Collinwood to
Collinsport. Is she crazy? She says the exercise will do her good!
Despite this ep being better than the last two or three, there is still no
real sense of urgency.
In addition, thank goodness that the DS music is great: I can listen to it
over and over and it has atmosphere. Thank God I can listen to it over and
over because I DO! In every ep, the musical cues are all the same!
The end theme seems to be a harder organic version.
When we see the clapboard, we get a long shot of Joan Bennett preparing
for a scene to start and a crewmember holding it! Vicky's narration
mentions that 130 years ago the love of a man and woman built Collinwood.
Sam comes to meet Liz for the first time in 18 years and they barely
recognize each other.
Now this is a first (I think, I haven't been noticing) and maybe a last:
Liz actually locks the door after Sam enters! The front door!
Sam mentions that he wants to save his soul, perhaps the first mention of
such a thing on DS. He enters the drawing room and says he loves it. Liz
tells him to stop it, it's dark and gloomy and he knows it. Their cordial
meeting quickly becomes tense.
For the first and last time: we see a normal place in Bangor's fancy
restaurant and this one is a fancy one. There seems to be many extras:
customers, a maitre de, a waiter, dining people or rather this is lunch.
One James Blair meets with Burke there...now it's odd, one thing about DS
is seeing lines that aren't there between unrelated episodes and stories
and storylines...a lot like DOCTOR WHO in that regard. What if James Blair
is somehow related to Nicholas Blair, Angelique's (I could never spell her
name) demon brother? Just a thought. Bronson will not be joining them.
This is the first and last normal place in DS. Blair mentions that no one
would want to buy Collinwood except to turn it into a hotel resort---now
there's a spin off if I ever heard one!
He and Burke talk about a Harris at the bank. Burke must not have good
vision: Carolyn is not spotted despite sitting not far from him. He
doesn't see her until much, much later. At the same time, she must not
have good hearing. Burke, LOUDLY pronounces he is going to take over the
Collins family and all their ownings several times and Carolyn does not
Liz worries that she cannot get Bill Malloy and he's not the office. This
got me thinking he was already dead. When Liz summons Joe to the house,
she tells him that there are drinks in the drawing room but Joe laughs,
"Don’t' even suggest it."
Burke calls Carolyn using her middle name of Collins? Huh? Do people take
on their mother's maiden name as their middle name? I never heard of that.
At the restaurant, there is another boom mike shadow or camera with wires.
Burke gives Carolyn some advice, "Always tell the truth...it will be much
better in the long run." Burke gives Carolyn a sterling silver pen...which
figures into the episodes later on I think. Burke claims he never does
anything in fun. He suggests Carolyn write in a diary.
We see outdoor footage of the hotel and a car driving by. I sigh as this
means more Maggie. I don't remember that overhanging design over Maggie's
grill and bar counter. Maggie as she talks to Bill, drops a bun off a cup
and doesn't pick it up. She tells Bill that all the Evans family are born
in trouble and get worse as they get older. Later, with Vicki she mentions
a comic strip character with a permanent cloud over his head...sounds like
everyone in this show. It also sounds like or made me think of Pig Pen
from CHARLIE BROWN/PEANUTS. Bill calls Collinsport a township. He also
tells Joe that 20 years ago, he had a problem at Collinwood (Vicki being
born?) and didn't do anything about it and it was too late when Liz got
Paul or at least that's implied strongly. Apparently, Bill knows something
now---maybe Sam spilled the beans about his witnessing Roger driving a car
that killed the man that Burke went to jail for killing!? Maybe Sam told
him in a drunken stupor the night before? Joe also refers to his drunk
night as last night but was it? I can't keep track. If so, why doesn't
Bill do something about it right now? Why wait? Anyway, despite these
three eps being better and having Vicki and Maggie get closer over coffee,
it's still not very fast paced at all and still moving at the pace of an
Well just to show that this show gets better I watched episodes later on
as in 528 and thereabouts: the dream curse, Angelique appearing in
Maggie’s cottage to leave the cursed rose water; Vicki standing up to
Nicholas Blair and Angelique; Adam...Compared to these episodes, those are
but now it's back to the more mundane.
A lot of stuff happens but not packed into one ep, stretched out over four!
In 44, Liz says something about Collinsport or Collinwood's phone number
4099. A lot of people, especially Roger and Liz, spend time on the phone.
A word about the original FIRST YEAR book: some of the summaries used the
original synopsizes. And if you read into it, you'll find dialog in the
scripts and synopsis’s that are not said on screen. On example if in 45
where Carolyn and Roger talk; Carolyn first talks to herself about how
Jeremiah or the house builders or someone in Collins family must have had
a screw loose, then later Roger says he will be remembered for David if
for nothing else. This does not occur in the ep. I haven't checked every
synopsis nor compared them to the new version of the book THE FIRST YEAR
but I'm sure there's more incidents like this. I don't know if the revised
edition works from the actual episodes or from the synopsis’s or from the
synopsis’s in the first book but I'm sure there's other stuff in there
In 44 John Harris arrives at Collinwood to talk to Liz, another old
codger, this one a fair actor. He's her banker. Carolyn arrives and tells
him she remembers when she opened a one dollar account in his bank. The
opening credits are very dark in this ep. We learn that Ned asked Liz to
marry him and she refused. Bill is a nice so he can't last as long as the
liars in this show (not that last long either!) and he knows more about
the boats than about running the entire company for Liz. We learn that Ned
did that better than anyone could, Bill or Roger. Liz stumbles over a few
lines but manages nicely. Carolyn at one point seems to have forgotten her
lines and needs a look at the teleprompter: I think every one in this show
has done that or will do that at one time or another.
45: in the clapboard sequence, this time we hear talking about
...something small. Perhaps the clapboard because in the next ep or two,
it gets an extreme close up. We learn Burke thinks Bill is an honest man
and he is. 15-16 years ago Bill gave young boy Burke his first job and
paid him a man's wages; Bill tells Burke he deserved it: he did a man's
job. Burke does some odd thing to his waist and with his hand. It seems as
if he's had a cue card hidden in his jacket or his belt or his hand or
One thing about this whole Burke thing: I guess he's handsome enough and
manly and macho and all that but really...they keep trying to hit us over
the head with it. I don't really see his appeal against someone like Joe
who doesn't YET have all the baggage. Carolyn is pathetic.
We see Roger's office at the plant and his playing darts as Bill tells him
the truth about his plans is...tense and an interesting way to do what
could have been another exposition scene. It's a bit exciting in a
foursome of unexciting eps. Earlier when Carolyn visits...and all the
scenes Roger and Carolyn have together, even when they're at odds with
each other or have a row as Carolyn says, there is obvious affection and
charm between them. The actors carry off the relationship and caring they
have for each other well.
Roger mentions a worker named Handley in marketing in the company. Which
is interesting. The actor who plays Nicholas Blair also played Evan
Handley later on. Whom I always, even now (!) wrongly (?) suspected was
Nicholas Blair in some other time or disguise or in a reincarnation mode
even if he didn't know about it. So we had a Blair a few eps ago and now
we have a Handley mentioned. It just seems...strange...Is Nicholas Blair
checking in on the Collinses by coming from the future or knowing the
future? Just another idea.
Carolyn reads from the family book and the info we get gives credence to
the fact that this PRESENT 1966 (end of summer now) is probably a parallel
universe from the other parallel universe of the 1795-1796 storyline we
later see. For thing Josette's last name is mentioned as something
completely different. For another it is said that she existed, along with
Jeremiah in the year 1830!!!
A fan once wrote an extensive article about Vicki leaving the séance and
crossing into a parallel 1795 universe and that when she returned she
remained in that parallel universe without realizing it, returning to a
parallel PRESENT of 1968. The problem with that GREAT theory is that the
story changed BEFORE she left! The year, the last name, all of it was
mentioned by Barnabus before that first trip back in time for Vicki. Of
course it could be that someone changed the history book of the family...
We see a camera crane shadow. Carolyn gives Roger the pen but somehow
before he can return it to Burke in 47, he's lost it or misplaced it or
left it home.
46: in 46 it must be noted (and since his accident), Roger's head wound is
still apparent. It looks very real and I wonder if somehow the actor
really cut himself or had some accident doing that. A sympathetic long
shot on Roger in the foyer of Collinwood on the phone or just getting off
it reveals someone or something moving on the right side, probably a crew
member or a camera. It is more a shadow than an actual thing. Roger calls
Bill's house and gets his housekeeper Mrs. Johnson, first named here.
Vicki enters looking for a picture David drew and which she took out of
his room without his consent! Does she never learn? She says, "David will
kill me if I lost this." Roger replies to that, "My son will probably kill
you anyway," or something like that. The dialog is sharper than the
earliest episodes. Vicki and Roger (who's brooding and feeling sorry for
himself, even though he's the liar and perjurer here!) have a discussion
about David and the state of the world and how you can't trust anyone.
Roger tells Vicki he was a child full of joy and love and a zest for
living...and he was wrong to feel that. He now knows the world is a
hostile place. She disagrees. He tells her not to curtail David's
instinctive grasp of the truth and that maybe his world view is correct.
Roger calls Vicki a Pollyanna. David's picture is of Collinwood. Roger
cares enough to look at it and says a famous quote, "Collinwood with all
its Dark Shadows, he's captured all right." When Vicki mentions she wants
to foster David's artistic talent...Roger tells her it is a fantasy but
she has a plan and that involves having dinner with Sam and Maggie...which
makes Roger try to stop her.
Later an intense Bill Malloy demands Sam be at Roger's office to confess
to Burke that he witnessed the accident and it was not Burke's fault but
Roger's. Bill also visited Liz and told her the some of the same
thing---Liz does not seem to know but suspects. Bill also hits Sam with
his pointy finger and it really seems to hurt David Ford, playing Sam.
Geeze, calm down as Bill later tells either Sam or Roger.
A thing about the accident. Were the writers, as in DS it is almost always
felt, making this up as the went along? I mean at times it seems as if
Burke...really didn't know what happened himself. Yet in the reveal, he
was in the car as a passenger...possibly in the back seat. Was he drunk?
Passed out? Did he agree to cover for Roger? I first thought he agreed to
cover for Roger but then why was he so made about it? Did he try to tell
his side of the story? Did Laura lie for Roger? Where was Sam when he saw
this? What exactly happened? It's really not that clear to me but maybe
that's just me.
Roger means to say, "...be there" but says, "..be here," when he's at
Collinwood already and should be talking about his office. Where the
admittedly tense meeting in ep 48 will take place...
Vicki tells Roger she intends to talk to Sam...about her past. He might
know something about it. Roger just laughs about that, having originally
thought she meant to talk to him about the Burke thing. He's most uncaring
about her past it seems or just self involved in his own problems.
