Friday, April 30, 2021

Dark Shadows: The Revival - Episode 4 (1/18/91)

My name is Victoria Winters. Storm winds lash the Great House of Collinwood and all within it. For a secret has been uncovered. A secret as ancient as the house itself. A secret that on this night will turn friend against friend, and death will claim one of them. 

Julia speaks to the sheriff on the phone, saying that Michael was there earlier but she didn't see him. She asks to go along with him to see that he's alright and says she'll meet him downstairs in twenty minutes. 

They arrive at Woodard's house and the sheriff notes that his car is there. They ring the bell as the storm rages. Woodard answers the door and invites them in. The sheriff tells him he was worried since he couldn't reach him for hours. He asks him what he found since he's been burning up the wires trying to get in touch with him all night. Woodard says he thought he found information in a personal diary that would lead to the killer. The sheriff asks whose diary it was but he won't say. Patterson says he told Deputy Harker that he had photographed information that would lead to the killer and doesn't understand why he doesn't want to talk about it. He asks if he developed the film and Woodard says he hasn't. The sheriff asks for the film, saying he'll develop it. As he goes to leave with Julia to get the film developed, Woodard calls his name, and when he turns around, Woodard bares his fangs and grabs him. 
The sheriff shoots at him several times, but Woodard continues to advance on him. As he goes to bite the sheriff, Julia grabs a spear from the wall and stakes Woodard from behind, but it does not pierce him thoroughly and he turns to bite Julia. Patterson grabs him and pushes the stake through him, and he falls to the ground dead. 

Patterson and Julia arrive at the station and Deputy Jonathan Harker informs them that the body has been taken to the hospital. He notes the sheriff covered in blood and says it must have been pretty bad. Patterson hands him the film and tells him to have it developed right away. He also asks him to get rid of his bloody raincoat. He offers Julia a cup of coffee, and then changes his offer to a good, stiff drink. 

Deputy Harker tells the sheriff he needs to come back to the darkroom. Julia sits nervously clutching her drink. The sheriff comes back out and hands her a folder, telling her to take a look as she'll find them very interesting. She looks inside the folder and finds photos of blank pages. He says the film was exposed and that there's no image on the negative either. 

Roger goes to Elizabeth, who appears distraught, and asks if she's alright. She says she feels as though a dark cloud has descended over Collinwood. She says she's glad he's there, as well as Carolyn and David. 
As Barnabas rolls up his sleeve, he tells Julia he would have killed Woodard, but he chose eternal life instead. He says it was for the best and she asks how the horrible death of an innocent person could be for the best. He responds it is best when it provides for the continuing life of two others. She forcefully jabs him with an injection. 

He says he's not without sympathy for her feelings, knowing he was her friend, but that he did not kill him. She notes that he should be safe now, unless there are any more killings. He asks about the cure and if there has been a setback. She said he should be able to enjoy limited amounts of time in the sunlight. He says he shares her guilt about what happened, but that she should share his hopes for the future. He retrieves Josette's music box, saying he gave it to someone he loved 200 years ago. He says he looks forward to giving it to the woman who will take her place some day. He smiles at her.

David is playing with a soldier set, telling revolutionary war stories with it. He is surprised to see a soldier move on its own and realizes Sarah is there. They argue about whether the past was better than the present. She said the past was happier, at least for a while. 

Vicki hears the conversation as she walks by and enters the room. She asks where he got the soldier set, as they seem very old. He says it's 200 years old and that Sarah gave them to her. She asks if he gives things to Sarah and he lists all the things he's given her. She suggests they exchange gifts some day.

As she leaves his room, she sees a little girl standing in front of the window who beckons to her. She follows her down the hall and sees her walk through a door. She runs to the door, which is covered in cobwebs, and realizes it's locked. She finds a key on the floor and is able to open the door with it. She sees her disappear into the room and runs after her. She enters a room filled with cobwebs and finds Sarah sitting at a desk reading. She asks if she's Sarah and introduces herself as a friend of David's. Sarah says she knows. Vicki asks if she lives there and she says yes. Sarah tells her she's in the library and that she's reading about her big brother, Barnabas. She hands her the book and she opens it to see "The Diary of Sarah Collins, 1787" written inside. David comes up behind her and asks if she believes him now. He asks what she gave her and she says it's her diary. He says she's trying to tell her something, and that someone in the house is going to get hurt. She says they should make an agreement that if either of them sees her again, they should tell each other so they can figure out what she's trying to tell them. He says nobody else should know, especially Barnabas. She asks why and he says he already told her that Barnabas is evil. 

