Monday, March 19, 2018

Dark Shadows Episode 451 - 3/18/68

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In the tower room, Joshua and the woman stand over Barnabas. She calls to Angelique's spirit. Angelique speaks through Barnabas, telling the woman she will die. The woman puts her hand on Barnabas' heart, and she says that she is not afraid. Joshua says that Barnabas is dying.

The woman tells Angelique that she dares not hide from her. She says she will not leave until she has left his body, when Barnabas stands up and attacks her. He calls for Joshua, who uses a candle to force Barnabas back.

She says the evil is now among them. Barnabas is unconscious, and Joshua tells her to begin again. The woman says it's a battle between her and Angelique, and it might kill her. She says she can help no more, despite Joshua's offer of anything she wishes. Barnabas sits up and starts going on about the evil he foresees, and that he is responsible for it. The woman says they must go to the old house. She tells Joshua she needs an item that belonged to the living Angelique, and that they must not be disturbed. He promises her, and offers to reward her. She says her survival will be her reward. She says if she is successful, the curse will dissolve into the dark. Joshua leads Barnabas out of the tower room. The old woman grabs her cross from Barnabas' coffin, and prays.

Joshua confirms the coast is clear, and then leads Barnabas out of the house. He doesn't notice Millicent upstairs, watching them.

In the old house, Angelique is still present in the portrait. They tell Barnabas not to look at her. Joshua provides a ribbon he believes belonged to Angelique, and the woman holds it in front of the portrait, causing the image to fade out and back. She says it is hers, and prepares to begin, first confirming that any interruption will be deadly.

In the drawing room, Nathan and Naomi discuss Millicent's absence. Naomi goes up to Daniel's room, and says she'll look for Millicent. Nathan then hears giggling which he recognizes as Millicent, and he asks where she is. He finds her hiding behind a curtain. She tells him he's handsome, and asks if he brought her flowers. She speaks as if he's courting her, and he reminds her they are married. Millicent is clearly out of her mind. She tells him her cousin Barnabas was there tonight. Nathan asks if she saw him, and she says she did, and tomorrow he will defend her honor.

Naomi offers to take Millicent to her room. She speaks of seeing Barnabas, upsetting Naomi. She tells her cousin that her grieving will end. She asks Naomi to join her at the old house. She says Barnabas was in the tower room. She says she saw the lights in the tower room, which Naomi corroborates.

She says she went to the tower room and saw Barnabas. And then she saw Joshua lead Barnabas to the old house. Naomi tells Nathan to tend to his wife, and she will go to the old house. He tries to stop her, but Naomi ignores him. Millicent, hearing a reference to Nathan's wife, attacks him. He ends up slapping her to try and control her.

The old woman works on removing the curse from Barnabas. She tells Angelique that the light will find and destroy her. She tells her to surrender her power over him. Barnabas groans, and the woman holds Angelique's ribbon over a candle flame.

Naomi arrives at the old house and calls for Joshua.

Inside, Barnabas hears his mother's voice and comes out of his trance. The woman tells Joshua that if Barnabas comes out of the trance, all will be lost.

Joshua tells Naomi to go away, promising to explain later. Barnabas says he heard his mother's voice, and the woman tells him to look at the candle light. He says he can't, and the woman says she has been defeated. She says she is in great danger. Joshua tells her to leave. She asks for a drink, and then complains of fire as Angelique laughs. The woman catches fire and disappears.

Our thoughts

John: Why did the candle fend off Barnabas when he was possessed by Angelique? Wouldn't grabbing a cross seem more effective?

Christine: I was wondering that also. Our poor old crone was working so hard to dispel evil that she forgot one of her lines, and who can fault her with all the complicated dialogue she had to remember. If you listen carefully, you can hear someone off stage prompting her by saying, "Then go to the house of the..." when she paused just a moment too long. It was obvious when she repeated her warning that any disturbance would be fatal, that there was sure to be a disturbance.

John: Naomi must have been seeing the future when she told Nathan she was going up to David's room, instead of Daniel's.

Christine: What happened to the Countess? I thought she was watching over Millicent.

John: They've forgotten how to do effective burning effects. They should have revisited the Phoenix episodes for reference. That didn't look like a double exposure over a Bunsen burner like we saw today.