The grandfather clock ticks loudly for some reason. Did someone plant a
47: Liz plays the piano nicely...at 11 pm. Carolyn likes it and comes
downstairs, having heard it only as she approached the doors to the
drawing room. Joan looks nicer with her hair long and down IMO. The
grandfather clock rings its chimes at 11: 10 pm and then again at 11: 25
or so. What kind of clock is that? Liz has an impending premonition of
disaster. Despite this, she and Carolyn are ABSOLUTELY HAPPY AND LAUGHING
at a past reference that happened on a past Halloween between Liz, Carolyn
and her friends and something vague about her friends calling to talk to
the witch or spook of Collinwood: meaning Liz. The two are laughing and
joking and it's a joy to see, probably the ONLY time in DS that this
happens! To anyone! And laughing for good reasons! And good memories.
First and last? Carolyn calls her mother something of a kook and Liz
laughs at that too!!!!
The meeting between Burke and Bill; Sam and Roger does not take place.
Bill never shows up and his car is at his house. The three men talk about
sardines and the weather (as Burke later says) for about an hour. Burke
thinks Bill is missing or dead. One wants to strangle Sam the big coward
and he's most unsympathetic now, knowing what he knows and just willing to
leave. Roger one can understand and hate anyway but Sam? Sam's a jerk
here. Not sure what Burke is after but he's also a bit annoying but it is
hard to hate him.
I believe the original idea was to have Roger be the murderer of Bill but
really it could have been almost any of them for any number of reasons,
including Liz, Carolyn and even Vicki.
These four eps are not boring not fast paced but a bit better than some of
That character was Joe Biftik from the wonderful comic strip "Little
Abner" by Al Capp. Joe always wore black and walked around hunchback. Many
a time my husband will say he feels like Joe Biftik, nothing going right.
Pig Pen was just dirty. He had a sunnier look on life
We see a zoom in on the house, close up on a window in what seems to be
location shooting. While Vicki is tutoring David we see a full fledged
camera to the right of the screen! Later, Joe meets David and has a scene
with him for the first time I think. David not only rips his own picture
thanks to Vicki having taken it and gotten a smudge on it but the brat
also gets a crystal ball from Burke--not a gift that Burke seems likely to
buy for anyone. Bill Malloy is officially missing and all are concerned.
Liz talks to Mrs. Johnson on the phone but the character has not appeared
yet. She's Bill's housekeeper. Near Vicki we see a boom mike, not a shadow
of one but a full boom mike! David tells Joe he will not marry Carolyn but
she will marry Burke. Right on one account, wrong on the other. Joe tells
Vicki out of earshot of David to give David a swat for him. As the scene
changes we hear a crackling sound and it sounds like someone passed gas.
On the end theme the music gets all miscued or fast speeded or
something...and that's about it. This ep is not bad but I can see why DS
was almost cancelled. It moves too slow.
We have hit the air dates of September 1966. Maggie and Joe have a huge
scene together or possibly the first time. Burke warns Joe to search for
all the dead bodies if he plans to marry Carolyn and move into Collinwood,
moving aside some cobwebs first. Maggie tells Sam that with him it seems
to be the same old story: "You, Burke Devlin, and Roger Collins." Tell me
about it, Maggie! She asks where they are all headed and leaves the
Cottage. Sam says, "Towards Death." Again, not a bad ep but still moving
like a turtle. The Carolyn-Joe thing needs to be put to bed already, too.
Joe and she kiss again.
Outside footage as Vicki leaves huge doors from the house. At Widows'
Hill, among other things, Carolyn tells Vicki that her mother knows Bill
Malloy for more than 25 years. She also tells Vicki that Joe gave her the
wristwatch for her 16th birthday. David tells Liz he can't sleep because
there are things in his room that he can't see but he knows they are
there. We hear a clicking sound as he leaves the Drawing Room and Liz
follows. Liz tells Vicki that David has a family affliction: "David's
been afflicted with a family disease---he's been seeing ghosts." Carolyn
on the piano plays Twinkle Twinkle Little Star but realizes she's lost her
watch. She plans to go back to the Hill to get it and asks Vicki to along.
In the meantime, Vicki has found the word Death in David's handwriting on
her mirror. She forces David to wipe it off but he insists the Widows did
it. He also tells Liz that when Vicki goes back outside she will find
Death. Earlier when Liz worries that Roger is missing, too, Vicki offers
to make tea, telling Carolyn that everyone else always seems to be making
tea so she thought she'd try her hand at it.
Roger does turn up and is questioned by Liz. He tells her that he went to
Bill's cousin's home to find out if they've heard from him. They haven't.
Liz questions him about why he lied to her that he had seen Bill when he
saw him at Collinwood last night. Roger knows she found out about this
from Vicki. Also I thought there were three Widows that died, Carolyn even
seems to say so in this episode but then wonders if Vicki will become
number three. Liz tells Vicki that there were two widows who jumped off
the cliff. We wonder if Vicki will be number three. Liz tells her that the
legends of Collinwood seem too real sometimes.
When Vicki and Carolyn return to the Hill, we see outdoor location work of
Bill's body (although we're not supposed to know it's him yet) at the
bottom floating on rocks but in the water face down. Vicki screams and
proves that Alexandria Moltke cannot scream.
I read about this scene long long before ever seeing it. It was in the
first FIRST YEAR chronology put out by fans years ago (1990? or 1991). It
was taken from the summaries. It said that both Carolyn and Vicki scream.
In this cliffhanger they do not and to be honest, it should be make more
of an impact than it does here visually or story wise. Not sure why but the
text of this was more exciting, perhaps because my imagination filled in
In 1988 or so (before UHF got it or PBS) NBC in NY showed some early
Barnabus stuff at 4:30 or so and it bombed and was never seen on network
TV again. I saw some of it and thought it was boring. Just thought of
that, not sure why.
Anyway so did David write DEATH on the mirror or not? We may never know.
The narration starts out by saying melodramatically that the Widows' Hill
has a long history of death and ....wait, there's only been two deaths
there! Vicki hopes it was a stranger's body she and Carolyn saw as opposed
to someone they know. Later on we find out she thinks it is Bill Malloy.
Roger, while steadfast against the idea that there is a body down there,
is quite funny in his sarcasm, it's easy to see why the makers of the show
want to keep this actor and character. He jokes it might be Burke Devlin
and he also mentions his good natured son. Matthew Morgan has checked the
bottom of the hill for a body and deems it is only seaweed. When Carolyn
and Vicki insist they've seen a body, Matthew sort of sides with them in
saying it could be a ghost and says, "Around Collinwood, nothing's
impossible." Roger talks to Sam and just hangs up on him and RTD of DOCTOR
WHO fame complains in his books that that is one of his pet peeves, no one
says good bye when they hang up on a phone. Liz goes to Widow's Hill for
the first time in the series that we've seen...it won't be the last. Here,
she goes with Matthew Morgan. There's a lot of talk about the newspapers
and townspeople having talked about another ghost sighting at Collinwood.
These three eps are rather atmospheric.
Carolyn wants to sleep in with Vicki due to their having seen a body at
the bottom of Widows' Hill. Vicki buys that it might not have been a body
but seaweed but not Carolyn. Vicki doesn't believe in ghosts...yet.
Carolyn tells Vicki to lock her door and if she could, Carolyn would pull
a dresser in front of it. She's been in the house longer than Vicki and
knows what it is like here. We see the shadow of a boom mike. When Vicki
asks if Collinwood has always been like this, Carolyn tells her no. At
times people would drive by the house to see the haunted mansion and/or
the witch that's never left in 18 years or yell or whatever. We hear a
strange hum from a camera or boom mike.
Carolyn admits that the really strange stuff hadn't started until Vicki
and Burke arrived. Carolyn tells Vicki some more things: she's never been
allowed to swim in the ocean near here because the tides and undertow are
too strong...that's what could have washed Malloy's body...uhm, the body
out to sea again. She refuses to believe it is Malloy because Bill's
always been like a father to her, Whiskers Malloy.
At Maggie's Cottage (NOOOO!), Maggie tells a brooding Sam that the
atmosphere here is pure and that is why the summer people come here..to
get away from the pollution in the city. Sam is talking of an evil in the
air that can't be escaped and a pollution in the souls of men. Maggie
tells him the letter is in a safe in the hotel and later when Maggie
threatens to read it, he grabs her and wants her to swear on her mother's
name she will not do that. Maggie doesn't swear but tells him she's never
lied to him before.
In the bedroom of Vicki, both girls hear what sounds like a shutter and
other banging. Roger and Liz and apparently David, the little monster,
have gone to sleep already. Vicki thinks it is David and goes to find out.
"I’m going to find a live little ghost." Instead, she finds him fast
asleep in his bed. "Poor David, he gets blamed for everything around
Vicki flubs by saying, "They already think we're hearing things..." when
she should have said, "They already think we're seeing things...now
they'll think we're hearing things too."
The two girls go to the drawing room and find the large window/doors open.
They also find the family album on the floor, far away from the desk.
Vicki suggests a cat but Carolyn tells her she's never seen a cat in
Collinwood or on the grounds. Cats are probably too smart to come near
After they leave and shut the doors, the windows now closed, the book
opens by itself and opens to the page where it reads Josette Collins born
1810, died 1835! The book mark also moves down. THIS is one of the first
supernatural things in the show. NOT the first but one of the purest
incidents of a real ghost. There's almost NO other explanation here than
the supernatural. When Carolyn and Vicki return to the bedroom, there's a
loud sound from the camera or mike that there's not supposed to be.
A good, spooky episode...
We see David drinking milk in the kitchen and all throughout this ep he's
obsessed with DEATH, Vicki's midnight scream, and the death of Malloy and
that Roger killed him, and that he believes that. He hates Vicki and Roger
because they're always making trouble for him so he makes it for them. We
see a good old, GIANT fly in the kitchen...it hasn't been around for a
David talks about his mother, thinking Vicki tried to replace her. He
tells her that someone stole the picture he had of her and he thinks it
was his father. Liz comes in and in a good mood for once but lies to David
about what happened last night. He finds out later by eavesdropping on Joe
and Vicki and overhears the truth. When David lets Joe in, we see a new
angle of the doors from the side view looking out.
Vicki's tutoring session yields several things: David is smart and has a
good memory but he's also, during the entire thing obsessing about
Malloy's body's appearance. He also tells Vicki that if anyone ever tried
to hurt his Aunt Elizabeth he'd kill them. Are they trying to make us
think David killed Bill? He says he loves Liz almost as much as his
mother. There's also, I think, a blooper as Vicki asks David the longest
river and he answers or she does and then a few seconds later, she asks
him what the longest river is again!