Vicki is wandering through the cemetery and discovers Sarah's grave. 

She walks along the beach with Barnabas, arm in arm, saying two centuries of Collins children must have splashed in the waves there. She suggests that some of their spirits may come to play. She says she has something she wants to give him and hands him Sarah's diary. He asks where she got it and she says she found it. He grabs her and asks where. She says he's hurting her and he apologizes. She doesn't understand why he's so upset. He asks again where she found it and she tells him she found it in a dusty old library in the West Wing. He thanks her for the wonderful gift. She says he told her a lot about Josette and Barnabas but never mentioned that she married someone else. He tells her she married his younger brother, Jeremiah. She said she was surprised to read it in the family history and wondered what happened because she thought she loved Barnabas. He tells her she did love him. 

Up on the cliff, Sarah watches them. 

Barnabas reads from Sarah's diary while Willie listens. He reads her account of a time he took her to the fair, noting how he became sad when they returned home. He tells Willie that words can't describe how much he loved her. Willie asks why she was so little when she died. Barnabas tells him she became very ill but he was unable to save her. Willie asks if he thinks David's been telling the truth about seeing Sarah, and Barnabas says yes, because he has also seen her. 

He says Victoria said she found the diary in the West Wing, but he believes that Sarah led her to it, because there's something she's trying to tell him. He finds a slip of folded paper stuck in the journal and Willie watches over his shoulder as he opens it to reveal a picture of a woman. 

Barnabas crumples the picture and throws it into the fire, which suddenly flares up and a woman's apparition comes screaming and howling towards them from the flames. Willie hides behind Barnabas and after it disappears asks what that was. Barnabas appears stunned and says her name is Angelique, the true curse of his existence. He says she is a force so evil and so powerful that even now she reaches across the centuries to destroy him. 

Vicki is trying to teach David math, but he is looking into his desk and not paying attention. She asks if he has another awful spider in his desk, but when he lifts the lid, she finds a painting. She says it's pretty and asks where he got it. He tells her he got it in a room where he's not supposed to go. She says she won't tell his father but they should put it back. 


He leads her up the stairs and unlocks a door, as she remarks she probably shouldn't tell his father about the keys he has too. They enter a room strewn with paints and artist's tools. She asks whose room it is, but he doesn't answer. She looks through a series of paintings stacked against the wall. David says they shouldn't be there. She asks who painted them. She finds a painting of a nude woman from behind and asks David if he knows who it is. Roger enters and asks what they're doing there and how they got in. Vicki lies and says it wasn't locked and it was her idea. He says she has no reason to be in there and David runs out. She apologizes and starts to say she was admiring the paintings, but he interrupts and reminds her she was hired to teach his son and not to break into areas of the house that don't concern her. He tells her to go downstairs. Before she leaves, he tells her the room and everything in it doesn't exist anymore.

Maggie is working on a sculpture in her studio when Roger comes in and starts kissing her. 

David looks through drawers in his father's room and removes a handkerchief. He takes some of his pipe cleaners and puts them in a plastic bag and then removes some hair from a hair brush. 

Roger is sweaty and laying on Maggie's bed with his shirt open, stroking her leg while Maggie has a smoke. He asks how long she'll continue to put up with him and she says as long as it takes. Maggie asks what happens when she comes back, and he says he doesn't believe that will happen. She said he never wants to listen to what she has to say about Laura, and insists she's not like other people and never was. 

David sets an effigy on fire and Roger begins screaming and clutching his belly. Maggie screams and cries, asking what's wrong while David watches his creation burn. Maggie appears to look up as though she sees him through the flames, and he appears transfixed. Vicki enters, shouting his name and throws a blanket over the burning figure. Roger's screams subside and he asks what was happening to him. 