Christine: We'll forgive them for playing it safe with a fake fire since it was a pretty awesome demise that proves that Angelique is invincible. Too bad about the portrait, though I imagine the homely representation simply portrays the ugliness of her soul.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Dark Shadows Episode 450 - 3/15/68

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The Countess tells Joshua that someone is coming. The front door bursts open and a woman dressed in black enters. She says that they have sent for her. She tells them the man they sent for her to see has already gone.

Joshua asks what she means his son is not there. She says there is no one under a curse in the house—but there is a madwoman locked in a room in the house. The woman walks to the portrait of Barnabas. Joshua says he is locked in the room, and she says to go check. The woman says it's a matter of life and death, but not just for her. The man may die when the curse is removed. She asks if his father wants to take that chance.

Joshua enters the tower room and calls for Barnabas. Millicent tells him it's not proper for him to be in her room. Joshua asks when she came here and she says she came for a wedding, and she will complain to Naomi if people keep coming into her room. Joshua asks what Barnabas did to her. She smiles and thanks him for inviting she and Daniel to Barnabas' wedding. Joshua is distraught. Millicent once again asks what he's doing in her room. Joshua sees the marks on her neck, and realizes what happened.

He says he will make it up to her. She says he should not let the man who looks like Barnabas stay in the house, and Joshua tells her he's doing what he can about it. Millicent has clearly gone insane.

The Countess tells the woman that Joshua has been gone too long, and she replies that he did not find what he expected. The woman tells the Countess that she is in danger. Joshua returns and confirms Barnabas is gone. He adds there is madness in the house—Millicent. He asks the Countess to stay with her. She goes upstairs and he asks the woman if she knows where his son is. She says a strong witch put the curse on Barnabas. She asks him to bring her the portrait.

Outside, Barnabas realizes he can never go back after what he did to Millicent. He's not sure where to go and hide.

The woman says Joshua hasn't told her everything about his son. She asks why he doesn't trust her. She says she must know the name of her enemy, and Joshua explains Barnabas is a vampire. He leaves her alone with the portrait in the drawing room.

The Countess comes downstairs and asks Joshua what happened to Millicent. She then asks what the woman is doing. He explains she's trying to bring him back. Joshua points out that everyone is in town, and might see him. Including his mother.

The woman calls for Barnabas.

On the docks, Barnabas hears the woman's call. A prostitute shows up, and Barnabas can't help but approach her.

The woman says the devil need not own him, and tells Barnabas to follow the light. She calls for a flame to find Barnabas and bring him to her.

Barnabas hears a voice tell him to follow the light. He sees a light and turns to follow it.

Joshua complains about how long things are taking. The woman comes out of the drawing room and says he has heard.

In the tower room, Joshua and the woman stand over Barnabas' coffin. She says that he is here, and Barnabas enters the tower room. He asks what she's going to do to him, and she says she's going to fight the curse for him.

She asks for her name, and he chokes as he tries to say it. She puts her hand on his throat, and he is able to say Angelique's name.

He asks for his father to leave, and she says there must be a witness. She shows him a cross, frightening him, and places it on his coffin to deny him sanctuary. She walks around Barnabas to generate a protective circle that Angelique cannot cross.

She then calls to Angelique's spirit. Angelique speaks through Barnabas, telling the woman she will die, and then laughs.

The woman puts her hand on Barnabas' heart, and she says that she is not afraid. Joshua says that Barnabas is dying. The woman tells Angelique that she dare not hide from her. She says she will not leave until she has left his body, when Barnabas stands up and attacks her.

Our thoughts

John: I have to say, the strange old woman is pretty good. Too bad she doesn't seem long for this world!

Christine: That is one badass witch! It's a shame they didn't make her a regular. She was fantastic! While her name is not spoken, she is named in the credits as Bathia Mapes, and played by Anita Bolster, who has quite an extensive filmography on IMDb.

John: The Countess says it's strange to see Joshua so human. Nice compliment.

Christine: It's also strange to see Joshua put so much faith in a witch. Our goodly witch tells the Countess that anyone who loves or is loved by Barnabas is in great danger, in case we'd forgotten the curse wasn't just about Barnabas being a bloodsucker.

John: Too bad Trask is behind a brick wall. I think he'd enjoy seeing a true exorcism taking place!