Matthew tells Liz early on that maybe unnatural forces led the women to
jump off Widows' Hill and that Liz should keep Carolyn away from the spot
even though it was one of her favorite places to go as a child. Matthew
has worked for Liz for 18 years and before that for her father on the
boats. She knows Matthew has lied and he tells her the truth: the body was
Malloy. Upset, Liz makes her second call to the Sheriff, whom she now
names as George so there's a new Sheriff. I guess it's Sheriff Patterson.
These three eps are rather well done, set the tone of supernatural stuff
and focus on the main five characters: Roger, Liz, David, Vicki, and
Carolyn. Yes, Maggie and Sam appear but not for long and we get no Burke
(even though he comes off as a hero sometimes, he can also be tedious and
petty). ANY ep with David and Vicki isn't bad and they're given a lot to
do. The house comes off as genuinely unsafe and creepy here! A good trio
We see Roger outside at the docks waving to workers as he walks off the
docks, past boats and WATER toward his exterior office wall! Then he goes
inside and everything gets mundane again. Seriously if they did more
outdoor location work to enliven stuff more and more and change the
storylines more often, they'd have had a hit right away. As it is it's not
hard to see why this show was about to be cancelled. It's really boring.
Roger calls for --I'm thinking---a secretary named Miss Black to answer
the ringing phone. And what a cliffhanger to go into the theme song...a
ringing phone. Phew. Tedious.
It must be noted that the stuff before the theme song is still original
and not repeats of last ep's ending. Almost all of the time. Dana Elcar as
George (not identified as Patterson until the end credits and on screen in
ep 55. Bill Malloy it turned out was afraid of the water and couldn't
swim. HUH? And loved working on the ships? Whaaa? Liz and Matthew claim
the St Elmo's fire will return Bill but not the way everyone would think.
Matthew tells Liz he's seen drowned men before and it's not pretty
discussing the proof of how long Bill was dead. EWL and EKK.
Dana is a great actor for TV and he adds a depth to DS of professionalism
and care. He's that good. He appeared on MacGuyver I believe and also some
of STARGATE. An unseen deputy is named Harry Shaw and he goes with Matthew
to re look over the area. Liz tells Matthew to tell the truth: Matthew
pushed the body back out to sea to protect her from the talk that another
death happened at Collinwood.
On the phone at work, Roger talks to what sounds like a man named Townsend
and Roger tells Townsend about new ideas to run the business and not the
way Bill did.
This ep and the ones before it have some sound issues. This one in
Just as Liz explains something to George, we hear a person whispering
something that sounds like "Close the door" or "stand over" or something
like that. It's very disconcerting, and could be akin to the ghosts in the
house. It's a strange whisper and then we hear something like a door
Liz introduces Roger to George Patterson. Roger remembers him. Liz calls
Collinwood COLLINSWOOD. Sam is seen smoking ALOT during this ep. A drunk
and a drug addict. Mrs. Johnson is mentioned again--this time by Liz and/or
George, who calls her a tea totaler.
We get MORE Sam and Maggie here. NOOOOO! They irritate in almost every
scene. Maggie makes us laugh as he jokes that Pop must have a married
girlfriend he's keeping hidden. They talk about the letter again. And
Earlier, Liz told Roger they were the only two in the house but Carolyn
was upstairs sleeping! It’s amazing that Roger never confides in Liz at
all. I guess he feels she'd do the right thing...and she would so he
doesn't tell her the truth even while she knows she has to protect him or
feels she has to.
In the hotel restaurant which I think Maggie calls Collinsport Restaurant,
George goes for cop cliché and asks for a donut but then gets a call..the
coast guard has found Bill Malloy's body!
We're in a new studio for this one and the rest after it and...it doesn't
really show or make a difference. In fact, there might be more bloopers.
It's been 12 hours since Carolyn and Vicki saw Bill's body...so over six
eps, only 12 hours pass. On the average one viewing week of DS adds up to
maybe one or two days of the character time...if you’re e lucky! Carolyn
hasn't slept this late for years. Liz returns her watch that Joe found
earlier. Liz and Carolyn get news of Bill's body being found and it is all
a bit too morbid and depressing.
Carolyn tells Vicki who was just saying that she used to help the littler
children get help with the beds, making the beds. She suspected some of
them knew how to do it but just wanted the attention. Carolyn waxes on and
on about how she hates the world and how she doesn't want life to like
this and how Collinwood has a legend for every day of the year.
Malloy's body was found two miles south. We get to see a water effect in
the window of the Blue Whale, something I'm not sure was there before. It
gives the feel that the bar is on or near the water. The bartender in the
back is once more smoking.
Carolyn tells Vicki that Bill's dream was to spend a month on a tropical
island doing nothing (me, too) but he never got to fulfill that dream and
she urges Vicki to try to fill her dreams: so Vicki decides to go find Sam
Evans who might have some news about her parentage. In Vicki's room we see
a giant camera on the right. In the drawing room we see a giant camera
also. So the new studio doesn't just give us camera shadows but the
Honestly, this ep in particular is hopelessly hopeless and sad and a
The original backstory is actually quite interesting, and it's bewildering
to think why the writers decided to change it so radically. It could have
easy been used to suit the 1795 flashback. From what we learn, Jeremiah
Collins was an older man (who drank too much) who built Collinwood for his
new bride, the much younger Josette la Frenière. Josette, who hailed from
Paris, France, was never happy because she was different and the residents
of Collinsport, as well as the rest of the Collins family hated her.
Eventually, she jumped to her death at Widows' Hill.
When Barnabas arrives on the scene, we learn a little more about his
relationship with Josette (although still adhering to the original
continuity). Josette could not speak a word of English, and it was up to
Barnabas to teach her. He fell in love with her, but Josette only ever saw
him as a good friend. He became a vampire (the circumstances at this point
unknown) and tried to win Josette from Jeremiah, whom he would have killed
if circumstances allowed. Barnabas and Josette became lovers, but she
killed herself when she discovered his true nature.
I have almost nothing to say about this one except that George Patterson
calls Burke Malloy at one point and quickly corrects himself. Again, Eclar
is an excellent actor. Other than that...Vicki and Maggie talk; Burke goes
to the sheriff. Major plot points already covered are re-covered: Burke
got his start from Malloy; Vicki wants to find her past blah blah blah! We
do learn that Malloy used to tell Burke to climb up to the mast and if he
fell, to get back up and climb again--it's just water! But he was afraid
of the water himself! Bill was the most honest man, etc. It is not a bad
ep just...well, there. The lighting is strange or maybe it's just this
copy. It gets very dark in the restaurant and then as Maggie blah blahs on
and on to Burke, it gets very very light. I couldn't even watch a second
ep, perhaps I'm going too fast. This one almost put me to sleep!
58-62 (a whopping five of these stinkers!)
Anyway perhaps that's cruel. They're not all bad. No, really. In the Blue
Whale, Joe calls the bar tender Pudgy (!) and Sam mispronounces Carolyn as
Caroline. There's a new fly in the new studio. The Drawing Room looks
different. I don't know if it is the floor, the new studio (and any
changes made) or a new rug. I do think the couch and chairs are new. David
lays and sits on it, using charts and timetables to figure out the wind
and ocean currents to figure out where Bill Malloy's body landed in the
ocean. He's sure it was his father who killed Bill and he's going to prove
it. Now I’m partial to any ep with David in it so this one is a relief.
He's hardly one of the HARDY BOYS though but I do like kid detectives,
too. While Carolyn says she hates this house (another reaction to Bill's
death), David calls it fun, "What other kid gets to live in a house with
real ghosts?" David calls them his friends, the Widows and the ghosts in
the closed off rooms. This illustrates the difference between Carolyn and
David. He loves the house and mystery and adventure, he's also younger and
he's also been here far less time than Carolyn, who's lived here her whole
life. Even so, when Joe later comes calling, Carolyn threatens not to
leave the house for an outing with him when Joe seemed intent on helping
David solve his chart mystery...telling him to stay and play with David.
She's so petulant here guess which one I'd chose to do?
Sam is once again smoking and doesn't mind the smoke he later tells George
Patterson, who is trying to get Sam to go with him outside or talk to him
alone. George seems to be telling lies to get to the truth. Apparently,
with Carolyn trying to get David to play outside (like Liz wanted him to
do and she even told Vicki to cancel any lessons for today) and Patterson
trying to get Joe to take his girl (Carolyn) out for a drive, it is
apparently a nice day outside, a beautiful afternoon. Patterson tells Joe
if he, in his day, had a girl as long as Joe has had Carolyn, he'd have
hog tied her by now!
I wonder if, later, Patterson is lying to Sam about his real reason for
coming out today: two good friends having had a fight on the docks. Some
of the conversation between Patterson and Sam seems...messed up or lines
forgotten and made up or something. They seem to be talking about
different things at one small point (something to do with the time Sam
left his house and what he did or didn't do at 10:45--such as maybe kill
David doesn't know what the word morbid is but Carolyn calls him it. When
Joe does arrive, she calls David a nine year old horror. Joe tells her,
"He's not that bad." BTW, David has gone outside, to the Hill maybe, and
he's dirty when he arrives back inside and he seems even dirtier when he
comes back out of the drawing room. Also btw, it looks as if someone
dropped a stamp on the floor of the Drawing Room. Oh and Carolyn's
annoying already. Joe, just go and play with David and leave her already.
When we see the postcard of Collinwood this time it seems to be moving up
and down during the narration which btw is still "My name is Victoria
Winters...." Patterson arrives to question Roger and Liz again. He
mentions a picture/painting of Roger's great uncle Benjamin Collins.
Okay, let's get this going right now: just what is the genealogy of the
Collins' family? Who are Roger and Liz's parents? Grandparents? Do they
figure in any way in the closet timeline 1897?
Patterson wonders about the Collins family that built this town and this
house and how ambitious they all were. He later reveals to David and Roger
the came here to arrest Roger but was talked out of it. Roger, in the
Drawing Room, calls---and he sounds sincere---Bill's death horrible. We do
seem to see studio light shadows over the entrance to the drawing room
doors to the left of the open door. We also see a camera shadow on the
chair inside the room, moving.
Bill's watch is discussed. It apparently stopped at the time of death when
he hit rocks. The possibilities of Bill's death are gone over and over in
these five ep: suicide, murder, accident. The sheriff flubs at least one
word, something like alrice instead of advice or something.