Vicki tells Elizabeth that once she put out the fire, he seemed to snap out of it. Elizabeth asks what he was trying to do, Vicki says she doesn't think he knew what he was doing. Elizabeth tells Vicki he was asked to leave the town school because he started a fire and nearly burned it down. Mrs. Johnson comes in and tells Vicki that Maggie is on the phone for her.

Vicki meets Maggie at an outdoor cafe, and Maggie says she must wonder what's so urgent. She tells her she needs to be very careful with David, and goes on to say that he tried to kill his father. Vicki asks what she's talking about. Maggie says she must have heard that she has certain abilities and can see things. Vicki says that Carolyn mentioned it. She tells her she saw David burning the doll and also saw her put out the fire. She says she was with Roger and it almost killed him. She explains that they're having an affair and Vicki says it's not her business. Maggie agrees, but she says she doesn't want anything to happen to Roger and she's the only one she can turn to. Vicki doesn't understand and Maggie explains that David is being controlled by his mother. Vicki says his mother is in an institution in England. Maggie says that she knows about her relationship with Roger and is trying to punish her and kill him. She says she's evil and has powers she knows how to use. She tells her she's a witch, whether she believes her or not, and reiterates that she needs to watch David very, very carefully. 

Barnabas tells Willie to put a vase of flowers on the mantel. He picks up Sarah's diary and asks what it's doing there since he put it in his desk. Willie doesn't know what it's doing there either and asks if he's sure he didn't put it there, which says he is. 

He says Miss Winters will be there soon and asks if the wine is chilled. Suddenly, the windows burst open and a gust of wind blows into the room as the flames in the fireplace flare up.

Willie closes the window and calls Barnabas over to look at the journal as writing begins to appear as though written by an unseen hand. It says, " Oh, my brother, you must stop your plans for the young girl with dark hair or else she and you are in terrible danger." 

Willie asks what it means and Barnabas says it means nothing. Willie says it's a message from Sarah to stay away from Vicki. Barnabas gets angry and tells him never to mention Sarah's name. He says he doesn't mean any harm but he's scared for Vicki and doesn't want anything to happen to him either. Barnabas apologizes and says he knows he means well but that nothing is going to happen to him and he won't allow anything to happen to Miss Winters. He asks if Angelique is going to try and hurt him, but Barnabas doesn't know. He says soon he will be like other men and this time when his Josette comes to him, it will be different. He tells Willie he's a loyal friend and he won't forget that. Willie says there's nothing he wouldn't do for him. He asks him to put the diary back in the desk. 

Willie puts the diary on the desk and after he leaves it flips open to show a picture of Angelique. 

Our thoughts:

Christine: This was certainly an eventful episode! It was somewhat difficult to believe that Woodard would choose eternal life over death, but it made for a great opening scene! 

John: I'm frankly amazed that Julia and the Sheriff survived the encounter! Not because Woodard was a vampire, but because of how they nearly killed each other attempting to vanquish him! First, the Sheriff unloads his revolver at Woodard, with Julia standing right behind him! Julia somehow avoids getting shot, but gets payback when she attempts to run Woodard through while he's basically lying atop the Sheriff! Of course, their combined hijinks allow us to forget the small detail of Barnabas breaking his months-long blood fast...

Christine: I'm not entirely sure what message Sarah is trying to send to Vicki, or how Angelique inserted herself into her diary, but I look forward to seeing what happens when she finally shows up. 

John: Yeah, I didn't really understand where the color illustration of Angelique was supposed to have come from. The first time we see it, it's folded up and tucked under the cover, but after Barnabas throws it in the fire, it's back in the diary unfolded and apparently on its own page. But I'm willing to forgive them thanks to what it ultimately spawned. Angelique's spirit coming out of the fireplace was a pretty amazing — we've certainly come a long way from the chroma-key effects of the original series. That particular visual effect holds up 30-years on, which is a pretty impressive feat!

Christine: In case one witch weren't enough, David's mom, Laura, is also a witch and is able to work spells through him. That should make for some interesting episodes to come. 

John: I was actually disappointed when Laura was described as a witch, particularly in the episode in which Angelique, the true witch-queen of Collinwood, makes her debut. I thought they were setting Laura up as a Phoenix once again by having David burning the Roger voodoo doll (not to mention almost burning down the school!). Had the show continued past the first season, we can only assume Laura's return would eventually take center stage...