Christine: So, am I to understand that Angelique has been lodged inside Barnabas because of the curse she placed on him? Her continued existence is truly a mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed today's episode! Can't wait to see how the battle for Barnabas turns out on Monday!

"My son is a vampire."

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Dark Shadows Episode 449 - 3/14/68

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The Countess comes to meet Joshua at the old house. She's shocked to see the portrait of Josette has been moved. He tells her Barnabas moved it to her room. She says it was there the night Barnabas died, and he says she's correct, adding that Barnabas is not dead. She says she must see him. He says she cannot, but he needs her help. He explains Barnabas is under a curse. The Countess suggests that he talk to Vicki, and he says she is not the witch. The Countess realizes that Angelique was the witch. He says he must undo the curse, and asks is she knows some way. She asks where Barnabas is, and he says he's at Collinwood. The Countess says she will send a psychic message. As they go to leave, the Countess sees Angelique appear in the portrait. Joshua sees her, too, and the Countess says she will try to stop them.

Nathan and Millicent return to the house. Joshua says he is sending everyone into town to see the Governor, and spend the night. Nathan asks if he's ordering them to go. He speaks privately with Joshua, and Nathan asks why he's clearing the house. Joshua says he blackmailed him to get his wife, but now he must leave as directed. Nathan asks if Barnabas will be gone when they return.

Millicent complains of a headache as she looks out the window to the drawing room. She points out the light in the tower, and asks him to confirm that he sees it. He does not admit to it. He says if she's so enchanted with the tower, she should go check it out to confirm that the tower is deserted. He says she must, for her own good, to conquer her fear. She asks him to come with her, and he shakes his head. She refuses to go, and he berates her for fearing to walk upstairs on her own. She looks out, and seeing the light in the tower, tells him she no longer sees it. He calls her a liar, and she admits she still sees the light. He tells her she must go to the tower room tonight.

Joshua tells the Countess that they are alone in the drawing room. He tells her they are alone in the house. She tells him to think of Barnabas, and to ignore any strange things that happen. The Countess leads a seance.

Nathan sneaks downstairs and listens at the door of the drawing room. He turns and bumps the door. Joshua opens the door and asks what he's doing. He says he's looking for Millicent and can't find her anywhere. Joshua says she must have gone with the others and commands him to leave.

The Countess restarts the seance, asking for the witches curse to be lifted.

Millicent approaches the tower room. She sees a light coming from the room, and hears Nathan's voice telling her she must open the door and look inside. She unbolts the door and opens it. She steps inside and a pair of hands reach out and grab her.

She screams, and Barnabas asks why she came. Millicent sees the coffin and says he's going to kill her. She screams for Nathan, and says he will kill Barnabas. He asks her to promise that she didn't see him, and she says she can't. He tells her that she gives him no choice, and he bites her neck.

The candle is blown out, and Joshua asks what that means. They step into the foyer, and the Countess tells Joshua that someone is coming. The door bursts open and a woman dressed in black enters.

She says that they have sent for her. She tells them the man they sent for her to see has already gone.

Our thoughts

John: The Countess is going to send a psychic message. Unfortunately, she'll be calling collect.

Christine: That is one creepy crone she dialed up. It appears that Angelique's portrait materialized supernaturally rather than being produced by mundane methods, which begs the question why she didn't create a more flattering portrait.

John: Why is Nathan still wearing his uniform if he resigned his commission? Are those really the only clothes he has?

Christine: He said that Millicent begged him not to leave the Navy when he was badgering her into going up to the tower room, though I tend to believe that they are the only clothes he has. The shadow of Barnabas' hands reaching for Millicent has me thinking of Nosferatu again this week.

John: How is it that Millicent screaming like a banshee in the tower room can't be heard throughout the house. They've already established that the tower room is within eyesight of every window in Collinwood...

Christine: It may be within eyesight, but it doesn't mean it's within earshot. I wonder if Millicent will become Barnabas' first vampire servant, or if he's done her in. Joshua will not be pleased either way.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Dark Shadows Episode 448 - 3/13/68

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Joshua is staring out the window in the drawing room when Millicent comes downstairs in her wedding gown. She asks if he's looking at the tower room, as she saw lights in it last night. He closes the window and says he was checking the weather. Millicent describes hearing noises - whispers and footsteps in the night. Joshua dismisses her comments and says he's got enough to deal with today thanks to her. He asks if she's told him about signing over her fortune, and she says she'll tell him in time.