David is in a formal suit (for a funeral?) and tie and is in a good mood
as Vicki points out. Her bedroom looks slightly different. David thinks
his dad is going to prison and explains. Vicki smiles, "David, you're
terrible." He tells her he is but at least he hasn't killed someone. He's
consulted two things that never lie to him: the ghosts of the Widows and
his crystal ball to figure that Roger is guilty and that Vicki might be
next. At times, he seems genuinely interested in keeping her alive,
figuring that if he can plot where the murder took place, he can advise
her to stay away from that spot. Then he lapses back into hoping she'd die
anyway. Vicki wonders if Roger is guilty. David tells her she would
deserve it and he doesn't care if his father does kill her.
Patterson was involved in the Burke trial and case. David gives him one of
his charts and later we find out he was not too far off from what the
experts figured was Bill's body voyage. When Liz and Roger talk in the
Drawing Room we see the ceiling, for the first time maybe? Liz has lied
for Roger. Liz states that she and Sam haven't seen each other for almost
20 years. Roger makes a strong confession for lying at Burke's trial and
for killing Bill...but it's a fake. David overhears it. Liz believes Roger
is innocent of both.
David is eavesdropping and this time, for the second, he's caught. This
time he's caught by Vicki; last time it was Liz. We see a camera on the
Every ten ep or so something monument us seems to happen. No, this is not
it but Vicki does find a painting Sam did about 25 years ago of a woman
who looks a lot like Vicki. Sam later tells her the name is Betty
Hanscomb, who left Collinsport six months after the painting was done and
six months after that she died. He tells her that Betty's parents were
both dead and there were no other relatives. Sam knew her well before he
was married (and they seemed to have...well, maybe dated or more). Vicki
wasn't born during all this so there might not be a connection.
So what were they playing with here? Who was her mother? Liz? Furthermore,
who was her father? I know they had a plan but I forgot it. Frankly in
this ep, they were so determined to go with the Burke-Sam-Roger stuff,
they left this subplot (minor to them) alone for the rest of this episode.
Maggie and Vicki's banter is lively and fun and it seemed genuine. Frankly
behind the scenes, I'd always imagined the two actresses having some kind
of rivalry but from everything I've read and heard about them, they
Sigh. Burke goes again to the sheriff's office and Patterson makes mention
of it, "He's here again" and "We should give you you're own desk."
And just when I was thinking, these ep may be tedious, just how more
tedious they would be if I had to endure them with commercials, do we get
on the dvds, the commercials! Ellen Burstyn of THE EXORCIST and THE TIME
TUNNEL-CRACK OF DOOM (in 1966 no less) introduces Palmolive!
Maggie mentions writing an autobiography which is odd as I think Kathryn
Leigh Scott has. She will write Vicki is a terrific potato peeler. She
asks Vicki about Collinwood and Vicki jokes. Maggie asks if the kitchen is
spooky. Vicki tells her that you have to watch about the oven because a
witch is usually behind you to push you in and that there are open fires
to cook on and cauldrons. Maggie has never been there, she feels her own
home has enough spooks.
Patterson has figured out with his experts (?) that Bill's house is on the
water, so he could have fallen in there or at Sim's Cove (two miles north
of the cannery) or at Lookout Point. Burke mentions Truth of Consequences.
Maggie mentions that when she heard Hanscomb she thought they mentioned
Hanson, the man that was killed by the car Burke supposedly was driving.
This leads Sam to tell Vicki the entire story--well, almost--of the
accident. Roger and Burke used to run around together. Burke was boy
friend of Laura, who not much later, married Roger. It was a hit and run:
Burke, Laura, and Roger were at a tavern, all were probably drinking.
Burke was too drunk to drive but insisted on driving and hit a man on the
While Sam is telling the story, he wants to stop. Maggie says something
that is probably out of date, something about take the shoe off the other
Roger testified that Burke was driving; Burke says he was lying; Laura also
testified against Burke. Soon after Roger and Laura married.
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End of an Era: Doctor Who Confidential Ends Saturday 1st October.
Good, with luck DW will soon follow. At least in its present state (of decay).
Frankly I stopped watching Confidential for fear of more anger toward Moffat (if that is possible). The man says something dumb or stupid every 20 seconds.
I did know about the movie but this is the first real cast photo or photo I've seen from it: plus I went to the sort of dissapointing DS con in Brooklyn in August and saw nothing about it. The night before they showed the WB Unaired Pilot...which I missed. Thanks! This photo has me a bit worried as they all look a bit TOO ...uhm, camp. DS wasn't really so much camp...Depp looks sort of lost among the others really. Time will tell.
This episode is much better, mostly due to Vicki being back. Sorry to say
that Maggie, although another much loved character and actress is not my
favorite. I think Kathryn is not very good throughout the series with some
exceptions. At this time, the show became more like a stage play. The
enlivening thing here is Widow's Hill scenes with great sound effects,
great music, and good acting from Roger and Vicki. The Burke stuff is not
downplayed but is not totally the focus. Roger's mentions of the Widow's
is mostly grim and grisly. There are some real good outdoor scenes of
Vicki on the hill and approaching. Other than that, there is not much
more to this ep. There's more of Sam and Maggie, Sam not wanting to answer
Roger's phone, Sam wanting to go lie down, Sam wanting to leave and
truthfully Sam and the whole Burke thing drag the show down. It SHOULD
have focused on the other mysteries and ghosts...but that is in hindsight.
Even so this ep is much better than 10 and 11.
A lot of interesting things to note in these two episodes. Let's get Burke
out of the way. I wish the show thought like that. Burke seems to be a
hero but then again in these two episodes he seems to be embracing this
kind of nice menace. It gives an added difference to him and to his
storyline...when Vicki finds him in the garage seemingly tinkering about
Roger's car...he seems almost threatening but in a nice way, a subtle way
and a way that seems like he almost isn't. Which of course he isn't as we
find out MUCH later. David in 14 tells us that he thinks he could be good
friends with Burke and this is foreshadowing. Yes, there is a large
Collins' garage with a few cars in it and tires and what seems like a
stereo and other things. It should be noted that this seems like it is
both on film location and interior set...also of note is that Vicki walks
across a great deal of Collinwood and moves to Matthew Morgan's cottage
which seems attached to Collinwood. This might be Lyndhurst in upstate New
York near Sleepy Hollow. Some of the exteriors for the Old House (not yet
seen) were filmed there but this seems like part of it. It is either that
or the house that they used for other exteriors in Rhode Island I think.
Which was a girl's school at one point in the 1980s or 1990s. It's all
very atmospheric. Matthew's door is HUGE, almost two people's length
upward. Inside it is sort of...bare...the cupboards seems like they have
cardboard over them from the inside.
Matthew is a strange character and Liz is stranger for keeping someone on
that can become as she says, violent. Everyone on DS lies, even Vicki and
for some reason she tells Matthew that Liz knew of her being there. In any
event, she doesn't tell Roger that Burke was in the garage and doesn't
tell Liz either. Why?
Carolyn: there's a nice person under there somewhere and I suppose in a
long long time she comes out in the show later on...only to have it all
switch to a parallel time or the past. Frankly, Joe Haskell (who here meet
Vicki for the first time as she answers the door---in such a big house how
do they hear the banging?) should dump her NOW as he does later. She
treats him terribly, sets up their date to the Blue Whale instead of going
to the movies...one of the first and only times someone in Collinwood
mentions something normal and a normal activity...we also get Joe talking
about spooks...in a few eps before Liz was admonishing someone about
talking about goblins. Ghosts are almost always discussed and here they
are too. David believes in them, Joe does not. We leave Carolyn and Joe in
the Blue Whale with Devlin joining them at their table...as they await
Roger: his loyalty to the family is a nice touch and makes him at least
somewhat likable and less cowardly.
Vicki finally gets to...it's only been about two days since she arrived in
ep1!!!?!??!!!...get to bond with David somewhat. He seemed to be hiding a
spark plug in her drawer but then he fakes that he was giving her a
seashell as a gift and he's so strange in these two ep, he might just be.
He's nice and he's not. He talks a lot about people hating each other and
ghosts hating everyone in the house. Vicki, like Joe, does not believe in
ghosts. She tells David so, feeling sorry for him. David also reads
Mechano Magazine which is 35 cents! We see his room for the first time.
Also for the first time, I think there is a thunder/lightning storm.
The start of ep14 has the moon in it, either it's stock footage, location
work or a studio light...it's hard to tell but it's effective. The
openings are almost always stylish and effective. Vicki narrates each
episode at this point in character.
What else? Unless David is very good at magic or something else...there
ARE ghosts in this episode. The locked door to the closed off part of the
house (east wing? but not mentioned as such in this ep) opens by itself,
makes noises from within, and then closes again by itself...! And David
appears in the hall. Perhaps we find out later...I can't recall...that a
secret passage from his room leads to the closed off wing...but I'm not
sure about that.
There's some really relaxing, nice music...no REALLY...in this stage of
DS...and it and all the music have been released on various CDs and ALL OF
THE MUSIC was re-released with stuff that was never released in one big
pack a few years ago and it has everything on it. Some of it is really
nice to listen to.
We also have a closing credit blooper (the first?) as in ep 13 or 14, the
screen goes black and then comes back on as the credits roll...eps 12-14
are much better as things seem to move a bit more...and Vicki might start
tutoring some time this century!
What is with the dancing at the Blue Whale. I often don't think of DS as
campy...certainly they weren't trying to be campy unlike BATMAN which was
deliberately campy...but one look at the dance of the time (and Joe's
calling Carolyn Cookie) makes it dated a bit and/or campy. Or at least
On related unrelated notes: Either the pre Big Finish one off audio or the
newer BIG FINISH audio series tells us that David (spoilers!)
is missing in an avalanche or a ski mission or some such nonsense....and I
hate that as much as Vicki's end...although I don't know if they redid a
Vicki storyline. Frankly the first batch were a bit...disappointing so I
haven't the heart to listen to the rest yet and have no real desire to
listen to stories set in the Barnabus kidnaps Maggie storyline (didn't
that go on long enough!!!!)
In 16, we hear about Roger's doctor Reeves and Jim Hardy from the
constable's office; also in 16 I have to say that Joan Bennett, despite
having a hair out of place for most of the first half of the
episode...does a terrific job of acting. I really believed Roger was on
the other end of that phone as she talked. Despite some flubs from her,
Bennett does a great acting job in this.
In 15, David and Vicki share a number of scenes, some in her room, some in
his as he is in his night robe. They DO have a great chemistry. I don't
know but I felt the writers and producers of the show...again it could
have been a ratings thing or maybe they all just got bored...but I don't
feel the writers and producers of the show appreciated that core group of
the family...somewhat cowardly Liz and Roger yet both being loyal and
strong in their own ways, quirky Carolyn who could muster up some
goodness in her when needed, creepy but troubled and somewhat naive David
who later on was usually the one in on the REAL goings on in the plots,
and sensitive and innocent Vicki and later to include Mrs. Johnson. These
core cast of characters should have been given more respect as the stories
took on a blatant supernatural tone and in a way they were given
some...but almost completely forgotten about by the time the series went
into the past so much and almost totally by the end plotline. We don't
even see them in the last episode.