Friday, April 23, 2021

Dark Shadows: The Revival - Episode 3 (1/14/91)

Barnabas sits in a chair sweating when Julia enters. He tells her she's late and she says she had to wait until the others were in bed. She asks if he can fight it and he says she wouldn't be around to ask that question if he couldn't. She tells him the serum could be toxic to his system, and he suggests she make haste with the treatment. She readies a fat syringe and warns that it will burn, the effects of which he describes in poetic terms. He keels over, but then recovers quickly from the pain. He tells her they will see the dawn together one day. 

Julia records her serology experiment, BC1, noting her plan is to divide his original blood samples into 12 control vials, so that she can chart changes in his blood after each inoculation. She first tests the effect of the sun's rays on the baseline sample. When the sun's rays shine on the vial of blood, it begins to bubble over until it shatters the vial, leaving a powdery residue on the table. 

Vicki and Barnabas walk along the cliff at Widows' Hill. 

She says it's so wild out there it could be a thousand years ago, and he says it could be a thousand years hence, and that time stands still. She twirls and says she feels free enough to fly, and they quote poetry together. She gives him a peck on the cheek and runs off. He begins to freak out when she runs towards the cliff and has visions of Josette running in a white dress. He tells her to stop, and the vision of Josette climbs up on the ledge. He yells for Josette to not be afraid of him, but she leaps from the cliff. He screams, "No!" and Vicki comes up behind him and asks him what's wrong. He tells her she shouldn't run about like that. She says she's alright. 

She says the wind is so loud it's almost human and he tells her they call it the Widows' Wail. He tells her the legend of the widows who would come to search for their husbands' ships on stormy nights, that many became widows at that spot, and more than a few decided to join their husbands on the rocks below. She asks if that's where Josette died and he says yes. He holds her close.

David walks through the drawing room and calls out to see if anyone is there. He wonders where everyone is and whether or not they're having dinner. He hears a door creak open and begins to walk in the direction of the sound. He sees a shadow moving on the wall and calls out to whoever is there. Carolyn appears and he says she scared him, asking where everybody is, as she continues to advance toward him silently. He asks what's wrong with her and she bares her fangs and leaps at him. 

He screams and runs upstairs to a room, where Daphne is waiting with fangs bared.

He runs down the hall as they both follow. He runs to Vicki in her room, and she bares her fangs and tries to bite him as Daphne and Carolyn enter the room. 

He wakes up screaming with Vicki at his side, reassuring him that no one is going to hurt him. He says that Daphne is still trying to get him, but she says it was a dream. He says she's coming back to get him and Vicki and Carolyn. She offers to sit with him awhile. 

Outside, David plays with a stick. He sees the mausoleum and enters. He goes to where Daphne's urn is and Sarah shows up from behind, startling him. She says that Daphne is gone and will never come back. She says there is someone close to him who is in pain and needs his help, but she refuses to tell him who it is and skips away singing, "London Bridge."  He chases her outside the mausoleum, but she has disappeared.

Julia makes a record of the experiment on week 10, observing two blood samples in the sunlight. As one of the samples takes longer to bubble over, she notes that the blood is still vulnerable to the sun's rays, but its resistance grows by the day. She says that Barnabas has not fed for over two months. She believes he will be able to face the dawn soon and she will be the cause of his freedom. 

She administers an injection and he says they're getting easier to endure. She says he may begin to experience other signs of normality and points out he has a new gray hair. Willie says he's getting gray. She says growing old is not much fun, but he says he looks forward to aging, as not growing old has been the curse of eternity. He says he can't wait too much longer, but she tells him they can't jeopardize their success by rushing. She says it's time for an experiment, and Willie unveils a mirror. He goes to it and sees his reflection. He says it's the first time he's seen it in two centuries, and that he thought he was taller. He tells Willie they'll hang mirrors in every room. Julia says everything he wants will come true. He tells her he will owe it all to her and to her he will give all this thanks, as he cups her face with his hands. He smiles at his reflection. 

In Josette's room, he stares at her portrait and says, "Soon. Soon, my Josette. We shall be together again, as it was meant to be."