Daniel runs in to announce Nathan's arrival. He comes in to the drawing room to see Millicent, when Naomi enters and tells him that he can't arrive to the chapel with the family. She tells Millicent to come with her, and as she leaves, she tells Joshua she's sure she saw a light in the tower last night. Nathan asks Joshua about the light in the tower. Joshua tells him it's of no concern of his. Nathan says his curiosity is satisfied, and that they shall meet at the wedding.

Barnabas' coffin sits closed in the tower room.

Back in the drawing room, Nathan toasts Millicent. Naomi and Joshua reluctantly throw back their drinks.

Nathan tells everyone that he has resigned his commission from the Navy. He says they may soon be making a trip around the globe. Millicent says they can discuss it at a later time. Naomi asks her if she's told him, and Millicent excuses herself, and leaves with Naomi. Joshua walks out, telling Nathan that he will soon find out that Millicent has indeed made plans of her own.

Daniel comes in and says he doesn't understand why Joshua is upset. He says he can't be upset about Nathan marrying Millicent, since the money isn't the issue. He's proved his sincerity by marrying her anyway. Nathan asks what he means, and Daniel tells him she signed all of her money over to him, so no one has any reason not to like Nathan. Nathan gets up and leaves, telling Daniel that he's not angry at his cousin Joshua.

Millicent lays on her bed, crying. Daniel comes into her room and she tells him to go away. He asks why she's crying, and she asks him to leave her alone. He asks if it's because Nathan went into town, and she says she knows he'll be back. Daniel offers to give her back the money.

Later, Nathan is back at Collinwood, where Naomi questions him about his absence. She says he's been drinking, and he says he had business in town. Nathan brings up the tower, and Naomi tells him not to change the subject. Daniel points out Millicent is crying, and Nathan says she'll be alright. Daniel says if anything happens to her, he won't have anyone. He tells Nathan that Millicent will have to handle his money until he's of age. And if anything happened to her, someone else would - perhaps Nathan, since he married her. Nathan says that nothing will happen to her, as he's going to look after her.

In her bedroom, Millicent asks how Nathan could leave her on their wedding day. He tells her he went into town to get a gift for her. She says she knows he doesn't really love her.

She says that he told her he would love her even if she was penniless. He agrees. She reluctantly tells him that she signed over all her money to her brother Daniel. Nathan laughs. He says that now neither of them ever has to worry about the money again. He asks if she believes he loves her, and she says yes. He tells her to make herself pretty so they can go down for dinner.

She goes to her dressing table and he picks up one of her earrings off of the nightstand. She returns to him and he asks her to put on the earrings she was wearing in the morning. She goes to the end table and sees that one is missing. He tells her he hopes she hasn't lost it, and says she mustn't be upset. She calmly says she's not upset. He reiterates that she's seemingly very upset. Suddenly, dogs start howling. She goes to the window and sees a light on in the tower.

She points it out and Nathan tells her he sees no light in the tower. She says there is a light, and he tells her to keep calm, adding he believes there's a light if she says there is. She screams out as he looks on with a sly smile.

Our thoughts

John: Did anyone else think Joshua stole Nathan's wardrobe this morning?

Christine: I think it's telling that this was the first wedding that wasn't held on the estate. I particularly enjoyed when Joshua blatantly refused to toast the happy couple.

John: Joshua thought he was so clever hiding Barnabas in the tower room, but it appears to be the one room of the house visible from every window on the estate!

Christine: It may not help that Joshua spends a lot of time staring up at it, and then has weak explanations for why it's lit up. Why does Barnabas have candles burning up there anyway? Is he reading a book in his coffin or just pacing around feeling famished? I wonder if Ben will be tasked with lugging the massive coffin to another room in the mansion now that Forbes thinks he knows the secret in the tower room.

John: Nathan isn't wasting any time playing with Millicent's head. Of course, she's not the brightest member of the Collins clan, so it shouldn't be too difficult to lead her to a nervous breakdown.

Christine: Considering it only took him one scene to effectively gaslight her, I think he'll be living high on the hog in no time.