At the same time, I have to admit that David is probably my favorite male
character in the show. Yeah, I was his age about, maybe a bit younger when
the show came on and that helps. Despite his being somewhat creepy in this
ep and others and very troubled, David usually had an inside scoop on
things that were going on. He and Vicki are probably my fav characters.
Barnabus wasn't very likable for a long time and even after Sarah sort of
set him straight, he was intent on killing David and Maggie and sometimes
even menacing Vicki and definitely being cruel to Julia. Quentin wasn't
very likable either at the start of his storylines, thus I always felt
David should have had more in the plots and that Vicki should have stayed
In any event, there is location shooting galore in ep 15 as we see Roger
leave Collinwood, get in his car and drive out of the large parking area
and under an alcove of sorts into the roads! Then we see from inside the
car, Roger at the wheel, and his POV from looking out of the windshield
and a sort of crash imagined. Also David is seen as the camera pulls
back...from outside we view David at the window of his room watching Roger
pull away. Enjoy that then and there for there will be little of that in
Carolyn is a jerk in this episode (16) as she favors Burke over Joe. Joe
leaves them to it but to Burke's credit, he takes Carolyn to go in search
of Joe. The juke box music is interesting too.
In 15, David is told a story by Vicki about hate and friends in what seems
to be a message...from DS! David, of course, turns the message around to
reveal that the girl in Vicki's story (Vicki herself, I imagine) should
line up all those people that she thought hated her and pow pow pow...as
he aims at the imaginary haters with is toy gun!
All in all these are two good episodes and the interplay between everyone
good and the tensions Liz faces (Carolyn not growing up to be a good
person; allowing Roger to bring David to be raised in a creaky old mansion
that is for the decaying and old; having Matthew hate Roger) well
established. We see the kitchen area again and this time a great deal of
it including a very old fashioned telephone on the wall. Speaking of
phones, the one in the hallway entrance rings and rings and rings over and
over and over! Then the one in the drawing room rings, too! We learn the
Collins family is important to the newspapers...Vicki tries to get through
to David and seems to have made some great headway.
One thought about these days in DS...was Roger really David's father? In
some ways, I wondered if they were going to present us with the fact that
David was or might have been Burke's son due to an affair between David's
mother and Burke...I believe I even read that this was on the back burner
for a plan but didn't happen. There's no doubt that nowadays Roger is
David's father but...is he? In any case, the event of the car crash adds
another...and welcome mystery. There's also a tension between Matthew and
Vicki that will come to a head some time in the future...and a giant fly
in the drawing room or kitchen in a blooper or two. The credits to one of
these eps (16) are off center at the end credits.
Not much more to add except that these are faster paced than the others
and a welcome relief.
First thing to notice is that Liz is prominent in 17 and then in the middle
of the Roger returns thing, she vanishes for 17. The reverse is true of
Vicki...she's apparently asleep for 17 and then woken up by Roger in 18.
In 17, the music for the dramatic shift scene continues well into the
theme song credits in the opening. The narration for 18 continues well
into the opening...in fact it stops and then recontinues about 40 seconds
or so in. In 17 we meet one of many old codgers that apparently populate
DARK SHADOWS and Collinwood...Dr Reeves...these old actors can't really
act but that gives them part of their large charm. Parts of what he says
sounds wrong in the dialog and somewhat...illogical. Bill Malloy walking
up a hill? What's that got to do with killing him? Did he have a heart
condition? And how does that relate to the man he treated years ago...I
guess, knowing more...that I should not yet...that Roger must have hit a
man who was walking up the hill. It's amazingly apparent that killing
Roger off would have been a mistake. Louis Edmunds puts such charm into
him and in his early scenes with Reeves and his later banter with Liz as
he tries to make her feel less worried...his obvious charm and value as a
character is apparent.
In the doc's office, the doc talks about one Lucy Cameron being pregnant
and he exits later on ..on his way to deliver the baby. This gives a
feeling of life beyond Collinwood and in Collinsport, something that did
not happen often enough later on the series. Nice that the Doc also
mentions eastern folks always covering up their true feelings and
conversations go south whenever anything worth mentioning is starting to
be discussed...and oh, yeah, what doctor that you know keeps a half skull
on his desk??? It's also amazing they even had a doctor's office appear.
Bill Malloy is a much involved character and loyal to the Collins family
and to be frank, he's quite good, a good nice man, so few in DS.
David's at his creepiest and most disturbed here...hiding in the shadows,
something that will be reserved later for Angelique and Quentin's ghost
and David is most effective here even if at times in ep 18 it is apparent
that David Hensey is reading off a teleprompter or cue cards or something.
He just makes it work. Oh by the way, if you were Liz, just after you
found David looking as if he is ready to jump from the window...would you
leave him alone again so soon after? Despite that, both Liz in 17 and
Vicki in 18 show real concern for the boy and the actresses make you
believe it as much as Louie Edmunds makes you believe that Roger cares
only a little for the boy's feelings at the moment. It's obvious that
David tampered with the car.
Did Vicki go to the car for time tables? I already forgot. One thing is
that: why didn't she tell Roger about Burke being in the garage earlier?
One noticeable error or maybe a ghost is that Vicki lays down in her
bed...and we hear a knock on her door. Then we see Roger moving down the
hallway, not yet knocking on any door. Then he knocks on the door!
Something beat him to it! In 18 it seems Roger was or rather Louie was
looking at the camera for his cue to start shouting at Vicki.
I really love Louie's error in ep 17 when he's describing the car crash,
"It was about 100 miles..." when it should have been 100 feet down the
hill. He realizes his mistake and admonishes himself, sarcastically
saying, "100 miles! It seemed like 100 miles," expertly covering his
mistake. This also gives Louie and Roger their charm and obvious staying
power. I think more about David's mother is discussed in ep 17 AND in ep
18 there is a really prophetic shot of David sitting in the drawing room
in front of the fireplace as a huge fire is in it and backlighting him.
Really eerie in light of what will come.
There's probably more I wanted to discuss about these two eps but I'm
tired. I must admit these two went fast and were NOT boring at all, mostly
due to the acting and David's strangeness. A mention about Liz: her not
being out of the house in some 18 years or so is still a mentioned plot
device. I knew but forgot when she eventually does leave it again and it's
not too far off from this but not too close either. Oh and Vicki, knowing
Roger, basically one of her bosses, has woken her up in the middle of the
night (forgot the time but it was on the grandfather clock I think) takes
time to get dressed..fair enough but later on we see her sitting and
relaxing as she combs her hair! While Roger waits for her downstairs and
then David comes in and keeps her LONGER!
A mention about beds in DS. We rarely if ever see two people in one
bed...I can't recall a single scene of that but maybe? The bed in DS seems
to be a place of comfort and safety...mostly. A rare thing in DS. Of
course, later on that would change as there is hardly any place safe and
vampires would get you in bed and nightmares would literally kill you.
THIS might be the first episode, ep 17, where a nightmare occurs and it is
talked about in 18 as David feels guilty. IF he even really had a dream or
was even asleep. It's almost a comedy routine as Liz watches over him and
he keeps trying to go to sleep but keeps getting up and asking questions.
Joan B is just as charming as the boy and Roger in these scenes with both
Despite, at times, there being some focusing issues, in general all of
these episodes have some interesting use of camera angles, zooms, fade
outs and encompassing characters, one such being the scene of David and
Liz waiting in the drawing room with him in foreground and her in
Your basic filler episode. This episode could be skipped almost completely
and nothing would be missed. Of course Liz goes and confesses some of the
issue to Carolyn: that Roger witnessed a car accident in which Burke hit a
man who was walking and this is why Burke wants revenge. Liz thinks Burke
is back for revenge and set up Roger's accident. Other stuff happens: Sam
and Bill drink at the Blue Whale, Carolyn has caught up with Joe thanks to
Burke (unseen Burke) and they go for a hamburger and cheeseburger at the
hotel restaurant (Maggie has gone home sick, also unseen). Sam finds them
and phones Bill. You see Sam and you kind of sigh, oh not him again. This
Sam is a big man and kind of like someone you'd not want to meet in a dark
alley. Bill phones Liz and tells her not to worry. Oh and earlier in an
ep, someone, probably Liz, tells Vicki that Roger came back to Collinwood
fairly recently...like six months ago. There is a fly in this episode and
one great big giant camera crane or mike crane or something or the shadow
of it rather...on the drawing room doors as Carolyn and Joe talk in the
hallway at Collinwood. Liz pumps Joe (!) for info and gets some on
Carolyn's Burke obsession. Really why does she favor him over Joe? Joe
should dump her already. Again, despite Liz's revelation not much happens
here. Carolyn does worry about her uncle Roger and finds him gone. NEXT!
Oh and there is a new element to the theme song at the end of the show...a
new tune or perhaps this was always part of the original music but never
used until now, there's a deeper sound to a part of it. It sounds good.
Faster paced episodes. I couldn't believe how fast. This is the first ep
we see Maggie with very dark hair and longer than before. In fact, it
might be the first that we see Carolyn, Liz, Vicki and Maggie in one ep.
Louis Edmunds is particularly good in this episode, being both the hero
and the villain it would seem; as is the actor playing Burke Devlin
(Mitchell Ryan). What is he up to? a times, he is very pleasant.
I was just thinking that Sam menacing Vicki in the hotel restaurant was
just the way to use Sam but then they go and have a late night encounter
between Maggie and he and it is tense yet...the two have obvious affection
for each other as daughter and father and it shows. Sam even gets one good
line ("Collinwood, a nice place filled with nice normal people...of
horrors" or something like that) and one really funny flub (Roger...he's
gone up there to see Roger ...hasn't...Burke, hasn't he?"). On the subject
of flubs, I imagine the actors have been just trying to get through the
work day like everyone else but they can be uproariously funny at times.
We see more flies in both episodes.
In 20, we get to see Roger and Vicki pull up to the outside of the hotel
in his car and get out and go inside. I'm not sure Roger had his cast on
in the location stuff but it is dark. It's annoyingly funny that Roger
pulls Vicki out of Collinwood at almost 12 midnight and then ep 21 goes
into the morning and we see the kitchen again.
21's opening narration plays over a stock of the sea, something quite
pleasantly jarring and attention getting. There's not much to 21 except
that characters slated to die talk a lot, including, I think Sam but
definitely Burke and Bill. Bill shows his loyalty, Burke seems to be lying
but isn't or something...and he's pulling something, something down to
mere desire to get Roger to confess the truth I guess. In one scene, Vicki
talks to Liz and Carolyn and a light literally goes behind her head on the
wall...chalk it down to Collinwood being haunted.