Joe is sitting on the terrace having a nightmare, when he is startled awake by Carolyn, who has brought him a lunch tray. He says he needs to get out of there and she asks why since he's getting better and has people there who care about him, as she looks at him seductively. He says there are too many memories and every where he looks is like he's living a nightmare. He says he's thinking about going away and she strokes his arm, saying she'd miss him if he did. 

Julia compliments Michael Woodard on the wonderful dinner and he asks how her work is going. He asks why she's staying on now that Daphne is gone and she says she's treating Joe Haskell. He says he knows she's still there because she is waiting for the vampire to strike again. He says they both know the threat is still out there, and that even a small town sheriff can figure out who's new in town and is never seen during the day. She asks who they've come up with, and he says Barnabas Collins. 

Vicki is sitting in Josette's room while Barnabas recites a poem from a book. She asks to see it and he tells her it was written by his namesake for Josette, but it might have been written for her. 

They begin to kiss passionately. Barnabas' eyes begin to glow as he gazes at her neck and he abruptly pulls away. She asks what's wrong, and with his back to her, he says she must leave, that Willie will escort her home, and that he's just not feeling himself. She leaves and he cries with fangs exposed.

Julia walks to the Old House with Willie, asking what they were doing, but Willie says they weren't doing anything. She goes to Barnabas inside and he tells her they can't wait any longer since he was barely able to control the urge to take blood. She said it's a terrible risk and it could destroy everything the experiment has led up to. He tells her he is not a laboratory rat for her to manipulate. He insists that the night will end with his first morning for 200 years. 

She begins to administer injections as Willie assists. As dawn approaches he says he had forgotten the sky could be so many colors. As sunlight begins to creep through the window and shine on his hand, he says his hand prickles, but realizes it's just heat and that his blood is warming. 

He says that his hand that has been cold for 200 years is warm. Willie is astonished. He says, "I see the sun," but as he begins to sweat and his blood sample begins to boil over, Julia tells Willie to pull the drapes. Barnabas tells him not to block his light, but he groans in pain and collapses. Willie yells that someone is at the front door, but Julia yells at him to help her move Barnabas. They lay him out in bed where he shivers, and Julia tells him to see who's at the door.

Willie opens the door to find Roger, Professor Woodard, and Sheriff Patterson, who insist on seeing Barnabas. Willie says it's early and he's asleep. Julia comes to the door saying Willie came to get her early and it's a good thing he did as Barnabas is very ill. Woodard thinks it strange that Willie didn't mention it and said he was sleeping, which she said he is since he'd been up all night with a fever. Woodard suggests they return to see him later, but she advises against it. Woodard asks if she's quarantining the house and she said she doesn't understand the nature of Woodard's questions. The sheriff says they have to ask him about Daphne and the others, and she asks if he's a suspect. Woodard says they want to talk to him now in the daylight. Sheriff Patterson produces a warrant to search the premises and they enter the house.  

The sheriff asks Willie to take them to him and Woodard starts up the stairs, but Barnabas meets them on the stairs sweating, saying he is surprised to have three unexpected guests in his house at such an early hour. Roger apologizes saying that Woodard had a crazy idea. Barnabas says he'd prefer to discuss it at another time, that as Julia informed them, he is not entirely well. Woodard suggests he may need more sunlight and that he looks awfully pale. Barnabas says he may be right and walks into the sunlight streaming through a window and faces Woodard as sweat trickles down his face. Julia says her patient needs rest and asks them to leave. The sheriff apologizes and offers assistance. Julia warns Michael that she'll hold him personally responsible if anything happens to Barnabas because of his visit. Woodard says he doesn't know what happened, but he'll find out. He tells her not to throw her life away, that he'll destroy her since he destroys everything he touches. 

Outside, Roger and Sheriff Patterson claim that Woodard made them look like fools, but he insists that the evidence still points to Barnabas. Woodard says he's dangerous and has somehow tricked them. The sheriff tells him he's to leave Barnabas alone until he finds some hard evidence. 

Barnabas sweats and groans as Julia gives him another injection. He complains about how ice burns smooth and cool and then passes out. She tells Willie to keep the room dark and notify her of any change. She adds that he should keep an eye out for Woodard and call the sheriff if he shows up.

