THE DRAWING ROOM #50: DS EPISODES 456 – 460

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These episodes of Dark Shadows originally aired March 25 – 29, 1968.

In this installment of The Drawing Room:

  • Time is running out
  • Once upon a time, there were three little foreshadows…
  • The crossbow, the bare hands, and an unlikely promise
  • History, the Way You Like It
  • 1796 Scorecard: who’s dead, who’s crazy, who’s incarcerated?
  • The hinges of character development
  • Apart from being a vampire, how did he change?
  • First, learn your ABC’s…then I’ll kill you!
  • Barnabas, the engine of destruction
  • Obsessive love + supernatural power + being a sociopath = the delightful disaster!
  • The Time Travel solution to grief
  • Shattered glasses, collapsed lives, and the broken back of the camel
  • But he’s a GOOD dastardly villain!
  • The silver cross, the chains, and the unlikely peace

Also:

  • History for a song
  • Cookie Monster pays us a visit

couple1Too little, too late

aahands“I’ll kill ya with my bare hands!”

cell3“I’ll find you.”

poison1Tough times for strong women

fearNot so suave anymore, eh?

barn1The bleary-eyed vampire

vickiMistress of Death?

gallows8The end of the beginning…

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THE DRAWING ROOM #49: DS EPISODES 451 – 455

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These episodes of Dark Shadows originally aired March 18 – 22, 1968.

In this installment of The Drawing Room:

  • Is Vicki changing history, or preserving it?
  • If someone is crazy, does that mean you can’t believe ANYTHING they say?
  • When Joshua Collins speaks….
  • Hats, doors, names and voices from beyond
  • Fashion Faux Pas… or pregnant?
  • Unemployed jailer, seeks position as escape artist…
  • Time Travel is confusing
  • Crazy woman with a gun
  • Is it better to be shot…or in jail?
  • Daniel, the poor victim of being a kid
  • Forbes: good guy gone bad, or bad guy fully flourishing?
  • Honey vs. Vinegar
  • Chrissy thumps the table, and Russ forgets everybody’s name
  • Incompetent criminals move the plot along
  • Once upon a time, there were three storylines…
  • Vicki bleeds paint (or wax) from a traveling wound
  • Who’s that cackling from my wall?

Also:

  • “I detest you! Let’s be partners…”
  • Our new feature: Get you to youtube!

mapes2“You say Bath-eee-ya…I say Bath—aye…ya…”

zcell2The Collinsport Gaol: It’s no Fort Knox

gun4The Great Escape

zescape1The OTHER Great Escape

zdream1Repeat after me…It’s JUST a dream…

zhuddle1Nothing says safety and comfort like a loaded pistol…

zmilli1The shy bride…who’s completely bonkers!

MODSQUADCARChrissy likes the Mod Squad wagon

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WHAT’S THE HOLDUP?

Hey, guys.

I know what you’re saying. “Uh oh.”

We were in the process of building the new podcast, with tons of kewl stuff, when my computer exploded. We lost a lot of work, and have to return to the drawing board, which, coincidentally, is in the drawing room. We cruised Best Buy and snapped up a new computer. I’ve spent the last two weeks reinstalling software and moving a lot of our data over from the server, but we still have a lot of work to redo.

Losing a computer is a really depressing experience. No matter how diligent your backup process, you’re going to lose stuff, stuff you were just working on. And sometimes you have to back up and start over again. But on the flip side of the coin, sometimes you discover that, over time, you’ve gotten a little bit complacent. You create something (let’s say, an audio clip). Months later, you discover a way to make that audio clip better, but you say to yourself, “Ahhh, it’s good enough.” And so, you let it ride, and leave something that’s not as good as it could be.

Well, “good enough” isn’t good enough.

I don’t think I’m revealing any secrets, when I say that Chrissy and I live in the general area of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Three years ago this week, our town was devastated by an F4 tornado. Our family and friends were fortunate enough not to be among the direct victims of the storm, but I did lose my job, thanks to no building to report to. I worked for a year with temp agencies, before finally latching on to a good position.

It’s taken three years of rebuilding and renovation, but the city is finally starting to see the fruits of its labor, as government, business, industrial and residential areas start to rise from the rubble, better than before. But to be done right, that improvement takes time.

That’s what we do, when losses strike. We reflect, then we rebuild, better than before. And while I’m not comparing the devastation of a deadly tornado to losing a computer, or a podcast, the principles remain the same.

Now, an opportunity has presented itself to us, to make things better. And we’re taking advantage of that opportunity to rebuild some of our clips, and re-examine some of our options for audio & video editing software. All of which we hope yields a better product for you.

We’re rebuilding, and I think, coming back stronger than before, on June 7.

You’ll see what I mean.

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THE DRAWING ROOM #48: DS EPISODES 446-450

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These episodes of Dark Shadows originally aired March 11-15, 1968.

In this installment of The Drawing Room:

  • I, Vampire
  • The Economy of Language
  • “Oh my God, I can’t believe this is really happening…”
  • Secret Passageways
  • The Pain in the Neck Patriarch becomes the Voice of Reason
  • Makeup! Lights! Camera! Action!
  • The marriage, the money and the maniac
  • A lack of joint decisions puts the new marriage out of joint
  • The dark side of Nathan Forbes gets even darker
  • The Poster Child for Naivete
  • No more pretty dresses for Millicent
  • Supernatural Supreme!
  • Does it take a witch to summon a witch?
  • Who’s that knocking at my door?

AND

mapes1Bathia Mapes

damsel3Barnabas, that’s not very cousin-ly of you…

faceWait!! WHAT???

tower4Best not to conduct your secret business in a TOWER…

comeout2Oh, my son…my son…

ex3OUT, damn spirit!!

seance2“Strange things may happen. Ignore them.”


Barnabas comes out to Joshua


Does Naomi miss her cue?

ux42On comics stands this week

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THE DRAWING ROOM #47: DS EPISODES 441-445

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These episodes of Dark Shadows originally aired March 4-8, 1968.

In this installment of The Drawing Room:

  • Barnabas the Bricklayer: Hero or Villain?
  • Trask, you can’t HANDLE the supernatural!
  • Robin Hood on steroids
  • Chrissy psychoanalyzes the vampire
  • Atonement is a bitch, and Reputation is king!
  • Trask & Forbes: a curious alliance
  • The best laid plans…work out just fine!
  • Jeeves would not approve…
  • The Narrator knows all!
  • Whatever happened to Andre Dupres?
  • The houseguest that will never leave
  • Assault with a deadly cane
  • Russ throws Chrissy a softball
  • “A maid will answer the door” ROTFL!!
  • Something old, something new…
  • Three Bells…but is the geography well?

AND

Note: Chrissy’s Synopsis this week is accompanied by music from Hold On To Me, from Placebo’s latest CD, Loud Like Love.

LINKS TO DARK SHADOWS PRODUCTS AND OPPORTUNITIES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE’S “NEWS” SEGMENT:

Dark Shadows Festival Caribbean Cruise

Monster-Mania Dark Shadows Reunion

Round 2 Models – Dark Shadows Model Kit

Dynamite Comics Dark Shadows Comics trade paperback (pre-order)

aaasign1Barnabas gets the upper hand…

aaanat3…and Natalie sees the handwriting on the wall

aaafanBefore there was Facebook, people communicated on…Fan-book…

aaadresses2Collinwood Fashions

aaadream4♫ “Girl ‘o My Dreams…” ♫

aaabook2“This…can’t be good…”

aaablackmail1 - CopyThe Faces of Blackmail

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