Liz tells Carolyn about the times when kids taunted Carolyn calling Liz a
witch. Burke mentions Logansport and wanting to buy a cannery there. And
Liz is directly questioned by Vicki quite directly about her covering up
something about her past at the orphanage and Liz denies it and walks out
on she and Carolyn...and it is clear that she was covering something
up...but what? I always just took it as the fact that Liz was Vicki's
mother. Despite the fact that casual viewers wouldn't know if Burke were
guilty or not...he sure looked guilty...the hit em on the head stuff with
David (who is not in either ep20 or 21) really kind of gives it away.
Still these two eps are rather good even if the plot of Burke is getting
annoying, here, it kind of moves along and has the added dimension of the
who sabotaged Roger's car plot tangled into it and is better for that.
One word about the sharp clear focus in this episode: terrific. One word
about the first few seconds: FOCUS! We see Burke in the cottage point to
and refer to Maggie's mom's portrait. Another few words about the camera
chart that is shown on these dvds: sometimes we see the background of the
set and the actors readying to act, sometimes not, once we saw a man
smoking. In actual ep bodies, we see Burke sometimes awkwardly smoking in
the ep itself. I wonder if Ryan smoked for real. In this ep's camera chart
I believe we see Mark Allen (Sam) holding the chart. It looks like his
shirt, belt buckle and hairy arms. 22, is, I believe, Allen's last ep. Not
sure how I feel about that, I was just warming up to him but he does jar
with the rest of the cast. Here he goes to paint at Widow's Hill but we
don't see it, darn it. One could almost imagine this Sam leaping off the
hill or just as easily smilingly painting a picture of the sunrise. At one
point, I thought they mentioned something about a sunset. Suzie, Maggie's
fill in when she's not working, is seen working at the hotel restaurant.
When we first see Maggie there doesn't appear to be any liquid in her cup
of coffee but she's sipping and trying not to spill it. In the cottage we
see a shadow of a camera or mike. Roger calls Carolyn Kitten many times in
this ep, possibly for the first time. I can't recall but this might be one
of the first times we see them together with just each other in the scene.
He takes his sling off the puts it around Carolyn's neck but she later
gives it back to him. Constable Carter is mentioned again and actually
appears in 23. There's a strange portrait under Maggie's mum's (mum's is
on the easel). Below the easel looks like a blond woman who could almost
be either Laura or Angelique, I kid you not. There seem to be strange
knocks and at least one cough during scenes in this ep.
In 23, there's a lot to mention: David reads Night Crawler or Night
Crawlers Magazine and we actually see a tutoring session. In the pre
credits sequence, in David's room there is someone in the mirror that
should not be there and then he or she (looks like it might be Vicky)
moves and the mirror goes black...and Henesy is watching the person as well
as the camera, waiting for the light to go on. Watch his eyes. As good as
he is, he's still a kid.
Carter actually appears and mentions a town county meeting, giving
Collinsport some life beyond the house and cottage and hotel. Carter seems
to flub about the missing bleeder valve, saying something about the mixed
missing bleeder or something like that but it might not be a flub. Roger
then tells him, when Liz leaves the room, "My sister has a whim of iron."
Shouldn't that be will? Carter also has a deputy named Harry who calls NY
to get info from a Frank Palmer, a policeman or detective in NY homicide.
David is reading a novel to Victoria about a girl who ran away but is now
with her father, one Mr. Johnson. He balks at this that the girl's story
was not even elaborated on, "They don't even tell you what happened to
her." I wonder what this book is. It's thick and if anyone knows, let me
know. Vicki tries to teach him about the history of Maine, telling him
that in 1604 the first Xmas Tree in the US was here.
There's a huge host of Liz flubs: she stumbles over a few lines including
something about the accused him of himself or something like that. Worst
is this: Roger, Carter, and Vicki move out the doors and Liz seems to
follow to the doors and begins to shut them. Roger turns and asks her,
"Are you staying here?" Liz says, "No," and then Roger leaves and she
closes the door, staying inside! And of course finding David, once again,
once again David hiding in the hallway/vestibule area. She almost repeats
her line to David, "You're not going to try to..." stops and says
something else instead. There is a huge camera shape shadow on the walls
briefly as David is skulking about.
The credits: for some reason the credits for all the characters EXCEPT
Carter's character are in lower case. His are in upper case all the way.
More interestingly, the credits are of the excellent David room set and I
don't recall seeing two windows but there are. But and this is funny...as
the credits go on, someone walks past David's left hand window...but on
the outside! We see his or her shadow from inside the room...and it was
supposed to be on the second floor!
All in all, these episodes are really not that great but there's been
worse ones. They move fast and are entertaining enough but the whole thing
seems bogged down. I can understand why people may not want to watch this
without knowing that soon, the characters will be plunged into vampires,
witches, flame creatures, demy gods, and time travel and parallel worlds.
In general these episodes are much better and quite good. We hear Joe talk
about a Jerry Gets ( a pal of his at work who married his love and wants
to buy a boat with Joe or has bought his own boat already?) in ep 24 as he
mentions once again to Carolyn that he wants to marry her but she puts him
off. I really want him to leave her flat...totally. She just doesn't love
him. At all. There are general flubs in all four episodes (Carter stumbles
or stutters about committed). We see Burke eating in his hotel room and
it's not a pretty sight. For God's sake, why did they allow that to go
through to air? Speaking of eating, in these early episodes, there's more
eating than in the last four years combined. In fact, I can't recall much
eating going on once they went into the past. 24 also has the line from
Burke to the Constable Carter, "Have you ever sat on a wrench?" Burke
calls Carolyn in to verify that it was she that convinced him to go to
Collinwood but Carolyn finally catches on that she was being used. Did
Burke tell Carolyn the truth about his "short" visit? I don't think so but
he seems so honest and truthful here. A Mr. Bronson calls Burke.
Okay there are flies and there are flies. TWO of the biggest ones menace
Joan Bennett in this episode and like a trooper she carries on despite
having to blink and having one land on her hair and belittle her eyelids!
How annoying that must have been for her. Still, most of the stutters and
flubs are for Roger and David this time out. While the production has the
musical cues during the eps down pat, during the beginning theme and end
theme, the music cuts out and then waits before going into the credit
theme even as the waves silently crash...and a few times during this time
and during this ep, the end credits start silently...and then the music
comes on really low...
We see the police station for the first time and on the wall is a WANTED
poster which looks like Wo Fat from HAWAII FIVE O or maybe it's Oddjob
from GOLDFINGER. In any event, Roger comes to the Constable looking to
spill out his anger that he hasn't arrested Burke yet and to chew out and
threaten the job of Carter...who orders food to eat and when it arrives
later, begins to eat it and complain about it not having any mustard or
that he forgot to ask for it. He keeps ignoring Roger's taunts and
criticisms and wants with comments about his food in what must have been
seen and used by the writers of the Sly Stallone vehicle COPLAND. In that
1990s movie, when Stallone's cop character finally decides to turn
evidence against his fellow cops (murdering cops who murder cops and
others) Robert Deniro's character, who practically begged him to do this
earlier, ignores him to focus on his food, knowing the time has passed. A
great scene in a so-so movie.
Carter also gets a call from a Mrs. Turner about her lost dog returning
home so Carter won't have to go look for it. Carter also coughs something
fierce en route for some water. And stumbles for info about a Burke
Deblin, then corrects the name.
Of note, Liz has been outside. She has her coat on as she enters the
Collinwood doors. It is not mentioned where she had been nor if she just
walked the grounds or went to Widow's Hill or where. Thing is: she has now
gone out of the house after 18 years. I thought later on in either the
Laura storyline or the Barnabus sees the sun storyline a big deal was made
of her going out of the house ...for the first time.
The fight between David and Vicki is stunning in its intensity just after
they had made friends and just after Vicki ignored his stealing of her
letter and his taunts to fight with him, he calling her a liar and being
paranoid. Then the fight. The bleeder valve, even if we knew David was
guilty, being found is eye widening shocking. Truth is that this is before
THE OMEN and other dozens of murderous little children movies that
followed (most recently the disgusting kids kill animals and adults HOME
MOVIES) in the 70s, 80s, 90s (MIKEY) and 2000s. David is at his most
menacing here and most disturbing. And Hensey plays it for all it's worth.
Liz is annoyingly scary and menacing in these episodes. She seems to be
almost villainous and wants to disbelieve and blame Vicki and to side with
David and Roger for various reasons and in various events. She's almost
formidable and scary as any DS villain later on minus the magic to back it
up. As Roger says Liz can manage people quite well, including him, getting
him to lie to Vicki about the person that recommended her and Liz is
definitely keeping something secret. Truth is, in 2010 it is difficult to
understand how and why Liz would want to keep an illegitimate daughter or a
daughter born before marriage secret. but back in 1966 it was still very
much a taboo. I just wish Liz would tell Vicki the truth but truth is that
everyone, even Vicki, lies in DS.
Seeing Carolyn once more talk about the "little monster" David and that if
she saw David she's get on the other side road to avoid him made me
realize that I don't think Carolyn has yet shared one scene with the boy
at all. We also get the Bangor Pine Hotel where Burke meets MR. MERLIN
himself, Bernard Hughes, who plays Bronson, a man hired to get financial
info on the Collins family. They appear to own several other houses and
streets and areas in Collinsport. It took Burke an hour to get from
Collinsport Hotel to Bangor.
Of note is that Louis Edmunds stated that he loved Roger during this
storyline and loved playing a villain. He never felt that Roger was ever
again used as well or as involved even though they tried different things
in future. Vicki's story becomes harder and harder to believe and David
grows more and more panicked, even sneaking out to Burke's hotel room...and
stealing the bleeder valve using Carolyn's key!
All in all four good episodes.
28 and 29
Everything really seems to work in these two episodes.
David turns up in the hotel lobby so Maggie takes him in with her and
befriends the boy, treating him nicely and giving him ice cream sundaes
and even having him make one. In this and 29 David does some things that
seem almost child like and like a normal boy. Yet Maggie betrays him and
calls Roger at the office. I'm surprised they didn't...or maybe later on
they do...make a fuss about David being betrayed by Maggie. In 29, he
urges Burke not to call his family so Burke does not. David is terrifying
in a way and his hiding in the telephone booth from Maggie as Roger comes
in is quite creepy. Especially as he leaves it.