Willie plays nursemaid to Barnabas, dabbing his forehead with a cool washcloth and promising to take him fishing and white water rafting when he feels better. He says Julia will help him get better and he'll teach him how to drive. He hears a knock at the door and freaks out. He answers it and is happy to see his aunt carrying something wrapped in foil. She asks to come in and admires the restoration work he's done with Barnabas. He asks her what she brought and she hands it to him. He realizes it's his favorite nut loaf and immediately unwraps it and takes a bite out of it before offering her some. She tells him she's proud of him, but then asks what's wrong, as he seems nervous. He says he has a lot of responsibilities and ushers her out of the house.

Woodard arrives at Collinwood and apologizes for the misunderstanding, saying it was entirely his fault and the sheriff had nothing to do with it. He tells her he's come to apologize to Julia and she tells him she's out by the lily pond reading. He sees that she is and then proceeds to sneak up the stairs into her room. He starts going through her things and finds vials of blood in cold storage. He removes one and sees that it reacts to exposure to sunlight. He breaks into a locked drawer in her desk and finds her journal. He takes photos of her notes. Elizabeth catches him coming downstairs, asking if he found her and he says he did. He excuses himself and leaves. 

Julia enters and Elizabeth says it was gracious of Michael to drop by and apologize. She is surprised to hear she didn't see him as she's sure he told her that she did. Julia excuses herself and returns to her room. She finds a powdered blood sample on the floor and sees that her locked drawer is open and that her journal has been opened. She curses Michael for being a fool. 

Julia sees Barnabas and he realizes that Woodard knows everything. She explains that she had to keep a record of her work. He leaves, saying he has to attend to business. She pleads with him to try and make Woodard understand since she doesn't want anything to happen to him. Barnabas asks Willie to escort Julia to Collinwood. 

Woodard is on the phone trying to reach the sheriff when the power goes out in his house. He goes to the fuse box and his cat yowls and jumps on him. He hears a sound and sees that a window is open. He closes it and hears another sound, thinking it's the cat. He descends the stairs and is suddenly grabbed by the throat. Barnabas says, "You've made a serious mistake, Professor. Your foolish curiosity has now brought you into my bleak universe!"

Our thoughts:

John: I was initially surprised there was no Victoria Winters voiceover at the start of this episode, until I remembered that episode 3 aired as the second-half of a two-parter the night after the two-hour series premiere.

Christine: It's amazing how much story they can condense into one episode after seeing these storylines drawn out for months on the daytime drama. Thank goodness we only had to hear Sarah sing one stanza of London Bridge.

John: When Julia mentioned that Barnabas hadn't attacked anyone in two months, I was shocked. That little detail I had forgotten since my initial viewing thirty years ago. I don't know if two months even passed over the course of a year's worth of episodes on the original series. Here we are, three episodes in and it has already been two months since Barnabas came to town and started munching on the ladies (and gentlemen) of Collinwood like Willie does to his aunt's nut loaf! And Julia has certainly settled in to life in Collinwood. She looked totally at home, sunbathing by the lily pond, fully decked-out in black.

Christine: I enjoyed David's bad dream. It will be interesting to see if any of it comes true. I wonder who Sarah was referring to when she said someone close to him was in pain and needs his help.  Barnabas is the first one to come to mind, but I'm not sure if he needs David's help. Could she be referring to Joe? 

John: I'm sure the gals all had fun getting dolled-up to play big-hair '80s vampires... though Carolyn should have taken scary hand-gesture lessons from Daphne, who really has them mastered. Sadly, those hip '80s styles really clashed with Sarah's off-the-rack 18th-century Holly Hobbie costume.

Christine: Things don't look good for Woodard. At least Julia was not around to be a party to however Barnabas will decide to deal with him. 

John: To be fair, if anything happens to Woodard, wouldn't that further the suspicion against Barnabas? But let's face it, it's his own fault; making a mess of Julia's lab and not bothering to clean it up, or even going to the trouble of returning her diary to the locked drawer? It's like he didn't bother reading the whole junior spy manual that came with the secret spy-camera he ordered from the back of a comic book.