One thing to notice is that at least 4 minutes before Roger enters the
lobby door at the hotel and while Maggie and David are having a nice
talk/relationship, we see Louis Edmunds as Roger standing outside the door
waiting for his cue. He even jobs in place and jumps up and down, perhaps
to get the jitters out! This must be the first time David and Maggie share
It's interesting to note that Roger isn't all that worried about "The
little monster" and doesn't even look for him. If he had, he might have
found him. He just...leaves and goes back to his office, and only with
prompting from Maggie does he suggest she call him if she spots David,
having previously hoped that David will find his own way back to
There's a great big shadow in this episode in the kitchen and one in the
constable's office! Of note, the Constable is now called Sheriff Carter in
the credits and it seems that his name (I think, I kind of forgot) is now
having a capital letter and the rest is in lower case.
A good episode. One thing to notice is the camera angle from the window in
the drawing room all the way to the doors out of Collinwood as Liz looks
out the window (AGAIN!) and Carolyn comes into the doors. At one angle it
looked as if the drawing room doors were closed (They may not have been it
might just have been that angle) and that Carolyn approaches them and they
are then just open OR it might have just been the angle changed. It's hard
to tell but either way it's interesting angles and one that is not often
repeated in later years. Liz is worried about David but Carolyn calls him
a horror. Liz admits she loves David in what also must be a first and a
last: someone declaring familial love and meaning it without any ulterior
motive. Carolyn makes her see how unfair she's been to Vicki but agrees to
go out and look over the grounds for him. As she leaves, another first and
last happens: Liz seems to be praying to God for something sincerely,
"Please God, let him be all right." Again, this did not happen often in
future. We had charlatans like Trask or ministers to marry people but no
one ever seemed to acknowledge that God might just help them if they
prayed sincerely. I mean with all the supernatural stuff even hinted at,
you would think someone would turn to the force of good but alas, this is
a horror show...so Liz declares that she, David and Carolyn and the house
itself will have no peace. She is a pessimist.
In any event, Liz comes off well as she apologizes to Vicki in really well
directed, written and acted sequence. We also see Carolyn and Vicki as her
window and a storm comes up and Carolyn mentions that this is Vicki's
first storm...only, I don't think it is.
Liz stumbles over saying something about David hurting my father, his
father, her brother. We also get a mention of Carolyn and how she feels
about her father having left her mother in this big house and that if she
could, she might just kill him! She also gives David some credit that at
least David did something about it!
In another set of well done scenes, David sticks his foot into and gets
invited into Burke's hotel room suite. There, the two relate well and have
a real good relationship. David seems like more a boy than ever before, a
normal one. Burke teases David about what everyone thought Burke really
was: A or THE devil. David joins in on the fun, too. Burke promises not to
call the family and in this episode he does not. He DOES smack David on
the butt to get him to go wash up. That's when he finds the bleeder valve
that David hid under Burke's couch seats!
There are some minor flubs here, a shadow there, and "where we want"
instead of "who we want" or something like that but none of it matter.
This is a good episode. It's odd that Burke wants David to rush home
before the storm even as thunder has already started but I think he then
says he will take him.
There are some minor sound issues in this episode. Now I don't scare
easily from supernatural threats. They are so common place in movies and
TV these days but even then...witches are kind of scary...ghost can
be...but I tend to be scared more by natural disasters (TOWERING INFERNO
terrified me, POSIDEN ADVENTURE made me nervous, DEEP IMPACT was scary as
hell, and DANTE'S PEAK terrifying!) and somewhat by serial killers (I
can't watch SAW and find the Hannibal Lectors more real than any Freddie,
Jason and Michael, HOSTEL is a real life scare) and MILLENNIUM has to be
the scariest show on TV (plagues and blood diseases scare me to heck),
apocalyptic stuff scares me (2010, THE WORLD, THE FLESH AND THE DEVIL,
OMEGA MAN), anything that has a strong real content to it scares me. But
vampires? Werewolves? I guess isolated they can scare in way but not me.
That said, I think the scariest ep in DARK SHADOWS ever is when Maggie is
being stalked by the ghost of Quentin while she's looking for the two
kids, David and Amy...while they are possessed and taunting her. THIS
episode, 30, has a small bit of that...and is probably the scariest thing
up to this point...
Vicki finds herself alone in the house during a storm and then locked in
the drawing room and then the lights go out. She moves to a far wall and
then the doors blow open by themselves and a shadowy figure stand
there...to me it looked like Mrs. Johnson or maybe a Pilgrim...we can't see
it but see some light from behind. THAT is scary or at least as scary as
DS has been up to now. It all ends quickly when Vicki calls to it and then
it is gone again...I can't recall but maybe the doors shut again and the
figure is gone. Roger later says he was probably what Vicki saw and maybe
it was his with his jacket open and spread out. But then I have the same
question Vicki does, "Why didn't you answer me when I called out to you?"
David gets his comeuppance and it's both easy and hard to feel sorry for
him, at intermittent times. David Henesy does a marvelous job in this
despite really forgetting his lines in the scenes in the drawing room. It
seems he's being fed his lines or maybe he's feeding Louis Edmunds but I
doubt that. The conversation like so many others in DS across its history
seems...a bit strange. Lines are repeated, there are long pauses as they
try to remember who says what, and the overall effect is that it doesn't
make much sense but you get the gist of what they are or what they were
trying to say. Which, of course is part of DS's charm.
We see Burke and David in Burke's car and David, now firm friends with
Burke, wanted to go back and get the steering piece he took from Roger's
car so that Burke wouldn't get framed as he planned. Thing is Burke
already has it and doesn't tell David...or Roger ...OR Vicki until next
At this stage of the game there are no real reprises of last week's
cliffhanger or at least no real repeated bits. The pre credits teaser is
usually very different or at least new stuff. In the foyer, where come to
think of it most DS stuff happens, Burke admires the grandfather clock,
probably one of the first pieces of furniture put in the house. He says of
it, "What strange sights it must have witnessed in its day."
Another good ep and for that haunted Vicki scene, a great one.
During this ep, we hear voices when we should not. Back crew? Stage crew?
Production people? In effect, later on, Roger basically throws Vicki out
of her own room TWICE so he can talk to David. He really does seem to hate
David. For his part, David does still long for his father's love though.
Uhm, even though he tried to kill him! Late in the ep, Vicki looks up at
the foyer landing toward upstairs as if she sees someone and indeed,
someone is up there...it looks like Louis Edmunds again but we see a
shadow of someone who shouldn't be there. Lots of repeating here: Burke
urges Vicki to leave again; David tells Vicki he hates her. Still even for
that, this ep was enjoyable. More David getting his comeuppance and Burke
lying to protect David despite the fact that David tries to blame Vicki
AGAIN! David, scary, vows to get even with Vicki...
I don't know whether you know this or not, but there is an upcoming movie based on the series.
The movie starts Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins, Helena Bonham Carter as Dr. Julia Hoffman and Michelle Phiffer as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard. The Movie is projected to be released May 11, 2012.
Here is a picture of the cast (in costume) from the on-line version of the magazine EW (Entertainment Weekly):
For more on the cast you can read the story from EW here:
...and you can find out the premise of the movie from here:
SIDE NOTE: IT was announced at San Diego Comic Con the four of the actors from the original series will have cameo appearances in the movie. The four are Jonathan Frid (Barnabas Collins), David Selby (Quentin Collins), Lara Parker (Angelique) and Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans, Josette DuPres, and others).
End of an Era: Doctor Who Confidential Ends Saturday 1st October.
What a disappointing bit of news.
This is indeed a end of an era for "Doctor Who". - to have the show and then not to have the confidential with it will seem strange, since it's been there since the show returned. I enjoy watching the behind-the-scenes stuff they did in making the show.
Ramble With Russel Podcast Updates
More updates for the podcast...
Ramble Extra - Warriors of the Arena...
For this week's extra edition of the show it is galdiorial combat throughiyt the ages. First up it is a journey into the squared circle for the dvd review of WWE's Randy Orton : Evolution of a Predator (courtesy of eOne Entertainment) as this 3 disc set looks at the career of the Apex Predator of Sports Entertainment. Then staying with the WWE it is the 2-disc blu-ray review of OMG! The Top 50 Wildest Incidents in WWE History (courtesy of eOne Entertainment) as we relive some of the craziest moments in that company. It's a trip back into the past with the 2-disc blu-ray review of Spartacus : Gods of the Arena (courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment) as the house of Batiatus is on the rise in this prequel to Spartacus : Blood and Sand. Then keeping in the past you get the blu-ray review of HBO's ROME Season 1 (courtesy of Warner Bros Home Video) as the rise of an empire and Cesear take centre stage. Music for this episode features the songs Snakes and Ladders by Factor Fiction, Poisioned by a Snake by 2012 and Weapons of Mass SiDuction by DJ_Topshelf, they can all be found at www.blackstackmusic.com. Other instrumental music is by the band Mr. Burns (www.mrburnsmusic.com). As always your comments and suggestionsare always welcome.
Then Episode 270 - Ledge over Thailand
On this episode of the show it's butt kicking action, a man on the edge of death, a man pushed to far and a woman haunted by her past. First up I comment on the recent premier of the Charlie Sheenless Two and Half Men with Ashton Kutcher. It's a gang fight on an epic level in Thialand with the blu-ray combo review of BKO : Bangkok Knockout (courtesy of eOne Entertainment) where a showcase of martial arts is displayed. A man stands on the edge of death in the blu-ray review of The Ledge (courtesy of eOne Entertainment) where it is one life, one chace and one step in this thriller starring Charlie Hunnman (from Sons of Anarchy) and Liv Tyler. I't s a mild man driven to far with the blu-ray review of the 1971 Straw Dogs (courtesy of Fox/MGM Entertainment) starring Dustin Hoffman. A woman finds her past catching up to her in a deadly way in the blu-ray review of A Horrible Way to Die (courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment). A special extra video game review of Mortal Kombat for the PS3 (courtesy of www.gameaccess.ca) as one of the longest fightiing game franchises hits this generation of game consoles. Music for this episode features the songs Kick It! by Top Johnny!, Good Bye Woman by Shufflin Dogs, Monkey Stimulation by The Plastics and Surrender by Top Johnny!, they can all be found at www.blackstackmusic.com. Other instrumental music is by the band Mr. Burns (www.mrburnsmusic.com). As always your comments and suggestions are welcome and encouraged.
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Ramble Extra - Road to Sanctuary
For this episode it's abnormals of all shapes andf sizes. First up it's a trip inot the Disney Vault for my blu-ray review of DUMBO 70th Anniversary edition (courtesy of Walt Disney Home video) as a classic film gets a major makeover. Then even things that go bump in the dark ned protedtion as I give my blu-ray review of Sanctuary The Complete Third Season (courtesy of eOne Entertainment) where a whole new world is discovered beneath our very feet starring Amanda Tapping, Ryan Robbins and Robin Dunne. Killer car movies get an upgrade with the blu-ray review of Super Hybrid (courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment) starring Oded Fehr as mechanics get more than they bargained foir. It is then a movie within a movie with the dvd review of Monte Hellman's Road to Nowhere (courtesy of eOne Films) as a film director gets in over his head over an actress. I wrap things up with my long awaited movie review of Fright Night starring Colin Farrell & David Tennant as a teenager battles the vampire next door. Music for this episode features the songs Elephant Romp by J Marie Anderson, Hybrid Moments (Misfits Cover) by energie finger, Hybird Car by The Socknockers & Theme from The Mean Season by Rench, they can all be found at www.blackstackmusic.com. Other instrumental music is by the band Mr. Burns (www.mrburnsmusic.com). As always your comments and suggestions are always welcome.
Then it is Episode 269 - Bad Blood Delivery
For this episode it's crazy postal workers, masked serial killers and a bitter UFC rivalry. First up it's a journey to Dsicworld with the blu-ray review of Terry Pratchet's Going Postal (courtesy of eOne Entertainment) as a conman must make the postal service soar again or die trying. The hardcased villian is at it again in Chromeskull : Laid to Rest 2 (courtesy of eONe Entertainment) as the silent killer stalks new prey in this blood drenched sequel starring Brian Austin Green & Danielle Harris. It's a night of terror with the dvd review of Medium Raw : Night of The Wolf (courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment) as things go from bad to worse when revenge goes horribly wrong in an insane asylum for the crimminally insane starring William R. Davis (X-Files), Mercedes McNab (Buffy, Angel), John Rhys-Davises and Jay Reso (Christian from WWE). I wrap things up with one of the greatest feuds in MMA with the blu-ray review of UFC's Bad Blood : Chuck Liddell vs Tito Ortiz (courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment) that chronicles the battles between these two warriors. Music for this episode features the songs Killer by Redhouse, Killer Gorilla by Whoremoan and Wolfman by Dean & the Deadbeatsh, they can all be found at www.blackstackmusic.com. Other instrumental music is by the band Mr. Burns (www.mrburnsmusic.com). As always your comments and suggestions.
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Ramble Extra - Damsel in Distress
For this week's extra edition we take a female perspective. First up you get my dvd review of Stained (courtesy of eONe Entertainment) as a young bookstore owner goes to some very dark places. Then it is a trip to 1912 with the blu-ray review of The Extraordinary Adventures of D'Adele Blanc-Sec (courtesy of eONe Entertainment) as this female french adventurer faces of against a prehistoric bird and secrets of Egyptian mummies to cure her sister. It's then time to catch up with a once famous porn star with the blu-ray review of Meet Monica Velour (courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment) as a young man pursues the woman of ois dreams. It's a young woman on a mission with my dvd review of Hanna (courtesy of Alliance Films) as she has been traning her whole life for. I wraop thing up with my dvd review of Sanctuary The Complete First Season where even things that go bump in the night need proteciton starring Amanda Tapping, Ryan Robbins and Robin Dunne. Music for this episode features the songs Stronger by Heather Sullivan, Drinking Alone by Becky Bishop, Lay it Down by Frictionless Man & Sanctuary by Perennial Darkness they can all be found at www.blackstackmusic.com. Other instrumental music is by the band Mr. Burns (www.mrburnsmusic.com). As always your comments and suggestions are welcome.
Then it is episode 268 - Fan Expos Special Part 3
THis episode features another trip down to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and my third special from Fan Expo 2011 that took place August 25 - 282, 2011. First up I catch up with the Rock Hippo games and talk with Dimitry about thier latest title Brawl Busters. Then it's a chat with Alexander Finbow, Director of Operations at Renegade Arts Entertainment as we talk about the art of making an audio book and the Spine Chillers series narrated by Doug Bradley from the Hellraiser movies. I catch up with the head people at DC Comics, Dan Didio as he returns to the podcast to talk about the New 52 that is coming out and his new title OMAC. From there it's a chat with the new writer of Detective Comics Tony S. Daniel as he talks about taking on the Dark Knight and the future plans for the series. It's all about the video games when I catch up with Victor Lucas, one of the hosts from The Electric Playground as we talk about some upcoming titles and the future of gaming. As a bonus this week I throw in my blu-ray review of Sanctuary The Complete Second Season to get ready for season 3 being released this week. Music for this week features the song Black Hole by Victor Stellar that can be found at www.blackstackmusic.com. Other instrumental music is by the band Mr. Burns (www.mrburnsmusic.com). As always your comments and suggestions are welcome.
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Closing Time (*Spoilers*)
the main problem i have with this episode is that i find it hard to belive that any father would be happy to put their baby in so much danger by following the doctor around the shop at night. I know he likes and ows a lot to the doctor. But there is a limit to that when when a child is involved.
This deals with the last episode but it could very well be talking about the last seven or eight: 0/5 and 0/10. talk the audience and each other to death why don't you? Preachy, silly, talky, silly, chatty,boring, nonsensical, and ridiculous. So this is about what? Mortality? Politics? Death? Life? A giant vagina into the earth on both sides? boring and dumb. Is this really renewed already? I can't believe it. Color me done with both this and the dumbo DW under Moffat. The DW franchise is now one of the worst thre is and it's been run into the ground by both Moffat and RTD now, neither of whom have a good or orginal idea in their head. Things happen and then characters have to talk about it as they happen (ie. the Rex blood thing). It's all so poorly written and acted. Contrived, cliche, and predictable and where it's not predictable, it makes no sense. Worst series ever just under DW, which is now the worst series ever.
Closing Time (*Spoilers*)
0/5 or 0/10, awful awful awful. Matt Smith is now the official worst Doctor ever. His delievery, his mumbling, his affective mannerisms, his hand waves, his silly tones, his sick looking countenance (really, I hope he's not ill, he looks ill), and his way of moving is just awful. He's awful as the Doctor. The script does not help...again.
DW is officially retarded now. Stupid, ridiculous and forced in every aspect. We don't know what to do with Sophie so let's get rid of her. We think we have gay fans so let's give them a laugh...all the way through the 54 minutes...only, they don't give it to us, it's not funny, if anything it's mildly worth one "ha" and then it gets offensive. The Doc wants to distract his pal so he admits his love for him. This isn't about love, it's about insults and it's about nothing really.
So the domestic that RTD did and did mostly well, cannot be done by this team and by Moffat...we have a baby, yeah, we have a mess of a house, yeah, sure, we have food and diapers and a mumuring Doctor who hasn't yet grown up at all. He's still just thinking about himself AND the human race again...as he's always...he doesn't really have anything new to say about himself or the human race...which leads me to...
DW isn't even trying anymore...the science, the real world aspects, the fictinal aspects, every bit of it is boring, tedious, stupidly explained if it even is explained...and dumb. So Craig was saved by love, was he? The CM were under the store under ground were they? Or were they on a ship? I still need subtitles to figure out this crap but who wants a dvd of this?
Remember other CM stories, flawed by exciting adventures. Let's take REVENGE OF THE CM and EARTHSHOCK. Okay, flawed but here we had two far flung adventures out in space with mostly kind people and some wonderful villains and threat of a disease or two...and the loss of a companion...tension, cyber mats that attack people with intent and reason...and a war, a spacestation, underground caves with a killer or two, murders, a ship headed for destruction...and in both it's exciting, a near crash landing, Cyber bombs, threats, the Doc counteracting the CM...that's when DW was a far flung adventure in space and time but the characters were still relateable and said things we might say...
...all of which this crap isn't. DW is just terrible now. It's come down and down and down every week. And if the main story isn't bad enough, dreging up a sort of domestic unease (badly...WHO is a good fatgher unless they've fought off Cyber conversion just thinking about their baby crying...sentimental twaddle that just doesn't work..just as Amy wishing the Doc back to life in last season didn't work), i'ts about worrying about the Doctor. No real adventure and when there is an action scene, it's because the Doctor locked himself out of the house...and has to plough through glass...just terrible. And did anyone think of the 8th Doctor getting through the glass when the 11th put his hand up to the flat glass. Just what was he doing besides setting up fans to think of that moment? Was he going to go through it?
And even in the toy store and the dept store and the house there was no real threat or shadowy menace. It just sits there and then to top it all off with more awfulness we get that crap at the end with the three children...just who were they? Why are we hearnig their thoughts? Just why are they im;portant? How were their thoughts recorded in the diary? Then we get that dumb villainess and the dumber River Song. Oh and the silly scene wiht Rory and Amy and was that little girl River? Dumb dumb dumb. They just happen to be in the same store?
Who wrote this? They should never write DW again. It's not even good bad. It's not even fan fic level. It's terrible. I hate this show now and it deserves to go off the air. Just awful. Negative numbers should be given to it.
Watched this with my 12 year old niece who liked Sarah Jane Adv and loved David Tennant from the few DW she's seen. She also saw the ep of Sarah Jane iwht the 11th Doctor and didn't like him much but when she was the angels part one only story---she said she likes Matt better but still likes Tennant. Which is interesting. She watched last night's mess wiht me and I could tell that she didn't really like it but didn't want to say because I like the show so much. She's very very smart and figured out some of the stuff without my explaining and when I explained the arc stuff as best I could, she got it, thought some of it was absurd and figured out a theory about the little kids in the end.
Thing is: not that she's gonig to get anything educational from THIS DW but I didn't want her to learn about gay stuff this way. She already knows a lot but how much more rewarding could it have been if she saw a gay couple or gay stuff portrayed emotioinally strong and relationship oriented instead of being played for belly laughs...and it wasn't funny to her either. To me, it was wide eyed shocking to have the Doc suddenly grab Craig and delcare love and want to kiss him just to distract him. Appaling script, appaling acting. Just terrible. Did no one think this was stupid on the crew or cast?
Closing Time (*Spoilers*)
Cybermen have become the whipping-boy jokes of the series, like the Ferengi of Next Generation. Tedious episode made only to serve as an excuse to tease us w/ the last bit w/ River Song....which is a very very stale cliffhanger. Previous three episodes were great - this one, not so much at all. Get better Steven - only one more to go!!
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Cultdom Commentary: The God Complex
Ian & Mike hope the Hotel will pass inspection from DaveAC in time for them all to get going on this weeks Commentary: The God Complex Dr Who Series 6 Episode 11
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Cheers, Ian, Mike & daveac
Representation in itself is not negative or part of any "homosexual agenda" as some may think, no more than representing heterosexual people are part of an agenda. If it is done solely for comic purposes or to illustrate stereotypes, then yeah, it could have negative connotations.
As I commented on our show (Doctor Who: Podshock) reviewing this episode, I am sure there had to be other gay people on board that station as well. So I do think the dialogue could have been written better.
I think this story could have been a very good story. But music and production spoiled it